Education

Arizona legislative session ends without English-only law repeal

A proposal to ask voters to repeal the state’s English-only law and instead favor bilingual education failed to make the cut this legislative session.

Legislature approves $11.8B budget

After a week of fighting among Republicans, the legislature on Monday evening approved an $11.8 billion state budget for the fiscal year that begins in July.

Deal struck to pass budget, extend sexual abuse statute of limitations: AP report

A deal to break the budget stalemate in the Arizona Senate that has stalled the passage of an $11.8 billion spending plan for the upcoming fiscal year appears to exist, The Associated Press reported Sunday afternoon.

Budget impasse continues in Senate after day of negotiating

The Arizona Senate stalled on passing the state budget Saturday as a split among Republicans left leaders scrambling, and so far failing, to find the needed votes to pass the $11.8 billion spending plan...

AZ House approves budget to force Senate action, despite holdouts

Republicans in the Arizona House of Representatives voted on a state budget deep into the night Friday, approving an $11.8 billion spending plan and sending it to the Senate, where several Republican continue to hold out in search of various policy changes.

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.
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