Lisa Graham Keegan

Sep 3, 2014

Republican schools chiefs endorse Garcia over Douglas

Two former GOP schools chiefs are endorsing Democratic candidate David Garcia for superintendent of public instruction.

Jun 20, 2014

After 20 years, charter schools have become an integral part of AZ education

Armando Ruiz started Espiritu Schools by bulldozing apartments on family-owned property to make room for a few portable buildings to serve as classrooms.

The former south Phoenix lawmaker stood on the school grounds in Phoenix in June 2014 and pointed to where a mountain of 10,000 tires once rose next to 300 rusty, dilapidated cars.

Jan 9, 2012

‘Fab Five’ Arizona makes history, elects women to top 5 posts

Ten years after an Arizona governor was impeached and barely a year after another governor was forced from office by a federal conviction – both of whom were men – the Grand Canyon State made political history.

Dec 9, 2011

Déjà vu: Brewer expresses possible support for another K-12 tax hike

A coalition seeking a voter-approved tax hike for education may have an ally in Gov. Jan Brewer, who gave her strongest signals yet that she may support the group’s proposed ballot measure.

Sep 13, 2011

Looming fiscal crisis forces disparate education groups to work on new tax

Education groups from across the spectrum are putting their differences aside to work on a ballot measure that would raise taxes for K-12 education and put into place reforms that could fundamentally change the way schools operate in Arizona.

Jun 13, 2011

Education advocates mulling tax increases, major reforms

With a temporary sales tax increase set to expire in 2013, education advocates are looking to ask voters for another way to fund schools.

But though several organizations are considering ballot measures for the 2012 election, no one is quite sure what those proposals will look like or what taxes would be raised.

Jun 10, 2011

Capitol Quotes: June 10, 2011

“Nothing will persuade me to adopt a failed Keynesian Obama stimulus that is dragging the economy down.” — Rep. John Kavanagh, R-Fountain Hills, on the unemployment insurance extension.

Apr 8, 2011

Capitol Quotes: April 8, 2011

‘You can imagine how much pot has to be smoked for us to get $10 million in (sales taxes).” — Sen. Andy Biggs, on estimates medical marijuana sales taxes would bring in $10 million in fiscal year 2012.

Apr 8, 2011

Charter school groups await Horne’s response to funding lawsuit

While efforts to drastically change Arizona’s school finance system have not materialized in recent years at the Legislature, two lawsuits that aim to do that are creeping through Maricopa County Superior Court.