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Bounce Houses? Espresso Machines? Home Gyms? ESA Vouchers are Being Used as a Taxpayer ATM

Bounce Houses? Espresso Machines? Home Gyms? ESA Vouchers are Being Used as a Taxpayer ATM ESA vouchers are so unregulated that they’ve become a taxpayer-funded ATM for homeschool and private school families. With reports of misuse and wildly inappropriate expenditures, plus JLBC reports of an “unheard of” $200 million in unbudgeted costs, Governor Hobbs’ call …

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$200M in Uncovered Costs for Universal ESA Vouchers

$200M in Uncovered Costs for Universal ESA Vouchers Ducey’s 2022 universal ESA voucher expansion is threatening to bankrupt the state. Last Friday, a report from the nonpartisan JLBC showed that the expansion has already racked up $200 million in entirely unbudgeted, uncovered costs, and projects these costs will balloon to $376 million by 2024.  Report …

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AZ ESA Vouchers Funding Discrimination

Vouchers Fund Discriminatory Private Schools

Vouchers Fund Discriminatory Private Schools Recently, an Arizona Christian school fired a teacher for speaking out against discrimination towards LGBTQ students. The school is now embroiled in a lawsuit, but state-funded ESA voucher dollars continue to flow to the school, underscoring the fact that ESA vouchers are resulting in state-sanctioned and state-funded discrimination. Teacher Sues …

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“Alt-Schools Fiasco”: Arizona’s Universal ESA Voucher Scheme Will Bankrupt the State

“Alt-Schools Fiasco”: Arizona’s Universal ESA Voucher Scheme Will Bankrupt the State

“Alt-Schools Fiasco”: Arizona’s Universal ESA Voucher Scheme Will Bankrupt the State When Governor Ducey and the Republican-led Arizona Legislature passed universal ESA vouchers earlier this year, public school advocates warned them it would siphon hundreds of millions away from local public schools in year one. Arizona lawmakers insisted the program would be thinly utilized and …

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Arizona Voucher Program Grows by 400%, Stripping $300 Million from AZ Public Schools

Arizona Voucher Program Grows by 400%, Stripping $300 Million from AZ Public Schools Due to last-minute legislative deceit, decades of pressure from special interests, and persistent, deliberate defunding of public education, Arizona now has the largest private school voucher program in the nation. Ducey’s Worst-in-the-Nation ESA Voucher Scheme Governor Ducey and the Arizona Legislature passed …

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AZ School Letter Grades on the Rise

AZ School Letter Grades on the Rise Recently, Arizona’s public schools received letter grades from the AZ State Board of Education for the first time in 3 years. The results show incredible growth for public schools across the state. Scores Show Dramatic Improvement According to the data, 70% of Arizona’s public schools are now rated …

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School’s Out for Summer—But Teachers are Leaving for Longer

School’s Out for Summer—But Teachers are Leaving for Longer

School’s Out for Summer—But Teachers are Leaving for Longer Arizona’s public schools are in the midst of an ever worsening crisis. Our greatest assets—our highly-skilled and well-trained educators—are fleeing the profession in droves statewide. According to a national NEA survey issued this Spring, a staggering 55% of educators nationwide are thinking about leaving the profession …

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School Takeovers Hurt Kids & Communities

School Takeovers Hurt Kids & Communities

School Takeovers Hurt Kids & Communities HB2808, a bill moving through the Arizona state legislature,  will force school takeovers and closures based on standardized test scores. This will punish struggling schools and disproportionately harm low-income, rural and Native communities instead of giving them the resources they desperately need. This massive piece of legislation has long-term …

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Vouchers Hurt: Inequity, Discrimination & Segregation

Vouchers Hurt: Inequity, Discrimination & Segregation Despite enduring unpopularity with Arizona voters and poor outcomes for students, Arizona lawmakers remain myopically focused on expanding private school vouchers at all costs. Pushed by out-of-state special interests, these lawmakers ignore the reality that vouchers hurt Arizona students and communities. This is the second in a 4-part blog …

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Vouchers Hurt: The Truth about Academic Outcomes

Vouchers Hurt: The Truth about Academic Outcomes Despite enduring unpopularity with Arizona voters and poor outcomes for students, Arizona lawmakers remain myopically focused on expanding private school vouchers at all costs. Pushed by out-of-state special interests, these lawmakers ignore the reality that vouchers hurt our students and our communities. This is the first in a …

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Ducey Lies to Expand Vouchers with Covid-Relief Funds

Ducey Lies to Expand Vouchers with Covid-Relief Funds Governor Ducey has long prioritized expanding private school vouchers over funding public schools, so it comes as no surprise that he is misusing federal Covid relief dollars to create yet another form of voucher. Arizona public schools have already lost billions in education funding over the past …

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Should Test Scores Determine School Funding?

Should Test Scores Determine School Funding? Recently, Mike O’Neil from KTAR’s “Think Tank” sat down with educators Raquel Mamani and Beth Lewis to discuss the challenges teachers are facing as they work through the third school year impacted by the Covid pandemic.   The educators agreed that teaching in Arizona is more difficult than ever and …

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Poverty: An Unlevel Playing Field: Help Schools Help Children in Poverty

An Unlevel Playing Field: Help Schools Help Children in Poverty

An Unlevel Playing Field: Help Schools Help Children in Poverty With a nearly 20% poverty rate among Arizona children, families often rely on their local public school in ways beyond providing a quality education. As a result, teachers must ensure basic needs such as nutrition and safety are met before focusing on academics. Preschoolers and early childhood …

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Teachers in Crisis, Classrooms in Trouble Blog

Teachers in Crisis, Classrooms in Trouble

Teachers in Crisis, Classrooms in Trouble Recently, Mike O’Neil from KTAR’s “Think Tank” sat down with educators Raquel Mamani and Beth Lewis to discuss the challenges teachers are facing as they work through the third school year impacted by the Covid pandemic.   The educators agreed that teaching in Arizona is more difficult than ever and …

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The State of Arizona’s Rural Schools

The State of Arizona’s Rural Schools Save Our Schools Arizona Network is committed to ensuring that all children in Arizona have the opportunity to attain an excellent education in their community. In order to realize this goal, our state leaders must make a concerted effort to revitalize rural education. Read our comprehensive new report on …

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The AZ Legislative Majority Pressures Native Lawmakers

The AZ Legislative Majority Pressures Native Lawmakers

The AZ Legislative Majority Pressures Native Lawmakers Native Americans have inhabited what is now Arizona for tens of thousands of years. Arizona has 22 federally recognized tribes and the second-largest total Native American population of any state.  Indigenous peoples live in every community and every corner of our state. Legislation passed by the Arizona Legislature …

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An Unlevel Playing Field: Preschoolers Pay for Poverty

An Unlevel Playing Field: Preschoolers Pay for Poverty With a nearly 20% poverty rate among Arizona children, families often rely on their local public school in ways beyond providing a quality education. As a result, teachers must ensure basic needs such as nutrition and safety are met before focusing on academics. This piece focuses on students in …

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An Unlevel Playing Field: The Reality of Poverty for Rural Students

An Unlevel Playing Field: The Reality of Poverty for Rural Students With a nearly 20% poverty rate among Arizona children, families often rely on their local public school in ways beyond providing a quality education. As a result, teachers must ensure basic needs such as nutrition and safety are met before focusing on academics. This piece focuses …

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