Stories tagged: "public schools"


Westwood High School students make their way to classes, Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022 in Mesa, Ariz. Like many school districts across the country, Mesa has a teacher shortage due in part due to low morale and declining interest in the profession. Five years ago, Mesa allowed Westwood to pilot a program to make it easier for the district to fill staffing gaps, grant educators greater agency over their work and make teaching a more attractive career. The model, known as team teaching, allows teachers to combine classes and grades rotating between big group instruction, one-on-one interventions, small study groups or whatever the team agrees is a priority each day. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Not Quite Universal, but Families Flocked to Universal Voucher Program

More than $200 million in state funds is expected to be transferred out of Arizona's public school system through the state's newly-expanded voucher program.

FILE - In this Oct. 17, 2014 file photo, Arizona Attorney Gen. Tom Horne talks to the media about the ruling that the state's traditional marriage laws are unconstitutional and same-sex couples can now apply for marriage licenses, at a news conference in Phoenix. Horne has sued General Motors for failing to recall millions of cars and trucks with safety defects the auto giant did not disclose for years. The lawsuit seeks potentially billions of dollars in fines. Horne said Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014 that he sued under the state's consumer fraud statutes and is seeking a $10,000 fine for each of hundreds of thousands of defective vehicles sold in the state. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)
Opinion: Tom Horne’s Record of Enabling Child Predators Disqualifies Him From Running Arizona Schools

The executive director of Instituto Power says Tom Horne’s record of enabling child predators should disqualify him from serving another term as Arizona’s state superintendent of public instruction.

Books like “Gender Queer: A Memoir” by Maia Kobabe and “A Court of Mist and Fury” by Sarah J. Maas have been the subject of book bans in schools across the country.
Arizona Book Ban Targeting Authors Of Color and LGBTQ+ Topics Now in Effect

Republican lawmakers unanimously passed the restrictive education law while ignoring proposals that would properly fund Arizona schools.

Members of Save Our Schools Arizona protest at the Arizona School for the Arts as Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey tours the school in Phoenix on Aug. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)
Arizona School Vouchers—What They Are and How They Affect You

A new Arizona law allows any of the state’s 1.1 million students to pay for private schools using tax dollars set aside for the state education budget.

Christine Marsh answers a campaign phone call while she records grades from her English students in between campaign events at a "grade-in" with her fellow striking teacher Karson Shipp to demonstrate that they're still working in the interest of their students during the educators strike for public education funding on April 28 at Desert Ridge Marketplace in Phoenix, Ariz.
Legislators Renew Call to Lift Decades-Old Cap on Education Spending

Gov. Doug Ducey has not yet made good on his promise to address a spending limit that blocks schools from accessing necessary funds in order to operate properly.

children eating lunch at a table
Lunch Crunch: Inflation Has Schools Scrambling to Afford Student Meals

Officials are scrambling to figure out how to afford meals for students at a time when inflation nationwide is running at the highest level in decades.

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Wait, School’s Starting Already? Here Are 7 Things Every K-12 Parent Should Know.

Many Arizona schools have already started their fall semester. Bookmark this page to make sure you have everything you need by the time the bell rings.