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Show Your L.O.V.E. for Arizona K-12 Public Schools on Valentine’s Day!

Posted February 8, 2018 to Blog, E-news, K-12 Education | Comments (0)
Wednesday, February 14th is the perfect day to show your support for public education, as we join AZ Schools Now to celebrate Statehood Day at “Lift Our Voices for Education (L.O.V.E.)” Rallies across Arizona. Enjoy marching band entertainment, meet up with fellow education supporters, send a postcard to your legislators and hear from speakers who will give updates about what’s happening in education at the state legislature right now. Read more

West Valley Education Forum on Thursday, January 25

Posted January 19, 2018 to Blog, E-news, enews, K-12 Education | Comments (0)
Join the League of Women Voters, Children’s Action Alliance, Save Our Schools, AZ PTA, American Association of University Women, Kappa Kappa Gamma West Valley Alumni and members of the community for a forum on K-12 education funding next Thursday, January 25th in Surprise. This is your opportunity to hear more about what’s going on at the legislative level and make your voice heard. Read more

Your Turn: Gov. Doug Ducey Would Give Schools $89 More Per Student. That’s Not Enough.

From The Arizona Republic Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey is restoring money cut to schools during the recession, but it’s not enough to truly move the needle. Gov. Doug Ducey is hearing the alarm bells across our state about our critical teacher shortage. Tens of thousands of Arizona children are in classrooms without a permanent teacher. Read more

Gov. Ducey’s FY 2019 Budget Plan Fails Arizona Schools

Governor Ducey released his budget proposal today. There are some trends that are good for kids growing up in Arizona today, including a proposed funding increase for more children who are adopted from foster care and no new prison beds. But his lack of a long term financial plan for public schools fails Arizona. Read more

Gov. Ducey’s K-12 Education Funding Plan Fails to Restore $952M in K-12 Cuts

Governor Ducey announced an outline of his budget proposals for K-12 public schools yesterday. He enthusiastically described the value of reversing $100 million in cuts to classroom funding that he made just three years ago. He also wants to add $10 million in this year’s budget and $18 million in next year’s budget for school building maintenance and repair. Read more

AZ Schools Now Calls on State Lawmakers to Get Real on K-12 Public School Funding

Chart in printable PDF Children’s Action Alliance is proud to be part of AZ Schools Now – a coalition of parents, teachers, and champions for public education. Today, we put out a call to Governor Doug Ducey and the state legislature to make substantial reinvestments in K-12 public schools this year to increase teacher pay and student support. Read more

Save the Date: March to Save Arizona Schools!

Posted December 14, 2017 to Blog, E-news, enews, K-12 Education | Comments (0)
Start the new year by raising your voice for public education with Arizonans from around the state. Mark your calendars for this event:   Read more

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