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Arizona poised for hefty 2018 election spending

There were no statewide or legislative elections in 2017, but the year marked the most prolific campaign fundraising year since the state began keeping the records in an electronic database, setting up the 2018 election for massive political spending.... Read more»

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Legislative roundup: A retired justice, minimum wage & drunken hair cuts

The week in the Arizona Legislature.... Read more»

Biz leaders rally against bills to roll back Common Core

Several GOP bills to roll back or forbid Arizona’s switch to the Common Core State Standards would harm efforts to create a more competitive workforce, business leaders said Thursday, saying "We believe that it would be wrong to deny Arizona students the education they need to succeed in the 21st century."... Read more»

Lawmaker: Personal finance instruction will lead to better choices

When Mitch Ruttenberg teaches economics at Trevor G. Browne High School, he ends each semester with lessons on credit cards, taxes, budgeting and other aspects of personal finance. “It’s last thing they get from me because I know that’s what they need the most,” he said.... Read more»

Schools earn B on report card for financial literacy requirements

Arizona got a B on a recent national report card that graded states for their efforts to improve financial literacy in high schools.... 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»

Report: Az slipping behind other states on spending transparency

Despite increasing online access to government spending information in recent years, Arizona is letting other states move ahead of it in transparency, an advocacy group reported Tuesday.... Read more»

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Lawmaker: Establish state penalties for schools' privacy violations

An Arizona lawmaker wants to create state-level penalties for schools that violate a federal law prohibiting them from releasing students’ private information to non-educational entities.... Read more»

Republicans take on medical marijuana labeling, cultivation

For Sen. Kimberly Yee, R-Phoenix, some edible medical marijuana products are too easy to mistake for candy and should be labeled clearly by law. Hers is among several bills legislative session addressing how the medical marijuana system approved in 2010 should work. ... Read more»

Poor districts may see cuts under Brewer's school performance budget

Supporters of Gov. Jan Brewer’s performance-based education funding model for school districts and charter holders say concerns about the formula’s effects on schools in low-income areas don’t take into account the bigger picture.... Read more»

Lawmaker: Require personal finance classes to graduate

Current state law requires high school students to demonstrate competence in reading, writing, math, science and social studies before graduating. A bill would require high school students to display proficiency in personal finance in order to graduate.... Read more»

Phx lawmaker: Bill would help failing schools improve faster

Allowing education officials to immediately assign schools failing grades under Arizona’s new system for measuring performance would allow troubled schools to get help faster, a state lawmaker contends.... Read more»

Lawmaker: Alert licensing boards in suspect medical pot cases

A Phoenix lawmaker wants to make it clear that state officials can notify licensing boards when medical professionals are suspected of improperly recommending marijuana for patients.... Read more»

Lawmaker wants ban on sale of hookahs to minors

Saying that an hour of using a hookah pipe is equivalent to smoking between 100 and 200 cigarettes, state Rep. Kimberly Yee, R-Phoenix, has introduced a bill that would make it a petty offense to sell the pipes to minors. ... Read more»

Brewer signs bill to ban race- and sex-selection abortions

Gov. Jan Brewer has signed into law a bill that makes Arizona the first state to ban abortions based on the race of a fetus and one of the few that have banned abortions based on gender.... Read more»

House committee OKs bill to force schools to report bullying

An Arizona House bill calls for disciplinary action against school employees, from administrators to teachers to janitors, who fail to file detailed reports about bullying. (with video)... Read more»

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