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President’s speech to students prompts complaints from Horne, parents

Barbara Hickman, assistant superintendent of the Flagstaff Unified School District, said the calls started not long after President Barack Obama announced a televised back-to-school address for Sept. 8. She'd received between 10 and 20 calls from parents by the afternoon of Sept. 3, one day after the announcement. Some raised mild concerns and others were much more leery.

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Brewer vetoes part of budget, blames ‘extremists’ from both parties (access required)

Blaming “extremists” from both parties for holding up the budget process and threatening the state with bankruptcy, Gov. Jan Brewer on Sept. 4 signed large swaths of the budget that she said will help the state “weather the storm” until the next legislative session. But she vetoed parts of the main spending bill, including $300 million in cuts to K-12 schools and DES. She also vetoed the bill that included the equalization property tax.

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Misunderstanding blamed for delay of K-12 stimulus money (access required)

A misunderstanding regarding federal requirements delayed the implementation of a quarter-billion dollars in federal stimulus money for education. Gov. Jan Brewer submitted a request on June 25 for $250 million that did not meet federal guidelines for the money, according to the United States Department of Education.

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House Dems name members of tuition tax credit task force

House Democrats today named eight members, including three Republicans, to serve on their newly formed Task Force on Private School Tuition Tax Credits program. Billed as a bipartisan panel, Democrats announced that the task force will be chaired by Rep. David Schapira, a Democrat from Tempe, with Tom Chabin, a Democrat from Flagstaff, named vice chair.

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