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JTED on 'downward spiral' after funding cuts, advocates warn

JTED educators across the state warn that career and technical education programs could disappear in the next few years because of diminished state funding. One administrator calls the most recent budget cut by the State Legislature “non-survivable.”... Read more»

Superintendents: State budget cuts threaten technical, trade education

Superintendents from Pima County's school districts and local business leaders urged voters Thursday to tell state legislators that proposed budget cuts would "eviscerate" technical training programs. ... Read more»

Az budget plan guts higher education funding

The Legislature and Gov. Doug Ducey have agreed to a budget that would deepen previously announced cuts to state universities by nearly 50 percent — a move that prompted sharp criticism from university supporters. The budget would cut $104 million from universities, zero out state support for community colleges, and cut JTED funds.... Read more»

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JTED head: Ducey's budget cuts would gut career training

Arizona’s governor and legislators are working to pass a budget that will eviscerate the Pima County JTED’s Career and Technical Education programs, which is a contradiction of their stated goals of supporting education and attracting businesses to the state. The proposal will reduce the amount of per-pupil funding for students enrolled in JTED/CTE programs to a point where local school districts would lose money on 50 programs.... Read more»1

Az’s 13 JTEDs offer vocational alternative to traditional high schools

Joint technical education districts offer Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses, which will help provide workers for jobs that are projected to grow by 2020, according to a study by the Morrison Institute for Public Policy at Arizona State University. ... Read more»

Legislative roundup

The week at the Arizona Capitol

Orr and Steele back JTED bill; lawmakers debate a repeal of election measures; animal cruelty bill heard in committee; and more.... Read more»

John C. Scott

J.C. Scott: Az Supreme Court OKs higher campaign contributions

Interviews with Rep. Ethan Orr, Community Food Bank's Melissa Wieters, former Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard, and Arizona Capitol Times Editor Jim Small, along with Habistore manager Terry Dee and Culligan Man Al Zaragoza.... Read more»

John C. Scott

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»

John C. Scott Show

J.C. Scott: JTED's track record; legislative update

Interviews with developer Richard Studwell, our City Hall commentator; Democratic state Rep. Andrea Dalessandro (LD2); Inside Tucson Business columnist and former City Councilwoman Carol West; plus Vail School Superintendent Calvin Baker and JTED Governing Board Member Bob Schlanger.... Read more»

Lawmaker: Eliminate inequity in JTED funding for charter students

Arizona’s mechanism for funding students who attend vocational programs offered by Joint Technical Education Districts unintentionally discriminates against those from charter schools, a state lawmaker contends.... Read more»

Manufacturing’s next wave: Highly skilled workers

Intel Corp.'s Ocotillo Campus is proof that the company is expanding and soon will be in the market for 1,000 workers to operate a $5.2 billion fabrication plant. The minimum calling card is a two-year technical degree or equivalent experience in areas like process design, automation software and packaging and assembly technology.... Read more»

John C. Scott Show

J.C. Scott: The dirty business of politics, Part II

Interviews with Tucson City Councilman Steve Kozachik and Pima County Superintendent of Schools Linda Arzoumanian, plus radio host Emil Franzi.... Read more»