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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 >

Public Education and our AZ Constitution

February 6th, 2012

Republished February 2012 . In less than two weeks, Arizona will be celebrating 100 years of statehood. Public officials across the state will gather to pay tribute to our progress since those early days as a territory, the challenges to secure statehood, and how the vision of our forefathers has been realized by the generations  Continue Reading >

House Passes Budget Education Cuts Higher Than Governor Promised-Senate To Act Soon

August 15th, 2011

**Updated with vote detail on related bills below.** . After an all night session, the House passed a budget that cuts $183.2 million from K-12 and $270.8 million from universities and community colleges for a total of $454 million in cuts to education in Arizona. The budget was a compromise negotiated among Governor Brewer, the  Continue Reading >

2011 Legislative Session: Education Funding Voting Record by Legislator

April 25th, 2011

2011 Legislative Session: Education Funding Voting Record by Legislator . . Find your legislative district by clicking here or visiting Project Vote Smart at http://www.votesmart.org/. . Review our 2009 Voting Record here, and the 2010 Voting Record here. . You can download a copy of the 2011 record by clicking 2011 Education Legislation Handout. . Legislative Districts are grouped by  Continue Reading >

Education “Protected”? FY 2008-2010 Cuts Itemized

January 28th, 2011

Recap: While Politicians Say They Protected Education in FY 2008 to FY 2010, Cuts Totaled $875.5 Million . Education is once again on the chopping block this 2011 legislative session.  While the Governor and many legislators claim they have protected education from cuts, there were actually $875.5 million in reductions to K-12, community colleges and  Continue Reading >

Quick Facts: Arizona’s Adult Education & GED Testing Vital to State’s Economy & Families

September 7th, 2010

In the great debate over Arizona’s economy and education reform, a necessary program is often overlooked–adult education and GED (General Education Diploma) Testing. . In 2010, Governor Brewer signed a budget that eliminated the $4.5 million appropriation for Adult Education and GED Testing.  When Arizona eliminated this GED funding, it also lost $11 million in matching funds  Continue Reading >

Quick Facts: Public Education Funding in Arizona

August 31st, 2010

FACTS ABOUT PUBLIC EDUCATION FUNDING IN ARIZONA It’s the 2010 voting season!  Steer clear of the misinformation campaigns.  Take a moment to familiarize yourself with some quick facts on public education funding prior to the November 2 general election. . . In 2007, Arizona spent $61 less per pupil in real dollars than it did in  Continue Reading >

Public School Finance & Equalization Funding: Your Questions Answered

August 27th, 2010

Part I: Traditional Public School Finance & Equalization Funding Part II: Charter School Finance & Equalization Funding . . Q and A on Public School Finance and Equalization: Part I . What does it mean when I hear that Arizona is an equalized funding state? The Arizona state constitution calls for the legislature to “enact  Continue Reading >

First Things First and Proposition 302: Your Questions Answered!

August 26th, 2010

Arizona voters will face tough decisions in the voting booth for the general election this November 2, 2010. AEN would like to make sure voters have all the facts on Proposition 302. The bill passed by the legislature in the 2010 seventh special session by a vote of 48 to 41 refers Proposition 302 to the ballot on November 2. If passed, Proposition 302 will repeal the Arizona Early Childhood and Development Initiative, commonly known as First Things First. The First Things First program is financed by a 2006 voter-approved tax on tobacco to provide funding for early childhood health and development and parenting programs for Arizona families.

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Of concern is the ballot language itself. The language on the ballot for Prop. 302 is an exercise in double-talk where “yes” means “no”, and “no” means “yes”.
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A “yes” vote would not only sweep funds set aside for First Things First–thereby terminating the program and it’s services–it would also redirect future tobacco tax revenue to the state’s general fund to be used at the discretion of the legislature. A “no” vote saves First Things First, preserving the voter-approved program that has been a vital first step in developing a healthy educational foundation for Arizona’s infants and toddlers.

2010 Legislative Sessions: Education Funding Voting Record by Legislator

July 26th, 2010

2010 Legislative Sessions: Education Funding Voting Record by Legislator . . You can find your legislative district by visiting here or Project Vote Smart at www.votesmart.org. . You can visit our 2009 Voter Record here. . Legislative Districts are grouped by color for visual differentiation only. . Scroll to the bottom of the page for  Continue Reading >

Survey: 2010 Arizona State Legislative Candidates

July 19th, 2010

All candidates running for the state Senate or House of Representatives in the 2010 primary were asked to complete our survey on issues surrounding public education in Arizona. The survey consists of 12 multiple-choice questions. A comment section follows each section allowing candidates the opportunity to clarify or elaborate upon their answers. Per our protocol, candidates were emailed the survey on on June 22 and sent two reminder emails prior to the July 16 deadline. If a candidate did not submit a survey, it is noted by their name.

Charter School Finance and Equalization Funding: Your Questions Answered

June 25th, 2010

Public school funding is derived using several complex equations, and in this piece the Arizona Education Network helps break it down in a Question and Answer format for charter public schools.

Traditional Public School Finance and Equalized Funding: Your Questions Answered

June 25th, 2010

Public school funding is devised by several complex equations, and in this piece the Arizona Education Network helps break it down in a Question and Answer format for traditional public schools.

The AZ Legislature: Website 101

April 2nd, 2010

The Arizona Legislature website is one of the best websites of its kind. There are many points of information available and this post will help you navigate it efficiently. This basic tutorial will help a user to understand how the website’s menu bar is set up, and where to go to find the information you are seeking.

Extra! Extra! Arizona Education Network–Covert Front Operation?

March 30th, 2010

Ideology, spin and inflammatory rhetoric are no substitute for factual information.

