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Maricopa GOP resolution targets Republican lawmakers over voucher vote

BY: - December 1, 2021

Members of the Maricopa County Republican Party are moving to censure three GOP lawmakers for their vote against a massive expansion of Arizona’s voucher-style program for K-12 education. A resolution introduced by former Senate President Russell Pearce states that the Maricopa County GOP “opposes Republicans who campaign as conservatives while voting against school choice and […]

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.

Supreme Court ruling protects religious options in Arizona school choice

BY: - June 30, 2020

The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in a school choice case in Montana won’t open any new doors in Arizona, but will ensure that parents here continue to have religious options when they use the state’s school choice programs.

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We cannot fix racial inequities without radically reshaping our budgets

BY: - June 18, 2020

One of the surprising byproducts of the protests over George Floyd’s murder is a movement to analyze government budgets.

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Are Arizonans too dumb to be trusted with direct democracy?

BY: - April 8, 2020

Arizonans pride themselves on being an independent bunch. We prefer our politicians as mavericks instead of sheep. We relish our ability to craft our own laws and outright reject those made by legislators.

GOP bill expanding vouchers to out-of-state schools clears committee

BY: - February 4, 2020

Native American students would be allowed to use taxpayer dollars to pay for tuition at schools in other states, as long as the school is located within two miles of the Arizona border, under legislation approved Tuesday by the Senate Education Committee.

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Monday Musings: Ducey for president – but in D.C. or Tempe?

BY: - February 3, 2020

An often-asked political question by State Capitol observers these days: what will Gov. Doug Ducey do when his current, final term in office is over? What’s his next dream job?

Ducey, Senate GOP call for more money to speed up ESA voucher approvals

BY: - January 17, 2020

In the midst of several recent controversies and a PR campaign a prominent school choice advocacy group launched last year against the Democratic superintendent of public instruction, Gov. Doug Ducey wants to give the Department of Education more money to speed up the processing of school voucher applications.

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Goldwater Institute seeks freedom from constitution’s reach

BY: - November 20, 2019

The Goldwater Institute needs to neutralize Hoffman, and it seems they’re trying to do so by creating a make-believe scandal about delays in ESA voucher disbursements.

School vouchers awarded up 33% this year, but oversight funding unchanged

BY: - August 21, 2019

The Arizona Department of Education says a record 8,200 students are expected to receive $110 million in school vouchers this school year.

Ducey may seek ESA changes due to recent controversies

BY: - August 20, 2019

Gov. Doug Ducey is signalling that he’ll push for changes next year to Arizona’s K-12 school voucher program.