We Need Better Education Leadership

We’re frankly embarrassed. Our State Senator is Republican Sylvia Allen. She’s head of the Senate Education Committee. We need to change that. We can by electing a Democratic in November 2020. Currently, there is one Democrat running for the seat — Felicia French. Why are we writing this now? Because we’re enraged by another piece […]

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Save Our Schools Arizona Townhall

Have a question about Arizona’s public education funding crisis you’ve been dying to ask? Have an idea about supporting public schools that you’d like to share? Join us this fall for a series of SOSAZ Townhalls where we’ll discuss the issues, share insights, and collect feedback about what it takes to truly support Arizona’s 1.1 […]

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Educational Priorities for LD-6 Candidate Evans

I have always said that an institution’s budget reflects our values…. Together, we can build the Arizona we want. Coral Evans Flagstaff Mayor Coral Evans published a column this week in Flagstaff Business News which lays out her priorities for Arizona Education. Mayor Evans is the Democratic candidate for the Arizona House in Legislative District […]

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A reminder about how schools used to be run

The recent news of the death of Sam Borozan, “Mr. NAU,” reminds this retired faculty member of a time when NAU was regarded (along with other state universities) as a place that was worthy of substantial public support. Both our state government and fellow citizens once valued as a public good that our public schools, […]

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2019 Legislative Wrap up — the Good, the Bad, the Ugly

We believe that your advocacy through Request to Speak and with phone calls, emails, letters, and in person meetings with legislators made a difference in the 2019 session — mostly in stopping some very bad bills. Let’s keep it up next year! POSITIVE RESULTS: Delivered on the promise of a second installment of 20×2020, which […]

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Plenty of things could still use state money

Our state legislature has been discussing next fiscal year’s budget. There is a surplus this time, and legislators and the governor are debating how to spend it. Governor Ducey, it seems, would like to spend the surplus on increasing the state’s “rainy-day fund,” to be used in an emergency, such as another financial crisis. Some […]

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How Arizona spent your tax dollars in the new state budget

Now that the Republican legislature has passed its budget and Ducey has signed it into law, let’s take a look at some of the worst of it. If you’re interested in what alternative priorities the Democrats proposed, we’re sponsoring an event on June 13 with Democratic House Minority Leader Charlene Fernandez and other Democratic legislators […]

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Legislative Alerts ~ Week of May 6

All the bills listed below could be submitted for floor votes at anytime.  Be prompt with your contacts with our representatives. Education bills appear in a separate list at the end after the general list. The budget is being worked on now in the Legislature.  Contact your representatives and let them know your priorities.  Some […]

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RedForEd Rally & Stand-Out

One year after our historic walk-out, our state legislature is STILL failing AZ teachers and families by refusing to properly fund education. Our students are STILL sitting in overcrowded classrooms with outdated materials, in buildings that are falling apart. Teachers are STILL barely surviving with salaries that are some of the lowest in the nation. […]

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Legislative Alerts ~ Week of April 22, 2019

Please contact your legislators regarding these bills. The legislature is behind — which should mean a busy week. And, they have yet to seriously start of the big enchilada — The Budget. Education Bills SB 1485 – SUPPORT – Bill would end the 20% annual automatic growth of corporate private school tax credits by gradually […]

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