Diane Douglas

Apr 13, 2020

Audit calls for more staff for voucher program

An audit into the state’s Empowerment Scholarship Accounts program management shows that the Arizona Department of Education needs to hire 21 additional full-time employees in order to run it smoothly.

Feb 3, 2020

Matthew Ladner: Arizona’s school choice guru

Matthew Ladner is one of the biggest school choice advocates in Arizona and he thinks the debate on the topic is not a productive one.

Proposition 123, Ducey, Supreme Court, school trust fund, special election, Michael Pierce
Oct 25, 2019

Schools chief asks for more money to probe teacher misconduct

The state’s schools chief says the team in charge of investigating teacher misconduct claims is understaffed and overworked, and she wants enough money to double the staff.

Oct 24, 2019

Ducey won’t commit to more funds for school voucher program

Gov. Doug Ducey won't commit to providing the funds that schools chief Kathy Hoffman says she needs to properly administer the state's voucher program.

Virginia, Arizona, State Board for Community Colleges, Virginia Community College System, Pima Community College, Michigan, Tucson, Pepperdine University
Aug 9, 2019

Mesa homeschooled students given ESA vouchers by mistake

An error by Mesa Public Schools could lead to 27 homeschooled students losing access to the Arizona Empowerment Scholarship Accounts program they were mistakenly granted.

Jul 29, 2019

The Breakdown: Between the lines

One Democratic lawmaker wants to spend 2020 tackling a unique form of gerrymandering, and argues that inmates in Arizona prisoners shouldn’t count towards the population of the legislative district that the prison is drawn in.

Jul 26, 2019

Hoffman, school choice group clash over voucher program

A school choice organization fired its third broadside in as many months against the Arizona Department of Education, accusing the Democratic administration of playing fast and loose with state laws to stifle the voucher program.

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.

Jun 3, 2019

Hoffman’s early days in office calm compared to predecessors

Arizona’s current school’s chief has many differences compared to her two predecessors.

Feb 11, 2019

Bill strips Department of Education of voucher oversight

A Republican lawmaker wants the state to hire a private company to oversee and administer Arizona’s voucher program and wants State Treasurer Kimberly Yee, not the newly elected Democratic superintendent, to choose the vendor.

Dec 21, 2018

Douglas: Legislature shortchanges school voucher program

Outgoing Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas accused Arizona lawmakers of routinely underfunding the Department of Education’s effort to oversee the state’s voucher program, leaving millions of dollars earmarked for administrative costs untouched.

Dec 17, 2018

Douglas unrepentant as her ‘Camelot period’ ends

Diane Douglas may be out, but she’s not down.