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K-12 schools

transgender students, Horne, bathrooms
Sep 18, 2023

Advocates say Horne’s bathroom recommendation ‘others’ transgender students

Jessie Jordan, an 11-year-old at West Elementary School in Coolidge Unified School District, told her mom she wanted to be called a girl when she was 2 years old. Jessie now identifies as a binary gender, wears dresses, has long hair and can practically run a marathon in high heels, said Johanna Jordan, Jessie’s mother. But, when the fifth grader is at school, she uses the nurse’s bathroom, wh[...]

Hobbs, governor, veto, sexually explicit materials, book ban, Hoffman, Horne
Jun 5, 2023

Veto of public porn or book banning?

Gov. Katie Hobbs vetoed a bill on Monday she said aimed to ban books, but the sponsor said it’s meant to ban the “practice” of filming pornography in public schools. 

K-12 education, schools, Cano, Epstein, Hobbs, Senate
Jun 2, 2023

Some lesser-known budget items you’ll love 

As House and Senate minority leaders, Andrés Cano and I convened our caucuses to develop our shared priorities for the budget, with perspectives from across the state. Housing and schools have topped our list consistently this year.

Accurso, Arizona Department of Education, parent groups, ESAs, Empowerment Scholarship Account program, public schools, private schools, homeschooling
Mar 16, 2023

ESA advocate heads program, draws parents’ ire 

Before working as director of the state’s Empowerment Scholarship Account program, Christine Accurso was an ESA mom herself and a ferocious supporter of universal expansion, but now the ESA parent groups that Accurso sprang from have turned their backs on one of their own.  

Jan 9, 2012

Brewer wants changes to tax code, state personnel and K-12 funding

Gov. Jan Brewer filled in the blanks from her State of the State address with an ambitious policy agenda heavy on restructuring the state’s tax system, changing the way public schools are funded, revamping the personnel system for state employees and throwing down the gauntlet over federal environmental and land management policies.