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Ducey proposes cuts, one-time sweeps to balance budget

Ducey proposes cuts, one-time sweeps to balance budget

Gov. Doug Ducey proposed a combination of one-time solutions and hundreds of millions of dollars in budget cuts, including big hits to universities and Medicaid providers, while Arizona waits for the economy recover enough for its budget to be structurally balanced by fiscal year 2017.

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Auditor: Education money doesn’t go into a black hole

When Ducey’s “Classrooms First Initiative” 11-member council starts “scrubbing” the funding formulas to find new ways to get more money into the classrooms, the first thing it will find is that Arizona’s percentage of total spending on building and campus operations, food service, counselors, nurses, librarians and other support services is way above the national average.

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Kindergarten: A mandate we must support

Kindergarten: A mandate we must support

As school superintendents we would never propose eliminating fifth grade to save money. Yet such a far-fetched policy would hold much more water than short-changing those students representing the greatest return for our education dollar: kindergartners.

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New state schools chief Douglas says Common Core changes will be gradual

New state schools chief Douglas says Common Core changes will be gradual

The state’s new top education official is promising to use her position to push for more money for public schools. But Diane Douglas won’t demand that lawmakers and incoming Gov. Doug Ducey give the schools the $317 million a court has said they’re owed right now, much less than $1 billion they may be owed for the years that schools were shorted.

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