A Save Our Schools Arizona volunteer hands off a box of signatures to another helper. The anti-school voucher expansion group delivered 111,540 signatures to the Arizona Secretary of State's Office on Aug. 8. (Photo by Katie Campbell/Arizona Capitol Times)
Aug 8, 2017

Voucher expansion on hold as effort to kill campaign begins

School voucher expansion legislation is on hold after Save Our Schools Arizona delivered, by the group’s count, 111,540 signatures today to refer the law to the 2018 general election ballot.

Aug 7, 2017

School group says it has enough signatures to put voucher law on hold

Save Our Schools Arizona claims to have collected enough signatures to temporarily halt the expansion of the state’s Empowerment Scholarship Account program.

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Aug 7, 2017

Confusion abounds over Ducey’s public-school performance pay plan

Gov. Doug Ducey’s signature results-based funding plan for excelling schools still has districts questioning when they will receive money and how exactly it must be spent.

Aug 2, 2017

Non-profit alleges campaign volunteers, school district violated election laws

The Public Integrity Alliance on Wednesday said the Glendale Elementary School District personnel and Save Our Schools Arizona violated rules regarding the use of public resources to influence political campaigns.

Jul 31, 2017

The CEOs speak

Arizona business leaders speak out on education and how best to prepare the nation's youth.

Jul 31, 2017

Recruiting public school teachers in Arizona a tough sell

Arizona State University’s Morrison Institute for Public Policy released a report in May showing more teachers are leaving the field or retiring early, citing low pay, increased workload, lack of support from administration and a lack of passion for the profession.

Jul 31, 2017

Split widens between business and education communities

After working together to pump $3.5 billion over a decade into the public education system, the business and education communities find themselves once more at odds following the latest actions at the Arizona Legislature.

Jul 28, 2017

Charter group: Excluding advanced math 8th graders skews test results

The exclusion of nearly 20 percent of eighth graders from the state’s public schools achievement test drove down math results in 2016, according to the Arizona Charter Schools Association.

Jul 28, 2017

Arizona public schools find ways to adapt to funding cuts

Arizona consistently ranks among the lowest in the nation for its per-student funding, a fact often cited by advocates hoping for a better financial picture for the state’s schools. But, as funding levels continue to lag years after the Great Recession, schools find ways to make do.

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Jul 11, 2017

Arizona group says school voucher bill repeal is on track

A group that opposes a major private school voucher expansion bill signed by Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey this spring says it is on track to collect enough signatures to place the law on hold.

Jul 7, 2017

Group hopes to stop school voucher expansion before it takes effect

When Arizona students return to school in August, a new law could make the state’s Empowerment Scholarship Accounts available to all 1.1 million of them. Unless a grassroots group of opponents has its way.

Jul 3, 2017

Free tuition program for teachers getting underway at state universities

After months of deliberation, state universities are aiming to admit 200 students in the fall 2017 semester to the Arizona Teacher Academy, a teacher-training program with free tuition.