Gates Foundation to take a more active role in education.
Az education forums heat up in light of the pending economic meltdown.
On Wednesday 10/21/09, the full 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed its April 2009 decision that the Arizona School Tuition Organizations Program for private schools is unconstittutional.
The Arizona JLBC (Joint Legislative Budget Committee) now projects a 2010 budget shortfall at $1.959 Billion (Oct. 22, 2009).
The Arizona Republic and the East Valley Tribune have each published their respective analysis on private school tax credits, school tuition organizations (STOs), how they are meeting the spirit or intent of the tax credit legislation, transparency of programs and costs, and the players/organizations involved.
Senate Appropriations Chair Pearce Suggests Cuts to Full Day Kindergarten & School Year Length Oct 2009
In response to a warning by Governor Brewer that some services may face cuts or elimination, Senator Russell Pearce suggested specific cuts to education.
In the wake of $133 million in state cuts to education, Arizona school districts have opted to place overrides or bonds on the November 3, 2009 ballot. The Arizona Education Network encourages voters to vote “YES” to these overrides or bonds so that these school districts can restore funding back to levels necessary for educating Arizona’s future.