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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 >
School vouchers are focus of community forum
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Oct 16, 5:31 AM: The League of Women Voters of Greater Tucson, in conjunction with the Metropolitan Education Commission and Voices for Education, will host a community forum to discuss education vouchers. he forum will be held Saturday, Oct. 21, at >
GOP moves against Democratic senator on handling of school voucher petitions
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Oct 9, 5:29 AM: The Senate Ethics Committee voted Thursday to investigate whether a Democrat lawmaker broke the law in how she gathered signatures to thwart expansion of the voucher program that lets parents use public dollars to send their >
State Sen. Catherine Miranda under investigation over school-voucher petitions
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Oct 6, 5:58 AM: The Senate Ethics Committee voted Thursday to investigate allegations that state Sen. Catherine Miranda mishandled petition signatures in the battle over the expansion of the state's school-voucher program.
BASIS.ed: "Best school" – for some
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Oct 5, 6:51 AM: Because BASIS charter schools are public, they must serve every student picked from a lottery. But parents say students with disabilities or limited English skills often are pushed out later because they can’t get specialized >
The fight to save school choice continues
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Oct 4, 5:04 AM: The Save Our Schools Arizona initiative to halt the expansion of vouchers for school choice until citizens have an opportunity to vote on the matter next November continues its challenge in Maricopa County Superior Court.
Public Schools, Inc.: BASIS leveraging taxpayer funds for privately managed education network
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Oct 2, 6:58 AM: BASIS, which started as a single Tucson charter school and grew into a network of educational facilities, began attracting national attention as an academic powerhouse with soaring test scores by the late 2000s. Riding that >
Great Hearts Academies pulls out of controversial Scottsdale park plan, will purchase new site
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Sep 28, 7:13 AM: Great Hearts Academies announced Wednesday that it will pull out of a controversial park proposal with Scottsdale in the DC Ranch community.
Foes of universal school vouchers want judge to throw out petition lawsuit
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Sep 28, 5:45 AM: What has happened, Desai said, is two individuals have filed suit contending there are multiple deficiencies in the petitions and the signatures. The challengers hope to have Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Margaret Mahoney >
Study: Tax dollars being used to enrich Arizona charter-school operators
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Sep 19, 5:02 AM: Arizona’s charter-school system is being widely abused to enrich charter-school operators and their families with public dollars, often at the expense of students, according to a detailed report from the centrist think tank Grand >
Voucher expansion ballot measure prompts questions on voter protection
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Sep 18, 5:31 AM: What is now Proposition 305 will not only put the fate of school voucher expansion into the hands of Arizonans, but is also likely to set precedent on how the Voter Protection Act applies to referenda.
Citizens will be voting on school vouchers
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Sep 15, 5:33 AM: Arizona’s school voucher program, which would allow all 1.1 million students eligible to apply for tax dollars for private school tuition, submitted enough valid signatures to force the issue to be placed on the ballot in November >
Gov. Ducey gets word of his opponents' school-voucher referendum win
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Sep 12, 5:27 AM: Gov. Doug Ducey was notified Friday evening that foes of his school-voucher expansion law had qualified their referendum for the November 2018 ballot, where they will seek to undo the expansion.
Flagstaff AzMERIT scores vary widely
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Sep 11, 6:07 AM: AzMERIT English and math test pass rates for area charter schools and schools in the Flagstaff Unified School district varied widely by school and grade this year.
'Special sauce' or self-selection? What's the secret behind Arizona charter schools' success?
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Sep 11, 5:54 AM: When the new AzMERIT scores were released last week, Eileen Sigmund, president of the Arizona Charter Schools Association, couldn’t help but brag.
Here to stay: 47,000 Arizona students attend schools that offer online instruction
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Sep 8, 5:58 AM: Arizona Online Instruction has existed in this state since 1998, and it appears it is here to stay. In 2015, Arizona had 38 schools offering online instruction totaling 43,994 students, and the next year there were 40 schools with >
Voters will have a say in school-voucher expansion, but court fight looms
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Sep 6, 5:02 AM: A coalition of parents and public-education advocates gathered enough signatures to let voters decide whether Arizona moves forward with or rejects a massive expansion of the state's school-voucher program.
Arizona voucher battle spurs legislative ethics complaint, robocalls
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Sep 5, 5:01 AM: Supporters of Arizona's school-voucher program are attacking some of its most prominent opponents.
2nd lawsuit filed in bid to block referendum on school vouchers
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Aug 25, 5:44 AM: Supporters of universal vouchers of tax dollars for private and parochial education have opened a second legal front in their attempt to keep voters from getting the last word on the issue.
Lawsuit Filed Over Delay of Arizona's School Choice Program
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Aug 25, 4:48 AM: A lawsuit has been filed over an attempt to delay the expansion of Arizona's school choice program.

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