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TUSD requests for student info raise privacy concerns at charter schools
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Feb 19, 8:15 AM: The Tucson Unified School District has filed public records requests with nearly 100 local charter schools seeking student directory information to try to woo kids and parents into attending TUSD.
Will Arizona Legislature rein in private-school tax credits?
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Feb 12, 7:13 AM: Arizona Senate President Steve Yarbrough, who for years ran a private-school tax-credit organization of his own, is pushing legislation that he says will rein in the cost of the state's ballooning tax-credit program.
Two-pronged voucher fight looms in courts, Legislature
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Feb 8, 5:50 AM: A judge has refused to block voters from getting the last word on whether they want to expand a system of vouchers that uses public funds to send children to private and parochial schools.
Koch brothers are promoting school vouchers in Arizona
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Feb 7, 6:46 AM: The Koch brothers have set their sights on Arizona trying to leverage a win for school vouchers. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey attended a policy session with the Kochs' network of donors in California last month. The Koch-funded Libre >
Tax documents of shuttered Goodyear charter school raise spending questions
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Feb 6, 6:50 AM: Teachers and parents impacted by the abrupt closure of a Goodyear charter school are threatening to sue over unpaid wages, and questioning how the owners were spending state money.
Avondale school district opens its doors – and wallet – to displaced Goodyear charter students
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Feb 5, 6:46 AM: The midyear closure of Discovery Creemos Academy, a Goodyear public charter school, was an unusual occurrence in Arizona. And it's left parents and nearby schools scrambling to find new classrooms for what could be hundreds of >
Judge won’t block school voucher vote
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Feb 1, 6:27 AM: A judge has refused to block voters from getting the last word on whether they want to expand a system of vouchers that uses public funds to send children to private and parochial schools.
Goodyear charter school abruptly closes, locking out hundreds of students
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Jan 31, 7:09 AM: Hundreds of students were suddenly left without a school this week after a financially and academically struggling Goodyear charter school closed its doors.
Judge tosses lawsuit to stop Arizona's school-voucher referendum
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Jan 31, 6:40 AM: A Maricopa County Superior Court judge has thrown out a legal challenge to prevent a citizens' referendum on Arizona's expanded school-voucher-style law from going to voters.
Gov. Ducey dismisses 'distortions' of education record
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Jan 16, 8:00 AM: As he embarks on a campaign this year for a second term, the Republican governor pushed back against questions about his commitment to funding education, labeling them all “distortions."
Thousands march, call on Ducey and Republican lawmakers to fully fund public schools
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Jan 8, 6:58 AM: Thousands of people lined the streets on Saturday morning near the state Capitol, calling for greater public-education funding and blasting the expansion of a school-voucher program that allows families to use public money for >
Charter advocates hail need of educational choice
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Jan 8, 6:22 AM: Some recent state and national criticism of charter schools is deemed by charter leaders and advocates to be an unfair portrayal of an educational choice many families are eager to obtain.
Senate president sees tricky course to rein in tuition tax credit
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Jan 5, 7:29 AM: Altering a cap on corporate tax credits for private school scholarships will require a two-thirds majority vote in both chambers of the Arizona Legislature.That’s no easy task for Senate President Steve Yarbrough, who in his last >
Findings of the financial analysis on charter schools in Arizona
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Jan 5, 6:19 AM: A Grand Canyon Institute’s report specifies that its reform recommendations relate more to transparency and consistency than charges of fraud or illegal activities.
New reports criticize Arizona’s charter schools
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Jan 4, 6:07 AM: From the start of Arizona’s school choice movement in 1994, district school leaders have bristled over what they see as a lack of transparency over how charter school operators spend money, how they select students and over payment >
Senate President willing to consider cap on school tax credits
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Dec 29, 6:45 AM: The architect of an ever-increasing siphoning off of state tax revenues to help send students to private and parochial schools said Thursday he’s now willing to consider a cap — now that the diversion has topped $74 million a >
ACLU report slams Arizona charter school enrollment policies
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Dec 15, 5:48 AM: Hundreds of Arizona’s state-funded charter schools use discriminatory enrollment policies to close their doors to certain students, according to a report released Thursday by a civil rights group.
Think tank worked to control Arizona school voucher program behind scenes, emails show
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Dec 8, 6:02 AM: In the spring of 2011, an Arizona think tank was celebrating what it billed as a landmark victory for school choice: The Legislature had passed a bill making it legal to give tax dollars to families with special-needs students, >
Fight over school-voucher ballot measure lands in court; ruling likely within 60 days
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Dec 4, 6:55 AM: Lawyers for public-education advocates who want voters to repeal Arizona's school-voucher program argued in court Friday for a dismissal of a legal challenge to their ballot referendum.
Six-figure school choice TV campaign funded in part by the Koch brothers
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Nov 17, 5:46 AM: A nonprofit funded at least in part by the Koch brothers is financing a six-figure TV campaign designed to “educate” Arizonans about school choice. But campaign spokesman Brian Faughnan said it isn’t designed to sway votes on a >

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