Arizona school districts are getting a boost to meet a third-grade reading mandate in the form of $40 million. The Arizona Republic reported Sunday schools statewide will receive money to assist in reaching a goal that all third-graders must have proficient reading skills.Read More »
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Sex, money, the Bible and the U.S. Constitution are some of the subjects lawmakers are proposing this session to be taught in Arizona classrooms.
Most of the bills come from Republicans inspired by personal experiences, and they manage to reconcile their proposed classroom mandates with the principles of small government and local control of curriculum.
In the wake of two of Arizona’s biggest political shake-ups of last year, lawmakers are hoping a little sunshine will help clean up the mess.
Shadowy groups involved in the recall of then-Senate President Russell Pearce brought to light some of the flaws in the current financial disclosure requirements. Meanwhile, the Fiesta Bowl scandal brought to light ethical questions about what should be considered a gift from a lobbyist.
A Washington, D.C.-based group has spent more than $21,000 to help Senate President Russell Pearce keep his seat in the Nov. 8 recall election targeting him.Read More »
Officials at the state agency devoted to early childhood development are studying the governor’s proposal to borrow $330 million for one day and use the money to balance the state’s budget shortfall.Read More »
The state has enough cash to pay its bills for the rest of the year, State Treasurer Dean Martin announced. Martin's office said July 13 that a cash-management plan the state is adopting would diminish, if not totally eliminate, the need to borrow money for day-to-day operations.Read More »