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Auditor general: Arizona election audits wouldn’t begin until 2024 cycle

Turning the Arizona Auditor General’s Office into an elections oversight unit will be a substantial undertaking that will require time and resources, and that means it won’t conduct election audits until after this year, a Senate committee was told Thursday. ... 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»

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»

Prop. 305: Should Arizona expand state’s school voucher program?

Prop. 305 gives parents a choice beyond one-size-fits-all schools but the referendum's opponents say will cost public schools money without proper oversight.... Read more»

Prop. 123: Short-term solution predicted to bring long-term problems

Opponents of Prop. 123 believe the initiative misleads voters into thinking it solves the state’s education funding crisis but in reality offers a short-term solution that creates worse problems in the long run.... Read more»

Advocates to Ducey: Pay court-ordered education funding now

The state’s failure to pay public schools hundreds of millions in court-ordered funding has chased competent teachers from classrooms, education advocates said at a demonstration Thursday.... Read more»

Incoming schools chief Douglas: 'Restore school funding'

Diane Douglas, about to take office as Arizona's superintendent of Public Instruction, said Tuesday that she supports restoring millions in school funding cut by the Legislature. "The courts have ruled that Arizona schools were deprived of increases guaranteed to them by a vote of the people," she said.... Read more»

$317M in court-ordered funding an issue in governor’s race

State courts have ruled that Arizona owes public schools a first payment of more than $300 million for failing to make annual inflation adjustments to base funding as called for by a voter-approved law. Over five years, the bill could be $1.6 billion. ... Read more»1

Report: Az schools saw some of nation’s steepest spending cuts

The state's per-pupil spending fell 17.5 percent since 2008, a decline that trailed only Oklahoma and Alabama. Advocates said the cuts show up in the form of larger classes, fewer teachers and more. ... Read more»

Schools look to first payment on $1.6B ruling

Gov. Jan Brewer has said the state will appeal a judge's decision that Arizona must make a first payment of $317 million to make up for shorting school districts during the Great Recession. ... Read more»