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Why Increasing State Grant Aid Is Critical To Boosting College Graduation

Why increasing state grant aid is critical to boosting college graduation


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  • Lisa Irish/Arizona Education News Service
  • January 25, 2017

Arizona’s 56 percent cut in state funding for higher education over the past nine years has led to tuition increases of 88 percent at state universities, causing fewer students, especially those from low-income families, to continue their education after high…

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Governor, Legislators Urged To Make Teacher Pay Raises A Priority

Governor, legislators urged to make teacher pay raises a priority


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  • Lisa Irish/Arizona Education News Service
  • January 23, 2017

Two Arizona Teachers of the Year presented Gov. Doug Ducey with a letter Monday afternoon from public education advocates asking him and legislators to put all new K-12 investments into teacher salaries to help relieve the teacher shortage. Arizona business…

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Arizona’s Achievement Gains Can’t Overcome F In Funding

Arizona’s achievement gains can’t overcome F in funding


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  • Lisa Irish/Arizona Education News Service
  • January 18, 2017

Arizona students achievement gains over time ranked the state seventh in the nation, but that could not overcome the state's spending for education, ranked at 50th in the nation, according to Education's Week's 2017 Quality Counts report Under construction: Building…

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Gov: More Education Funding, Teacher Raises And Loan Forgiveness

Gov: More education funding, teacher raises and loan forgiveness


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  • Lisa Irish/Arizona Education News Service
  • January 9, 2017

Update: Friday, Jan. 13, 2016 with links to Gov. Ducey's executive budget and education advocacy groups responses to it. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey proposed increased K-12 education funding each year he's governor, permanent salary increases for Arizona teachers and student…

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What Are Arizona’s Empowerment Scholarship Accounts?

What are Arizona’s Empowerment Scholarship Accounts?


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  • Don Harris/Arizona Education News Service
  • January 4, 2017

Editor’s note: The expansion of Arizona’s voucher-like Empowerment Scholarship Account program is expected to be one of the most high profile and contentious education issues of the 2017 legislative session, which begins next Monday, Jan. 9. The recent appointment of…

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Long-term Funding Fix Could Be Hottest K-12 Conversation In 2017 (+ Video)

Long-term funding fix could be hottest K-12 conversation in 2017 (+ Video)


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  • Lisa Irish/Arizona Education News Service
  • December 8, 2016

Increasing teacher salaries and repairing aging classrooms and school buildings for safety and to meet 21st century needs will be among the biggest needs discussed by legislators and education advocates at the Arizona Capitol when the new session begins in…

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Local School Funding Measures Surpass Recent Trend

Local school funding measures surpass recent trend


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  • Lisa Irish/Arizona Education News Service
  • November 16, 2016

Arizona public school district M&O and capital overrides were approved at much higher rates this year than in recent years. “There’s clearly a heightened sensitivity in the state to the needs of education. That combined with an economy, which is…

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Report: Low Supply, High Demand For Teachers Causes Stress On Schools

Report: Low supply, high demand for teachers causes stress on schools


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  • Lisa Irish/Arizona Education News Service
  • November 1, 2016

Fewer college students enrolling in college teacher preparation programs and more teachers leaving for higher paying careers or retirement has led to the teacher shortage in Arizona and across the nation. Nationally, 35 percent fewer college students studied to become…

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Digital Disruption: Social Media Threats And Consequences For Students

Digital disruption: Social media threats and consequences for students


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  • David Marino Jr./AZEdNews
  • October 26, 2016

Every day Americans send their children to the safe learning environment of school, but sometimes threats of violence can disrupt their education. Aaron Schoenberger, founder and CEO of Soteria Intelligence, a social media threat company, says that while the number…

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Schools Seek Community Buy In For Buildings, Buses And Books

Schools seek community buy in for buildings, buses and books


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  • Lisa Irish/Arizona Education News Service
  • October 18, 2016

The 150 elementary and middle school students who attend school in Seligman, Ariz., haven’t had a gym to use for P.E., school plays or community gatherings in five years, when the aging structure was found structurally unsound. Today, it sits…

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Shortage Has School Leaders Attracting Teachers In New Ways

Shortage has school leaders attracting teachers in new ways


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  • Lisa Irish/Arizona Education News Service
  • September 14, 2016

With more than 2,000 teaching positions unfilled soon after the start of this school year, Arizona school district superintendents are employing creative short-term solutions to fill the vacancies and searching for strategies to reduce the problem in the future. About…

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