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Oct 14, 2022

25K apply in 1st wave of universal vouchers

Applications for the first quarter universal empowerment scholarship accounts close on October 15. With them comes the permanency of the first universal voucher program in the country.  

Jun 21, 2022

Legislature must foster career pathways for transportation workers

Arizona has the opportunity to cement its position as a leader in the autonomous-vehicle sector, but this requires an education system capable of producing workers with the skills needed to succeed in the jobs that this industry will generate.

Aug 15, 2020

Jobless to get boost in federal funds

Gov. Doug Ducey on Friday accepted a federal offer of an extra $300 a week in unemployment benefits to more than 370,000 Arizonans out of work to replace the $600 payments that expired at the end of July.

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Aug 10, 2020

Governor’s Office doing ‘homework’ on jobless benefits extension

Arizonans whose enhanced jobless benefits ran out this week may get a chance for some additional cash.

Jul 17, 2020

Democratic jobless plan emerges to dormant Legislature

A Democratic proposal to bolster the state’s unemployment benefit system is taking shape. It’s the product of a consortium of lawmakers and left-leaning think-tanks who fear that the expiration of federal benefit supplements at the end of July could spell trouble for hundreds of thousands of out-of-work Arizonans. The broad outline of the plan, which […]

May 15, 2020

Lawmakers must tackle state’s woeful unemployment insurance benefits

Federal government assistance is buffering Arizonans from the impact of skyrocketing unemployment, but that help is time limited.

Oct 1, 2018

Conservatives oppose proposed ban on taxing services

To hear the supporters of Proposition 126 tell it, Arizona lawmakers are chomping at the bit to tax medical services, child care and even veterinary bills. Never mind that lawmakers already can do that now - and have not.

Sep 28, 2017

‘Institute’ report reads like hit piece, charter schools well regulated, transparent

I was disappointed to read that a loosely organized “institute” of former elected officials and politicians released a report – not on how to help all schools improve – but, rather, singling out charter schools for unfounded criticism. The report is riddled with errors and inconsistencies, and drips with sarcasm. Suffice to say, it reads more like a campaign hit-piece than a scholarly anal[...]

Save Our Schools Arizona supporters sit in the audience of the Arizona Capitol Times Morning Scoop on school choice on Sept. 19. (Photo by Katie Campbell/Arizona Capitol Times)
Sep 19, 2017

Education panelists spar over school choice

While school choice has sparked a divisive debate in Arizona, panelists at the Arizona Capitol Times Morning Scoop on the topic Tuesday seemed to find common ground on one point: The state system for school funding could be due for a reboot.

Feb 23, 2016

What’s inefficiency to some

Ducey and lawmakers have perennially touted charter schools’ highest achievements, including the reputation by some as among the best in the country. But a new study by the Grand Canyon Institute, a centrist research group, claims that charters are financially inefficient.

Apr 28, 2014

Why Arizona’s regulatory moratorium is unnecessary

We expect our drinking water to be clean and safe and our lakes, rivers and streams to be places we can fish and swim. Why is this so? Forty-four years ago on April 22, the world embarked upon a still unfinished journey to protect the environment from the unintended effects of our industrial society. The Clean Water Act and the Clean Air Act are just two of the key pieces of legislation our Congre[...]

Feb 14, 2014

Arizona pension system still best for public workers, taxpayers

Glaring headlines about Arizona’s public worker retirement system suggest that your typical retired teacher, firefighter or police officer is sipping margaritas on a beach somewhere enjoying a six-figure pension. Meanwhile the state’s pension funds are running out of money, leaving you, the taxpayer, stuck with the bill.