The US Census Bureau report released last week–Public Education Finances: 2010–shows Arizona public schools spend the least in the nation on administrative expenses. These figures are contrary to the much-touted mantra that Arizona schools waste tax dollars on hefty administrative salaries and expenses and thus do not merit continued and further investment by our taxpayers. 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 >
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 >
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 >
In their 2011 Student Financial Aid Report, the Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR) highlights the affect of state budget cuts on university students in Arizona. The report tells us: The number of students demonstrating financial need for higher education has increased by 88% in the last five years. Less than 1% of the roughly one Continue Reading >
A diverse group of education supporters has been meeting this summer to hash out a people’s initiative to fund public education in Arizona. Moderated by Susan Carlson of ABEC (Arizona Business and Education Coalition), the groups include AEN, the Arizona Education Association, Teach for America, Stand for Children and charter school advocates. The aim of 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 >
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 >
School Districts Around the Nation Cut Teachers–Will the Federal Government Step In? Updated 4/24/10
As federal stimulus money runs out and the economy continues to sputter, school districts around the country have proposed massive cuts for the next school year. According to the New York Times, “[i]n addition to teacher layoffs, districts are planning to close schools, cut programs, enlarge class sizes and shorten the school day, week or year to save money.”
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.
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 >
A fifth special session has been called by Governor Brewer to address the remaining $1.6 billion deficit.
A recap of recent legislation as it pertains to education.
State tax reveues fall as Arizona awaits action on budget by Governor Brewer.
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.
With the recent k-12 budget cuts the AZ legislature has enacted, many students are coming back to the new school year with larger than ever class sizes.
In the midst of the protracted state budget drama, Arizona families are sending their children back to school. Since early spring of 2009, schools have been preparing their operating budgets based on worst case scenarios. But was their “worst” actually the “best” they should have been hoping for? Unfortunately, we were afraid of this.
A “How To” Guide For Contacting Legislators: information on writing, emailing and calling your elected officials.
Our legislators are back from special-interest summer camp and yesterday was a flurry of action. Unfortunately, it appears that everyone got an extra dose of ideology while they were away and it has translated into some really bad news for education.
On July 13, 2009 Governor Jan Brewer signed new legislation to extend and expand the premium corporate tax credit for private schools. This legislation was enthusiastically supported by some of the same legislative members who have been pushing for massive cuts to public education as a way to close our growing, $3.5 billion state budget Continue Reading >
Question: I just read that Senate President Robert Burns reiterated the urgency of our budget situation…just before he himself left for a special interest junket in Georgia. Is this true? This sounded a little dubious to us – why would the leader of the Senate skip out on important, on-going negotiations this week regarding our unresolved multi-billion dollar deficit, especially just issuing the “all-hands-on-deck” directive? While we hoped that this was just political gossip, we confirmed today that it’s TRUE…Senator Burns is leaving this afternoon for a week-long American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) conference!
Gov. Signs Budget, Burns “Cleans” House; Burns, after lambasting Brewer, calls on her to ease up on rhetoric : July 12, 2009
Brewer Signs Budget Deal into Law
Excerpt: Arizona Republic
[Brewer's] signature on the four-bill package was expected, and it restores funding that Brewer had vetoed last week as the state’s budget battle hit fever pitch.
That struggle produced new casualties Wednesday: Senate President Bob Burns changed a key leadership post and replaced another member of the rebellious Rules Committee while legislative attorneys filed an appeal of last month’s state Supreme Court ruling on the budget.
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.
Incoming President of Regents Aims to Cut Students’ Costs
FLAGSTAFF – Article excerpt The Arizona Daily Star by Aaron Mackey (6/20/09)
During a presentation to the board, Regent President-elect Ernest Calderón outlined a wide variety of proposals to increase the number of graduates while simultaneously lowering costs to students.
Gov. Brewer, R, threatened today to sue senate president Bob Burns if he does not send her the package of GOP-approved budget bills by the end of the day-bills she says she probably won’t sign.
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