Charter schools bilk you, dump kids and … Republican lawmakers don’t care

Even though they get your tax dollars, Charter Schools don’t have to share financial information or be monitored by the state like regular public schools. They don’t have to disclose how much they pay their administrators, or anyone else. There is no competitive bid process; nepotism runs rampant. Democrats have introduced a series of bills that would, in essence, […]

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Republican Corruption Coming to an End in Arizona?

PHOENIX — Senate President Steve Yarbrough, the architect of an ever-increasing siphoning off of state tax revenues to help send students to private and parochial schools, says he’s now willing to consider a cap. What’s the change? He will no longer be the executive director and general counsel of the Arizona Christian School Tuition Organization […]

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Achieve60AZ Is Another Ducey Empty Promise

Regarding the “Achieve60AZ Alliance” touted in the Coconino Voices column (lead author Julie Pastrick, president of the Flagstaff Chamber): The column fails to mention that this “initiative” was launched over a year ago by Gov. Ducey. Recently, they launched a new website, cited in the column, which makes Achieve60AZ appear to be independent from the […]

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AZ Voucher Program Ridden By Waste and Abuse

A new  Arizona Republic investigation reveals the scandal regarding Ducey’s school voucher program. Separately, we know that our State Senator Sylvia Allen supports and profits from this Ducey/DeVos/Goldwater Institute scheme. She must go in 2018. Here’s some of what the AZ Republic report says: About 4,147 students are currently enrolled in the Ducey/De Vos Voucher […]

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Gubernatorial Education Town Hall

You are invited to hear the Democratic Primary candidates for the 2018 Arizona Governor’s race speak about education issues, including public education funding, vouchers, and addressing the state’s teacher shortage. Registration and networking Registration and networking are from 5-6 p.m. The Town Hall is from 6-7:45 p.m. and an AEA Members-only Dessert Reception is from […]

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SOS Volunteer Appreciation

Many local Democrats worked with the nonpartisan Save Our Schools Coalition to gather petition signatures for the ballot initiative to repeal Sylvia Allen’s and the rest of the Republican legislature’s latest raid on our public schools. SOS succeeded and the initiative will be on the ballot and meanwhile, the voucher program is in suspension. This […]

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Sylvia Allen’s Charter School Gets F Rating in 2017 School Letter Grades Report

Phoenix­–The 2017Arizona school letter grades have been released and LD-6’s Senator Sylvia Allen’s charter school, the George Washington Academy, received an F grade. Senator Allen is the co-founder of the George Washington Academy, a kinder-6th grade school in Snowflake, Arizona, as well as the head of the Senate’s Education Committee. Senator Allen is also on […]

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Free Community College – Not a Radical Idea

Here’s an op-ed from Gubernatorial Candidate David Garcia. He points out how state-supported free community college is an economic booster. Other states, including Republican dominated states, do it. Arizona should not be left behind: My Turn: Free community college in Arizona if I’m elected governor via @azcentral

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Made in America Week: “We’ll Get Back to You on That.”

This week the Trump administration highlights U.S. manufacturing, the latest of its theme weeks orchestrated by aides while Trump sits on the couch and tweets nonsense. On Monday, the White House held a craft show, featuring products from all 50 states. Wednesday, the President himself is scheduled to make a statement related to the theme. Meanwhile, the Trump Organization […]

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Save Our Schools Petition Signing

Save Our Schools Arizona is holding a statewide push this Saturday to gather signatures to refer SB 1413 the ESA (voucher) expansion bill to the 2018 ballot for the Arizona voters to decide where public funding should go. If you would like to sign the petition to put this issue on the ballot, we will have […]

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