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Pinal school districts join fight to repeal new voucher law

Thu, May 11, 2017

Education

CASA GRANDE — Gov. Doug Ducey signed a school voucher expansion bill last month that has led to several Pinal County school districts adopting an Arizona School Boards Association resolution to oppose the measure and push for repeal. Senate Bill 1431 calls for a four-year, phased-in expansion of the state’s Education

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STATEMENT: 'House Democrats will always choose people over politics'

Wed, May 10, 2017

AZ Legislature

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Arizona House Democratic Leader Rebecca Rios, D-Phoenix (District 27), House Democratic Assistant Leader Randall Friese, D-Tucson (District 9), and House Democratic Whip Charlene Fernandez, D-Yuma (District 4), released the following joint statement regarding the end of the 2017 Legislative Session: "Arizona House Democrats are building an inclusive

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Legislature ends session, passes tax breaks, reverses cuts to public benefits

Wed, May 10, 2017

AZ Legislature

The House and Senate adjourned the 2017 legislative session for good at sunset Wednesday, capping a day that saw lawmakers expand tax breaks for businesses and benefits for poor Arizona families. Legislators approved providing another $10 million in state income tax credits for “angel” investors who put money into qualified small

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PCGESD board member calls voucher expansion 'repugnant'

Tue, May 9, 2017

Education

CASA GRANDE — A school board member didn’t hold back on expressing his disgust with the expansion of the state’s voucher program. Casa Grande Elementary School District Governing Board member David Snider called the expansion of vouchers, officially called Education Savings Accounts, “repugnant” and “dangerous.” “I find it akin to a wholesale

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Pinal lawmakers (Republicans all) pleased with 2018 State Budget

Fri, May 5, 2017

AZ Legislature

CASA GRANDE — The Arizona Legislature passed a $9.8 billion budget early Friday that Gov. Doug Ducey said emphasizes education. “It’s amazing that he (Ducey) was willing to give away the store just to get conservatives on board and he wasn’t even willing to have a word with Democrats about two

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Gov Doug Ducey Signs Bill Expanding Teacher Certifications abc15 Arizona

Wed, May 3, 2017

Education

PHOENIX. Gov. Doug Ducey signed legislation Tuesday that will change the rules and qualifications for who can become a teacher in the state, marking another enacted education measure strongly opposed by Democratic lawmakers.

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State Budget Deal Tied To Vote On University Bonding Issue Azcentralcom

Mon, May 1, 2017

AZ Legislature

AZCentral.com-Gov. Doug Ducey and Republican leaders in the Legislature have reached a tentative budget deal, seemingly breaking weeks of deadlock over the state spending plan. The proposed $9.6 billion deal would include 2 percent teacher raises Ducey called for in January, but phase them in over two years instead of the five years the

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Will Democrats In Arizona Legislature Save Gov Doug Ducey's University Bonding Plan Azcentralcom

Thu, Apr 27, 2017

Education

With Republican Gov. Doug Ducey's $1 billion university funding proposal at a standstill at the state Legislature, Democrats are offering to support a retooled plan to give Arizona's three public universities greater bonding authority.

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Arizona faces suit on building, fixing schools

Thu, Apr 27, 2017

Education

PHOENIX — Just a year after settling one education funding lawsuit, state lawmakers face a new one, this one over what challengers say is their failure to build and properly maintain public schools.

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Area educators back Douglas proposal to keep tax hike to pay teachers more

Thu, Apr 27, 2017

Education

CASA GRANDE — The state’s top education official is proposing extending a sales tax that helps fund teachers, and area officials agree with the move.

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