Education

House finalizes budget, tax cuts, but kills ESA expansion

BY: - June 26, 2021

The Arizona House of Representatives wrapped up work Friday on a $12.8 billion budget that dramatically overhauls the state’s income tax code, shields some wealthy Arizonans from paying a voter-approved tax to boost teacher pay and mandates new civics curriculum in public schools.

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Public education groups ready referendum, lawsuits on tax cuts and other budget items

BY: - June 24, 2021

A coalition of public education advocacy groups that banded together last year to pass higher taxes on the wealthy to increase teacher pay and boost school funding are now looking at ways to stop Republican legislators and Gov. Doug Ducey from undermining that tax increase in a state budget that includes massive tax cuts for […]

COMMENTARY
Doug Ducey

Ducey ditches ‘things that matter’ to Arizonans so the rich can be richer

BY: - June 16, 2021

In the not-so-distant past (two years ago), Gov. Doug Ducey praised a budget that paid down the state’s debt, claiming “it’s the responsible thing to do.”

Hundreds of Arizona schools violate federal law by reporting inaccurate civil rights data

BY: - June 15, 2021

Hundreds of Arizona’s public schools failed to report accurate civil rights data to the U.S. Department of Education for the 2017-2018 school year, a violation that can result in a loss of federal funding.

Students at whiter, wealthier schools have more access to federal disability protections

BY: - June 15, 2021

When two police officers found Dante Butzberger sitting in a walk-in closet at his family’s Scottsdale home, the 14-year-old refused to leave. Dyslexia and ADHD had made his time in eighth grade so miserable that not even the police could convince him to attend school.

Arizona among states poised to allow college athletes to profit off their name, image and likeness

BY: - June 4, 2021

WASHINGTON — A seismic shift will rock college sports next month, when a handful of new state laws go into effect allowing student athletes to make money off their personal images. 

First steps in 2022 campaign for Dreamers’ tuition under way

BY: - June 1, 2021

The campaign to repeal a state law that forces Dreamers who graduated from Arizona high schools to pay out-of-state tuition at the state’s universities has begun, with the launch of a campaign committee that hopes to spend millions of dollars to support the measure on the 2022 ballot.

Protesting masks and racism education, the ‘patriots’ take on Arizona’s school boards

BY: - May 27, 2021

It all seemed to have started in the small Southern Arizona town of Vail, where a school board meeting in late April was overrun by an angry and yelling crowd furious that students were required to wear facemasks in schools — one seemingly led by people not from the small town of 10,000. 

GOP voters more supportive of tuition breaks for Dreamers than GOP lawmakers

BY: - May 25, 2021

Only about 1 in 7 Republican lawmakers backed sending a measure to the ballot in 2022 that would let voters repeal a 15-year-old ban on in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants, far less than the roughly 1 in 3 Arizona Republican voters that recent polling found supports the idea. 

Attempts to ban teaching on ‘critical race theory’ multiply across the U.S.

BY: - May 24, 2021

WASHINGTON — From statehouses to Congress, Republicans have launched into a fight against the teaching of “critical race theory,” which just a year ago was a niche academic term.

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Brnovich, GOP AGs object to federal proposal on teaching critical race theory

BY: - May 21, 2021

WASHINGTON -- More than two dozen Republican attorneys general, including Arizona AG Mark Brnovich, are voicing their disapproval over the Department of Education’s proposed priorities for teaching K-12 students about American history and civics education because they would include references to systemic racism and how the history of slavery has shaped the U.S.

Tom Horne

Tom Horne running for GOP nomination for state schools chief on an anti-bilingual education platform

BY: - May 13, 2021

Tom Horne, who held the position of superintendent of public instruction for eight years, announced Thursday he’s running for the office again, on a platform against bilingual education and critical race theory.  “Since I left office, much of my work has been undone,” said Horne, who was accompanied by Rep. David Cook, R-Globe, and Rep. […]