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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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Education advocates mulling tax increases, major reforms (access required)

With a temporary sales tax increase set to expire in 2013, education advocates are looking to ask voters for another way to fund schools.

But though several organizations are considering ballot measures for the 2012 election, no one is quite sure what those proposals will look like or what taxes would be raised.

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