Arizona Education Association

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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.

Aug 28, 2023

Million Dollar Teacher Project helps retain educators

Madrid Neighborhood School, a K-8 campus in Alhambra Elementary School District, is entering the school year with a 100% teacher retention rate.  

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Aug 28, 2023

Funding anxiety hits schools as Covid relief runs out

District and charter schools spent just about half of Covid relief allocation in FY2022, with the bulk of spent funds and planned spending for FY2023 going toward employing and maintaining staff, according to an updated report from the Arizona Auditor General’s Office.  

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Mar 24, 2023

Bill aids access to dual enrollment courses 

A bill moving through the Legislature looks to improve access to dual enrollment courses for high school students in Arizona.  

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Mar 24, 2023

AEL faces uncertain future over legitimacy, longevity

The Legislature overrode the Aggregate Expenditure Limit (AEL) again this session, leading some to question its legitimacy and staying power. 

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Mar 17, 2023

New Arizona hotline sees few calls about race-based lessons

Only a handful of complaints out of hundreds of calls to a new state hotline for reporting race-based lessons have warranted investigation, Arizona's top education official said Friday.

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Mar 16, 2023

Oppose HB2800, find real solutions to teacher pay

Please join us in urging our colleagues to vote NO on HB2800, and instead work together for bipartisan solutions with the governor and those of us listening to teachers and other education experts. 

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Mar 13, 2023

Arizona schools chief sets up critical race theory hotline

The Arizona Department of Education has launched a hotline for people to report classroom lessons that use critical race theory or emotional support curriculum, concepts that have been the target of conservative outrage in recent years.

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Jan 9, 2023

Hobbs calls for more money for public schools, oversight for charters in first State of the State 

Gov. Katie Hobbs is putting education at the top of her agenda for 2023. In her State of the State address on Monday afternoon, Democrat Hobbs said she wants to lift a spending cap that could kneecap public schools, increase funding for public education – specifically teacher pay – and improve oversight of non-district schools that receive public money. 

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Oct 10, 2022

Arizona leaders join others at White House for forum on federal funds

Arizona local, tribal and labor leaders were at the White House Friday to hear administration officials highlight the billions in recent federal funding that is coming to states for everything from roads to water to broadband.

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Oct 7, 2022

Most AZ voters say elections fair, secure 

The newest update to the Arizona Voters’ Agenda survey found Arizonans believe their elections are secure, and identified priorities as increasing housing affordability, addressing water shortages, reforming immigration policies and investing in critical infrastructure, transportation and education.   

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Sep 9, 2022

Here’s what you should know about ESAs

Arizona is again grappling with the issue of Empowerment Scholarship Accounts and whether voters should decide for themselves if taxpayer money can fund private and home schools for all K-12 students.