education funding

schools, House bill, Jones
Mar 3, 2023

House bill would seek public’s vote on whether to split school districts

Arizona lawmakers are moving to require a public vote in the state's largest school districts to determine whether they should be split up.

ESAs, Hobbs, school funding, K-12 education, vouchers, Horne, parents
Jan 27, 2023

Pandemic, culture wars revive ‘school choice’ policy push

With memories fresh from pandemic-era school closures and curriculum battles — particularly over how matters of gender and race are taught — legions of parents are trekking to the marble floors of their state Capitols to fight to create education savings accounts, also known as ESAs. Such accounts exist in Arizona and West Virginia, though Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs argues the dollars would be b[...]

Nov 20, 2021

Potentially devastating school budget cuts

Many people may not be aware of an impending education funding crisis that threatens to cripple public schools across Arizona. There is a state process known as the aggregate spending limit, which is part of the state budget. The Arizona Constitution established the aggregate expenditure limit, which limits spending for school districts statewide to the 1980 spending level plus […]

Feb 14, 2020

Panel OKs Ducey project to lift low-performing schools

Gov. Doug Ducey’s proposal to give money to low-income schools through a pilot project dubbed “Project Rocket” is taking shape and moving through the House of Representatives, but not everyone is pleased.

court, trial, Hobbs, commission
Jan 28, 2020

Ducey asks 9th Circuit to void court decision on land trust

Gov. Doug Ducey is asking a federal appeals court to overturn a ruling that could affect his ability and that of future governors to tap a special education trust account to funnel more cash into schools.

Oct 5, 2019

Gov. Ducey’s attack on judge out of line

Gov. Doug Ducey, the self-proclaimed “Education Governor” has unfairly lashed out at Judge Neil V. Wake for his ruling on the Proposition 123 enactment.

Oct 1, 2019

Court says 2016 school funding measure illegal

Gov. Doug Ducey acted illegally in pushing his 2016 plan to take money for K-12 education out of a trust account without first getting congressional approval, a federal judge has ruled.

Mar 18, 2019

Democrats kill bill to fund school supplies

Democrats and the Arizona Education Association said the proposal, which would have given each teacher in the state $200 to spend on school supplies, was not enough money and not a permanent solution to the state’s funding crisis.

Proposition 123, Ducey, Supreme Court, school trust fund, special election, Michael Pierce
Feb 18, 2019

Key Republicans compromise on sales tax hike for education

Three Republican lawmakers have reached a consensus on a plan to ask voters to raise a sales tax for education funding.

Feb 13, 2019

Give voters say on 1-cent tax to fund public schools

Arizona’s public schools need help. Even as we agree with the truthfulness of that statement, a solution isn’t obvious. But, we as leaders within rural Arizona’s political and education communities want to help our colleagues focus on the heart of the problem the way we do. Then we can work toward meaningful solutions.

The Capitol grounds were prepped for the state inauguration, which will take place on January 7, exactly one week before the opening day of the 2019 legislative session. PHOTO BY KATIE CAMPBELL/ARIZONA CAPITOL TIMES
Jan 7, 2019

The Breakdown: Session is coming

We’re just one week away from opening day, and already we’re off to an interesting start.

Nov 17, 2018

High voter turnout makes direct democracy more difficult

That record number of Arizonans who turned out to vote this year has a dark side for direct democracy: It's going to be harder for voters to propose their own laws or get rid of ones they don't like.