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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

KidsCare Partners Outreach Toolkit

Posted October 18, 2016 to Health, Health | * Comments (1)
KidsCare Questions and Answers Suggested Newsletter Article in English and Spanish Suggested Newsletter Article in English and Spanish (Word) KidsCare Social Media Posts in English and Spanish KidsCare Social Media Posts in English and Spanish (Word) KidsCare Flier/Poster in English and Spanish (8 1/2″ x 11″) KidsCare is Back! PowerPoint Presentation   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

Help Choose a Question on Kids’ Issues for Sunday’s Presidential Debate

This weekend, the presidential candidates will participate in a second debate. Scheduled for Sunday, October 9th at 6:00pm Arizona time, the Commission on Presidential Debates and moderators from news divisions at ABC and CNN have agreed to consider using a question from someone outside the audience. We are asking you to help by voting for a question on children’s issues submitted by president and CEO of the Annie E. Read more

Get Your Tickets for Children’s Action Alliance’s Annual Fundraising Luncheon

Posted September 21, 2016 to Blog, E-news, enews, Events, Home Page Most Recent | Comments (0)
Be treated to live youth entertainment from Osborn Middle School and Camelback High School, get inspired to make Arizona a better place for children and mingle with your colleagues at the 18th Annual Through the Eyes of a Child fundraising luncheon next month in Phoenix. There is still time to get your tickets online, whether you are purchasing for yourself or a sponsoring a full table for your organization. Read more

New Census Data Finds Drop in Uninsured Children in Arizona

Posted September 20, 2016 to Blog, E-news, enews, Health, Health, Home Page Most Recent | Comments (0)
Some good news from the U.S. Census Bureau this week, as the agency released data on more than 40 different topics in the American Community Survey. Notable in the data is a significant drop in the percentage of children without health coverage in Arizona. The data, from 2015, estimates that, 8% of Arizona’s children remained uninsured in 2015, compared with 10% in 2014. Read more

New Audit Finds Good Performance by State’s Early Childhood Program Agency

Late last month, the Arizona Auditor General’s office released its long awaited audit of First Things First, Arizona’s Early Childhood Development and Health Board. The audit was authorized nearly a year ago by the Joint Legislative Audit Committee and was extensive in nature taking a look at everything from financial practices to performance accountability for grantees. Read more

Welcome Our Newest CAA Team Member

We are pleased to introduce our newest staff member, Siman Qaasim, who joins Children’s Action Alliance as Director of Health Policy. Siman is a well-seasoned public health professional, with a background in developing and administering community health programs. She joins the team from the Maricopa County Department of Public Health, where she was an administrator for the Office of School Health and Wellness Initiatives. Read more