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Arizona Voters See Education as Top Issue, Surpasses Immigration as Top Priority

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In a recent statewide survey commissioned by Stand for Children Arizona, Arizonans listed education as their top concern in the state, and the trend seems to be rising higher than it has ever been in the past.

We now see that 36% of likely voters currently identify education as their top concern, compared to 26% who are concerned with immigration and border issues and 14% who are concerned with jobs and the economy. 

Press Release: Education is the Top Issue to Arizona Voters

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Arizona Voters See Education as Top Issue, Surpasses Immigration as Top Priority

Voters support leveraging state trust fund for education, want to fix lower performing schools through raising teacher pay and weighing family income in the community when funding education

The beginning of a conversation, not the end

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Sufficient school funding, spent wisely, is critical to student success.

This is why Stand for Children Arizona identified school funding as a key initiative last year in our 2015 Impact Agenda.

Today, Governor Doug Ducey took the first step in leading a statewide conversation about securing additional funding for our schools.

His announcement to send a ballot measure to voters in 2016 to use revenue from State Land Trusts to provide resources is the first step to getting Arizona off the bottom of the list in per pupil funding, teacher pay, and academic achievement.

When it comes to making decisions for kids, the stakes are high

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That's why, when the local community brought to our attention that the Alhambra Elementary School Governing Board President Robert Zamora is not legally qualified to serve the people of the Alhambra community, we sought out the facts.

We consulted attorneys. We followed the necessary procedures. And the results confirmed what local residents had feared.

Mr. Zamora claims to be living in a temporary residence outside the district while his house is being remodeled. The house he is referring to is actually his mother’s. And, he hasn’t lived there for several years.

COUNTY ATTORNEY TO INVESTIGATE IF SCHOOL BOARD PRESIDENT IS ELIGIBLE TO SERVE

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COUNTY ATTORNEY TO INVESTIGATE IF SCHOOL BOARD PRESIDENT IS ELIGIBLE TO SERVE

Phoenix, Arizona – For the past five months, Alhambra Elementary Governing Board President Robert Zamora, Sr. has been lying to the community he was elected to serve. Stand for Children has recently discovered that the elected school board member has been residing outside the boundaries of the district since early December 2014, making him ineligible to serve as an elected governing board member.

Teachers of the Year Talk Testing: Part 3

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Welcome back to our teacher interview series, where we hear from two Arizona teachers why they support the new tests students are taking that are aligned with higher standards implemented in the classroom over the past few years.

Teachers of the Year Talk Testing: Part 2

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Welcome back to our teacher interview series, where we hear from two Arizona teachers why they support the new tests students are taking that are aligned with higher standards implemented in the classroom over the past few years.

Teachers of the Year Talk Testing

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An interview with educators on aligned tests

It’s testing season, and students in many states around the country are taking, for the first time this year, tests that are aligned to the Common Core and similar high standards. As with most things that are new or significantly changed, these tests have generated heated discussions. “Why do we need new tests?” “Why do we need standardized tests at all?” “There’s already too much classroom time spent on testing!” “Tests are too stressful and don’t paint an accurate picture!”

A Responsible Budget for Arizona

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Headlines this week have been dominated by state budget talks and Stand for Children Arizona has been closely monitoring the activity.

Parents, educators and concerned members of our community have raised their voice over the dramatic cuts being proposed to public education. And while we understand the limitations faced by those responsible for a fiscally sound budget, we also know that stable funding for our schools is critical to student achievement and for the overall health of our state.

STAND FOR CHILDREN THANKS THE GOVERNOR FOR HIS SWIFT ACTION

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Stand for Children Arizona, a non-profit, non-partisan organization that works with Arizona parents and students is pleased with Governor Ducey’s decisive action earlier today, which will ensure the work of Arizona’s State Board of Education continues. We applaud his leadership on this issue and for bringing the education community together to address the recent actions taken by Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas.

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