The proposed state budget released today marks some strides forward for public education funding, including a 0.9% increase in base level funding.
Arizona consistently hovers in the lowest percentile for per-pupil funding nationally.
Educators are frustrated over the debate about “critical race theory” in conversations around public education in Arizona.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
State education officials are giving parents who want to seek immediate voucher payments an extra 15 days to apply.
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.
Foes of universal school vouchers turned in 141,714 signatures Friday to give voters the last word.