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New Report: Arizona Ranks 45th in Conditions for Kids

  Conditions for Arizona children remain much as they have over the last three years, with drops in the state’s rankings in fourth-grade reading success and eighth-grade math proficiency, according to the 2018 KIDS COUNT® Data Book, released this week by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Each year, the KIDS COUNT analysis evaluates 16 indicators [...]

Where Has All the Money for Public Schools Gone?

  Where has all the money gone? Even with the scramble at the end of the legislative session to appropriate funding for public school teachers and classrooms, Arizona continues to leave  K-12 education underfunded, with an ongoing teacher crisis, overcrowded classrooms, outdated textbooks and technology and classrooms that are unsafe for students. There is still $800 [...]

Who’s for Kids and Who’s Just Kidding? A Legislative Report Card for 2018

  When the legislative session concludes each year, Children’s Action Alliance brings you our annual report card, Who’s for Kids and Who’s Just Kidding?, a look at how your representatives and senators in the state legislature cast their ballots on priority bills during the legislative session. Check out what got defeated, what got passed and which [...]

Investments In Quality Early Education Yield High Returns

  The evidence is clear: when young children have healthy and enriching experiences, with one on one attention from teachers, parents and caregivers, they are more likely to be ready for school and to transition successfully into kindergarten and beyond.  Decades of evidence shows that an investment in quality early education saves considerable money in [...]

School Districts File Suit Against State to Fix Crumbling Buildings

School districts, education groups and taxpayers filed suit Monday to force lawmakers to pay for school maintenance and construction they have neglected for years. Plaintiffs gathered on the steps of Glendale Landmark Elementary School with their lawyer, Tim Hogan of the Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest, to announce the long-awaited suit revolving [...]