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With just more than 10,000 ballots left to be counted statewide, Arizona’s races for attorney general and state superintendent will likely trigger recounts next month.

The races for attorney general and superintendent of public instruction are coming down to the wire and could be heading for an automatic recount for the first time in state history after legislation signed into law in May lowered the margin triggering the recount process. Read more»

Tom Horne at a debate for Republican candidates for superintendent of public instruction.

Republican Tom Horne will be Arizona’s new superintendent of public instruction, emerging victorious from a contest with Democratic incumbent Kathy Hoffman that saw the lead change hands several times since Election Day. Read more»

While Republicans have predicted that every day since the polls closed would reveal a wave of GOP-heavy ballots that would eliminate Hobbs’ lead, that has yet to happen.

Kari Lake cut into Katie Hobbs’ lead for Arizona governor on Sunday, but not by as much as her campaign hoped — or enough to put her in a good position to overtake Hobbs as the final ballots are tallied in the upcoming days. Read more»

Kathy Hoffman, who is running against Tom Horne for Superintendent of Public Instruction, speaks during the watch party for Arizona Democrats at the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel Nov. 8, 2022.

Incumbent Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman built an early lead Tuesday night against Republican challenger Tom Horne, who’s seeking to reclaim the job he once held. Read more»

The initial results include only early ballots received before Monday, and do not reflect votes cast in-person on Election Day.

With virtually all early ballots counted, Democrats have bigger than expected leads in many hotly contested statewide races, but because many Republicans waited to vote in-person on Tuesday, early results will change dramatically in the hours and days ahead. Read more»

Republican Tom Horne.

Republican Tom Horne - superintendent of public instruction for two terms who led the charge to ban ethnic studies in public schools - wants the focus on academics in Arizona schools and a restoration of discipline in classrooms while opposing the teaching of race and gender topics. Read more»

Democrat Kathy Hoffman.

Democrat incumbent Kathy Hoffman will continue to focus on educator recruitment and retention, reducing class sizes, increasing teacher pay and student mental health services as Arizona superintendent of public instruction, including continued support for LGBTQ+ students. Read more»

Arizona hired nearly 300 counselors in the past three years, and the student to counselor ratio improved by about 20%.

Demand for student mental health services has grown as educators grapple with the effects the COVID-19 pandemic, and Democratic State Superintendent Kathy Hoffman had expressed a need for Arizona to hire more school mental health counselors since she took office in 2019. Read more»

Among education researchers, there is no debate that COVID-19 upended student learning across the board.

Among education researchers, there is no debate that COVID-19 upended student learning across the board and while Republican challenger Tom Horne presents statistics to put Superintendent Kathy Hoffman in a poor light, he leaves out significant context. Read more»

Education advocates hold a sign during a press conference Sept. 15 as Democratic Rep. Reginald Bolding, at the podium, calls out Republicans for failing to call a special session to lift the school Aggregate Expenditure Limit.

Arizona Democrats and public education advocates are urging Gov. Ducey and his fellow Republicans in the state Legislature to keep their promise to lift the state’s annual school spending cap, allowing districts across the state to spend around $1.3 billion already allocated to them. Read more»

Election Day falls on Tuesday, Nov. 8 - Arizonans can vote in person starting Oct. 12, wait until Election Day or get a mailed ballot - as a number of top state offices are up for grabs this election season, and few of them are without controversy. Read more»

Public school districts are required to make teacher salaries publicly available and curriculum and books are accessible to interested parents, but private schools have no such requirements.

Since applications for the expanded Empowerment Scholarship Account program opened, roughly three of every four students who sought school voucher funding had never set foot in an Arizona public school - subsidizing tuition for students who already attend pricey private schools. Read more» 1

Project proposals will be accepted until the $5 million in funding runs out.

As the new school year kicks off, Arizona teachers can submit project proposals to a nonprofit crowdfunding platform called DonorsChoose for an opportunity to get up to $600 to be used on classroom resources that support their students. Read more»

The UA College of Education's Native SOAR, which provides mentoring and educational resources to Arizona's Indigenous communities, will extend its reach thanks to a $1.2 million grant from the Arizona Department of Education. Read more»

State Superintendent Kathy Hoffman, human rights activists and parents sharply criticized Arizona lawmakers after Gov. Doug Ducey signed bills that would restrict the treatment trans youth could receive and limit what sports teams they could join. Read more»

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