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Ducey’s Results-Based Funding Favors High-Income Schools

Who Are the Winners and What Results Can We Expect?  PDF Version  The largest of Governor Ducey’s twelve education initiatives is a proposed $38 million for a bonus for excelling schools. He says this is part of his promise to expand access to high quality education for all students – no matter where they live and no matter where they can afford to live. Read more

Urge Senators McCain and Flake to Start Over on a New Health Care Bill

Your efforts to convince Congress to pass meaningful health care reform are working: The U.S. Senate put off voting on health care reform until after the July 4th holiday recess. Now is the time to keep the message strong to Senators McCain and Flake that we need a bill that works for Arizona, NOT one that pulls the rug out from thousands of children, seniors, and people with disabilities. Read more

Who’s for Kids and Who’s Just Kidding: A 2017 Legislative Report Card for Kids

Children’s Action Alliance is pleased to bring you our annual report card, Who’s for Kids and Who’s Just Kidding, an overview of how your legislators voted on priority measures for the 2017 session. This year, we looked at how lawmakers voted on tax cuts, the state budget, school vouchers (Empowerment Scholarship Accounts) and driver’s insurance for foster youth. 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

New Report Finds Most Kids in AZ Do Not Have Access to Preschool Programs

Arizona once again ranks at the bottom of the country for access to quality and state investments per child on preschool. According to the 2016 State of Preschool Yearbook released annually by the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER), despite bipartisan national support for quality early preschool, Arizona continues to lose ground. Read more

Conditions for Arizona Kids Show Few Bright Spots, Health Care Strides at Risk

The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2017 KIDS COUNT® Data Book finds Arizona’s conditions for kids remain difficult, in the bottom five in the nation, ranking 46th. The yearly analysis looks at 16 different indicators affecting children’s health, economic well-being and family and community factors. Although Arizona has one of the highest rates of uninsured kids in the nation, a bright spot in the report is that more Arizona kids had health insurance, which they were able to get because of Medicaid (Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System or AHCCCS) and coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace under the Affordable Care Act. Read more

Experts Say Medicaid/AHCCCS is Critical to Arizona’s Economy

Thanks to all of you who joined our panel of economists and business leaders on Tuesday, June 6th at the Medicaid Works forum to discuss the connection between Medicaid, jobs and economic growth. We learned a lot from our moderator, Don Henninger, and panelists Lee McPheters, Mike Hutchinson, Josh Nuñez, and David Lujan. 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

Let Congress Know They MUST Protect KidsCare!

KidsCare is threatened once again in Arizona. President Trump’s budget slashes CHIP funding and will cause an immediate freeze to KidsCare. Since the freeze on KidsCare was lifted in September of 2016, 20,000 children now have health coverage, with hundreds more signing up every week. Email our congressional delegation today to let them know we need to keep KidsCare for Arizona’s children. Read more

Join CAA and Our Partners for a Discussion on Medicaid

PDF Version  Join our panel of economic and business experts to learn how Medicaid Works! Join us for a discussion about Medicaid in Arizona (AHCCCS) and how it benefits the state budget, local economies and working families. Tuesday, June 6, 2017 6:00pm to 8:00pm ASU Preparatory Academy 735 E Fillmore St., Phoenix Panelists include: Lee McPheters, Arizona State University Mike Hutchinson, East Valley Partnership David Lujan, Arizona Center for Economic Progress Moderator: Don Henninger, DH Advisors and SCOTT Please RSVP by Monday, June 5 to Charlie Fisher at (602) 525-4889 Light refreshments will be served Read more