Horne, Hobbs, Covid, overstepping, ESAs, English Language Learners, CRT
Sep 18, 2023

Concerned resident raises concerns about Horne’s actions as schools chief

A concerned Arizona resident shared a letter she sent to Tom Horne, who she claims has overstepped his power since assuming the office of State Superintendent of Public Instruction.

homeless children, homelessness, students, Title 1
Sep 15, 2023

The crisis hiding in plain sight? Advocating for 1.2+ million students facing homelessness

In 1988, about 1% of U.S. families were experiencing homelessness. Today, that number has grown to 34%. Since 2004, the number of students experiencing homelessness has risen by 63%. In a 2022 report from The National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE), it was reported that 1,280,886 students experienced homelessness during the 2019-2020 school year, which represented 2.5% of all students enroll[...]

Covid, Hobbs, Horne, relief funds, children
Sep 8, 2023

Hobbs and Horne at odds over Covid funds

A blame game between two top state officials threatens to lose the state more than $22 million in federal Covid relief dollars for education.

all-day kindergarten, half-day kindergarten, Hobbs, ESA
Sep 1, 2023

Arizona has more work to do to fund public schools equitably

As students in Phoenix and across the country continue to reel from the effects of the Covid pandemic, there has been a lot of conversation about the importance of students receiving the education funding they need. By March 2021, the federal government had committed an unprecedented $190 billion in extra funds to public schools—but by most measures, students are still far behind their pre-pande[...]

COVID, funds, schools, Horne, Coconino County, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Valley
Sep 1, 2023

Student and teacher mental health programming supported by Covid funds could be in limbo

Student and educator mental health programming supported by Covid grant relief funds may be in limbo after the Arizona Department of Education requested reports on the efficacy in remedying learning loss.  

Russomanno, change, tribes, legislature, LGBTQ
Aug 31, 2023

Finding enemies at home: how ‘worldview’ explains our differences

When we consider some Arizona legislators these days, we might think, “I don’t believe they even live in the same world as me!” Guess what? They may not! They are so different in their views, beliefs and values that they may seem to be different kinds of people altogether. That’s not a desert mirage; it’s real! But what makes them so different?

Biden, loans, University of Arizona, Ashford University
Aug 30, 2023

Biden administration cancels loans for former Ashford U. students, with plans to recoup costs

The Biden administration is canceling $72 million in student loans for 2,300 borrowers who say they were cheated by Ashford University, a former for-profit college that was purchased by the University of Arizona in 2020.

ESAs, Arizona Department of Education, tuition, public schools, private schools, parents, Hobbs, Lewis, Ladner
Aug 25, 2023

Attempts to curtail universal ESA program fail

In the first legislative session following the universal expansion of the Empowerment Scholarship Account program, attempts to curtail or enact further oversight for the program fell flat.

legislature, Shope, Sundareshan, Senate, House, Hobbs, Democrats, legislation, bills, Republicans
Aug 25, 2023

Longest session didn’t yield much – lawmakers eye 2024 

Arizona lawmakers wrapped up the longest session in state history last month, but little changed by way of new legislation.  

caregivers, direct care workers
Aug 11, 2023

Arizona needs 190K direct care workers in next seven years

By 2030, Arizona will need more than 190,000 new direct care workers. Those results, from a 2021 survey from the Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute (PHI), concluded that, without intervention, the caregiver crisis will worsen.

diversity equity inclusion, public universities, applicants
Aug 11, 2023

Public universities ending diversity, inclusion statements

Arizona’s public universities are discontinuing diversity, equity and inclusion statements in job applications for faculty and staff.  

ESA, vendor, ClassWallet, ADE, Horne
Aug 1, 2023

ClassWallet selected to keep operating as financial vendor for ESA program

ClassWallet will continue to operate as the financial vendor for the Empowerment Scholarship Account (ESA) program, the Office of the State Treasurer Arizona announced today.