Arizona Department of Education

Horne, Hobbs, Covid, overstepping, ESAs, English Language Learners, CRT
Sep 18, 2023

Concerned resident raises concerns about Horne’s actions as schools chief

A concerned Arizona resident shared a letter she sent to Tom Horne, who she claims has overstepped his power since assuming the office of State Superintendent of Public Instruction.

ESA, Empowerment Scholarship Account, Arizona Department of Education, Save Our Schools Arizona, Horne, Beth Lewis
Sep 7, 2023

ESA program added almost 50,000 students in the past year, state reports

The state added nearly 12,000 students to the Empowerment Scholarship Account program in the last quarter, bringing total enrollment to 61,689 at the end of June and renewing debates about the costs and benefits of the program.

COVID, funds, schools, Horne, Coconino County, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Valley
Sep 1, 2023

Student and teacher mental health programming supported by Covid funds could be in limbo

Student and educator mental health programming supported by Covid grant relief funds may be in limbo after the Arizona Department of Education requested reports on the efficacy in remedying learning loss.  

ESAs, Arizona Department of Education, tuition, public schools, private schools, parents, Hobbs, Lewis, Ladner
Aug 25, 2023

Attempts to curtail universal ESA program fail

In the first legislative session following the universal expansion of the Empowerment Scholarship Account program, attempts to curtail or enact further oversight for the program fell flat.

ESA, Horne, vendor, ClassWallet, debit cards
Aug 25, 2023

ADE says work being done on ESA program as ClassWallet continues as vendor

With ClassWallet in the process of continuing its contract with the state as the Empowerment Scholarship Account financial vendor, the Arizona Department of Education confirmed work on long-term changes to the program, most notably the revival of debit cards using automation and artificial intelligence.  

caregivers, direct care workers
Aug 11, 2023

Arizona needs 190K direct care workers in next seven years

By 2030, Arizona will need more than 190,000 new direct care workers. Those results, from a 2021 survey from the Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute (PHI), concluded that, without intervention, the caregiver crisis will worsen.

Aug 10, 2023

Funding available for SROs, but positions hard to fill

Funding exists for 301 school resource officers through the Arizona Department of Education’s School Safety Grant, but some schools have yet to find an officer to fill the position.  

ESA, vendor, ClassWallet, ADE, Horne
Aug 1, 2023

ClassWallet selected to keep operating as financial vendor for ESA program

ClassWallet will continue to operate as the financial vendor for the Empowerment Scholarship Account (ESA) program, the Office of the State Treasurer Arizona announced today. 

data breach, ESA, Arizona Department of Education, leak, employees, resignations, Accurso, Rizzo, Horne
Aug 1, 2023

AZDOHS concludes former ADE employee is behind data leak of ESA families’ information

The Arizona Department of Homeland Security concluded a former Arizona Department of Education staffer is behind a data leak of Empowerment Scholarship Account (ESA) families’ personal information.

teachers, teacher pay, tiny houses, Horne, Chino Valley Unified School District, Arizona
Jul 31, 2023

With pay lagging, school districts try other enticements to get teachers

Chino Valley is trying tiny houses as an inducement for teachers. The district is not alone. From tiny houses to alternative teacher certification programs to hiring teachers from overseas, school districts around Arizona are scrambling for ways to attract teachers to a state that offers some of the lowest salaries in the nation.

data breach, ESA, Hobbs, Horne, Accurso
Jul 28, 2023

ESA data breach prompts state Homeland Security investigation 

A recent data breach involving the contractor in charge of Arizona’s expanded Empowerment Scholarship Account (ESA) program is now under investigation by the Arizona Department of Homeland Security.  

students' mental health, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, social-emotional learning, Mental Health America’s Youth Ranking
Jul 27, 2023

Grant addresses students’ mental health issues

Nikki Kontz, clinical director at Teen Lifeline, a crisis hotline and suicide prevention education provider, became a peer counselor after she lost a friend to suicide in high school. And 29 years later, as she oversees the program she started in, Kontz continues to emphasize the enduring importance of creating strong networks of support in schools, involving peers, teachers, counselors and admini[...]