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Arizona Extends School Choice to All K-12 Students
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Jun 27, 8:37 AM: Empowerment Scholarship Accounts empower families with the freedom and flexibility to customize their child’s education. Arizona families can currently use ESAs to pay for private school tuition, tutoring, textbooks, homeschool >
Tucson Unified sees second year of high demand for summer courses
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Jun 27, 7:54 AM: Tucson Unified School District saw one of its highest summer school enrollment numbers this year, with more than 11,000 students in grades K-12 taking classes during June.
K-12 Dealmaking: Microschool Company Raises $20M; IXL Acquires Curiosity Media
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Jun 21, 9:25 AM:

A company that offers small-group “microschools,” Prenda, raised $20 million aimed at helping grow its network in additional states, the company announced.

GOP plan to expand school vouchers to all 1.1 million students advances, but appears doomed
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Jun 16, 9:43 AM: A proposal to let all 1.1 million Arizona students get taxpayer dollars to attend private school cleared a state legislative committee on Wednesday with Republican support, but it won’t have the votes needed to win approval in the >
Arizona lawmakers discuss expanding school voucher-style program
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Jun 8, 10:04 AM: Under the ESA program, parents who pull their children from public schools receive money from the state that they can use for private school tuition, tutoring, learning materials or other educational purposes.
House GOP Seeks School Funding Revamp, Voucher Expansion
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Jun 7, 9:13 AM: Arizona House Republicans are working to finalize a deal that would substantially boost funding for K-12 public schools and enact a major expansion of the state’s private school voucher system.
Arizona Republicans' school funding rush job is a disaster waiting to happen
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Mar 30, 6:37 AM: Republicans' rush job to overhaul the state's complex school funding formula to benefit charter schools is almost laughable. Or it would be, if it wasn't for the kids it'll hurt.
How COVID-19 pandemic magnified challenges for Arizona students not proficient in English
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Mar 29, 9:29 AM: The challenges students faced when schools closed during the pandemic were magnified for students such as Fernanda whose first language is not English. English learners in Arizona are a large and growing group.
School takeover bill provokes fierce debate in House committee
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Mar 29, 8:26 AM: A bill that could force some 200 Arizona schools to close or seek new operators has at least temporarily stalled in the House Education Committee, despite opposition by many education advocates.
Last-minute K-12 funding overhaul clears House committee
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Mar 29, 5:51 AM: An eleventh-hour proposal that would make sweeping changes to how Arizona schools are funded won Republican approval on a legislative panel Monday, despite the devastating budget cuts that critics say many schools will face if it >
Micro Schools providing parents with alternative option for kids education
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Mar 25, 8:20 AM: Most of us use our kitchens to cook, or maybe enjoy a meal, but others, like Stefanie Miller, are using theirs, as a classroom. They’re called Micro-Schools, a form of homeschooling with groups of up to ten kids. It’s being ran by a >
Hip-hop artist Pitbull to open free public charter school in Mesa
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Mar 18, 5:36 AM: Grammy-award winning artist Pitbull is opening a new, tuition-free public charter school in Mesa.
5 things you didn’t know about micro schools
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Mar 16, 9:36 AM: Last year, micro schools were just a temporary stop-gap to provide social interaction for kids and child care coverage for parents until schools could reopen, but as families search for flexibility post-pandemic, micro schools are >
Arizona kids not ready for standardized testing to return after COVID-19, teachers warn
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Mar 16, 6:08 AM: Returning from what educators call "the hardest year yet" for catching up students whose school was disrupted during the pandemic, some Arizona teachers are worried about upcoming standardized testing.
​Governor Ducey announces start of AZ On Track Summer Camp
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Mar 3, 7:25 AM: It's a huge undertaking, getting 250,000 public school children caught up in class. The COVID-19 pandemic did not discriminate. Our health, the economy, and our children's education were all impacted.
ASU Prep director a trailblazer in education innovation
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Mar 2, 8:51 AM: ASU Preparatory Academy and ASU Prep Digital Managing Director Julie Young has experienced a sea change in online education in the last few decades. Though her work has blazed trails in education, Young was always simply following >
OpEd: Arizona must free Black students from failing schools. Here's how we do it
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Mar 1, 9:22 AM: As another Black History Month comes to an end and we reflect on the sacrifices made in the past by so many in our country, no sacrifice is as valued in the Black community as those that allowed Black people to be properly >
Three new voucher bills appear despite voters
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Mar 1, 9:15 AM: The Arizona state senate last week approved three bills that would make more than 80% of the state’s students eligible for taxpayer payments to cover the cost of private school or home schooling.
Column: Let all Arizona students qualify for a private school voucher
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Feb 25, 9:27 AM: If 85% of students would qualify under a new proposal, columinist Robert Robb says, just simplify it and offer school vouchers to all.
State Senate approves massive expansion of private school vouchers
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Feb 25, 9:22 AM: The Arizona Senate last week approved three bills that would make more than 80% of the state’s students eligible for taxpayer payments to cover the cost of private school or home schooling.

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