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Arizona charter parents given opt-out right
Jun 13, 8:34 AM:

AZ law gives charter parents option to withhold students from viewing material considered "harmful." Mild dissent countered with fact that state districts already have this rule. Expand scope and see what else makes >

Local education: Leading Edge school awarded $460K grant
Jun 7, 11:51 AM:

AZ charter is awarded $460K grant to improve classroom technology. Could mention charters usually receive less public funding than traditional schools, so often make do with older equipment. Tell us about school's >

Arizona school funding formula debated
May 25, 1:34 PM:

Why hasn't AZ been funding its mandate to help district update their facilities? Arizona Republic doesn't answer that question. An extensive review of how other states have addressed problem provides some potentially >

‘Future of education’ panel previews education reform debate
May 18, 10:24 AM:

Some good points in discussion of future of AZ schools. Outlines success of charters and tax credits, and calls for greater use of technology. Overview of issues missing nitty-gritty details of school reform. But >

Online options abound for K-12 students in Arizona
May 11, 10:59 AM:

Online learning initiative taking flight. Would be interesting to see any statistical data available for student success after more than 10 years of e-learning. Efficiently reviews plans for expansion, but spends little >

Manual-Local education: State shortfall could add at least $900K to future district budget cuts
May 2, 10:07 AM:

Maricopa Unified Schools already have to cut $3 million from next year's budget, and now may have to cut another $500,000 to $1.4 million. Details options. None good. Realistic analysis of what may be on chopping block. >

Charter schools fall short of district schools in local, federal tax funds
May 2, 7:08 AM:

Thorough analysis of funding disparity for AZ charter schools. But parents still pleased with education that charters provide. What can be done to close the gap? Statewide stats on charter-school success could strengthen >

Education leaders talk about budget cuts
Apr 29, 10:49 AM:

AZ ed leaders hoping innovation and results-based funding can allow all to “preserve core mission.” That’s the right approach. More background on cuts would be helpful. Explore further how schools are spending less yet >

Arizona bill glitch could impact low-income scholarships
Apr 22, 7:03 AM:

New bill expanding private-school tuition tax credits may not target low-income students. No explanation how "glitch" got into bill, clear distinction between corporate and individual program requirements, likelihood of >

School choice advocates seek to revive tax credit proposal
Apr 20, 6:41 AM:

After AZ Gov vetoed changes to current tax credit system, legislators trying again with smaller tweaks to program -- smaller increases and changes to who can receive scholarships. Veto was a budget consideration, not ed. >

As enrollments drop across Arizona, schools disappear
Apr 18, 10:34 AM:

Tight budgets and falling enrollment force AZ districts to consider closing schools. In-depth look at tough issue, with emotional and community impact of closures. What other options do schools have for attracting >

9 closed TUSD school sites remain empty
Apr 15, 2:21 PM:

Nine schools still empty after being shut down last year for enrollment and budget reasons. Mention of charter school getting building, but no ink on details. What's up?

Arizona Opera reaching out to students with reduced arts programs
Apr 15, 11:55 AM:

In Phoenix, Arizona Opera has taken the lead in supplementing oft-cut arts education for students in the public schools. 

Field educators' and student reactions to the program; what impact is it wielding? This could >

Future unsure for drive to grow tuition tax credit
Apr 14, 8:37 AM:

AZ Gov Brewer vetoed measure expanding private school tuition tax credits, citing budget concerns. Details cost of credits, impact on budget and uncertain future. No reaction from school choice advocates, parents here.

Chandler avoids asking athletes to pay for play
Apr 13, 5:01 PM:

Cuts for library books, text books and school sports, called soft-capital cuts, plague Chandler district. Opening to investigate if district can run more efficiently and effectively, particularly on purchasing books.

High marks for online school
Apr 13, 12:32 PM:

AZ virtual charter helps one student who struggled with other school options. Thoughtful look at why once size doesn't fit all, but branch out beyond single example. Story behind cyber school tripling in size needs to be >

Ariz. gov vetoes expansions of school tax credits
Apr 13, 9:35 AM:

AZ Gov vetoes bill for tax credit programs but authorizes vouchers for special education students. Union considering court challenge. If battle were really about the kids, all avenues to quality education would be wide >

Two local charter schools receive grants for $230K for next 3 years
Apr 6, 3:35 PM:

Two charters get start-up grants. Two dozen applied, 11 selected, begging the question when do other 9 get their funds. Short, sweet, to point. Update when charters develop "school wide cultures of learning" to see >

Basis charter school opening in Peoria draws lots of interest
Apr 5, 3:04 PM:

Basis Peoria is the latest charter to open northwest of Phoenix. Parents want options -- there's a waiting list. Comprehensive look at choice landscape and how it makes traditional schools step up and compete. Tell us >

Committee advances budget
Apr 1, 5:09 PM:

AZ Gov says final state budget was a compromise  -- wanted to protect education funding more. Appropriations Chairman defends cuts, saying they aren't Draconian. Focus is on statewide budget cuts, but you couldn't at >



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