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ESA, tuition, costs, Horne, Lewis
Feb 17, 2023

Bill to expand ESA reporting advances, barely

A bill that would expand reporting requirements for the Empowerment Scholarship Account (ESA) program narrowly passed the Senate Education Committee on Feb. 15.  

Sep 28, 2021

Tax cut likely to go to voters

It looks like Arizona voters are going to get the last word on a $1.5 billion tax cut approved by Republican lawmakers and signed by Gov. Doug Ducey.

Jul 23, 2021

Public education groups launch referendums

The Invest in Arizona coalition launched its signature gathering campaign July 17, looking to take three measures to Arizona voters in 2022.

Jun 24, 2021

Voucher expansion proposal puts Udall, John on the spot

The Senate’s passage of a massive voucher expansion will test the resolve of two Republican House members who killed the expansion earlier this year.

May 25, 2021

Referendum in the works to veto proposed flat tax

Education groups are prepared to go to the ballot if the Gov. Doug Ducey-backed flat tax gets legislative approval with the budget this year.

Mar 23, 2021

Senate to consider restriction on school expulsions, suspensions

When it comes to suspending or expelling students, how young is too young? If a new proposal becomes law, the answer in Arizona will be 7 or younger.

Nov 2, 2020

Chamber late on spending report in challenge to education tax

A business group waited until three days before the election to file a report disclosing it’s dumping more than $8.6 million into a last-ditch effort to defeat Proposition 208.

Aug 19, 2020

Standing for children in Arizona for more than a decade

Recently, Eileen Klein claimed that Invest in Ed had been organized by a narrow set of special interests outside of Arizona and called out my organization as a “commander of Invest in Ed” from Oregon. Her attack on Stand for Children Arizona is outrageous given the fact Stand for Children Arizona was at the campaign […]

Feb 28, 2020

Lobbyists navigate lawmakers’ bad behavior, professional relationships

In 2018, at the height of the Me Too movement, investigators for the House of Representatives dismissed a lobbyist’s allegations of harassment against a state representative because the lobbyist sent friendly text messages after the alleged incident occurred.

Nov 8, 2019

Education groups consider measure to tax rich – and poor

The activists behind last year’s Invest in Education Act are considering a comeback – they’re eyeing a sales tax hike, an idea they have routinely rejected in the past as regressive and detrimental to the poor.

Oct 30, 2018

Campaigns spend nearly $54 million on renewable energy ballot measure

The state's largest electric company has now poured more than $30 million into its bid to convince Arizonans not to force it and other utilities to use more renewable resources.

Gov. Doug Ducey announces a plan to give teachers a 20 percent raise over the next three fiscal years. (Photo by Katie Campbell/Arizona Capitol Times)
May 25, 2018

Agreement on school funding ends at whether more is needed

Arizona’s public education system could use more money– a point few argue against. The disagreement comes when elected officials and education advocates start talking about how to get there.