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Mar 28, 2023

Bill to remove school blueprints, floor plans from public access stalls

A bill to remove school blueprints and floor plans from public access has stalled in the House despite it having gotten bipartisan preliminary approval a month ago.

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Dec 12, 2022

Hobbs appears poised to side with school districts in legal fight

Incoming Gov. Katie Hobbs appears ready to side with school districts in their legal fight with the state and legislative leaders over whether they were illegally denied money for years they need to maintain classrooms and build new schools. And that could affect the outcome of a trial set to begin next month -- and the more than $6 billion they say they have been shorted so far.

Apr 13, 2022

Judge hears school-funding arguments

Attorneys for the state want a judge to throw out a 5-year-old lawsuit charging that lawmakers aren't living up to their constitutional and court-ordered obligation to adequately fund new schools and repair existing ones.

Dec 3, 2020

Good revenues belie looming budget uncertainty

With COVID-19 again on the rise in Arizona and the next legislative session looming, some in the Legislature are coming around to the idea of passing a so-called “skinny budget” that retains baseline spending levels from the previous fiscal year and ducking out early, just as lawmakers did last session.

May 11, 2020

Lawmakers still have time to show appreciation for teachers

Last week was Teacher Appreciation Week, and with many parents in Arizona and across the country trying to teach our kids at home, we’ve never appreciated our incredible professional educators more. Although many Arizona lawmakers are in the same boat, will their appreciation show? Public schools provide invaluable services, empowering Arizona’s children to thrive — […]

Aug 27, 2018

John Arnold: Counting on college attainment to boost economy

John Arnold, the newly appointed executive director of the Arizona Board of Regents, has an affinity for numbers.

Jan 15, 2018

Attorney for state tells judge school funding is ‘political question’

Attorney Brett Johnson told Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Daniel Martin the governor and the Legislature are working “very diligently” to resolve these issues, adding the “experts” in this area should be given the opportunity to deal with the question rather than having it decided by the courts.

Sep 29, 2017

Agencies make case for new spending, but most requests likely doomed

Gov. Doug Ducey is looking for good policies and savings. But requests for money from the general fund, the state’s all-purpose kitty, are tougher to justify than those that come from other sources, like grants and fees.

Sep 18, 2017

School facilities agency accepts auditors’ recommendations

Arizona's state board responsible for helping school districts keep their facilities up to par says it'll heed state auditors' recommendations for improvements in its own operations.

Aug 29, 2017

State asks judge to dismiss legal challenge to school finance scheme

Saying challengers have no right to sue, lawyers for the state want a judge to throw out a challenge to the state's school funding scheme.

Plaintiffs in a lawsuit over school maintenance funding stand behind Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest attorney Tim Hogan. Standing on the steps of Glendale Landmark Elementary School on Monday, Hogan argued the state is not living up to its constitutional obligations to properly fund school maintenance and construction, allowing the burden to instead fall to districts' taxpayers. (Photo by Katie Campbell, Arizona Capitol Times)
May 1, 2017

School districts file suit against state to fix crumbling buildings

School districts, education groups and taxpayers filed suit Monday to force lawmakers to pay for school maintenance and construction they have neglected for years.

Sep 28, 2016

Ducey appoints new head for school facilities funding agency

The state agency responsible for basic funding for maintaining and constructing K-12 public school facilities in Arizona has a new director.