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School groups sue over empowerment accounts (access required)

Groups representing teachers and public school districts filed suit on Monday against a new state voucher-style system for disabled students, alleging that the program violates constitutional bans on state aid for private and religious schools.

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Teachers union reluctantly teams up with Brewer (access required)

The Arizona Education Association and Gov. Jan Brewer have joined forces in a campaign to convince voters to pass a 1-cent sales tax increase, ending an 11-month standoff that put the state's largest teachers union in the awkward position of withholding support for a tax increase that would lead to more money for education.

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Harper looks to protect teachers against punitive-damage awards (access required)

State lawmakers are setting their sights on tort reform measures aimed at protecting educators and capping civil litigation awards arising from cases of death and injury. The two referendums, SCR 1001 and SCR 1003, have been introduced by Surprise Republican Sen. Jack Harper, who said he is seeking to guard educators, businesses and public entities from overzealous litigation.

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