Category: Education Explainer

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FY23 State Budget Overview

We were pleased to see a bipartisan effort that elevated education as a top priority in the FY23 state budget. Given the investments included in the budget, we believe it will help move the state closer to meeting the Achieve60AZ goal and the other goals in the Arizona Education Progress Meter...


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What’s Important to Include in a School Funding Proposal & the Impact of SB1269

The legislature is considering proposals that would change the school funding formula and add new funding to schools if a grand bargain is made. As policymakers debate these proposals, we believe it is important to zoom out to look at the bigger picture of school funding needs in Arizona...


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Arizona’s High School Graduation Requirements: Spotlight on Math

Arizona’s high school graduation requirements set the bar for what courses students need to take while they are in high school. But more importantly, they communicate to students what they need to be successful in their postsecondary education and careers after high school...


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Aggregate Expenditure Limit Frequently Asked Questions

There are a lot of questions about the Aggregate Expenditure Limit, the spending cap that is jeopardizing $1.1B in existing funding for K-12 district public schools. If you’re looking to gain a basic understanding of what the AEL is, start with this blog...


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What’s in the Governor’s Proposed FY23 State Budget for Education?

On January 14 Governor Doug Ducey released his $14.25B proposal for the fiscal year 2023 budget. Priorities in the budget included education, water and public safety, among other issues. The budget, which has been touted as the largest in the state’s history, increases the rainy day fund by $425M to $1...


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2022 State of the State: Addressing Ducey’s Education Agenda

Today the Governor delivered his 8th and final State of the State address where he laid out his vision for Arizona for the year ahead. We heard the Governor discuss his priorities of water, economy, education, public and border safety. The Governor called the state of the state “strong” and focused the theme of his […]


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Spending Limit Puts more than $1.1B at risk for Arizona Schools

More than a billion dollars of existing school funding is in jeopardy if the legislature doesn’t allow school districts to spend it. How we got here In 1980, Arizona voters passed a measure that limits how much K-12 schools can spend in a school year, which was done when the state implemented its school funding […]


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2021 Legislative Session Wrap Up

After 171 days and the third longest session in Arizona history, the legislature wrapped up the 2021 regular session on June 30. This has certainly been a year like no other, filled with contentious debates and tight vote margins on top of being in the middle of a global pandemic...


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How to Be Involved in How Your School District or Charter School is using COVID Relief Funding

Arizona is receiving an estimated $4 billion to support K-12 education, the majority of which (90%) will go directly to school districts and charter schools based on their Title I funding allocations. Read more about this federal funding in our recent blog...


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Understanding Arizona’s Federal COVID Relief Funding for K-12 Education

The federal government has made funding available to all states to support COVID relief and recovery efforts. Arizona is receiving an estimated $4 billion to support K-12 education, $800 million for community colleges and universities, and additional funds from discretionary funding the Governor has available...