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Who’s for Kids and Who’s Just Kidding? Our Annual Legislative Update for 2016

To put it mildly, it has been a rollercoaster legislative session for kids this year, and we have compiled a list of our priority bills and tracked voting records of every Arizona state senator and representative. We are enclosing a link to our 2016 Annual Who’s for Kids and Who’s Just Kidding? Read more

Dept. of Child Safety Data Show Stress on Families and the Agency

The number of children in Arizona’s foster care system has reached an all-time high while the number of staff available to work with them continues to drop. As of February 2016, the number of children in foster care reached 19,044. Of these, 2,753 children were living in congregate care (primarily shelters and group homes) due to the lack of family foster homes. Read more

Let’s Roll Up Our Sleeves and Work on Solutions for Long Term Funding for Arizona Schools

Now that voters have adopted Proposition 123, inflationary funding for Arizona K-12 education is settled for the next decade. Teachers and students will see the benefits from restoration of this funding for teachers raises and classroom supplies. Children’s Action Alliance is proud to be one of leaders of AZ Schools Now, working to focus Arizona on the remaining gaps in school funding and on the most effective strategies to strengthen student success.   Read more

An Update on Bills from the 2016 Legislative Session

Since the beginning of the legislative session in January, we have shared updates on bills supported by Children’s Action Alliance making their way through the Arizona House and Senate. Now that the legislature has finished business for the regular session, we are sharing the latest on a few pieces of legislation we have been watching for the last five months. Read more

Fiscal Year 2017 Budget Leaves Arizona Stuck in Neutral

Yesterday, Governor Ducey signed the new state budget. It pretty much leaves Arizona stuck in neutral.  It does not rebuild any of the major pieces of the budget that were destroyed during the Great Recession. For K-12 education, it delays new cuts but has no new investments in sustaining teachers or repairing crumbling school facilities or updating classroom textbooks or technology. Read more

Please Contact Your Legislators and Thank Them for Voting to Lift the Freeze on KidsCare

Governor Ducey has signed the law to lift the freeze on KidsCare!  After a long and winding road, it is time to say thank you to your state legislators who voted yes on SB 1457 to lift the freeze on KidsCare. They listened to our voices calling for change and now it’s important for them to hear us say thank you. Read more

Thank you, Arizona, for Being Strong Voices for Children

Together, our voices are powerful and do make a difference. Thursday, the Arizona house voted to lift the freeze on KidsCare, and today the senate did the same. The bill is now on its way to Governor Ducey, who has publicly stated he will sign the measure into law. Because of you, the many organizations and individuals who rallied for kids, 30,000 Arizona children of working poor families will now be able to access affordable health coverage. Read more

Governor Ducey Leaves 30,000 Kids Behind

It is surprising and disturbing to report that Governor Ducey and legislative Republicans have ignored calls from across the state to lift the freeze on KidsCare.  After Senate President Any Biggs and a small band of extremist legislators threatened to blow up the entire budget deal, not a single Republican in the House voted for the proposed amendment to restore KidsCare and only two Republicans in the Senate voted yes.We are grateful for the strong and steadfast support of the House and Senate Democrats who made KidsCare a top priority all throughout the legislative session. Read more

New Study Finds Parents’ Incarceration Has Major Impact on Kids

The country’s “tough on crime” policies, with harsher prison sentences for offenders, have had a big impact on American families, including more than five million children whose parents are incarcerated. As a result of their parents’ absence, these kids are more likely to experience poverty, homelessness, hunger and emotional distress. These effects can be lasting, even lifelong. Read more

Take the Pledge to Support Arizona Schools

Join us and take the pledge to support Arizona public schools beyond next month’s vote on Proposition 123, a measure that will provide much needed education dollars to districts and charters in the short term. In the longer term, we want to keep the pressure on public officials to focus on devising a sustainable way to fund K-12 schools and stop diverting monies to private schools and unneccessary tax cuts. Read more