school finance

Nov 20, 2021

Potentially devastating school budget cuts

Many people may not be aware of an impending education funding crisis that threatens to cripple public schools across Arizona. There is a state process known as the aggregate spending limit, which is part of the state budget. The Arizona Constitution established the aggregate expenditure limit, which limits spending for school districts statewide to the 1980 spending level plus […]

Aug 29, 2021

Arizona schools awash in federal virus cash, some flooded

Arizona K-12 schools have been sent nearly $4.3 billion through several federal coronavirus relief packages, with virtually every public charter school or traditional district receiving extra cash.

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Mar 4, 2020

Audit: Schools spending more in classrooms 3rd straight year

Fueled by additional state dollars, Arizona schools are spending a greater percentage of their available dollars this year in the classroom than last year.

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.

May 25, 2017

Public school advocates hold some inequities sacrosanct

The annual knife fight over available revenues in the state budget is often an exercise in directing dollars toward a specific constituency. $38 million dollars into the base for K-12 education is swallowed by the enormity of the $10 billion system and is lost in the rounding.

Jan 13, 2017

Education community applauds Ducey proposals, but urges end to tax cuts

Gov. Doug Ducey’s robust K-12 public schools agenda for the 2017 Legislature left the various interest groups of the education establishment thrilled, yet calling for longer-term solutions to Arizona’s education woes.

Jul 25, 2016

Chuck Essigs: Arizona’s school finance guru

Chuck Essigs came to Arizona in 1972 with plans to stay no more than a year to get an advanced degree. He got hooked on the Valley of the Sun, though, and has been helping to shape the state’s school finance formula ever since.

Jun 28, 2016

Despite continuing concerns, board approves Prop. 123 payment to schools

The state Investment Board voted unanimously Tuesday to distribute more than $190 million to schools by Thursday in the first payment for Proposition 123 despite continued arguments by state Treasurer Jeff DeWit that the funding -- and even the election that approved it -- is illegal.

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Jun 16, 2016

Arizona needs to reinvest in public education

Based on exit polling conducted during the special election, a large majority of both YES and NO voters believe that Arizona public schools need more funding to fill in the gaps.

May 19, 2016

Ducey declares victory on Prop 123 after vote margin widens

Ahead by nearly 16,800 votes and with ever-widening lead, it now appears Proposition 123 has been approved.

May 17, 2016

This time, voters are in and out of the polls in minutes

The long lines that marred last month’s presidential primary election were nowhere to be seen at the voting centers today.

May 16, 2016

Poll shows Prop. 123 with slim majority

On the eve of the special election, a poll shows Proposition 123 prevailing with a relatively modest victory.