- Gov. Ducey dismisses 'distortions' of education record
- 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
- > 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
- Charter advocates hail need of educational choice
- 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
- > 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
- Findings of the financial analysis on charter schools in Arizona
- 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
- > 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
- Senate President willing to consider cap on school tax credits
- > 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
- ACLU report slams Arizona charter school enrollment policies
- 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
- > 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
- Fight over school-voucher ballot measure lands in court; ruling likely within 60 days
- 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
- > 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
- School vouchers are focus of community forum
- > 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,
- GOP moves against Democratic senator on handling of school voucher petitions
- > 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
- State Sen. Catherine Miranda under investigation over school-voucher petitions
- > 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
- > 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
- The fight to save school choice continues
- > 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
- > 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
- Great Hearts Academies pulls out of controversial Scottsdale park plan, will purchase new site
- 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
- > 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
- Study: Tax dollars being used to enrich Arizona charter-school operators
- > 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
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