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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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