Education

Census: Arizona continues to lag far behind U.S. on school spending

New Census Bureau figures show that per-pupil spending in Arizona’s public schools was fourth-lowest in the nation in 2017, hampering the state’s efforts in recent years to improve education funding.

The litany of tax exemptions, deductions & exclusions continues to grow, to the detriment of K-12 funding

Amid yesterday’s discussion of K-12 funding in the pending state budget, House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Regina Cobb conceded that the increase for what’s known as district additional assistance – which goes to pay for...

Townsend says her K-12 budget vote requires a politicking-in-classroom ban

Rep. Kelly Townsend says she won’t vote for the K-12 education portion of the proposed budget unless the legislature passes her plan to crack down on politicking in the classroom by teachers, which she wants as a response to the #RedForEd movement that culminated in a historic teachers’ strike last year.

The state budget proposal, annotated

The House of Representatives is currently debating the budget proposal in its Appropriations Committee, and the Senate is set to do the same today. Republican leaders have said they hope to bring the spending package to the floor for debate and a vote by Thursday.

Budget details: Ducey gets ‘rainy day’ money, GOP gets to scrap vehicle license fee

Gov. Doug Ducey will get his billion-dollar rainy day fund while Republican lawmakers will get to gradually erase a controversial vehicle licensing fee under a budget agreement forged by the governor’s office and legislative leadership.

US governors proposed $2.9B in new spending on early childhood, Ducey proposed $0 in Arizona

In Arizona, Gov. Doug Ducey is one of 17 governors – two Democrats, 15 Republicans – to propose no new state spending on early childhood programs.

Our schools deserve better than the crisis that remains a year after #RedForEd

Now is the time for the legislature to advocate on behalf of Arizona's most precious resource, it’s children.

New law changes how English Language learners are taught. But what comes next?

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.

ACLU alleges Avondale school district also has discriminatory enrollment requirements

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.

Hoffman to create school safety task force

In the wake of legislative inaction on bipartisan legislation to create a school safety task force, Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman will create her own task force within the Arizona Department of Education.
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