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Pro-voucher group exploiting Navajo students

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The plan to amend the state’s voucher-like Empowerment Scholarship Account program is being pushed by Republicans after the school-choice advocacy group American Federation for Children amplified concerns that some students in Window Rock might be kicked out of program for using public money to pay private school tuition in New Mexico. (Photo: via Hilltop Christian School website) State schools Superintendent Kathy Hoffman on Tuesday slammed the pro-school-voucher group behind a late-session push to allow Arizona vouchers to be used at some out-of-state private schools, contending that the American Federation for Children was exploiting Native American students’ situation to further its policy agenda. Hoffman, said AFC recruited the children…

Arizona law will crack down on short-term rentals like Airbnb and VRBO

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A home being run as an Airbnb is now for sale after experiencing pushback from neighbors in the Royal Crest Villa community of Phoenix Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018. (Photo: Tom Tingle/The Republic) Neighbors struggling with grief from short-term rentals will soon get a reprieve. But will it be enough? Gov. Doug Ducey on Tuesday signed a bill allowing for more regulations of short-term rental operators in the state. Residents across Arizona have raised complaints about increased noise, trash and traffic in their neighborhoods after a 2017 law expanded protections for short-term rentals. The new law, House Bill 2672, was sponsored by Rep. John Kavanagh, R-Fountain […]

Arizona groups join nationwide protest against restrictive abortion laws

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CLOSE Abortion-rights activists gather at the Arizona state Capitol May 21, 2019, as part of a nationwide effort to protest laws placing restrictions on abortion. Nick Oza, The Republic | azcentral.com Dozens of abortion-rights activists gathered at the state Capitol in Phoenix Tuesday morning as part of a nationwide effort to protest laws placing extreme restrictions on abortion recently adopted in some states.  Carrying signs and chanting, activists gathered on the lawn to listen to speakers and stand in opposition to the bans happening across the country.   “We are going to fight for our reproductive rights regardless of what they have been trying […]

Details released, but some in GOP oppose it

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Gov. Doug Ducey and GOP leaders in the Arizona Legislature have agreed to a budget framework that funds most of the governor’s priorities while making concessions to some lawmakers who have specific demands for what they want to see in the state’s spending plan.  But those may not go far enough, and the plan appears short of the votes it needs to pass: Four Republican senators said they would oppose the plan after they were briefed on it. Republicans hold slim majorities in both chambers, and Democrats say they’ve been ignored so far in the negotiating process.  Documents detailing an agreement […]

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 […]