school districts

dual enrollment, colleges, Education Forward, diplomas, degrees, universities
Mar 8, 2023

Dual enrollment opens the door to college

After three years of declining student achievement, increased absenteeism, and rising dropout rates, the Arizona Senate is considering a bill to address all those issues.

schools, House bill, Jones
Mar 3, 2023

House bill would seek public’s vote on whether to split school districts

Arizona lawmakers are moving to require a public vote in the state's largest school districts to determine whether they should be split up.

Mar 2, 2023

Report: over half school districts in state spent less in classroom instruction

More than half the school districts in Arizona spent a smaller percentage of their dollars in classroom instruction in the last school year than the year before, according to a new report.

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.  

education, Hobbs, results-based funding, K-12 education, public schools, Arizona School Administrators Association, Stand for Children Arizona, Office of Education Innovation, Brewer, K-8, Career and Technical Education Programs, Advanced Placement, letter grades, pandemic
Jan 27, 2023

Governor targets results-based funding for schools 

Democrat Gov. Katie Hobbs proposed the end of results-based funding in her budget, effectively untying additional per-pupil funding from achievement determined by the school letter grade system.  

Dec 14, 2022

With cyberattacks on rise, schools need help

It’s time to act. Cybercriminals aren’t going away, and we can’t waste any more time letting them shut down public education.

Sep 20, 2021

Switch to electric school buses will protect kids’ health

Our children are worth the investment. Students should be able to get to and from school without being forced to inhale dangerous exhaust fumes every day. It’s not only critical for their health, but critical for their academic success.  

Aug 18, 2021

Ducey blocks cash from schools mandating masks

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey on Tuesday upped the pressure on the growing number of public-school districts defying a state ban on mask mandates as they try to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Feb 12, 2019

Bill gives citizens right to sue schools, cities over elections

Saying state and county prosecutors may balk, a House panel voted Tuesday to let anyone file suit to claim that public dollars are being used to influence elections.

Jan 8, 2019

Bill introduced to set same procurement standards for district, charter schools

A Republican lawmaker wants school districts held to the same procurement standards as Arizona charter schools, but most charters aren’t held to any procurement standard at all.

In this Nov. 16, 2017, photo, Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas addresses about 50 school district and charter school representatives at her department's annual MEGA Conference on programs and services for low-income students. In October, the Arizona Department of Education revealed it had misallocated millions in Title I funding, federal dollars for the state's most economically disadvantaged kids. (Photo by Katie Campbell/Arizona Capitol Times)
Aug 2, 2018

Plan in place to fix millions in misallocated school funds

Nine months after the Arizona Department of Education notified schools it had misallocated millions in funding for special education programs, the federal government has approved a plan to correct the error.

A woman holds a sign that reads "Gov. Ducey... is this what you had in mind when you mandated the civics exam?". She joined thousands of protesters at Chase Field before marching to the Arizona Capitol on April 26. (Photo by Katie Campbell/Arizona Capitol Times)
May 25, 2018

School districts, lawmakers clash over teacher pay

Arizona lawmakers, roundly criticized this year over poorly funded public schools, want to make one thing clear: They’re not the ones responsible for giving teachers raises.