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Arizonans Approve 77% Of School Bond, Override Elections

Arizonans approve 77% of school bond, override elections


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  • Lisa Irish/ Arizona Education News Service
  • November 15, 2018

Arizona voters approved 77 percent of school bond and override elections on the 2018 midterm election ballot, said Randie Stein, director of the public finance team at Stifel Nicolaus in Phoenix. Bonds and overrides are voter approved community support for…

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Thousands Vote At Polls, But Late Earlies Take Days To Be Tallied

Thousands vote at polls, but late earlies take days to be tallied


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  • Lisa Irish/ Arizona Education News Service
  • November 6, 2018

Updated Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 10:27 a.m. Over the Veterans Day weekend, Kathy Hoffman won the race for Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction, Kyrsten Sinema won the race for U.S. Senate and the race for Arizona Secretary of State remains…

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Schools Seek Local Funding Through Bonds, Overrides

Schools seek local funding through bonds, overrides


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  • Lisa Irish/ Arizona Education News Service
  • October 30, 2018

Arizona school districts are asking local voters to approve money for school repairs, maintenance construction and security – needs that state funding for has been severely reduced or eliminated in recent years. The state drastically reduced capital funding for school…

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Supt. Candidates Disagree On How To Best Fund Schools At Debate

Supt. candidates disagree on how to best fund schools at debate


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  • Lisa Irish/ Arizona Education News Service
  • October 3, 2018

The candidates for Superintendent of Public Instruction agreed that education is key to Arizona’s economic well-being, but disagreed on how to best fund schools during a debate Tuesday in Phoenix hosted by KJZZ 91.5 FM. “We’re at a critical junction…

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Ruling Removes Invest In Ed Proposition From Ballot

Ruling removes Invest in Ed proposition from ballot


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  • Lisa Irish/ Arizona Education News Service
  • August 30, 2018

An Arizona Supreme Court ruling late Wednesday took the Invest in Education Act off the November ballot. The Invest in Ed proposition would have raised the income tax rate for single taxpayers who earn more than $250,000 in taxable income…

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#RedForEd Weighs In On Invest In Ed Ballot Language

#RedForEd weighs in on Invest in Ed ballot language


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  • Lisa Irish/ Arizona Education News Service
  • July 25, 2018

About 100 people – many in #RedForEd t-shirts – attended a Legislative Council meeting Wednesday at the Arizona Legislature to determine ballot proposition language for Invest in Education and several other initiatives for the November elections. The Legislative Council is…

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How Desegregation Changed Tolleson Elementary School District

How desegregation changed Tolleson Elementary School District


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  • Lisa Irish/ Arizona Education News Service
  • July 16, 2018

A sign stands in front of public school on West Garfield Street in Tolleson, Ariz., recounting a story of discrimination. Inside Porfirio H. Gonzales Elementary School, named after the man with a “defiant voice who cried out against” segregation of…

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Legislative Wrap-Up: What The New Budget And Bills Mean For K-12 Schools

Legislative Wrap-Up: What the new budget and bills mean for K-12 schools


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  • Lisa Irish/Arizona Education News Service
  • June 6, 2018

What will the Arizona Legislature’s Fiscal Year 2019 budget and the key bills that were approved this session mean for K-12 public schools during the next school year? Education advocates main goals this year were to secure additional district additional…

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How The Budget Impacts K-12 Education Funding

How the budget impacts K-12 education funding


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  • Lisa Irish/ Arizona Education News Service
  • May 9, 2018

Arizonans know a teacher pay increase was included in the budget approved last week and that a bid to repeal the 2017 school voucher expansion failed. But what else will impact K-12 education funding for the next school year? The…

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Legislature Approves Budget, Including Teacher Pay Increase

Legislature approves budget, including teacher pay increase


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  • Lisa Irish/ Arizona Education News Service
  • May 1, 2018

Updated May 4: Legislators ended the session for the year just after midnight on Friday. A bill that would have repealed the legislature's 2017 school voucher expansion failed Friday without a final vote. Sine Die! #AZleg pic.twitter.com/eycItYdnic — AZ House…

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More Than 50,000 Teachers Walk-out To Protest Low Pay, Funding

More than 50,000 teachers walk-out to protest low pay, funding


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  • Lisa Irish/ Arizona Education News Service
  • April 25, 2018

Updated Friday, April 27 at 3:19 p.m. and 10 a.m. and Thursday, April 26, 2018 2:50 p.m. More than 50,000 teachers walked-out of their classrooms Thursday morning and were joined by supporters in their march from Chase Field through downtown…

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