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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 […]
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.
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.
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.
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.