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Ducey, DuVal split on education funding in debate

Ducey, DuVal split on education funding in debate

Democratic DuVal wants to restore inflation funding for schools. Republican Ducey disagrees.

September 10, 2014 8:15 pm Photos

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Lawmaker's lawyer argues court can't order them to give more to schools

PHOENIX — The attorney for state lawmakers told a judge Friday there’s no basis for her to order his clients to give as much as $2.9 billion in withheld state aid to public schools.

May 10, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Schools say they will drop $1.2B settlement claim if lawmakers honor 2000 law; Legislature balks

PHOENIX — Arizona public schools have offered to give up their claim to more than $1.2 billion in lost aid if the state will simply agree to adjust the current formula to recognize the fact that lawmakers broke state law.

March 17, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Arizona charter schools want bigger share of state funds

PHOENIX — Attorneys for the state schools chief are defending the decision by lawmakers to provide more per-pupil aid to traditional public schools than to charter schools.

January 30, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

State charter schools want an extra $135 million a year

PHOENIX — The state’s charter schools are demanding more money from taxpayers, to the tune of $135 million a year.

December 02, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Arizona Supreme Court told lawmakers can ignore education funding mandate

PHOENIX - An attorney for the state told the Arizona Supreme Court on Tuesday legislators are free to ignore a voter mandate to increase education funding each year to account for inflation.

July 24, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Justices to decide power of voters in funding mandate

PHOENIX - The state high court is going to give Arizona lawmakers another chance to argue they don't have to obey a voter mandate to annually increase basic state aid to schools.

May 31, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Arizona senators add millions to budget plan; CPS, universities, gene researchers among beneficiaries

PHOENIX - State senators approved their version of a new $8.8 billion budget Thursday - but not before adding millions of dollars in spending to the original Republican plan.

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States' preschool funding now less than it was decade ago

WASHINGTON - State funding for pre-kindergarten programs had its largest drop ever last year, and states now spend less per child than they did a decade ago, according to a report released today.

April 29, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Arizona moving ahead with expanded school-voucher plan

PHOENIX - Thousands of students in poorly performing public schools could soon get what amounts to a voucher from the state to go elsewhere - or even get educated at home - in a move that could take hundreds of millions of dollars a year out of the public school system.

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Lawyers for state of Arizona ask high court to keep $82 million from schools

PHOENIX - Attorneys for the state are making a last-ditch effort to deny public schools about $82 million a year in funding.

April 17, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

English-learner suit dismissed after 21 years

PHOENIX - Saying the state has done all that is legally required, a federal judge on Friday threw out a 21-year-old lawsuit claiming Arizona does not do enough to ensure all students have an opportunity to learn English.

March 30, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Reward plan leads to school district rift in Arizona

A proposed change in state school funding that would give extra money to high-achieving and improving school districts has caused a rift between school officials in poor and middle-class districts.

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legislative Briefs

Changes in teaching of English are rejected

March 22, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Cash for more class time dangled to 250 schools

PHOENIX - State lawmakers voted Tuesday to give more money to the most underperforming schools, if they are willing to stay in session longer.

March 06, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Bill would hike school funds 8% for 20 more teaching days

PHOENIX - A House panel voted Monday to dangle more money in front of Arizona schools to persuade them to add an extra 20 days of instruction.

February 05, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

AZ kids could get 20 more class days

Summer could be getting shorter for Arizona school kids.

January 27, 2013 12:00 am Related Loading…

Brewer to consider school-funding boost

PHOENIX - Gov. Jan Brewer is meeting with financial aides Monday to see how much more money the state can put into public education.

November 09, 2012 12:00 am Related Loading…

Prop. 204: Bid to retain 1-cent tax fails after flood of last-minute ads

After seeing a barrage of last-minute advertising, Arizona voters rejected a proposal to create a permanent 1-cent sales tax surcharge to fund education and other issues.

November 07, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Campaign to fight 1-cent tax organized

PHOENIX - Calling it unnecessary and bad policy, state Treasurer Doug Ducey formally launched a campaign Wednesday to defeat making a temporary 1-cent sales tax hike approved by voters two years ago permanent.

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