Posts Tagged ‘education budget’

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 >

Budget Deal Underway for FY 2012-2013

May 1st, 2012

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 >

Superior Court Rules in Favor of Empowerment Scholarship Accounts

January 26th, 2012

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 >

Education Groups Strategize for Long-Term Public Education Funding

November 7th, 2011

What will happen to public education funding when the temporary one-cent sales tax expires in 2013? What will happen to public education funding when $538 million in corporate tax breaks go into effect in 2014. With no legislative attention being paid to these massive losses to the general fund–or to the $500 million structural deficit  Continue Reading >

Diverse Education Groups Unite to Fund Public Schools in Arizona

October 1st, 2011

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 >

How Will Surplus State Revenues Be Used?

September 12th, 2011

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 >

AZ School Districts Cut 10,000 Jobs in a Year

September 6th, 2011

On September 3, 2011, the Arizona Daily Star reported that Arizona school districts cut more than 10,000 employees–including 6,640 instructors–from March 2009 to March 2010, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau.  Arizona Department of Education spokesman Andrew LeFevre said a decrease in student population is partly  responsible for the drop in funding  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 >

Budget to Pass Senate Today ? Your Questions Answered! Monday, August 10, 2009

August 10th, 2009

Monday, August 10: Legislators are expected to resume budget negotiations today at 1:00pm. The temporary sales tax ballot proposal – long a sticking point with members who had signed a special interest “anti-tax” pledge – is now set to be spun off from the existing tax bill and voted upon as a separate entity. Your Arizona Education Network correspondents provide you with the latest links and answer a number of your questions regarding the budget, how it impacts our schools and how a Washington DC lobbyist seems to rank above the Arizona voter in some legislative circles.