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ELECTION 2016: Voters nearly split on Prop. 123

Wed, May 18, 2016

Education

PHOENIX — Arizona voters were almost evenly split on a proposal to tap the state’s land trust fund to boost education funding, but a measure overhauling public safety pensions was winning by a wide margin Tuesday night.Proposition 123 is a plan to pump $3.5 billion in new money into the

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Superintendent assistant earns $365,000 a year

Thu, Feb 11, 2016

Education

ELOY — A series of business agreements and donations given to the Toltec Elementary School District is allowing Assistant Superintendent Dr. Jeff Van Handel to be paid over $365,000 in salary and benefits for the 2015-16 school year, according to documents obtained by the Casa Grande Dispatch.These business agreements have

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Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, Eloy, Schools

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Election 2016: Backers say ‘no strings’ are attached

Tue, Jan 19, 2016

Education

By KEVIN REAGAN Staff WriterCASA GRANDE — An advocate for Gov. Doug Ducey’s education funding plan said it benefits local school districts without any “strings attached” to state government.If approved by voters, Proposition 123 would inject $3.5 billion into public education over a 10-year period. More than half the money

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Douglas outlines plan to improve Ariz.'s public schools

Sat, Oct 3, 2015

Education

PHOENIX -- State schools chief Diane Douglas is calling for higher teacher pay, an end to teaching "racism'' in schools, a requirement for high school graduates to be able to speak a foreign language, allow parents to refuse to let their children take standardized tests, and give children more time

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Tags: Arizona, Public schools, Diane Douglas

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Judge: Douglas doesn't have the power to fire BOE staff

Tue, Jul 14, 2015

Education

PHOENIX -- A judge has thrown out a bid by the state schools chief to control the employees of the Board of Education and move them into their own offices.

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Tags: Arizona, Education, Superintend of Public Instruction

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Injunction sought to stop CAC tax hike

Tue, Jun 30, 2015

Education

FLORENCE — An injunction has been requested in Pinal County Superior Court in an effort to stop a 20 percent property tax increase approved by the Central Arizona College Governing Board from taking effect.In court documents filed Thursday, Garland Shreves is seeking a preliminary injunction and a temporary restraining order

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Tags: Arizona, Central Arizona Community Collage, Taxes

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Governor to seek voter OK to give more trust funds to schools

Thu, Jun 4, 2015

Education

PHOENIX –– Saying there's no need for a tax hike, Gov. Doug Ducey wants to dig deeper into a special trust fund to provide an infusion of cash for public schools.The proposal would ask voters to quadruple the amount of money schools are allowed to withdraw from the fund each

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Ducey against any tax hikes for ed

Sun, May 24, 2015

Education

PHOENIX — Gov. Doug Ducey said Friday he will oppose any effort to hike taxes to boost education funding, even one where voters would make the decision.“I have said that we are not going to raise taxes,” the governor told Capitol Media Services. “And I have been consistent.”The absolutist stance

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Tags: Arizona, Governor, Education taxes, Doug Ducey

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Douglas sues in effort to regain control over BOE staff Story

Fri, May 15, 2015

Education

PHOENIX -- State schools chief Diane Douglas filed suit late Friday to force Board of Education staffers to submit to her direct control -- and return to her agency's offices.Douglas wants a Maricopa County Superior Court judge to declare that the board's employees "work for the Department of Education and

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Douglas' political games belong on the playground (Arizona Republic) Editorial board

Tue, May 12, 2015

Education

Our View: Feud between Diane Douglas and Board of Education is a destructive distraction. The fault lines in the state's K-12 education system are not new. It took Diane Douglas' combative style to reveal how deep they are and how desperately Arizona needs skilled leadership, not gamesmanship. Gov. Doug Ducey, are you

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Tags: Arizona, Arizona Legislature, Education, Diane Douglas

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