Andrew Morrill

Jim Swanson, co-chair of a panel looking at school funding, details some of the preliminary findings Tuesday of a plan to redivide how state dollars are divided up. (Capitol Media Services photo by Howard Fischer)
Sep 22, 2015

Classrooms First Council wants K-12 formula overhaul, but details are scarce

Gov. Doug Ducey’s Classrooms First Council, which is charged with overhauling the formulas used to fund public schools, ended its grand unveiling of its finding with more questions than answers. But its members did agree on several broad priorities, including somehow finding a way to equalize the funding formulas between district and charter schools.

Aug 25, 2015

Despite pleas and promises, state can’t deliver on school funding settlement

Before leaving office, former Gov. Jan Brewer urged Arizona lawmakers to settle a nearly $2 billion dispute over inflation funding for K-12 education. Gov. Doug Ducey, in his State of the State address in January, pleaded with lawmakers to settle the case as well.

Dec 11, 2014

New schools chief won’t make dramatic changes to Common Core, top aide says

Superintendent of Public Instruction-elect Diane Douglas isn’t planning on immediately overhauling the state’s learning standards, her new chief of staff said.

Dec 1, 2014

Funding the waiting lists: Questions surround Ducey’s promise to get more children into high-performing schools

One of the biggest unanswered questions from Doug Ducey’s gubernatorial campaign is exactly how he will carry out his plan to “fully fund the wait lists” at Arizona’s top-performing charter and district schools.

Jul 18, 2014

Budget hole: AZ lawmakers face tough decisions after school funding ruling

Arizona lawmakers will likely spend the 2015 legislative session grappling with where to find hundreds of millions of dollars more than they’ve budgeted for education over the next five years.

Virginia, Arizona, State Board for Community Colleges, Virginia Community College System, Pima Community College, Michigan, Tucson, Pepperdine University
May 23, 2014

Lobbyist: ‘Education didn’t take a step back’

The fighting went on for months, but in the end an alliance of public school advocates and business community leaders won the main battles over education in this year’s legislative session.

Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal (Photo by Evan Wyloge/Arizona Capitol Times)
Feb 24, 2014

Huppenthal robocall stirs debate over education’s future

If public students are migrating to private schools via a first-of-a-kind state program, it’s happening in a trickle. But some public school advocates worry that the exodus soon could become a torrent.

Feb 17, 2014

Education committee OKs school voucher-like program

A House committee on Monday approved one of two small expansions of a voucher-like program that allows students to use public funds for a private education.

Jan 27, 2014

Supporters renew push for arming Arizona teachers

A bill before Arizona lawmakers this session renews a push to allow teachers to arm themselves in the classroom.

Jan 6, 2014

Voucher-like program expansion provokes alarm among Arizona educators

Proponents of a voucher-like program are preparing to make them available to every student statewide – more than a million youngsters – now that court challenges to the initial program have been rebuffed.

Apr 2, 2013

Federal judge rules in favor of Arizona labor unions

A federal judge handed Arizona unions a legal victory by finding two 2011 bills regulating paycheck deductions and picketing unconstitutional.

Arizona AG proposes arming 1 educator per school
Feb 27, 2013

Bill arming some rural Arizona teachers gets OK

Some teachers or administrators in rural schools and retired police officers working in any Arizona school would be allowed to carry a gun under a proposal approved by a Senate committee Tuesday.