Public Schools

ESA, Horne, Lewis
Jun 1, 2023

ESA vouchers projected to cost $900M next year

The Empowerment Scholarship Account program is on track to cost the state $900 million by the end of the next fiscal year, according to the most recent estimate by the Arizona Department of Education.

ESA, Board of Education, handbooks, Accurso
Apr 24, 2023

Board of Education approves ESA handbook despite concerns

The State Board of Education voted to approve the Empowerment Scholarship Account handbook today, though two board members voted against adopting the final draft, citing frustration with accepting last minute “substantive” changes without sufficient stakeholder input.  

diversity, inclusion, Scottsdale Unified School District, school board, White Nationalist
Apr 21, 2023

Some issues must be repeated again and again

Might I suggest to those of you who do not like public school education or refuse to respect teachers and administrators who have spent years learning their trade, IMMEDIATELY take your child out of the public school system, and homeschool or send them to a private or charter school.

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, Gress, legislature, House, Senate, K-12 public schools
Mar 27, 2023

House Republicans give early approval to teacher raises

Arizona House Republicans on Monday gave preliminary approval to $10,000 per year raises for public school teachers over the objections of Democrats who say the plan is a fake effort they know GOP lawmakers can't fund in the long term.

critical race theory, public schools, Horne, Save Our Schools, academics, CRT, Empower Hotline
Mar 24, 2023

Educators say ‘critical race theory’ is dog whistle 

Educators are frustrated over the debate about “critical race theory” in conversations around public education in Arizona. 

teacher pay, AEL, Cook, Shah, Marsh, Gutierrez
Mar 24, 2023

AEL faces uncertain future over legitimacy, longevity

The Legislature overrode the Aggregate Expenditure Limit (AEL) again this session, leading some to question its legitimacy and staying power. 

Board of Education, ESAs
Mar 20, 2023

DOE’s proposed ESA handbook edits draw parents’ anger

The Arizona Department of Education’s proposed edits to the Empowerment Scholarship Account handbook were met with backlash and claims of improper outside influence in a state board of education meeting today.  

banned books, Wadsack, Marsh, Anna Hernandez, Senate, libraries, gender fluid
Mar 20, 2023

Senators approve Department of Education developing banned book list

State senators agreed to have the state Department of Education come up with a list of books that cannot be used in public schools.

school finances, Horne, Gress, school finance transparency portal, Allovue, Gutierrez, Pingerelli, Schiwebert, teacher pay
Mar 17, 2023

Legislators evaluate new school finance transparency tool 

Arizona lawmakers are considering whether the state should continue funding its recently launched school finance transparency portal.  

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.  

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.