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Shortchanged: Arizona schools to suffer, blame goes around as court kills K-12 funding

A new court ruling means Arizona remains where it's always been — choosing to remain at the bottom of the national ladder in school funding. The untenable remains permanent, and everyone is to blame.... Read more»

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State judge rules Arizona's voter-approved Invest in Education Act is unconstitutional

A Maricopa County judge on Friday declared that a voter-approved income tax hike on wealthy Arizonans to fund public schools violates the state Constitution, though he made clear that he wasn’t particularly happy about it. ... Read more»

No Republican candidates for Arizona governor are calling for school cuts to be stopped

Arizona's Republican gubernatorial hopefuls aren't voicing any support for legislation to avert nearly $1.2 billion in education cuts this school year. ... Read more»

TUSD faces $58M cut - one of largest in state - as Arizona school funding cap looms

As an effort to lift a spending cap for Arizona schools stalled in the state Legislature, local leaders warned that allowing the bar to take effect would result in a "catastrophic cut" to education. ... Read more»

Az House passes measure to avoid school funding cuts, but Senate appears 1 GOP vote short

The push to temporarily raise Arizona’s spending limit for K-12 schools and avoid nearly $1.2 billion in cuts that could close classrooms passed easily in the state House of Representatives but stalled out in the Senate.... Read more»

Nearly $1.2 billion at risk for Arizona public schools if Legislature fails to override cap

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»

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Talking back at the 'Year of the Shrug,' from Tucson to D.C.

Apathy began to reign in 2021 but I'm taking one last whack at the year because I have... stuff... to say about Tucson and Arizona.... Read more»

Despite Arizona court ruling, education advocates say Prop. 208 can have a 'long life'

Backers of the Invest in Education Act say the voter-approved tax hike on the rich to increase teacher pay and boost school funding has a future, despite last week’s Arizona Supreme Court ruling that the spending plan is likely unconstitutional.... Read more»

Collateral damage: Arizona Supreme Court ruling jeopardizes another $600 million in school funding

When the Arizona Supreme Court ruled against an income tax hike voters approved last year, it illuminated another K-12 funding issue that could strip $600 million a year out of Arizona schools - an education spending limit voters imposed on the state more than four decades ago.... Read more»

Arizona Supreme Court won’t block Prop 208 tax increase for school funding — for now

The Arizona Supreme Court refused to block a voter-approved tax hike on the state’s top earners, rejecting a challenge brought by Republican lawmakers and a local business, who argued that the tax violated the state constitution.... Read more»

Invest in Arizona campaign to overturn tax cuts with voter referendums not dampened by lawsuit

The Invest in Arizona campaign seeking to overturn three laws GOP legislators and Gov. Ducey celebrated as “the single largest tax cut in Arizona history” marked its first week of action with increased momentum around the state - and a lawsuit aimed at rendering the campaign futile.... Read more»

Invest in AZ launches referendum drive to repeal tax cuts, ensure increased education funding

Education activists have kicked off a campaign to ask voters to roll back Arizona's latest tax cuts for the wealthy, saying that they want to protect last year's passage of a tax increase for schools.... Read more»

Arizona education groups heading to the ballot to block new tax cuts

A coalition of public education advocates are mounting a campaign to ask voters to overturn the tax cuts - designed to blunt the effect that Prop 208, which voters approved in November - that were the centerpiece of the budget that Republican lawmakers and Gov. Ducey just approved.... Read more»

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Ducey, Az Legislature show silly moxie in tempting school-funding fates with tax cuts

Arizona's one million public school students go to class every day in a system that is starved for cash and trailing the rest of the country. It's a reality that won't go away because Republicans shout "fake news." ... Read more»

Ducey signs Az budget, with tax cut for wealthy, with just hours to go before end of fiscal year

With the start of the fiscal year less than eight hours away, Gov. Ducey signed a $12.8 billion budget — highlighted by a massive income tax cut that replaces Arizona’s progressive rates with two rates and an additional break for higher income earners to offset the effect of Prop. 208.... Read more»

Az House finalizes budget, tax cuts, but kills school voucher expansion

The Arizona House of Representatives wrapped up work Friday on a $12.8 billion budget that dramatically overhauls the state’s income tax code, shields some wealthy Arizonans from paying a voter-approved tax to boost teacher pay and mandates new civics curriculum in public schools while rejecting expansion of the school voucher program.... Read more»

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