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#RedforEd supporters continue fight after #InvestinEd pulled from ballot. See related news

| September 5, 2018
#RedforEd supporters continue fight after #InvestinEd pulled from ballot. See related news

Following an order from the Arizona Supreme Court, the #InvestinEd initiative will not be on voters’ ballots come November.

Invest in Ed, also known as Proposition 207, planned to raise the income tax rate on couples making more than $500,000 or individual people making more than $250,000.

Supporters of the initiative said the tax would’ve created $690 million for school funding annually, while opponents said the tax would hurt the state’s economy.

Ultimately, the initiative was removed from the November ballot because there were concerns the wording of the description of Prop 207 would create confusion among voters.

#RedforEd supporters and advocates say even with Invest in Ed off the ballot, they’re not done fighting for what they feel is right. In fact, some say that the initiative being taken off the ballot has only fueled their motivation more.

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New proposed tax cuts abound as need for K-12 funds persists. See related stories here

| March 14, 2018
New proposed tax cuts abound as need for K-12 funds persists. See related stories here

Gov. Doug Ducey won’t promise to veto new tax cuts even as he says the state is putting as much money as it can into public education.
In fact, the governor is already committed to sign at least one measure that will cut state revenues by up to $15 million a year.
The issue arises amid rising complaints from teachers and educators that the state is short-changing public schools. That comes not only because per student funding is actually less than it was a decade ago after inflation is taken into account but that teacher salaries in Arizona are at or near the bottom of the nation.

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Study: Arizona has one of worst public school systems in country. Please see related story

| August 2, 2017
Study: Arizona has one of worst public school systems in country. Please see related story

Arizona has one of the worst public education systems in the country, according to a new study by WalletHub.

The report, released Monday, July 31, ranks the education systems in all 50 states and Washington, D.C.

Arizona was ranked 41st but fared better than New Mexico, which was 50th. Louisiana was dead last.

WalletHub’s study used several factors to come up with the ratings, including funding, dropout rates, test scores, student-to-teacher ratio, instructor credentials and safety.

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State Education Association President Weighs In On Douglas’ Education Plan. Please see related stories

| December 7, 2016
State Education Association President Weighs In On Douglas’ Education Plan. Please see related stories

Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas (on Nov. 29) unveiled her proposal for improving K-12 education in Arizona.

The 2017 AZ Kids Can’t Wait plan includes requests for additional funding for teacher salary raises and fully fund capital so new school buildings can be constructed, if needed.

The superintendent’s goals are ambitious ones. We asked Arizona Education Association President Joe Thomas whether the priorities make sense.

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Bill would allow AZ parents to ‘opt out’ of statewide school assessments

| January 27, 2016
Bill would allow AZ parents to ‘opt out’ of statewide school assessments

Would you want your child taking a test at school you know he or she would fail? A Republican state lawmaker wants to give parents the choice of opting out of statewide achievement tests.

Supporters say the bill is designed to restore parental rights, but critics say it could hamper the state’s ability to identify struggling schools and could potentially cost the state millions.

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