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May 8, 2023

Arizona lawmakers propose increase in base education funding

The proposed state budget released today marks some strides forward for public education funding, including a 0.9% increase in base level funding. 

per-pupil funding, education funds, K-12, Education Law Center
Apr 20, 2023

Arizona continues to trail in per-pupil funding

Arizona consistently hovers in the lowest percentile for per-pupil funding nationally. 

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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. 

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.  

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Mar 2, 2023

Resolution cuts governor out of budget process

The Senate passed a resolution March 1 that would allow the previous year’s budget to go into effect for the next year, if the governor won’t sign off on a new budget.  

AEL, legislation, bill, Cook, Chaplik, Pingerelli, bill, private schools, district public schools, charter schools, school funding
Feb 7, 2023

House votes to waive AEL with bipartisan support

The House voted to waive the aggregate expenditure limit (AEL) today with bipartisan support, clearing the two-thirds majority necessary to send it forward. The resolution, sponsored by Rep. David Cook, R-Globe, needed 40 votes to pass and received 46.  

vouchers, ESA, private schools, public schools, Ducey, Hobbs, governor, tuition, budget
Feb 6, 2023

Nation watches as Arizona’s universal ESA voucher fiasco fails

Universal ESA vouchers are already a dismal failure defunding our local public schools, threatening to bankrupt our state and raising red flags about taxpayer-funded discrimination. And the nation is watching as special interests rush to force through vouchers in other states before the cautionary tale of Arizona comes fully to light.

bus drivers, school districts, teacher pay, Tempe High School, Arizona School Personnel Administrators, Tucson Unified School District, Phoenix Elementary School District, Arizona School Nurse Access Program, Arizona Department of Education, Save Our Schools, teachers, educators, Colorado, Arizona
Dec 6, 2022

Report: Schools struggle to fill range of jobs in classroom and beyond

There are many skills a school principal may need on a regular basis but vacuuming and bus driving were probably not in the curriculum at teacher’s college.

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Oct 14, 2022

25K apply in 1st wave of universal vouchers

Applications for the first quarter universal empowerment scholarship accounts close on October 15. With them comes the permanency of the first universal voucher program in the country.  

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Sep 30, 2022

State gives parents extra time to seek voucher payments

State education officials are giving parents who want to seek immediate voucher payments an extra 15 days to apply.

Sep 28, 2022

Republicans push Hobbs to finish referendum signature verification

Republicans across the state joined forces today urging Secretary of State Katie Hobbs to “expedite” the signature verification process on a seemingly failed voter referendum to block universal expansion of empowerment scholarships. 

Sep 24, 2022

Voucher foes turn in petition signatures

Foes of universal school vouchers turned in 141,714 signatures Friday to give voters the last word.