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Opinion: Dark money groups' stand on Prop. 305 shows the public got played on voucher expansion
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Sep 21, 5:51 AM: The lack of support for Prop. 305 shows the true intent of the powers-that-be: to create an unlimited school-voucher program in Arizona.
Opinion: Charter schools move Arizona forward, but more can be done
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Sep 21, 4:32 AM: Arizona’s charter schools are indeed a success story for our state. Our leaders should be applauded for having the vision to carefully create a climate in which school choice benefits so many through specialized learning, improved >
Voucher Showdown
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Sep 20, 5:18 AM: Prop 305 would expand the Empowerment Scholarship Account program, referred to colloquially as school vouchers. The ESA program started in 2011 to provide educational options other than public school for children with disabilities. >
Column: Gov. Doug Ducey is finally backing charter school reform? Now, that's funny
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Sep 20, 4:45 AM: While I’m certainly happy to see that Ducey and his Republican colleagues at long last might be willing to plug gaping loopholes that have allowed some charter operators to plunder public money, I have to ask the same question I >
Opinion: Arizona's Prop. 305 is a false choice on school choice. We have a better way
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Sep 20, 4:28 AM: We support the legislation behind Prop. 305. But the referendum is so flawed that parents lose, no matter how they vote.
Gov. Doug Ducey backs GOP lawmaker's call for charter-school reform
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Sep 19, 4:33 AM: A Republican state senator said Tuesday that she will push for an overhaul of Arizona's charter-school laws to require that they be more transparent and comply with the same procurement and conflict-of-interest laws that govern >
Arizona Republicans Are All In For "Education Reform." Charter School Reform? Not So Much.
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Sep 18, 5:12 AM: Arizona became an early adopter in the privatization/"education reform" movement almost a quarter century ago when it opened its first charter schools.
Candidates for Arizona schools chief debate vouchers, charters' oversight and more
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Sep 14, 6:12 AM: The two contenders for state schools chief found one key agreement in a debate Thursday: Both oppose Proposition 305.
How much will school choice define Arizona's education superintendent race?
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Sep 12, 5:26 AM: Frank Riggs and Kathy Hoffman have different views about school choice. But should that be the key issue driving this race? Good question.
Charter Board vote allows Eddie Farnsworth, school operator and lawmaker, to make millions
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Sep 11, 5:54 AM: East Valley charter-school owner and state lawmaker Eddie Farnsworth is poised for a payday of up to $30 million after the Arizona State Board for Charter Schools approved the transfer of his for-profit charter-school chain to a >
Arizona is losing money on private school subsidies, research finds
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Sep 11, 5:31 AM: Arizona is losing money on its private school subsidy programs, a policy paper from the Grand Canyon Institute recently found.
It's official: Frank Riggs narrowly wins GOP primary in school superintendent's race
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Sep 11, 4:44 AM: Frank Riggs, a former California U.S. congressman and charter school founder, narrowly won the Republican primary in the race for Arizona superintendent of public instruction, official results released Monday show.
State Charter Association adopts tougher ethics policy after Republic reports on inside deal
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Sep 10, 6:56 AM: The Arizona Charter Schools Association has adopted a new conflict-of-interest and ethics policy after The Arizona Republic revealed its chief operating officer had used inside information to benefit a student-recruitment business >
'It's time to say no more': Teachers, parents take to streets in fight against Proposition 305
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Sep 10, 5:09 AM: Valley teachers and parents took to neighborhood streets Saturday morning to urge voters to vote against a controversial expansion of the state school voucher program on the November ballot.
Opinion: Results show why demand for charter schools remains strong
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Sep 7, 5:01 AM: Parents are demanding options. Indeed, the market has responded, offering parents a long list of ways to educate their children, all of them tuition free. Our lawmakers have wisely created an atmosphere in which quality charter >
Teachers Target Arizona Supreme Court Justices in Elections After Tax Ruling
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Sep 6, 6:43 AM: Teachers who championed the doomed Invest in Education initiative are preparing to target two Supreme Court justices in the November election.
Frank Riggs is winner in GOP primary for state schools chief
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Sep 6, 5:47 AM: The Republican Party finally has its nominee for superintendent of public instruction. Final unofficial vote tallies show former California Congressman Frank Riggs with 124,666 votes, edging out Bob Branch who has been involved in >
Arizona Lawmakers Cut Education Budgets. Then Teachers Got Angry.
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Sep 5, 6:51 AM: How a grassroots movement was born from educators working to find out why their schools are so poorly funded.
'I can't believe it's not a crime': Brnovich says lawmakers must pass charter school reforms
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Sep 5, 5:12 AM: Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich is calling for new legislation to provide more oversight of the state's charter schools in response to the latest Arizona Republic investigation into financial dealings at a major online >
Opinion: No matter the vote, empowerment scholarships have helped many
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Aug 31, 5:49 AM: In November, Arizona voters will decide whether expanding the state’s Empowerment Scholarship Account program makes sense. It was originally started to help the parents of disabled children, foster children, or parents who are >

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