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Arizona teachers union calls for $1.7 billion in new school funding

With legislators still undecided on how to spend the record $5.3 billion dollar budget surplus, the Arizona Education Association, the state’s largest teacher’s union, is demanding massive increases in education funding.... Read more»

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Education, housing, paid leave: Advocates demand record budget surplus be invested in Arizonans’ well-being

Citing the state's record-high surplus, community advocacy organizations ACE and the People First Economy for Arizona called on legislators to ramp up education funding and mobilize the estimated $5.3 billion surplus to benefit Arizonans.... Read more»

'More than a warm body': Schools try long-term solutions to substitute teacher shortage

Long before the coronavirus pandemic forced states to take desperate measures to find substitutes, schools often struggled to cover teacher absences - now, school districts want more than quick fixes.... Read more»

La creciente población latina de Arizona está subrepresentada entre los maestros

El cuarenta y cinco por ciento de los estudiantes de Arizona en los grados de prekínder a 12 se identifican como latinos, pero solo el 16% de los más de 58,000 maestros de Arizona son latinos, según datos del Departamento de Educación de Arizona.... Read more»

Arizona’s growing Latino population is underrepresented among teachers

Forty-five percent of Arizona students in grades pre-K through 12 identify as Latino, but only 16% of Arizona’s more than 58,000 teachers are Latino, according to Arizona Department of Education data.... Read more»

Ducey will decide fate of GOP bill to make it easier for Arizona parents to sue teachers

A bill to allow parents to sue Arizona teachers for "usurping the fundamental right" of a parent in raising their children won approval is now one signature from becoming law.... Read more»

Analysis

States stuck trying to fix early ed pay as feds drop the ball

Evidence suggests that focusing on wages in early early childhood education could help stabilize the industry - but as legislation that would help address the lack of adequate pay is stalled in Congress, some states are tackling the issue of compensation.... Read more»

Bill allowing teachers to be sued for 'usurping' parental rights clears Arizona Senate

A bill to allow parents to sue Arizona teachers for “usurping the fundamental right” of a parent in raising their children won approval from state Senate Republicans on Monday and is one vote away from Gov. Doug Ducey’s desk. ... Read more»

The Tucson agenda

Tucson mulls affordable housing & pot-license incentives, Sunnyside students go walkabout

The Tucson City Council will vote on whether to waive impact fees to coax more affordabie housing as home inventory plummets, after they mull social equity incentives for marijuana businesses.... Read more»

Bill that would’ve forced Arizona teachers to out students modified

A GOP bill that would have forced teachers to out LGBTQ students was amended in the Senate Education Committee Tuesday to remove that language, but still faced criticism from Democratic lawmakers and the LGBTQ community.... Read more»

Arizona Senate approves bill requiring teachers to post curriculum online

Citing a need for academic transparency, Senate Republicans on Monday approved a bill that would require teachers to post all their lesson plans and materials online for parental review, despite some reservations.... Read more»

Arizona teachers eligible for $14 million in classroom COVID relief grants

Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman has announced the Arizona Department of Education would distribute $14 million in federal COVID-19 relief funds to directly help Pre K through12th grade public school educators.... Read more»

Las escuelas luchan por llenar las aulas de Arizona en medio de la escasez de maestros sustitutos

La enseñanza sustituta siempre ha sido difícil, pero durante la pandemia, los temores de contraer el COVID-19, junto con una gran escasez de maestros, han agregado estrés adicional al trabajo en las escuelas de Arizona.... Read more»

Substitutes in high demand as teacher shortage has Arizona districts scrambling

Substitute teaching always has been difficult, but during the pandemic, fears of getting COVID-19 coupled with a deep teacher shortage have added additional stress to the job in Arizona schools.... Read more»

Survey highlights ongoing teacher shortage for Arizona schools

The Arizona School Personnel Administrators Association’s annual survey shows 6,347 positions were unfilled for the 2021-22 year – further highlighting the ongoing teacher shortage that schools in Arizona face. ... Read more»

Exits by Black and Hispanic teachers pose a new threat to COVID-era education

A nationwide surge of teachers are leaving the profession — especially evident among members of the profession with minority backgrounds - and amid the pandemic’s toxic brew of death, illness, and classroom disruption, these departures have created another strain for students.... Read more»

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