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Legislators, Gov. Repeal HIV/AIDS Instruction Law

Legislators, Gov. repeal HIV/AIDS instruction law


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  • Lisa Irish/ Arizona Education News Service
  • April 11, 2019

The Arizona Legislature and Gov. Doug Ducey repealed Thursday a 28-year-old law that prohibited discussing homosexuality during public schools' HIV/AIDS instruction. This comes after Equality Arizona filed a lawsuit in March that challenged the previous law's constitutionality and named the…

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What The Timeline For Census 2020 Looks Like

What the timeline for Census 2020 looks like


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  • Lisa Irish/ Arizona Education News Service
  • April 10, 2019

Preparing for Census 2020 begins long before Census Day and work continues until the counts are delivered to the president. The U.S. Constitution requires a count - or census - of the United States' population each decade. These census results…

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Bills To Hire More School Counselors Support Gov. Ducey’s Safe Schools Plan

Bills to hire more school counselors support Gov. Ducey’s safe schools plan


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  • Lisa Irish/ Arizona Education News Service
  • February 13, 2019

Bills this session that would help public schools hire more counselors are critical steps in implementing Gov. Doug Ducey’s Safe Arizona Schools plan. The Safe Arizona Schools plan was developed last year with input from parents, teachers, students, principals, law…

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Advocates Seek More State Funding For Quality Early Education

Advocates seek more state funding for quality early education


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  • Lisa Irish/ Arizona Education News Service
  • February 7, 2019

In a corner of a class of three- and four-year-olds at Booker T. Washington Child Development Center in Phoenix, preschool students in chef’s hats and aprons are preparing meals for other students sitting at a table with a red and…

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Federal Shutdown’s Impact On AZ Public Schools

Federal shutdown’s impact on AZ public schools


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  • Lisa Irish/ Arizona Education News Service
  • January 23, 2019

Updated: The partial federal government shutdown, now in its 35rd day, has affected funding for educational improvement for Native American students, and it could cause problems with school lunch funding if it continues into March. This shutdown is different from…

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Full Text Of Gov. Ducey’s State Of The State Address

Full text of Gov. Ducey’s State of the State address


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  • Office of the Arizona Governor Doug Ducey
  • January 14, 2019

"Chief Justice Bales, Members of the Legislature, Judiciary and fellow Arizonans — I am so honored to be back here today, and just like you, I am ready to get to work. "2018 brought a lot our way. Election years…

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Advocates Focus On Raising Teacher Pay, School Funding As Session Nears

Advocates focus on raising teacher pay, school funding as session nears


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  • Lisa Irish/ Arizona Education News Service
  • January 7, 2019

Seventy-eight percent of Arizona voters say K-12 teachers’ salaries are too low and 73 percent say schools need more money in a poll released before the legislative session starts Jan. 14 in Phoenix. For the fourth consecutive year, voters said…

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Budget Update: Growth Adds $1B To General Fund

Budget update: Growth adds $1B to general fund


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  • Lisa Irish/ Arizona Education News Service
  • December 5, 2018

Strong economic growth has added about $1.1 billion to the state’s general fund, and legislators will consider what to do with it as they develop the budget during the session that starts in January. Of the roughly $1 billion surplus,…

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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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