ARIZONA RANKS 49TH IN EDUCATION FUNDING – HOW DID WE GET HERE?

While acknowledging Arizona K-12 funding is low compared to the national average, Governor Ducey in his state of the state provided policymakers 15 points to make Arizona more competitive for our educators and students. But how low is our per-pupil funding compared to other states? And how long have we ranked near the bottom of […]

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Bonds and Overrides: A Shift to Local Support

During the Great Recession, Arizona shifted from a K-12 funding system primarily supported by the state, to one where local taxpayers provided a larger share of those revenues. The fact that the amounts from all of these local sources vary by school district, sometimes quite significantly, and that charter schools do not have access to many of […]

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Special Education Student Enrollment Patterns – SPED Series, Part III

In this third installment of our series of special education funding blogs, we sought to better understand the enrollment patterns of special education students across Arizona.  We learned the enrollment of special education students varies widely across counties and within and between districts and charter schools in Arizona, especially when severity of special education disabilities […]

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Special Education Simplified – SPED Series, Part II

As Arizona’s K-12 enrollment has grown, including students with disabilities, our school finance formula has stayed relatively unchanged. It has not fully addressed recommendations made in a 2007 special education cost study[1] nor has it kept pace with the 5 percent increase in our special education population, as we found in our first blog. The Center […]

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Special Education Funding Matters to All Students – SPED Series, Part I

One in forty boys in Arizona is diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder[1]. This statistic and others indicate a growing population of students with special needs in our schools.  Given this, it’s not surprising that policy makers, teachers, and advocates have been calling for additional supports for students with special needs. The Governor’s Classrooms First Council has […]

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A Look at Arizona’s Public Schools’ Tax Credits, Part II

Continuing our look at Arizona’s public school tax credits, Table 2 shows the statewide trend in the number of contributions and the average contribution amount. A contribution may be a single person or a couple, so the number of contributions does not precisely reflect the number of taxpayers who are using the tax credit, but […]

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