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The Privatization Playbook

The Privatization Playbook Across the country, well-funded special interests are working to dismantle public education in a coordinated attempt to privatize our nation’s most cherished and democratic institutions — our public schools. Watch Save Our Schools Arizona’s newest video, “The Privatization Playbook,” here.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZ1rPBiUVQ0 Last year, the school voucher movement swept across the country, with […]

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Myths Vs. Truth: Universal ESA Vouchers

Myths Vs. Truth: Universal ESA Vouchers Read our latest blog to cut through the myths and get to the truth about Arizona’s failed $1 billion universal voucher experiment.  Special interests across Arizona and the nation are spreading rampant misinformation about universal ESA vouchers. But the facts are simple: Vouchers hurt public schools, the 1 million

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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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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 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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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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