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Reaction to teachers' daring walkout will show how '4Ed' this red state is

Just how "#ForEd" is this red state? We're about to find out. A backlash against starving school budgets is to be expected. What Arizona teachers are asking for is a decisive win: here, now and all at once. That's always a lot to ask in politics.... Read more»

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Ducey unveils optimistic 2019 budget with emphasis on school spending

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey’s office released his proposed fiscal 2019 budget on Friday with hopes the state will return to pre-recession spending. His focus: K-12 education.... Read more»

Teachers speak out about working conditions, and they’re not happy

For the past decade, the vast majority of Arizona counties have faced a teacher shortage at the beginning of the school year, and as school districts head into the summer many teachers expect more of the same. And they’re not surprised.... Read more»1

Arizona charter schools less ethnically diverse

Two decades after Arizona helped pioneer the charter school movement, enrollment data show the schools don’t match the school age demographics of the state and, in many cases, their neighborhoods. White - and especially Asian - students attend charter schools at a higher rate than Hispanics, who now make up the the greatest portion of Arizona’s school age population.... Read more»

Democrats announce $3.8 billion education-funding plan

Arizona House and Senate Democrats announced a plan they say would provide public schools an additional $3.8 billion over 10 years without raising taxes. Leaders say their plan addresses under-budgeting as well as hundreds of millions of dollars the state owes for failing to make inflation adjustments to school funding as required by a voter-approved law.... Read more»

School administrators tell governor: Find the fat

As Arizona continues to a face a $1 billion deficit, Gov. Doug Ducey’s budget proposal calls for cutting school administrative costs in order to spend more in the classroom, but school officials insist there is little fat left to cut there.... Read more»1

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J.C. Scott: Is government shutdown the answer?

Arizona Education Association head Andrew Morrill, talk show host Emil Franzi, former Pima Democratic Party Chairman Jeff Rogers, and Ward 6 Tucson City Councilman Steve Kozachik.... Read more»

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J.C. Scott: Sun Van fare increase debated

Ward 2 Tucson City Councilwoman Shirley Scott, Republican state Rep. Ethan Orr (LD9), Arizona Education Association President Andrew Morrill, Tucson Weekly's Dan Gibson... Read more»

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J.C. Scott: Comments on Pima County bonds rolling in

On the issues: Ward 6 Councilman Steve Kozachik, Arizona Education Association President Andrew Morrill, Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry, developer Richard Studwell... Read more»

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J.C. Scott: State election laws face challenges

Arizona Education Association President Andrew Morrill, Arizona Capitol Times reporter Hank Stephenson, Tucson Weekly Editor Dan Gibson, Community Food Bank CEO Bill Carnegie, Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne, and Republican state Rep. Ethan Orr.... Read more»

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J.C. Scott: The future of rail between Tucson and Phoenix

Developer Richard Studwell, Arizona Education Association President Andrew Morrill, state Sen. Steve Farley, talk show host Emil Franzi, and Pima County Democratic Party Chairman Don Jorgensen... Read more»

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J.C. Scott: Supreme Court rulings in focus

Sunnyside School Board Member Louie Gonzales, Arizona Education Association President Andrew Morrill, Developer Richard Studwell, Administrator Tucsoncitizen.com Mark B. Evans... Read more»

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J.C. Scott: Medicaid expansion passes. What's next?

Arizona Capitol Times reporter Hank Stephenson, GOP state Rep. Ethan Orr, Democratic state Sen. Linda Lopez, former state Sen. Frank Antenori, plus Tucson Padres GM Mike Feder, and AEA President Andrew Morrill.... Read more»

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J.C. Scott: Sheriff Estrada: Drug war can't be won without strategy change

Interviews with Patrick McNamara of Inside Tucson Business, Arizona Education Association President Andrew Morrill, former Arizona Clean Election Commission Director Todd Lang, GOP state Rep. Paul Boyer, Santa Cruz Sheriff Tony Estrada, and TucsonSentinel.com's Dylan Smith broke news about a PCC chancellor candidate.... Read more»

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J.C. Scott: Looking at PCC, TUSD, Sunnyside sup't

Interviews with Tucson Education Association President Frances Banales, Arizona Education Association President Andrew Morrill, Tucson Weekly writer Mari Herreras, Pima Community Collage Prof. David G. Iadevia, and former Sunnyside Governing Board Member Magdalena Barajas, plus Arizona Capitol Times Editor Jim Small.... Read more»

Arizona’s ‘dropout factories’ decline, but graduation rates still lag

Arizona posted one of the country’s sharpest declines in so-called “dropout factories” in the last decade, but was still slightly below the national average for high school graduation rates in 2011, according to a recent report.... Read more»

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