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School boards group shut out of ballot campaigns (access required)

Some of Arizona’s loudest and most influential voices in education will be silenced in future elections due to a law aimed squarely at keeping the Arizona School Boards Association off the campaign trail.

In response to ASBA’s financial largesse during the 2010 cycle on a couple of ballot measures, the Legislature passed HB2002, which prohibits school districts from spending money for membership in any association that attempts to influence the outcome of an election.

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Education reform idea ‘moving down the track’

A group of business and education advocates that held a meeting in Scottsdale last month to discuss a possible education ballot measure for the 2012 elections has conducted a poll that reportedly shows broad support for a proposal that would restructure how schools are funded - provided there is accountability tied to improving test scores and graduation rates.

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State’s English Language Learner program battle being waged on multiple fronts (access required)

The clash over the way Arizona teaches English to kids who don’t speak the language is being waged on two fronts.

The more familiar one is in U.S. District Court in Tucson, where for the past 19 years the state has been defending Flores v. Arizona, a case that has driven funding and policy for teaching kids to speak English and has been to the U.S. Supreme Court and back.

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Time is Out: School districts out of ELL compliance face losing money (access required)

Time has run out for school districts that aren’t compliant with the state’s English Language Learner program.

In the three years since the program, which requires four hours a day of English immersion for students who aren’t proficient in the language, was established, not one school district has been sanctioned financially for non-compliance, even though a sanction is required by law, according to a report by the Office of the Auditor General.

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It’s high time for school finance redesign

Funding Arizona’s K-12 public schools is on the mind of every educator, most policymakers, and business leaders — those who count on a ready workforce. The Arizona Business & Education Coalition (ABEC) presents a set of proposals to redesign the school finance system entirely, to support increasingly higher levels of learning in all public schools.

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