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First Things First money should be given to public schools

First Things First money should be given to public schools

In 2006, Arizona voters passed a cigarette tax based on the promise of funding early childhood development programs through a newly created organization named “First Things First.” Taxpayers have become the victim of this promise, which was a great idea that has been misshapen and lost its way and original mission.

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School choice should be an everyday mission

School choice should be an everyday mission

Near the spot where he took the oath of office last year, Gov. Doug Ducey celebrated National School Choice Week with students and their families from across Arizona. Organizing the event are the same groups that, over the past decade and before, disagreed over issues such as school funding and academic standards and in some instances even sued Arizona over how to provide a quality education for every child.

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Approve Prop. 123 and then make Arizona’s K-12 system shine

Approve Prop. 123 and then make Arizona’s K-12 system shine

The Grand Canyon Institute agrees with Governor Ducey and the educational community. Prop. 123 needs to be approved by voters on May 17. Prop. 123 is an important start, but restoring funding of legal minimums is not a substitute for substantive discussion on real investments in K-12 education, and how investments can be leveraged to improve outcomes. Arizona’s support for K-12 education has fallen far deeper than most people realize.

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Ducey is open to suggestions on JTED funding

As consensus quickly builds at the Capitol to restore funding for JTEDs, the governor’s proposal to create a $30 million, three-year competitive grant program looks more and more isolated. Shooter’s S1258 (JTED funding reductions; repeal), for example, has attracted 71 ...

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