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Bills to restrict teachers reawakens Red for Ed movement – Arizona Capitol Times

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One of many Red for Ed signs sits at the Arizona Capitol on April 26. (Photo by Carmen Forman/Arizona Capitol Times) A handful of bills introduced ahead of the 2019 legislative session are already stirring up tensions in the education community, leaving some to wonder if the Capitol will again be awash in red. Reps. Kelly Townsend of Mesa and Mark Finchem of Oro Valley have introduced proposed legislation that gets at several qualms they and their fellow Republicans had with the Red for Ed movement in 2018. Finchem’s House Bill 2002 would require the State Board of Education to […]

State chamber seeks to lower tuition for ‘dreamers’ | News

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PHOENIX — The head of a major business organization is looking for legal ways to make education more affordable for “dreamers” who attend state universities and community colleges in Arizona. And while Glenn Hamer hopes for some state or federal legislative action, that goal ultimately could mean asking voters to rethink a law on who gets — and does not get — in-state tuition they approved in 2006. The president of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry said Thursday he thinks there may be some wiggle room in enforcing the law, which says those not in the country legally […]

2019 Arizona Arts Congress Returns to State Capitol

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Hundreds of art advocates will converge on the Arizona State Capitol this month, eager to influence arts policy as budget discussions get underway. The Arts Congress happens from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, January 22. It’s a chance for people to show their support for arts and culture, and learn important arts advocacy skills. “There’s an incredible benefit to everyone coming together that day,” says Catherine “Rusty” Foley. She’s the executive director for Arizona Citizens for the Arts, which holds the Arts Congress each year. The nonprofit engages policy-makers, along with business and community leaders, to create and […]

Leaving the Senate again, Jon Kyl sees a wider partisan ‘chasm’

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CLOSE U.S. Senator Jon Kyl (R-AZ) holds a press conference to discuss his work in the Senate on Jan. 2 in Phoenix. Arizona Republic U.S. Senator Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., holds a press conference Jan. 2 in Phoenix to discuss his work during his second stint in the Senate.(Photo: Rob Schumacher/The Republic) Retiring U.S. Sen Jon Kyl said Wednesday he hopes Arizona’s two new senators will work cooperatively for the good of the state though Washington, D.C., seems more politically divided than ever. In what amounted to his exit interview with Arizona reporters, Kyl, a Republican, listed some legislative achievements for Arizona […]

Arizona Lawmakers Look to Stifle Teachers’ Political Speech

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Educator Kelley Fisher leads Arizona teachers through downtown Phoenix on their way to the State Capitol during a Red for Ed rally in April 2018. Photo: Ralph Freso/Getty Images Less than a year after a statewide teacher walkout, Arizona legislators have filed two bills aimed at limiting the workplace speech rights of public educators. House Bills 2002 and 2015, proposed last month by Republican representatives Mark Finchem and Kelly Townsend, respectively, would allow the state to fire teachers who discuss politics, religion, or racial issues in classroom settings. Finchem’s bill appears especially strict. As reported by the Arizona Republic, it […]

Sun City Fire District officials want better funding formula

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By Rusty BradshawIndependent Newsmedia While the Sun City Fire District was able to replace old equipment and get a new fire station, operational funding will remain one of the biggest challenges for fire officials. The new fire station, 13232 N. 111th Ave., Youngtown, and four new fire engines were added using monies gains from a Sun City voter-approved $10 million bond and savings realized from tighter operations. But officials will continue to struggle with funding for day-to-day operations due to restraints placed on fire district funding by statewide legislation. Ron Deadman “The district’s revenues have been significantly impacted by Arizona’s […]

Steller column: Tucson-area legislator launches early attacks on AZ liberals | Local news

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While you were downing eggnog, watching football, opening presents and popping champagne, Rep. Mark Finchem was busy rooting out liberalism in Arizona. Before the legislative session has even started, the recently re-elected Oro Valley Republican introduced seven different measures. That’s more than any other Southern Arizona legislator has. Most of them haven’t introduced any. Mostly, Finchem’s six bills and one proposed House resolution target educational institutions and liberals wherever he sees them lurking. He’s also mounting a related campaign on the side, through a records request to the universities. In the world of Finchem, a retired cop from Kalamazoo and […]

Report: Arizona kids more fit than U.S. kids, but U.S. is pretty sorry | Arizona News

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(Source: Wavebreak Media LTD) WASHINGTON – Arizona’s schoolkids are doing better than their peers nationally when it comes to physical activity, according to a national report card. But that’s nothing to brag about: The report card said kids nationwide are not even close to being active enough. The 2018 U.S. Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth graded school-age children on nine different indicators, with kids nationwide earning no better than a C in any category and Ds in several. Arizona scored slightly better than the national average in six of the nine indicators, but experts say there’s […]

Our View: Three things we’d like to see the Legislature get right in 2019 | Opinion

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Lots of people will begin New Year’s resolutions today. It’s said that something like 80 percent of resolutions are broken by the second week of February, but each year we persist in making those same promises to ourselves — because there’s still that 20 percent chance that something good might stick. State government could learn a lot from this process. There are a number of things we’d like to see Arizona’s government get right in the new year, starting with a commitment by state legislators to get a budget passed before moving on to all those other superfluous issues and […]

Arizona opioid misuse prevention campaign uses ‘scary’ images

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A new campaign to curb opioid misuse includes videos featuring teens trapped in pills.(Photo: via YouTube) A new $400,600 state anti-opioid campaign aimed at kids depicts a teen trapped inside a pill and a lifeless hand beside a toppled prescription bottle. State officials hope the graphic images contained in two 30-second videos will dissuade their target audience — Arizona kids ages 12 to 17 — from using opioids like Vicodin and heroin. One of the videos features a teen boy, the other a girl. “It kind of has a horror movie feel to it,” Dr. Cara Christ, Arizona Department of Health Services director, said Monday. “This is part of […]