K-12 education

budget, House, Senate, K-12 education
Aug 25, 2023

Lawmakers pool resources to craft budget projects 

Legislative Republicans and Democrats pooled their resources this session to craft major expenses in the state budget, including a $300 million boost to K-12 education and a $260 million tax rebate to Arizona families, plus many smaller projects also were negotiated into the budget.  

Hobbs, governor, tax credit, families, Hoffman
Aug 25, 2023

Q&A with Governor Katie Hobbs 

In her first legislative session as governor, Katie Hobbs had to navigate a sharply divided Legislature, at times working closely with Republican leadership while also facing attempts by GOP lawmakers to thwart her agenda. 

Medicaid, budget, Petersen, Toma, legislature, Democrats, Republicans
Apr 24, 2023

Petersen: state’s Medicaid program won’t have funds to pay bills unless budget deal reached soon

The state's Medicaid program won't have money to pay its bills next month unless the governor and lawmakers reach a deal -- and soon -- on at least some elements of a budget.

teacher pay, Gress, House, salaries, education, K-12
Mar 28, 2023

$10K teacher raise bill stalls; Gress hopes for bipartisan solution

A Republican measure that would give Arizona teachers a $10,000 raise over the next two years stalled as the bill sponsor hopes to reach a bipartisan agreement that Gov. Katie Hobbs can sign.

teacher pay, AEL, Cook, Shah, Marsh, Gutierrez
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. 

Petersen, Senate, House, AEL, public schools, Hobbs
Feb 8, 2023

Senate follows House, OKs waiving AEL

After the House passed a resolution to waive the aggregate expenditure limit, the Senate followed suit.  

AEL, House, school funding, classroom spending, teachers, supplies
Jan 31, 2023

Legislation to override AEL passes House panel 

Lawmakers in the state House of Representatives took the first steps in waiving a spending limit that would require each K-12 school in Arizona to cut 17% of its operating budget. 

absent, truancy, Helios, WestEd, K-8, attendance, schools, Kavanagh
Jan 11, 2023

Study shows number of students chronically absent jumped significantly

Helios Education Foundation, in partnership with WestEd, headed research on chronic absences rates and found in 2021, one in five K-8 students in Arizona schools was chronically absent. The learning loss from absences, compounded with learning loss from the pandemic, continues to threaten student mobility and drop-out rates.  

Jan 6, 2023

Education funding, election issues expected to be among most contentious issues in session

The 2023 legislative session is being brought to you by the letter E. As in education funding and election issues. These promise to be among the most contentious issues as lawmakers return to the Capitol on Monday.

school funding, Ducey, Hobbs, School Facilities Board, Dewain Fox, Maricopa County Superior Court, Secretary of State, Bowers, Fann, Hebert, Supreme Court, building schools, maintenance, air conditioning, roofs
Dec 9, 2022

It’s time to address school spending limit

We should not wait any longer – the Legislature must take up the Aggregate Expenditure Limit (AEL) as soon as possible to ensure our schools have budget certainty.

vouchers, private schools, parochial schools, Empowerment Scholarship Accounts, Arizona Department of Education, Save Our Schools Arizona, ESAs, tuition, public schools, K-12 education, Ducey, Lewis
Dec 5, 2022

Not quite universal, but families flocked to universal voucher program

Arizona parents have flocked to apply for the state’s new universal Empowerment Scholarship Accounts, which let any family apply for state funds to pay for their child’s schooling, regardless of need.

education, funding, K-12, Bolding, Bowers, Fann, Kathy Hoffman, Arizona Association of School Business Officials, Ducey, constitutional spending limit, budget cuts, Ducey, AEL, Bowie, Lake, Hobbs, Democrats, Republicans, legislature, November election
Dec 5, 2022

Ducey: no special session to address education unless lawmakers tackle other issues

Lame duck Gov. Doug Ducey said Monday he won't call a special legislative session to deal with problems with school funding before his term ends this month until he gets a promise that lawmakers will deal with some issues on his own agenda.