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School-choice group pushes parent trigger law (access required)

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First it was featured in a controversial summer movie, and now it could come to a school near you. A liberal school-choice group from California is trying to build a coalition of local education groups to pass an Arizona law allowing parents to take over failing schools.

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Prop 204 fails (access required)

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Backers of an initiative to permanently keep a 1-cent tax increase spent more than $2 million but failed to convince the public to support the proposal. The measure, officially known as Proposition 204, received only about 35 percent of the votes, the Secretary of State’s Office count showed.

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School officials: Major cuts coming if Prop 204 fails

Kathy Knecht, a member of the Peoria Unified School District board, describes cuts her district endured during the economic downturn and what could happen if Proposition 204, the one-cent initiative, fails this November. (Photo by Luige del Puerto/Arizona Capitol Times.)

Supporters of the initiative to make permanent a temporary one-cent sales tax increase claimed today that its failure at the ballot in November would have dire repercussions, including the closure of schools, teacher layoffs and increases in class sizes. They also pushed back against opponents’ assertion that revenues from the tax won’t reach the classroom.

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Eileen Klein to become next ABOR president (access required)

Gov. Jan Brewer chief of staff Eileen Klein eyes Board of Regents presidency

It looks like Gov. Jan Brewer will be in the market for a new chief of staff

The Arizona Board of Regents today voted unanimously to offer its presidency to Eileen Klein, who has served as Brewer’s chief of staff since 2009. The board spent about 30 minutes in executive session before moving into open session, where the regents quickly moved to make the offer to Klein.

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