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Census: Arizona continues to lag far behind U.S. on school spending

New Census Bureau figures show that per-pupil spending in Arizona’s public schools was fourth-lowest in the nation in 2017, hampering the state’s efforts in recent years to improve education funding.... Read more»

New law changes how English language learners are taught. But what comes next?

Arizona has had a difficult history with providing adequate education for English learners, including a lawsuit against the state in 1992, a ballot measure in 2000, and what experts call a failed four-hour 'block' requirement.... Read more»

Arizona wrongly distributed $62M in federal aid for poor students

The Arizona Department of Education was alerted in March 2015 that it was improperly distributing federal funds intended to help low-income students, but didn’t undertake serious efforts to identify and fix the problem until early 2017.... 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

Many Arizona students underprepared for college

Are Arizona students prepared for college? Recent data indicates they're not. Students here lag the national average in all categories: English, reading, math and science. Only 23 percent of Arizona students meet the benchmarks in all four subjects.... Read more»