ESAs, Hobbs, school funding, K-12 education, vouchers, Horne, parents
Mar 2, 2023

ESA parents complain about mid-year changes

Two months in, Empowerment Scholarship Account (ESA) parents say the program is at risk of imploding.

teacher pay, teacher retention, salaries, Arizona, Gress
Feb 22, 2023

Report: teacher recruitment and retention crisis continues

Arizona’s teacher recruitment and retention crisis stretched into a seventh year, according to the most recent survey data from the Arizona School Personnel Administrators Association.  

Feb 8, 2023

Helios study reveals dual enrollment access is inequitable

About half of Arizona schools do not offer dual enrollment, a program which allows high school students to enroll in and receive credit for college classes. 

ESAs, Hobbs, school funding, K-12 education, vouchers, Horne, parents
Jan 27, 2023

Pandemic, culture wars revive ‘school choice’ policy push

With memories fresh from pandemic-era school closures and curriculum battles — particularly over how matters of gender and race are taught — legions of parents are trekking to the marble floors of their state Capitols to fight to create education savings accounts, also known as ESAs. Such accounts exist in Arizona and West Virginia, though Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs argues the dollars would be b[...]

education, Hobbs, results-based funding, K-12 education, public schools, Arizona School Administrators Association, Stand for Children Arizona, Office of Education Innovation, Brewer, K-8, Career and Technical Education Programs, Advanced Placement, letter grades, pandemic
Jan 27, 2023

Governor targets results-based funding for schools 

Democrat Gov. Katie Hobbs proposed the end of results-based funding in her budget, effectively untying additional per-pupil funding from achievement determined by the school letter grade system.  

Jan 20, 2023

Parents protest Hobbs’ proposed repeal of universal ESA

A brigade of strollers and children toting magic marker-adorned posters descended upon the Capitol to protest Gov. Katie Hobbs’ proposed repeal of the universal Empowerment Scholarship Account program. Hobbs announced her proposed budget with public education funding hinging on savings from repealing universal ESAs.  

social media, First Amendment, Instagram, students, K-12, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, First Amendment, Grant Woods, Janet Napolitano, K-12 students, Supreme Court, Arizona School Administrators Association,
Jan 13, 2023

Court backs schools over social media posts

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit unanimously ruled school districts reserve the right to discipline and expel students for content posted on social media, so long as the post creates a substantial disruption in schooling and collides with the rights of other students.  

absent, truancy, Helios, WestEd, K-8, attendance, schools, Kavanagh
Jan 11, 2023

Study shows number of students chronically absent jumped significantly

Helios Education Foundation, in partnership with WestEd, headed research on chronic absences rates and found in 2021, one in five K-8 students in Arizona schools was chronically absent. The learning loss from absences, compounded with learning loss from the pandemic, continues to threaten student mobility and drop-out rates.  

Sep 24, 2022

Voucher foes turn in petition signatures

Foes of universal school vouchers turned in 141,714 signatures Friday to give voters the last word.

AEL, Aggregate spending limit, Reginald Bolding, education, public education
Sep 15, 2022

Special session pushed to avoid over $1B in school funding cuts

Democrats and public school officials are again asking Gov. Doug Ducey to call a special legislative session to avoid over $1 billion in K-12 funding cuts this school year, months after Republicans used the promise of a special session as a carrot to bring Democrats on board with this year’s historic bipartisan budget. 

Aug 19, 2022

Since 1980, Horizon volleyball coach has thrived

Spanning four decades, Valorie McKenzie has led Horizon in Scottsdale to four state championship wins, won multiple Coach of the Year awards and earned 1,000 wins amid a drastically changing high school sports landscape.  

Aug 19, 2022

More STEM, workforce funding for community colleges

Community colleges in Maricopa, Pima and Pinal counties are set to get more money for programs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and workforce training thanks to a provision in this year’s state budget.