In his State of the State address, Gov. Doug Ducey pleaded with lawmakers to settle with schools and resolve the K-12 inflation funding lawsuit, whose outcome could plunge Arizona’s budget deeper into a fiscal abyss.Read More »
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A judge in Phoenix on Monday is scheduled to start a five-day hearing on whether Arizona must provide public schools with back payments for inflation adjustments to annual funding for education.Read More »
A trial court judge entered a final judgment today in a monumental school finance case, compelling the Legislature to reset inflation adjustments for public schools at a price tag of about $317 million for fiscal-year 2015.Read More »
The tax-cutting stance embraced by several candidates for governor is heading straight into a collision course with the reality of a judge’s ruling on school funding.Read More »
In her order, trial court Judge Katherine Cooper delved into what has become the signature question the judiciary has had to grapple with in the last few years: Can the courts tell the Legislature, which is vested with the constitutional authority to appropriate, what to do when it comes to funding?Read More »
A threat from Arizona’s Senate president to make sweeping changes to how district-sponsored charter schools are funded came closer to reality March 25 and threatened the passage of a budget in the House.Read More »
Despite the handwringing from public school advocates over Huppenthal’s well-reported pitch encouraging families to take advantage of the Empowerment Scholarship Account, the program that gives parents tax dollars to send their kids to private schools, has so far only attracted a small number of students.Read More »
Crandell’s overhaul of school finance plan attracts skepticism and support
It’s a puzzle that has vexed policymakers, education leaders and business groups for decades, but it’s one that Sen. Chester Crandell hopes to solve: How can the state revamp education funding to be both fair and simple?
Despite the boost that Democrats received in the November election, their list of goals for upcoming budget negotiations are relatively short and mostly focused on money for education and health care.Read More »
Sen. Al Melvin is hoping there is a dual solution to the problems facing K-12 schools and nuclear power plants, and he wants Arizona to take advantage of the opportunity.
Nuclear plants need a place to store waste and reprocess spent fuel, and Melvin thinks Arizona would be ideal. And if Arizona became home to such a site, Melvin said it could be used to fund schools.