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 >
The Arizona Education Parent Network wishes to thank all of the supporters of Prop 204–Quality Education and Jobs–for their passionate grassroots effort to help Arizona’s schoolchildren.The executive branch, legislative leadership and special-interest lobbyists who created this education funding mess put up quite a fight. The Prop 204 campaign was able to clear every hurdle they put Continue Reading >
A new poll by the Merrill/Morrison Institute released May 17, 2012 shows overwhelming support by Arizona voters for increasing funding for public education. Among the findings in the poll: 97 percent of Arizona voters say a top-quality public school system is either crucial (70%) or very important (27%). More than seven in ten Continue Reading >
News that Governor Brewer and legislative leadership reached a deal on the budget went out late last week. Today, both chambers are scheduled to consider multiple floor amendments to bills that were passed through the appropriations process in February. The budget package is expected to pass both chambers today, allowing the Legislature to sine die Continue Reading >
Friday, March 9, 2012 Dear Friends: We want to share some very exciting news! Today at 10 a.m., we launched the Quality Education and Jobs Campaign to strengthen our children’s education and our state’s economy. We filed paperwork with the Secretary of State’s Office that allows us to begin collecting signatures to place a once-in-a-generation measure Continue Reading >
Word came out mid-afternoon Monday February 19, 2012 that a package of ten budget bills had been assigned to both the Arizona Senate and House Appropriations Committees for Tuesday, February 20, 2012. Both committees are scheduled to begin at 8AM. The late notification gave fewer than 18 hours for the public to review and prepare Continue Reading >
House leadership is attempting to bypass the legislative process and enact a procedural rule that imposes the Taxpayers Bill of Rights (TABOR) on the state of Arizona. The TABOR rule would require backing from the majority of the 60-person House and would preclude it from even considering a budgetary bill that would exceed the rule’s Continue Reading >
A Maricopa County Superior Court has rejected a legal challenge by the Arizona School Boards Association (ASBA) and the Arizona Education Association (AEA) to Empowerment Scholarship Accounts (ESAs). ESAs were established by legislation passed in a prior session allowing parents of special needs students to “cash out” of the public school system. Ninety percent of Continue Reading >
Arizona Voters Support Sales Tax Continuation to Fund Public Education. Poll shows high level of support as well as demands for reform. Seven out of 10 Arizona voters support the continuation of the existing one-cent sales tax to fund public education. That was among the findings of a poll commissioned by a number of educational Continue Reading >
Governor Brewer will not commit to applying excess tax revenues to restore funding cuts made to education, according to the Arizona Daily Star on September 12, 2011. Nor would she go on record to to protect education from additional cuts in future budget talks. The Governor does commit to spending the surplus wisely. Since the Continue Reading >
On September 2, 2011 the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities released the first study examining funding cuts to public education from FY2008 – FY2012. Data was available for the period for 24 states, including Arizona. Arizona spending per student adjusted for inflation has decreased 24 percent. While many states have experienced substantial cuts to Continue Reading >
An analysis by the Arizona Education Network of the Arizona Learns 2009-2010 Achievement Profiles for All Schools published by the Arizona Department of Education shows that traditional public schools, once again, performed better than charter schools over the same period. To see last year’s results, click here. The report also shows a significant decrease in Continue Reading >
An analysis by the Arizona Education Network of the Arizona Learns 2009-2010 Achievement Profiles for All Schools published by the Arizona Department of Education shows a significant decrease in the number of excelling schools in Arizona. In 2008-2009 there were 321 traditional schools and 74 charter schools excelling in the state. In 2009-2010 the number of excelling school dropped Continue Reading >
Close loopholes, and money will be available for state – AEN Guest Commentary in East Valley Tribune
On Sunday, April 10, the East Valley Tribune ran an editorial praising Governor Brewer and the legislature for making the hard choices necessary to produce a balanced budget. The editorial singled out the Arizona Education Network because of our criticism regarding Governor Brewer’s failure to protect education. . The following is a guest commentary written Continue Reading >
