Education

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.

Arizona continues to race to the bottom on public education

The Arizona strike revealed a sad reality: Arizona’s public school system is in a race to the bottom.

Tax conformity veto sets up showdown

Gov. Doug Ducey vetoed a tax conformity bill, setting up a showdown with Republican legislators and injecting more uncertainty for Arizonans who are preparing to file their 2018 taxes.

Voters just rejected expanding ESA access. This bill would do the opposite.

Less than three months after voters rejected a legislative attempt to broadly expand a controversial school choice program, a Republican senator is hoping lawmakers will approve a narrower expansion for middle-class students.Senate Bill 1396,...

Ducey budget plan focuses on education, planning for future recession

Gov. Doug Ducey is looking to spend the bulk of Arizona’s projected billion-dollar budget surplus preparing for the next economic downtown in an effort to avoid the type of budget crisis the state saw...

Governor’s 2019 priorities will have #ThingsThatMatter for special interests

Ever play the Chinese fortune cookie game where you add the phrase “in bed” to the end of every fortune? Lately, I’ve been playing that game with Governor Ducey’s hashtags, though I use the phrase “for special interests” instead of the other one.

Ducey school safety plan starts with same problems as before

Gov. Doug Ducey’s call for lawmakers to pass his school safety plan that stalled last year may fall on deaf ears if he can’t alleviate the concerns of both Democrats and Republicans.