Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is effectively dismantling the investigative team tasked with monitoring these abuses, according to a new report by The New York Times. And many organizations and activists are outraged by this development.
A state grand jury has indicted the former chief financial officer for the Scottsdale Unified School District for allegedly breaking Arizona's conflict of interest laws. The Arizona Attorney General's Office says Laura Tenison Smith is facing two felony counts of fraudulent schemes and practices and nine felony counts of conflict of interest.
Basis Charter Schools today are asking the Arizona State Board for Charter Schools for approval to expand in Flagstaff and Mesa. This comes just after five of the network’s Arizona schools topped the most recent U.S. News and World Report list of the top public high schools in the country.
Massive changes to how public schools will be allowed to hire builders for large construction projects, as well as harsh new penalties for malfeasance that occurs during the selection process are included in the $10.4 billion budget passed by Arizona lawmakers and signed by Gov. Doug Ducey last week.
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey will make another push for his school safety proposal. Governor’s Aide Dan Scarpinato said Ducey is determined to bring back the original plan. Ducey wants to see something that provides tools not only to law enforcement, but to parents and school officials as well.
A quarter of all charter schools in Arizona are showing financial “red flags,” meaning they failed three of the four measures used to determine how financially stable they are. This is according to an analysis done by The Arizona Republic.
According to the most recent NAEP scores, both fourth and eighth grade reading scores are essentially flat from 2015. Some educators and observers also worry about the gap between low and high performing readers on the test, which is considered the nation’s report card.
Arizona is a right-to-work state. Even with that reality, it can be argued that teachers here actually achieved a great deal from their six-day walkout — possibly more than stronger union states would have. But do states with more established unions actually see better results for teachers and other workers over the long haul?
Standing by his "no tax" credo, Gov. Doug Ducey said he'd rather see the state "live within its means" than support an educators' ballot initiative taxing the top 2.5 percent wage earners. But, he may need that tax to fulfill his pay raise promise. More Arizona Education News →
It was a historic moment when thousands of Arizona teachers walked out of the classrooms and on to the Capitol grounds. The educators spent six days demanding the state legislature to restore education funding to pre-recession levels.