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GOP lawmakers take fight over new education tax to Arizona high court

A new income tax approved by voters in November violates the state constitution and should be blocked, attorneys for a group of Republican lawmakers argued Tuesday before the Arizona Supreme Court.... Read more»

Seeing red: Bill would cut Arizona voter-approved education funds, school supporters say

Red for Ed, the teachers group that spearheaded Proposition 208 – which increases some taxes to hire teachers and bolster teacher salaries – this week returned to the political battlefield to fight a bill it says undermines the will of Arizona voters in November. E... Read more»

Ducey, GOP lawmakers not deterred on cutting taxes if they take federal COVID cash

Republican lawmakers and Gov. Doug Ducey aren’t changing their plans for big tax cuts this year, despite a provision of the latest federal COVID relief bill seeking to block states from using the money to fund tax reductions. ... Read more»

Brnovich, ABOR agree to dismiss lawsuit over tuition for dreamers

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich and the Arizona Board of Regents agreed to dismiss the remaining claim in a 2017 lawsuit over the in-state tuition rates granted to some undocumented students. A 2006 voter-approved law prohibits people with no legal immigration status from accessing in-state tuition and financial aid.... Read more»

Arizona teachers have the lowest wages in the nation, report finds

A new report found that Arizona ranked 50th in median annual earnings for teachers after adjusting for cost of living. Arizona teachers earned only $47,606 — more than $2,100 less than the adjusted pay for educators in Oklahoma. Arizona’s two largest metropolitan areas, Phoenix and Tucson, ranked 48th and 50th, respectively, among large cities.... Read more»

Az school sup't calls for equal funding for remote learning, help for mental health

Arizona’s top schools chief on Tuesday called for state funding for remote learning to be allocated at the same rate as funding for in-person learning, and she urged extra help for students and staff members suffering mental issues as the Covid-19 pandemic continues.... Read more»

Ducey calls for $600 million in permanent income tax cuts

Gov. Doug Ducey will push to make $600 million income tax cuts, phased in over the next three years, and he wants those cuts to be broad-based so they will affect as many Arizonans as possible. However, history has shown that today’s surplus can quickly turn into a deficit, and that tax cuts that go into effect when revenues are strong can become a drag on the state’s budget when the economy goes south.... Read more»

Ducey wants savings from K-12 enrollment decline to help students who have fallen behind in pandemic

Gov. Doug Ducey plans to use hundreds of millions of dollars that schools will lose from declining enrollment for programs to help students who have fallen behind during the COVID-19 pandemic, which left many schools relying on virtual learning instead of in-person education.... Read more»

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J.C. Scott: Profiling Pima Community College

PCC Chancellor Lee Lambert, Aviation Technology Program Manager Tom Hinman, Executive Director of the PCC Foundation Cheryl House, Executive Director of Athletics Edgar Soto, Special Assistant to the Provost Dolores Duran-Cerda, Advanced Program Manager Adult Education Rebecca Suitt.... Read more»