2021

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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

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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An Unlevel Playing Field: Poverty Puts Needs Ahead of School

An Unlevel Playing Field: Poverty Puts Needs Ahead of School

An Unlevel Playing Field:Poverty Puts Needs Ahead of School 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 education are …

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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: A Student’s Perspective on Surviving Poverty

An Unlevel Playing Field: A Student’s Perspective on Surviving 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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Arizona Educators Battle Ducey’s Ban on Mask Mandates

AZ Educators Battle Ducey’s Ban on Mask Mandates Arizona kids have returned to Arizona classrooms after summer break and a year and a half of upheaval and anguish caused by COVID-19. Educators, children, and families across the state are grateful to return to some semblance of normalcy, and educators are working hard to meet students’ …

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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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Teachers: An Unlevel Playing Field: Urgent Needs of Preschoolers in Poverty

An Unlevel Playing Field: Urgent Needs of Preschoolers in Poverty

An Unlevel Playing Field: Urgent Needs of Preschoolers 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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An Unlevel Playing Field: Rural Public Schools are a Lifeline From Poverty

An Unlevel Playing Field:Rural Public Schools are aLifeline From 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 …

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An Unlevel Playing Field: Teaching Students in Poverty​

An Unlevel Playing Field: Teaching AZ Students in Poverty

An Unlevel Playing Field:Teaching Students 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. Read our 8-part series to learn how …

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Building Healthy Communities in Arizona

Building Healthy Communities in Arizona Through Public Education Regardless of socioeconomic background, ethnicity, citizenship, or race, one thing that children have in common is that they need and are deserving of a quality education. One that would prepare them for the world they are entering. One that would provide them with the tools needed to …

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Arizona Schools: The Economic Driver to Invest in the Future

Arizona Schools Should be the Economic Driver to Invest in the Future I’ve been an entrepreneur in Arizona for almost 30 years. In that time, I’ve realized that our state government does not care about the education of its children, or understand how public education drives our economic future. Instead, state leaders have gutted our …

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But… What is a “Fully-Funded” School?

But… What is a “Fully-Funded” School? “Fully-Funded” schools seems to be a phrase we hear a lot about this days. But what exactly does that mean? We are fully committed to ensuring every Arizona child has access to a quality, fully-funded public school in their neighborhood.  But… what is a “fully-funded” school and what does …

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