In Arizona, Gov. Doug Ducey is one of 17 governors – two Democrats, 15 Republicans – to propose no new state spending on early childhood programs.
Now is the time for the legislature to advocate on behalf of Arizona's most precious resource, it’s children.
A cacophony of voices speaking in Spanish, interspersed with laughter, fills a classroom at Rhodes Junior High School. Some students speak halting English, but on occasion they attempt to translate for students who don’t speak any.
Another Arizona school district is asking for state-issued IDs as a requirement for enrollment and potentially shutting out undocumented immigrant families from its classrooms, in violation of state and federal laws.
Vision has never been Gov. Ducey’s strong point. In fact, if there’s one thing both Republicans and Democrats can agree on, it’s that this governor is as status quo and milquetoast-y as they come.
I’m curious to see if the money that the vaping industry pumped into electing legislative Republicans last year will earn its proposal the support of enough Republicans to become law.
About 67 percent of respondents agree with the dual-language immersion approach to teaching English to students who don’t already speak it, while 24 percent said they would keep the current Structured English Immersion standard.
The vaping industry’s push to trade higher age restrictions for looser regulations elsewhere in Arizona law is part of a larger nationwide trend.
At a press conference at the Capitol on Monday, Sen. Heather Carter, R-Cave Creek, denounced the vaping-industry-backed bill as “smoke and mirrors” intended to give the impression of a crackdown on youth vaping while leaving massive loopholes that the industry will be able to exploit.