Explaining that the costs would unbalance the budget, Governor Brewer vetoed the expansion of the private school tax credit program yesterday (4/12/11). . HB 2581, passed by both chambers of the Legislature would have: increased the private school tax credit to $750 for an individual/$1,500 for those filing jointly. With the veto, it will remain at Continue Reading >
Sen. Rick Murphy: If Empowerment Accounts for Special Needs Students Ruled Legal, Will Be Template for All AZ Students
The Arizona Empowerment Scholarship Accounts bill (SB1553) creates a new way for public funds to be used to pay for private and parochial schools for special education students. The Empowerment Scholarship Accounts will be used to pay parents rather than private schools directly, answering the major legal objection to the previous attempt to use public funds to pay Continue Reading >
As part of the K-12 education budget bill SB1617,the Arizona Legislature dealt a devastating cut to the successful Joint Technology Education District (JTED) program. The following is a press release by the Pima County JTED outlining the cuts and the impact they will have on JTED in Pima County. Cuts will apply to all JTED districts Continue Reading >
April 1, 2011 – Governor Brewer yesterday showed complete disregard for our state’s faltering economy when she failed to defend public education funding as she had promised she would. . On Tuesday, former Intel CEO Craig Barrett, warned legislators that Arizona will not be able to attract good -paying jobs without investing in education. Continue Reading >
**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 >
ASU President Michael M. Crow released a statement today detailing how the extensive cuts passed by the Senate would weaken Arizona State University. The information in the statement shows exactly how dire these cuts will be to higher education in Arizona. There is little doubt that cuts of this magnitude will have an adverse impact on the economic recovery Continue Reading >
It is time to take education funding out of the hands of ideologues in the Arizona Legislature. . These ideologues wrap themselves in the flag of anti-government rhetoric while systemically shredding the values symbolized by our great flag of the United States of America: A democracy dedicated to educating its people and thereby promising equal Continue Reading >
On Tuesday, March 15, 2011, the Arizona Senate voted to suspend rules for the consideration of the Senate’s budget package.
he Arizona Auditor General released its annual report on Arizona School District Spending Fiscal Year 2010 to the public on March 1, 2011. The major conclusions of the report are:
* Arizona’s per-pupil spending continues to trail the national average by nearly $2,500 (using AZ & US 2008 fiscal years for exact comparison).
* Arizona districts spent 55.9 percent of their available operating dollars on classroom instruction – a record low and about 5 percent less than the 60.8 percent national average.
* Arizona spent a higher percentage on student support than the national average.
* Arizona spent a lower percentage on administration – 9.5 percent (AZ) vs. 10.8 percent (US).
. The Arizona Constitution mandates that our legislators “…shall make such appropriations, to be met by taxation, as shall insure the proper maintenance of all state educational institutions, and shall make such special appropriations as shall provide for their development and improvement.” (Article 11, Section 10). The O’Connor House and Expect More Arizona have joined Continue Reading >
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 >
Two candidates have emerged from the Arizona primary election for Superintendent of Public Instruction. They are Penny Kotterman and John Huppenthal. The Superintendent of Public Instruction is the top education official in the state, and acts as the Chairman of the State Board of Education and is the head of the Department of Education. 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. Because of the importance of this officeholder, we have gathered information to help you make an informed decision on November 2 when you elect the next Superintendent of Public Instruction.
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 >
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 >
Parents not happy with the state of school system in Arizona & disappointed in elected leaders (poll)
A recent poll conducted by Expect More Arizona found that most parents believe education at their local school should be of a higher quality and that they have not lost sight of education as a major priority.
The Arizona Education Network Executive team was recently highlighted on a local Tucson, AZ station.
Raytheon Missile Systems would like to see local and state governments be pro-business, support education and help create an environment that makes people and businesses want to come to Tucson. “…we need to put as much effort into science, technology, engineering and math education as possible for our youth,” Lawrence said.
Results by precinct of the May 18, 2010 special election.
