Archive for January, 2013

Arizona Leaders Indroduce School Safety Legislation Following Newtown Tragedy

January 25th, 2013

January 25, 2013 This issue hits home for all of us as we want to make our schools as safe as possible, following the tragedies in Newtown and other communities. . The Governor has allocated only $3.6 million for school-resource officers (police officers trained to work with students) in schools, amounting to only 100 officers  Continue Reading >

Urge Arizona AG and State Legislative Leaders to Not Waste Taxpayer Dollars in Pointless Appeal

January 25th, 2013

January 25, 2013 . The Arizona Court of Appeals ruled this month that the Legislature must start FULLY funding inflation, as voters mandated in Prop. 301.  (The Legislature had tried to use a loophole in the ballot language to avoid making these payments.)  This year, this would amount to $74 million or about $74 a  Continue Reading >

Governor Brewer’s Education Budget

January 25th, 2013

January 25, 2013 . Gov. Jan Brewer released her proposed education funding budget late last week (1/18/2013).  It calls for an additional $110 in continual funding ($110 per student) and $61 million in one-time funding (mostly for building repair and construction).  For more details, click here. . This is far less than the $725 million  Continue Reading >

Present This Update at Your School’s Monthly PTO/PTA/FFO Meeting

January 25th, 2013

  Every PTA/PTO/FFO is permitted to have a legislative report presented at its monthly meeting.  The report must be a regular item on the agenda.  This report can include information on the legislative action on education, budgets, school board elections, overrides, bonds and propositions.  The report must be informational and cannot advocate a political position  Continue Reading >