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AZ Tax Collections Too Slow to Re-Invest in K-12 Public Schools

State revenue projections show that relying on economic growth without tax increases is not a realistic plan to reinvest the funding our schools need. Children’s Action Alliance highlights this gap in a new Return on Education policy brief. The data show that Arizona’s K-12 public schools are STILL short $1.1 billion in state funding compared to fiscal year 2008, before the budget cuts during the Great Recession. Read more

Teacher Shortage is Reaching Critical Levels in Arizona

One hundred thirty five school districts and charter schools report ongoing challenges with Arizona’s teacher shortage in the third annual survey from the Arizona School Personnel Administrators Association. This year, more than half of the identified teacher position openings remain vacant or are filled using alternative methods four weeks into the school year: More than 500 teachers have already abandoned their jobs or resigned, up 13% over last year. Read more

Funding for AZ Public Schools Continues to Shortchange K-12 Students

Public school students are still receiving less support from state funds, when adjusted for inflation, than they were 10 years ago. When adjusted for inflation, today’s per student funding is $27 lower than it was in fiscal year 2009. Looking just at the funding formula – those state, local and federal dollars that go to all district and charter schools based on the number of students – today’s per student funding is $499 lower than it was in fiscal year 2009. Read more

The New School Year Has Begun: Help Ensure AZ Public Schools Get the Support They Need

In just 90 days, a group of volunteers called Save Our Schools Arizona collected more than 111,000 petition signatures to put a hold on the expansion of Arizona’s school voucher program (called Empowerment Scholarship Accounts) that would divert millions of tax dollars from public to religious and other private schools, giving Arizona voters an opportunity to decide whether to keep the legislation when they go to the polls in November 2018. Read more

School Vouchers and Why They are Not Good for AZ Public Schools

Children’s Action Alliance fought to defeat SB 1431 this legislative session, the expansion of school vouchers, called Empowerment Scholarship Accounts, or ESAs. We worked hard to let lawmakers know that this diversion of public dollars into private and religious schools would expand ESA vouchers to every student in Arizona, while leaving public schools behind. Read more

Join The AZ Schools Now Network

A little more than a year ago, Children’s Action Alliance joined forces with nine other organizations to form a coalition focused on reinvesting in Arizona’s public schools. The coalition, AZ Schools Now, has brought parents, teachers, school board members, and community advocates together to advance policies that address our teacher shortage and strengthen public schools. Read more

Despite Passage of School Vouchers, the Fight for Public Education is NOT Over

Governor Ducey has signed a new law expanding ESA vouchers for private schools to all students statewide after the measure passed the legislature by one vote in each house. This measure does nothing to address Arizona’s growing teacher shortage crisis, nothing to close the achievement gap for children growing up poor, and nothing to enable public schools to update classroom textbooks and technology. Read more

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