The majority of Republican, Democrat and Independent-leaning families in our state send their children to public schools–support for education is not a partisan issue. As a group, we will continue to insist that our elected officials use factual information and adhere to their constitutional duties to our children, communities and our schools.

2009 Legislative Sessions: Education Funding Voting Record by Legislator

March 24th, 2010

The Arizona Education Network has compiled a summary of all legislators’ voting records pertaining to their support of public education at all levels (K-University) during the 2009 Regular and Special Sessions.

Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction: Why You Should Pay Attention to This Office

March 18th, 2010

While many Arizonans are familiar with the impact of their local Governing or School Board, they are unfamiliar with the influence of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. The officeholder is a major force in decisions made about public education in the state of Arizona. The Superintendent of Public Instruction influences policy in the legislature, is responsible for the implementation of education legislation and is in charge of the Department of Education and its interactions with school districts. Further, the Superintendent of Public Instruction commands the bully pulpit on education issues and has a great deal of influence on the direction the state takes regarding educational issues like school funding.

Proposition 100: The 1% Temporary Sales Tax Increase–Your Questions Answered

February 25th, 2010

The Arizona Legislature is asking voters to temporarily raise the sales tax by 1%, until May 31, 2013. The election will take place on Tuesday, May 18, 2010. The following is information that will explain the proposition’s potential impact.

Arizona’s Private School Tuition Tax-Credit Program: How We Got Here and Where are We Going?

February 4th, 2010

Arizona Education Network takes a closer look at the private school tax credit program and its history in order to understand the evolution of the program, the issues that have been raised and the potential changes in the future.

Update: Debunking Latest Education Spending Report by Special Interest Group – AZ student population up 22.7% while funding only grows 20%

January 12th, 2010

. Update to post below: . US Census Department Figures show that the Arizona population increased 28.6% from April of 2000 to July 2009. . During the same period, average daily membership (the term used to refer to the total enrollment of students through the first 100 days of the school year) in Arizona schools  Continue Reading >

Your Questions Answered: Is AZ a Big Spender? 12/09/09

December 8th, 2009

In this update we will cover two recent questions from AEN subscribers regarding Arizona spending statistics… How does our state compare and how much are we spending on education?

Public Education, The AZ Constitution & The NO TAX Pledge!

August 22nd, 2009

Public Education & The AZ Constitution–It’s Indisputable!
Why did some Arizona Legislators sign a “No Tax Pledge” that puts them in direct conflict with the Arizona Constitution they swore to uphold?

Arizona’s public school standing in the educational world has been slipping over the last decade, to the point where it has now reached a crisis point in funding, ideology and prioritizing. It needs to be stated and reiterated that public education was vital to our Arizona founders, who recognized the integral relationship between a strong public education system and the viability of Arizona as a state.

Glossary of Legislative Terms

July 6th, 2009

An A-Z Glossary of Legislative Terms from the 2003 Arizona Legislative Manual

Organization of the Arizona Legislature

July 6th, 2009

The Structure of the Arizona Legislature is comprised of a “lower house,” the House of Representatives, and an “upper house,” the Senate. There are 30 Legislative Districts in Arizona, and combined there are 90 legislators who meet in Phoenix, at the Capital Complex, to represent the entire state constituency.

BRB’s…What are they? (Budget Reconciliation Bills)

July 5th, 2009

In some ways, what’s in a BRB is more important that what is in the general appropriations bill. As these have been gaining popularity, we’ve given a brief overview of what they are and how they work.

AZ Schools–Examination of the Facts

June 29th, 2009

The following article is a rebuttal of sorts to information that has been disbursed by not only the president of the senate, but some legislators and special interest groups. It contains information on pupil funding, teacher salary, school rankings and other subjects that need truthful clarity.

“Strike All” Amendments

June 15th, 2009

You may notice, upon occasion, that the Arizona legislature will strip all the legislation from a pending bill and replace it with completely new legislation.  This is called a “strike all” amendment. What is the point of changing all the legislation in a bill?  The following excerpt from the Arizona Republic sheds light on this  Continue Reading >

Arizona Legislative Manual

June 15th, 2009

Explanation of the ins-and-outs of the state legislature including bill drafting, committee actions and the budget process, among many other topics.

Governor Brewer’s Record on Education: Jan 2009 through May 2009

June 6th, 2009

NOTE TO READER:  THIS POST HAS NOT BEEN UPDATED TO INCLUDE GOVERNOR BREWER’S RECORD ON EDUCATION LEGISLATION PAST MAY 29, 2009.  SEE INDIVIDUAL ARTICLES UNDER THE GOVERNOR’S RECORD TAB FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON GOVERNOR BREWER’S RECORD ON EDUCATION   RECORD ON EDUCATION – BILLS SIGNED or VETOED May 29, 2009 – Signed special session legislation  Continue Reading >

Tax Credits & STOs: Overview

June 6th, 2009

Personal and Corporate Tax Credits & STOs: What they are and how they work.

What’s Considered Classroom Spending in AZ–Take a Look

May 15th, 2009

A new report has been released by the Arizona Auditor General “Arizona Public School Districts’ Dollars Spent in the Classroom Fiscal Year 2008.”

Presidents of DM-50, Ft. Huachuca-50 & Fighter County Partnership Pen Letter to Gov. Brewer about Education Cuts

May 1st, 2009

Glen Kerslake of DM-50, Lawrence Portouw of Ft. Huachuca-50 and Steve Yamamori of Fighter County Partnership write a letter to Governor Jan Brewer highlighting the possible ramifications to the military installations in Arizona if the education cuts the legislature is proposing pass.