“When Adults Fight, Children Lose.” ~ U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan Speaks Out on the State of Education Funding in Arizona
Kim Covington with Channel 12 KPNX in Phoenix sat down for an exclusive interview with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in Washington, D.C. to discuss the state of Arizona’s investment in public education and the second round Race to the Top application.
The public is welcome to attend a debate in Sedona on May 13 to hear the candidates for State Superintendent of Public Instruction. You’ll find out in this debate what ideas the candidates have for the future of public instruction in Arizona. It will be held on Thursday, May 13, 2010 at the West Sedona School, 570 Posse Grounds Road, Sedona, AZ.
On Thursday, April 22, the Arizona Education Network sponsored a community-wide forum on Proposition 100 where seven distinguished panelists from vital sectors in Pima County spoke of the fiscal, human and educational impact of Proposition 100 at the community level in Southern Arizona.
The Arizona Education Network and other parent and community organizations have sponsored or have spoken at several community forums about the state of education funding and Proposition 100. You can find the presentations and/or links to the school districts.
A new study by researchers at the Economic and Business Research Center at the University of Arizona finds that a yes vote on Proposition 100 would save more than 13,000 jobs and preserve more than $442 million in federal matching funds for Arizona.
KUAT-TV is sponsoring a debate/panel discussion on Proposition 100 called “Arizona’s Sales Tax: Fix or Folly” at 6:30 p.m. this Sunday, April 11, at the Stevie Eller Dance Theater, 1713 E. University Boulevard (on the UA mall just west of Campbell.)
What Happens In Your School District If Proposition 100 Fails: Contingent Cuts to Arizona School Districts
. . In order to show the direct impact of potential cuts to school districts if Proposition 100 fails, Governor Brewer’s Office of Strategic Planning and Budgeting recently released a report that provides a district-by-district estimate of the impact of legislative budget cuts on Arizona school districts for the 2010-11 school year (FY 2011). The report shows Continue Reading >
Monday, Secretary of Education Arnie Duncan announced that Tennessee and Delaware were the only two winners of the phase one Race to the Top Grants. Arizona ranked fortieth out of forty-one applicants with a score of 240.2 out of 500.
On March 24, 2010 the Arizona Education Network held two press conferences in Phoenix and Tucson to release the 2009 Legislators’ voting record in regards to public education funding. You can visit the post with the table of records here. Please see below for the press conference transcript as well as resulting publications.
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.
The Department of Education announced yesterday (March 4, 2010) that Arizona was not chosen for phase one of the federal Race for the Top grant. Arizona can apply for the second round of grants in June, 2010.
As Yogi Berra once said, “It’s déjà vu all over again.” It seems like yesterday that we were looking at the 2008 Auditor General Report on Dollars Spent in the Classroom trying to explain exactly what is considered “classroom spending.”
Schools Around Arizona are Closings Due to Budget Constraints
In an effort to work within the anticipated budget the state legislature is providing schools to educate our students, many school districts are beginning to look at the necessity of closing some of their schools.
In another blow to fiscal responsibility in AZ, four bills have successfully passed out of the House Ways and Means Committee in recent weeks, which would expand the private school tax-credit program if adopted. Three of these bills would increase private school tax-credit contributions allowing an approximate loss of $60 million to Arizona’s general fund, and would require nearly 8,000 students to transfer from a public school to a private school in order for these programs to be, at best, budget neutral.
The Pentagon has received anecdotal evidence suggesting military troops are avoiding deployment to Hawaii because of poor funding of its public education system.
Education Week has recently released its annual Report Card on American public education, and it shows mixed results for Arizona.
January 15, 2010 Governor Brewer released her Fiscal Year 2011 Budget Proposal plan to the public this afternoon. You can view the full budget proposal, summary and related information via this link. . The Arizona Education Network volunteers will be reviewing the detailed budget information over the weekend. You can find education funding and budget Continue Reading >
Update: Debunking Latest Education Spending Report by Special Interest Group – AZ student population up 22.7% while funding only grows 20%
. 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 >