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arizona Court Says Annual Inflationary Increase for Schools Are Not Optional

...r as a result of an order saying the Legislature must make full annual increases for inflation. The arizona State Court of Appeals has overturned a lower court’s ruling in Cave Creek School District v. Ducey and State of arizona. The earlier ruling had agreed with the state that lawmakers could choose to apply the inflationary increase only to some elements of education funding each year. In 2000, voters approved Proposition 301, which requires the state to adjust funding for public schoo...
Date: 2013-04-11

arizona Court Strikes Voucher Program

...ree and current at time of posting, but may require registration or expire over time.   The arizona Supreme Court has upheld an appellate court decision striking down two private school voucher programs as unconstitutional. The challenge to the state’s school voucher programs was filed by a parent and two advocacy organizations, and was supported by the arizona Rural Schools Association, among other statewide education groups.   The programs, created in 2006, provided state ...
Date: 2009-05-05

arizona Court to Hear Voucher Appeal

...This appeared in the December 2008 Rural Policy Matters. The arizona Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal of a lower court's decision that struck down the state's two voucher programs as unconstitutional. The current program provide state tax voucher checks to some parents, who then sign the money over to private schools for tuition. The issue at hand is whether the money "aids" private schools, which is prohibited by the state constitution. The appellate judge ruled that ...
Date: 2008-12-03

arizona ELL Case Back in Court

...free and current at time of posting, but may require registration or expire over time. Flores v. arizona, the federal lawsuit that charges the state is not fulfilling its educational obligations to English Language Learners (ELL) is back in an arizona court this month after being heard by the U.S. Supreme Court last year. An evidentiary hearing is underway in Tucson, where the state is defending its four-hour daily intensive language instruction program implemented two years ago. The origina...
Date: 2010-09-28

arizona ELL Case to Go to U.S. Supreme Court

...reme Court has agreed to hear the long-running Flores lawsuit on appeal from legislative leaders in arizona and the state’s Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Horne. The original class action lawsuit, brought in 1992 claimed that the state was violating the Equal Educational Opportunities Act (EEOA) by failing to provide sufficient funding for arizona’s programs for English Language Learners (ELL).   Plaintiffs won decisions in 2000 and in 2007, and were recently upheld...
Date: 2009-03-12

arizona Forced to Adopt Better Practices for Identifying English Language Learners

...: Links are free and current at time of posting, but may require registration or expire over time. arizona has signed an agreement that could end a long running dispute with the federal government over how it identifies students who are learning English. The U.S. Departments of Justice and Education had investigated the assessment methods dictated by arizona Department of Education as part of an ongoing effort to improve achievement of English Language Learners (ELL) in the state. There is also...
Date: 2012-09-26

arizona High Court Refuses to Hold Student Criminally Liable

...nks are free and current at time of posting, but may require registration or expire over time. The arizona Supreme Court has held that a student who cursed at a teacher did not violate the state’s law against “knowingly abusing a teacher or other school employee on school grounds or while that person is performing his or her duties.” The student, who had been placed in in-school suspension, cursed at the teacher in the classroom on two separate occasions. The school alleged t...
Date: 2011-02-24

arizona Increases Funding for English Language Learner Programs

...inks are free and current at time of posting, but may require registration or expire over time. An arizona bill that will increase funding for programs for English Language Learners (ELL) awaits federal district court review before becoming law. The bill passed the Legislature without the signature of Governor Janet Napolitano. In December, a U.S. District judge ordered the state to provide more funding for ELL programs. Since then the state has accrued more than $22 million in fines for failin...
Date: 2006-04-01

arizona Revisits Consolidation

...: Links are free and current at time of posting, but may require registration or expire over time. arizona’s Joint Legislative Study Committee on Unification and Consolidation has a five-month timetable for drafting recommendations and options for arizona’s 227 school districts. In arizona, ‘unification’ merges high school and elementary school districts to form a K-12 district, while consolidation combines elementary-only, high-school-only, or K–12 districts with ...
Date: 2011-09-28

arizona School Funding Lawsuit Ends

...nks are free and current at time of posting, but may require registration or expire over time. The arizona Supreme Court has refused to hear a lawsuit filed this summer by a group of school districts, district representatives, and education organizations, including the arizona Rural Schools Association. The plaintiffs claimed that the legislature did not provide an inflationary increase in school funding as required by a 2000 law. Republican legislators argued that the law gave discretion o...
Date: 2010-10-27

arizona School Using Culture and Innovative Math Project to Boost Student Success

...uire registration or expire over time. Talk to Mark Sorensen, principal of STAR School in northern arizona, and he will make sure you understand that the school — its curriculum and relationships — are rooted in the Native cultures of the Navajo students who comprise most of the school's student body. "We want the school to reflect the core values that come from deep Navajo tradition: respect, responsibility, relationship, and reason," says Sorensen. In fact, the school'...
Date: 2012-10-29

arizona Taxpayers Barred from Challenging Tuition Tax Credit Program

...time of posting, but may require registration or expire over time. A tuition tax credit program in arizona has survived a challenge that progressed to the U.S. Supreme Court. In a closely watched case, arizona Christian School Tuition Organization v. Winn, taxpayers challenged the ability for arizonans to receive a dollar-for-dollar tax credit for contributions to a school tuition organization. Last tax year, arizonans diverted more than $43.2 million to the scholarship organizations. In a 5&nd...
Date: 2011-04-27

ELL Funding in arizona

... of posting, but may require registration or expire over time.  The U.S. Supreme Court handed arizona a “partial victory” in a 5–4 decision that reversed a previous federal court decision that had ruled the state was violating the Equal Educational Opportunity Act in the way it treated students learning English for the first time.   In earlier court decisions the state had repeatedly been found lacking in the programs it provided for English Language Learners (ELL)...
Date: 2009-07-18

Obama Administration Files Amicus Brief in arizona ELL Case

...me of posting, but may require registration or expire over time.   The politics surrounding arizona’s long-running Flores English-Language Learner (ELL) lawsuit continue to heat up in advance of its hearing before the United States Supreme Court. The new arizona governor, Republican Jan Brewer, has reversed the gubernatorial position on the suit and aligned with the state legislature and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne, who have held throughout the various cour...
Date: 2009-05-05

Rural School Funding News: Wide-Ranging Developments in arizona

...ion Exam: The state has won a class action lawsuit that challenged the high school graduation test, arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS). A trial court ruled in Espinoza v. arizona State Board of Education that the plaintiffs had not met their burden of proof. Changes, however, could be in the works as a state task force considers testing alternatives to AIMS. Students are currently allowed to supplement their AIMS scores with points for good grades. English Language Learners (ELL...
Date: 2008-11-06