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Join Advocates for Public Education at the State Capitol Monday

Monday is Presidents’ Day — Bring your kids and a couple of friends to celebrate with fellow champions for public education and show our elected officials our support for investments in teachers and students. AZ Schools Now will meet at 10:30 in front of the State House of Representatives, 1700 W. Read more

Education Advocates Unite for AZ Schools Now Town Hall

Unite for change and join AZ Schools Now for a town hall meeting on K-12 education. With K-12 initiatives at the top of the legislative agenda, now is the time to be part of the discussion about important education measures being considered at the Capitol. When: Thursday, February 16, 2017 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Where: Central High School Auditorium 4525 N. Read more

Tell Your Representatives It’s Time to Raise Teacher Pay

Governor Ducey recently made his budget recommendations for next year, which included limited spending on 15 different education initiatives. While we are encouraged the Governor has named public education as his top priority, a sprinkle of money in a whole bunch of buckets won’t move the needle on any of our education goals. Read more

What is in Governor Ducey’s Budget for Education and Families?

Comparing what Governor Ducey proposed in his State of the State to his budget released this month, we’ve analyzed the proposals and put the important issues into a one page infographic. You’ll see that his BIG goals do not match up with the small investments. Read more

What’s on the Horizon for Public School Funding?

Gov. Ducey’s staff greets Arizona Education Foundation Teachers of the Year for 2017, Michele Doherty, and 2016, Christine Marsh. Governor Ducey announced with great enthusiasm a 15-point plan to strengthen public education with a focus on addressing the teacher shortage crisis and closing the achievement gap for students growing up in families with few economic resources. Read more

Watch “Education Showdown: Four Senate Races That Will Shape Arizona”

In a recent statewide poll, 74 percent of Arizonans said they support more investment in public education. The 90 people who serve in the Arizona Legislature make those decisions. Those elected on November 8 will be the ones who determine whether Arizona’s public schools will have the resources needed to ensure a quality teacher in every classroom, updated textbooks and technology and well-maintained school buildings.Children’s Action Alliance and twelve other organizations are pleased to sponsor Education Showdown: Four Senate Races That Will Shape Arizona. Read more

New Study Finds Investment in Public K-12 Education Continues to Drop

Arizona is among five of the eight states with the biggest cuts to public education since 2008 that have also cut income taxes during that time period, according to an updated report released by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Per student state dollars, adjusted for inflation, for Arizona’s K-12 funding formula is 12.8% lower in fiscal year 2017 than in fiscal year 2008. Read more

New Report Concludes Private School Tax Credits Undermine Public Schools

In its just-released report “State Tax Subsidies for Private K-12 Education,” the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) shows that private school tax subsidies, including Arizona’s four tax credits for private school tuition scholarships, are undermining states’ ability to maintain a high-quality public education system. After studying the 20 states that have some type of private education tax subsidy, ITEP has concluded that the subsidies lack budgetary oversight and divert revenue needed to support public schools. Read more

Thank You to Southern AZ Legislative Candidates for Joining Us on Education Issues

We continued our series of seminars on education issues in Tucson on Friday, October 7, with a good showing from legislative candidates interested in learning about issues affecting K-12 education in Arizona. We have a lot of work to do to improve our public schools: proper funding for materials, teacher pay and safe classrooms. Read more

Your Opportunity to Give Input on Arizona’s Education Priorities is Here

The state’s Department of Education is inviting all Arizonans to share their priorities for education by responding to an online survey, the results of which will be used to develop Arizona’s plan for implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).  ESSA, which will replace No Child Left Behind as the primary federal legislation addressing the nation’s public education system, is scheduled to be implemented in the 2017-2018 school year.   Read more