- Robb: Judge charter schools on their performance, not how they are managed
- May 24, 5:51 AM: The public discussion about charter schools in Arizona badly needs some perspective. And a firmer grounding in what a charter school is and is not.
- State Charter Board OKs Basis expansion despite concerns about finances, teacher pay
- > May 15, 6:35 AM: The Arizona Charter Board on Monday unanimously approved a request from Basis Charter Schools Inc. to expand its Mesa and Flagstaff campuses, despite some members' reservations about Basis' debt, teacher pay and out-of-state
- Basis attributes success to flexibility of Arizona charter school laws
- May 14, 5:05 AM: Basis Charter Schools Inc. attributes much of its success to Arizona laws that give charter operators greater flexibility than traditional public schools.
- Arizona law gives Charter Board authority to hold schools financially accountable
- > May 11, 6:46 AM: When Bradley Creemos Academy in Goodyear was closed down earlier this year, it highlighted the desperate need for clear answers on how taxpayer dollars are being spent on charter schools. Buried in the massive HB 2663 budget passed
- TUSD racing to sell closed school in effort to avoid sale to charter, private schools
- May 11, 5:53 AM: The Tucson Unified School District is racing to sell its long-vacant Corbett Elementary School, attempting to beat the deadline for a new state law that could force it to sell to a charter or private school.
- Opinion: Let's clarify why Basis charter schools asks parents for donations
- > May 10, 6:10 AM: It’s worth noting no one donates more to Basis than our founders, Michael and Olga Block, who in 2017 made a multiyear, $2.5 million commitment to the teacher fund. Inexplicably, The Arizona Republic attempted to put a negative spin
- Roberts: Et tu, AEA? Teacher union backstabs its allies over vouchers
- May 10, 5:26 AM: While Save Our Schools Arizona was working to preserve the public’s right to right to have the final word on universal vouchers, their allies over at the AEA were working to block that vote.
- Charter schools to raise average pay for teachers
- > May 10, 5:18 AM: Gov. Doug Ducey, and a majority of state legislators, may not have met all the demands of Arizona Educators United #RedForEd movement, but teacher pay is slated to increase by an additional 19 percent for both district and charter
- Analysis: 1 in 4 charters shows significant financial red flags
- May 10, 4:54 AM: Charter operators representing 138 of the state's 538 charter schools showed financial warning signs in the 2016-17 school year, according to an Arizona Republic analysis of data from the state charter board.
- Report: America's top 5 high schools are all Basis charter schools in Arizona
- May 10, 4:36 AM: The nation's top five public high schools have two things in common: They're all in Arizona and they're all part of the Basis charter network.
- Grassroots school group to tackle ‘dark money’ measure
- May 9, 5:54 AM: The group responsible for forcing a public vote on the future of vouchers will now help a bit to block “dark money” in future political campaigns.
- Editorial: Failed leadership in #RedforEd misses an opportunity
- > May 9, 5:05 AM: The leadership of the Red for Ed movement clearly understood that the time was right to make needed changes in education funding. It’s a shame that leadership didn’t help teachers understand the unique opportunity that was being
- At Basis charter schools, another way to boost teacher pay: Parent donations
- May 8, 5:35 AM: Long before the groundswell of demands for higher teacher pay that led to a school walkout in Arizona, one of the state's high-profile charter schools found a novel way to boost teachers' income: Push parents to pay.
- Voters will decide Ducey's controversial school-voucher law after repeal effort fails
- > May 4, 4:45 AM: A push to repeal the Legislature's controversial 2017 expansion of the state school voucher program — and to prevent it from going on the November ballot — failed as the Legislature ended the annual legislative session Thursday
- Rural Arizona school districts skip #RedForEd teacher walkout, stay open
- > May 3, 6:11 AM: At the small grade school tucked into the ponderosa pine forest about 20 miles west of Flagstaff, most everyone knows each other. The Maine Consolidated School in Parks has an average teacher to student ratio of 1:10 in a community
- Arizona teachers will walk out again Thursday as budget votes drag on
- May 3, 5:23 AM: Arizona's historic #RedForEd teacher walkout will stretch to a sixth school day, as Arizona Educators United organizers urged teachers to return to the Capitol Thursday amid unresolved budget discussions.
- ASU Prep Poly STEM Academy tied for top spot in Arizona school ratings
- May 2, 7:08 AM: The ASU Prep Poly STEM Academy in Mesa tied for the top spot in Arizona school ratings for 2017, based on the final letter grades and scores recently released by the state Department of Education.
- More than money: School vouchers also irk Arizona teachers (CER in the news)
- > Apr 27, 7:20 AM: Arizona leaders dealing with an unprecedented teacher strike are paying the political price for long-festering resentment among many public school teachers who say they are fed up with lagging salaries and what they see as an
- Opinion: The Teachers’ Revolt Spreads to Arizona
- > Apr 27, 6:49 AM: On Thursday, a historic walkout by teachers and the support staff closed more than 1,000 public schools in Arizona. The state became the latest and the largest to be swept by a labor insurgency among underpaid educators that started
- Arizona teachers latest to stage walkout for better pay
- > Apr 26, 6:55 AM: Arizona teachers say they will walk off their jobs in public schools across the state on Thursday to demand better pay and more education funding, which is expected to leave students sitting home for at least a day and possibly