Education

ESA bill that GOP supporters said wasn’t an expansion will cost $1.7M over 3 years

The Joint Legislative Budget Committee conducted a fiscal analysis of a bill that Republican lawmakers insisted in committee last week didn’t expand who could participate in the state’s school voucher program, and concluded what was obvious to everyone but the GOP backers of the bill: It expands enrollment and will thus cost the state more money.

UA professor sues state over denial of health-care coverage to transgender employees

A transgender University of Arizona professor has sued the state over financial access to surgery his doctor said is medically necessary.

Bill aims to close recess loophole

In 2018, lawmakers passed a bill that made two recess periods mandatory in schools in Arizona but advocates say some schools have found loopholes in the law, leading a freshman Republican lawmaker to move to fix those issues.

Bill would allow new higher-ed tuition rates for dreamers

Legislation that would allow public universities and community colleges to set a new tuition rate for every student who graduates from an Arizona high, regardless of immigration status, is ready to be considered by the full Senate.

In Their Own Words: What These South Florida Shooting Survivors Want You to Know

We must become an America that is compassionate, one that doesn’t have to teach children to hide from a bullet before they can read, and one that values innocent lives over a piece of metal with a primary purpose to kill.

Senate panel approves ESA bill amid fierce opposition

Lawmakers and parents argued Wednesday night at a Senate Finance Committee hearing whether a bill before them expanded or regulated a controversial school voucher program.

The never-ending legislative crusade against your right to self-governance

If there is one constant in a legislative session, it’s this: Republican legislators and the special interests that back them are contemptuous of you, the voter, and will work to undermine your rights to have any say in how you are governed beyond merely electing officials to represent you.

Lawmaker wants working students to earn less than minimum wage

A Republican legislator wants to allow Arizona businesses to pay some students 34 percent less than the state’s minimum wage, and his GOP colleagues on a House panel gave the measure preliminary approval Monday.House...

Proposal would shift control of voucher program from Education Dept to treasurer

Administration and oversight of a controversial school voucher program could soon be stripped from the Arizona Department of Education and transferred to the state Treasurer’s Office, in part because the new Republican state treasurer supports the program and the new Democratic superintendent of public instruction is a critic.

Move it: Educators encouraged by early results of Arizona recess law

Arizona teachers, parents and legislators teamed up last year for the sake of children’s health, pushing for legislation that would require more recess or unstructured playtime for elementary school children.The early results of that effort are promising, educators say.
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