Archive for November, 2009

$300 million cut from budget; impacts schools and state’s disadvantaged

November 24th, 2009

Governor Brewer signs legislation cutting $300 million from state’s K-12 and Department of Economic Security budgets. Governor and majority party will meet following Thanksgiving holiday to discuss scheduling a fifth special session to address $2 billion dollar deficit.

Teachers Union Sues to Block New Rules on Teacher Contracts & Layoffs

November 23rd, 2009

The Arizona Education Association is suing to block new rules regarding how teacher contracts are offered and how layoffs are accomplished in Arizona.

**Updated 2:30 pm** AZ Legislature debates $137 million in cuts to education; groups propose revenue reform

November 19th, 2009

The Governor called the Arizona state Legislature into special session to address the $2 billion budget deficit.

STO Special Task Force Hearing, November 12, 2009 *updated links 11/17*

November 13th, 2009

A bi-partisan task force met in the House today for a second hearing covering investigations of School Tuition Organizations (STOs) and reform of the private-school tax credit program.

Time magazine names ASU’s Crow one of top 10 best college presidents, November 11, 2009

November 12th, 2009

Arizona State University President Michael Crow was named one of the top 10 college presidents by Time Magazine this week. Time cites increased research funding and national merit scholars as some of the factors that led to this honor.

Get to know your elected officials

November 9th, 2009

This section will provide you with an alphabetical listing of all state legislators, detailing their biography, educational voting history, pertinent quotes and media links to recent articles. Still a work in progress.

More Education Cuts Back on the Table, November 5, 2009

November 5th, 2009

Lawmakers have been called back to Phoenix by Governor Brewer for a special session to address the budget deficit, now at $2.2 billion. House Majority Whip Andy Tobin said the deal that legislative leaders have reached with Gov. Jan Brewer would include $140 million in cuts to K-12 education. This would be to tackle the budget that was due June 30, 2009, now more than four months late.