The conversation about education in Arizona is finally shifting to focus on incentivizing excellence in all schools, rather than exclusively pouring resources, time, and energy into the failing ones that never improve. This is a thrilling change, and one I have waited on for many years. It has given me a renewed sense of excitement about Arizona’s education policy landscape and a hope for a new era of possibility.Read More »
Everyone in the Common Core debate was a winner after Gov. Doug Ducey asked the State Board of Education to review and overhaul the controversial K-12 academic standards. Or at least that’s how many advocates on both sides of the issue felt.Read More »
Funding the waiting lists: Questions surround Ducey’s promise to get more children into high-performing schools
One of the biggest unanswered questions from Doug Ducey’s gubernatorial campaign is exactly how he will carry out his plan to “fully fund the wait lists” at Arizona’s top-performing charter and district schools.Read More »
Two former GOP schools chiefs are endorsing Democratic candidate David Garcia for superintendent of public instruction.Read More »
Armando Ruiz started Espiritu Schools by bulldozing apartments on family-owned property to make room for a few portable buildings to serve as classrooms.
The former south Phoenix lawmaker stood on the school grounds in Phoenix in June 2014 and pointed to where a mountain of 10,000 tires once rose next to 300 rusty, dilapidated cars.
Ten years after an Arizona governor was impeached and barely a year after another governor was forced from office by a federal conviction – both of whom were men – the Grand Canyon State made political history.Read More »
A coalition seeking a voter-approved tax hike for education may have an ally in Gov. Jan Brewer, who gave her strongest signals yet that she may support the group’s proposed ballot measure.Read More »
Education groups from across the spectrum are putting their differences aside to work on a ballot measure that would raise taxes for K-12 education and put into place reforms that could fundamentally change the way schools operate in Arizona.Read More »
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.
“Nothing will persuade me to adopt a failed Keynesian Obama stimulus that is dragging the economy down.” — Rep. John Kavanagh, R-Fountain Hills, on the unemployment insurance extension.Read More »