all-day kindergarten, half-day kindergarten, Hobbs, ESA
May 26, 2023

Hobbs cancels $50M for ESA all-day kindergarten

Gov. Katie Hobbs says she’s cancelling a $50 million contract that would have paid for students to attend all-day kindergarten at non-public schools using Empowerment Scholarship Accounts, or school vouchers. 

ESA, bids, private schools, tuition,
May 26, 2023

4 firms submit bids to run ESA program

Four financial management companies put in proposals to run the state’s burgeoning Empowerment Scholarship Account program, the state treasury announced May 22.

ESA, Board of Education, handbooks, Accurso
Apr 24, 2023

Board of Education approves ESA handbook despite concerns

The State Board of Education voted to approve the Empowerment Scholarship Account handbook today, though two board members voted against adopting the final draft, citing frustration with accepting last minute “substantive” changes without sufficient stakeholder input.  

per-pupil funding, education funds, K-12, Education Law Center
Apr 20, 2023

Arizona continues to trail in per-pupil funding

Arizona consistently hovers in the lowest percentile for per-pupil funding nationally. 

teachers, student teachers, Gress, House, Teachers Academy
Apr 17, 2023

Gress wants to expand Teachers Academy program

A first-term state lawmaker wants to expand the Teachers Academy program that provides scholarships to prospective public school teachers to students attending private and religious colleges.

Board of Education, ESAs
Mar 20, 2023

DOE’s proposed ESA handbook edits draw parents’ anger

The Arizona Department of Education’s proposed edits to the Empowerment Scholarship Account handbook were met with backlash and claims of improper outside influence in a state board of education meeting today.  

Jul 2, 2019

Education department reverses course, grants military family voucher

A 5-year-old Sierra Vista boy denied an Empowerment Scholarship Account and featured in a video posted over the weekend by a school choice organization will get state help paying for private school this fall.

Jun 24, 2019

Board of Ed scraps proposal on sex education rules

Facing a barrage of parental criticism, the state Board of Education decided Monday to scrap a proposal to remove certain language from the rules on sex education.

(Photo by Carmen Forman/Arizona Capitol Times)
May 16, 2019

Teachers hope summer vacation comes before budget passed

The potential for red-clad teachers again descending on the Capitol could motivate legislators to wrap up budget negotiations before school is out for summer.

Virginia, Arizona, State Board for Community Colleges, Virginia Community College System, Pima Community College, Michigan, Tucson, Pepperdine University
Apr 29, 2019

Board of education votes to settle ‘no promo homo’ lawsuit

Weeks after the Legislature voted to repeal Arizona’s no promo homo’ statute, the Arizona State Board of Education unanimously voted Monday to settle the lawsuit that prompted the change.

ESA, Board of Education, handbooks, Accurso
Mar 29, 2019

Gay rights groups sue over Arizona’s ‘no promo homo’ law

Two gay rights organizations filed suit Thursday in federal court in Tucson challenging the legality of what some call Arizona’s “no promo homo” law.

Mar 8, 2019

Invest in Ed coalition leaders oppose GOP sales tax increase

Leaders of the Invest in Ed coalition, which tried but failed to get an income tax hike for education spending on the 2018 ballot, are urging lawmakers to reject a proposal to instead raise Arizona’s sales tax.