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Teachers march in front of the Arizona Capitol building on March 15, 2023, to protest a new hotline launched by the Arizona Department of Education that encourages parents to file complaints about lesson plans in Arizona classrooms.

Dozens of teachers took to the street on Wednesday afternoon to demand that Arizona Republican Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne’s newly established parental complaint hotline be dismantled. Read more»

Republican state Sen. Anthony Kern stands next to an LED screen truck at a protest of a Glendale elementary school district board’s decision not to renew a student teaching contract with a religious university because of its requirement that its students commit to an anti-LGBTQ statement of faith. Kern, who represents Glendale, gathered and led a group of protestors on March 9, 2023.

Republican lawmakers are taking sides in Arizona school board conflicts to advance their battle against perceived leftist agendas in the classroom, and public school advocates say when political rhetoric takes center stage, the education community suffers. Read more»

Arizona voters overwhelmingly approved a ballot measure in 2006 that denied in-state tuition – which could save a student thousands of dollars a year – to undocumented residents. Proposition 308 on this fall’s ballot would reverse that, and supporters are confident the state has changed and the law will, too.

Proposition 308 - which would make undocumented students eligible for in-state tuition if they have lived in the state for at least two years and got their high school diploma in the state - would reverse a law that that prohibits undocumented Arizona residents from getting in-state tuition. Read more»

Currently, any ballot initiative can pass with a simple majority of 50% plus one vote.

When Arizona voters approved a measure in 2020 that would have increased school funding by raising income tax on higher earners, they did so by a 52-48% margin - now, Proposition 132 would require any initiative that raises taxes to get approved by at least 60% of voters to pass. Read more»

Officials from Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico and Colorado convened at the White House for a forum on the impact Biden administration programs are having on Western states. Tucson Mayor Regina Romero said that infusions of federal funding under recently passed bills have allowed her city to do projects it would not have been able to afford otherwise.

Arizona local, tribal and labor leaders were at the White House Friday to hear administration officials highlight the billions in recent federal funding - Arizona is set to get $1.9 billion in 2022 - that is coming to states for everything from roads to water to broadband. 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

RedForEd marchers as they move toward the Capitol in April 2018 as part of a protest over low teacher pay.

A new report shows that teachers in Arizona faced a 32% wage penalty in 2021 compared to college-educated workers employed in other fields - the fourth-largest teacher pay gap in the nation, behind only Colorado, Oklahoma and Virginia. Read more» 1

Republican legislative candidate Matt Gress on July 4, 2022.

Matt Gress, a candidate for the Arizona House of Representatives, announced his “Pay Teachers First” plan on Monday, centered around an immediate and permanent $10,000 pay raise for Arizona teachers. Read more»

A group of people at the Arizona Education Association rally outside the Arizona Senate in Phoenix on June 21, 2022.

Members of the Arizona Education Association gathered at the state Capitol to again ask lawmakers to funnel a bigger chunk of the state’s $5 billion budget surplus into public schools and questioned the use of taxpayer money to expand the voucher program. Read more»

Some Arizona public schools could close early this year if the Legislature fails to override the aggregate expenditure limit, advocates for education say.

The clock is running out for state legislators to override a cap on spending that would prohibit Arizona public school districts from disbursing nearly $1.2 billion that’s already been approved by the Legislature and budgeted. Read more»