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.
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.
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.
$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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Legislators evaluate new school finance transparency tool
Arizona lawmakers are considering whether the state should continue funding its recently launched school finance transparency portal.
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.
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.