ESA, microschool
Aug 31, 2023

Alternative micro-school fails to meet zoning laws

Tia Howard wanted to start her own micro-school. So, she contracted with a curriculum provider, found a piece of rural residential land, signed a contract and made a $5,000 deposit. But Howard soon found Pinal County’s zoning code does not account for micro-schools. And per an interpretation from the county, a micro-school would be barred from rural residential land as it does not fall under the[...]

Mar 16, 2022

Senate panel OKs bills fortifying ‘parental rights’

A Senate panel on Tuesday passed Republican-sponsored bills increasing parents’ power to veto school materials and get access to more information on the lives of their children.

guns, House, Senate, parents, schools, Hobbs, veto, Marine Corps
Mar 3, 2022

Pro-Gun bills pass Senate judiciary committee

Bills allowing loaded guns on school campuses and guns in public areas passed through the Senate Judiciary Committee today on party lines.  Each of the two bills came to the committee after passing out of the House on Feb. 17 and made it narrowly out with opposition from Democrats.   House Bill 2414 makes a small […]

Feb 23, 2022

Expanded parental rights fight brews at Legislature

The Arizona House gave initial approval Tuesday to a Republican-backed bill that boosts the rights of parents to know what is happening with their children in schools and allows them to push for penalties for teachers who they believe violated their parental rights.  The penalty provisions in the broad expansion of the state’s parents’ bill […]

Feb 21, 2022

Senate OKs raise to AEL

The Senate mustered enough votes today to sidestep massive cuts to public school funding.  After several weeks of inaction, the Senate passed legislation 23-6 to raise a spending cap on school monies that would have prevented Arizona schools from accessing more than $1 billion the Legislature allocated to them last summer.   The resolution to […]

guns, Brnovich, gun control, Congress, Biden
Feb 21, 2022

Guns don’t belong on college campuses

Like many students of my generation, I have vivid early memories of gun violence. I remember my 7th grade math class making snowflakes to send to traumatized students after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary. Four years later, I was shaken by the shooting at the Pride Night Club in Orlando, Florida.  I first got […]

Feb 10, 2022

Let’s defuse schools’ ticking time bomb NOW

As legislators, we work hard every day to best represent our communities. We represent different parts of the state and come from different parties. While we may disagree on some issues, what we all agree on is the value of our public schools. This is why we need to work together in a bipartisan way […]

Feb 8, 2022

Higher-ed pushes back on campus carry

Students, administrators and faculty are lining up to oppose a bill currently moving through the Senate that may prohibit universities and colleges from enforcing any policy restricting the possession of a concealed weapon on campus by any person who has a valid concealed weapons permit.   The Arizona Board of Regents and the state’s three […]

Feb 7, 2022

Transportation for autism students shouldn’t be this hard

As Arizona’s first and only autism-focused public charter school, we’ve encountered many unnecessary and bureaucratic obstacles throughout the years that prevent students from receiving the service that best meet their needs.  Our school serves as a lifeline for students who weren’t receiving the level of attention, specialized services and high-quality education they deserve. About 80% of[...]

Jan 28, 2022

Allow CTEDs to evolve, meet community needs

We believe CTEDs can provide another post-secondary option for Arizona high school students and adults that will increase the number of students obtaining secondary degrees.

Jan 27, 2022

Senate panel rejects partisan school board mandate

State senators on January 25 quashed legislation designed to ensure that parents and others can protest outside school board meetings without fear of arrest.

Jan 24, 2022

The right against the right

VOTERS, this is NOT the time to ignore proposed Arizona legislation. Many of the bills your elected officials are bringing up in the next session of the Arizona Congress have NO merit and DO NOTHING to benefit your family. They are outrageous and extreme. Please review the bills (not all are listed) and contact any […]