2022 Legislative Session

Below are the priority bills that Education Forward Arizona took a position on this year and a summary of where each bill landed.

Priority: Expand access to quality early learning and supporting early literacy development.

SupportHB2026Early literacy; reading plans
Makes technical changes that support the implementation of the State Board of Education’s recommendations on K-3 literacy.

Status: The bill was signed by the Governor.

Priority: Attraction and retention of educators across the P-20 continuum.

SupportSB1328High-Quality Teacher Program; Extension
Formalizes a High-Quality Teacher Professional Development Program that will increase the number of teachers in STEM and CTE fields by giving them scholarships of up to $2,000. Grant recipients agree to teaching in an Arizona school for three years.

Status: The bill was signed by the Governor.

OpposeSB1159Teacher certification; leadership preparation programs
Allows certification of school leaders at the local level. Sets conditions in which teachers can be employed without a bachelor’s degree. The provision to allow subject matter experts in grades K-5 was removed from the bill.

Status: The bill was signed by the Governor.

Priority: Increase opportunities for students and adults to access and complete a postsecondary degree or credential.

SupportHB2122Continuing high school; workforce training
Creates the Adult Workforce Diploma Program to assist a person at least 21 years old in earning a high school diploma and earning a credential. Creates a continuing high school and workforce training program that drives students to earn their diploma and a postsecondary credential. Goodwill will implement this program. Establishes the Community College Adult Education Workforce Development Program at the SBE. Will fund programs at the community colleges to lead to credentials or degrees. 

Status: The bill was integrated into the budget (HB2866), which was signed by the Governor.

SupportSB1300Tribal college dual enrollment program
Allows Tribal colleges to offer dual enrollment to students off of their reservation in culture, language and government.

Status: The bill was signed by the Governor.

SupportHB2017STEM funding; appropriation
Provides funding for Pima, Maricopa and Pinal’s community colleges STEM and workforce initiatives and gives a one-year reprieve from their aggregate expenditure limit

Status: The bill was signed by the Governor.

SupportSB1368Arizona Board of Regents; continuation
Continues ABOR for 5 years.

Status: The bill was signed by the Governor.

SupportHB2031Higher education; individuals with disabilities
Allows students with disabilities to use their documentation of their disability from K-12 education in a community college or university.

Status: The bill was signed by the Governor.

Priority: P-20 education funding, with a focus on providing additional supports to students who are most in need.

Read our Education Explainer on this year’s budget.

Support SCR1050School district expenditures; authorization
Allows K-12 public district schools to exceed the Aggregate Expenditure Limit by a specific amount for the 2021-2022 school year only.

Status: The bill was passed by the legislature and did not require the Governor’s action.

OpposeSB1657ESAs; STOs; Student empowerment fund
Expands school voucher eligibility to Title 1 students and other groups.

Status: The bill did not advance, however, HB2853 did, which allows for universal expansion (see below).

OpposeHB2853Arizona Empowerment Scholarship Accounts; Appropriation
Expands eligibility for school vouchers to all Arizona students.

Status: The bill was signed by the Governor.

OpposeHB2808Schools; operation; improvements
Proposes strategies to turn around D and F schools through school closures, consolidations or take overs; actualizes the Governor’s Operation Excellence program.

Status: The bill did not advance.

OpposeSB1269Conformity; internal revenue code
Proposal makes changes to the state’s K-12 funding formula in teacher pay/experience, transportation and adds an achievement weight. Allows schools to opt in to receive charter school funding, however, requires a series of trade-offs in return.

Status: The bill did not advance.