Education Finance

The Payson Roundup
Tuesday, October 11, 2005
Carol La Valley
Courses offered in Arizona's community college system may be taken to pursue a career, such as becoming a psychiatrist, or simply for lifelong learning. "Courses offered for credit shall satisfy at least one of the following purposes and requirements: Provide continuing education and lifelong learning," Arizona Revised Statutes 15-1410 A. (f) states.
The Arizona Republic
Tuesday, October 11, 2005
Carrie Watters
The Maricopa Community College District is racing to buy property for three future college sites in the West Valley as land prices continue to boom. If the district can't buy by the end of the year, officials say they will have to re-strategize. That means buying smaller lots or campuses farther away from the people they aim to serve. In the next five years, student enrollment is expected to climb 43 percent, to 400,000 students, much of that growth in the West Valley.
West Valley Independent
Monday, October 10, 2005
Jill R. Goodman and Mica Thomas Mulloy
EDITOR’S NOTE: The Nov. 8 ballot has three education measures. The next issue will share efforts by political action committees. The West-MEC bond request will be covered Oct. 26, 2005. How much money Deer Valley Unified School District coffers take in will be determined by voters in coming weeks. Early voting began last week for the Nov. 8 election, which will present three ballot questions asking residents to pay for education with property taxes.
Arizona Capitol Times
Friday, August 26, 2005
Jim Small
By all accounts, Arizona has one of the more confusing funding mechanisms for public education. Instituted in 1980, the system was designed to replace an unfair system based solely on property taxes with one that saw the state chipping in to ensure all school districts were provided funding to allow “general and uniform” education, as required by the state Constitution.
Arizona Capitol Times
Saturday, April 23, 2005
Howie Fisher
PHOENIX -- Gov. Janet Napolitano vetoed two related bills Friday designed to restrict the ability of some school districts to increase their taxes. One measure says the primary property tax rate cannot exceed $4.26 in elementary or high school districts and double that for unified school districts. But HB 2143 is written in a way to apply largely to districts located in counties with low property valuations.
Arizona Daily Star
Monday, April 18, 2005
Mary Vandeveire
PHOENIX - The Amphitheater and Tucson Unified school districts are just a signature away from having to change how they pay for desegregation programs - a significant area of money for some local schools. Tucson parents and school leaders are watching for negative fallout, and business owners are looking for possible tax savings, as bills approved last week by the Legislature make their way to Gov. Janet Napolitano's desk.
Capitol Media Services
Wednesday, April 6, 2005
Howard Fischer
PHOENIX - A Senate panel dealt a serious and potentially fatal blow Tuesday to efforts by community colleges to offer four-year degrees. On a 6-5 margin the Appropriations Committee killed the House-passed proposal, which would have let half of the campuses provide junior- and senior-level courses leading to baccalaureate degrees. Most of the lawmakers sided with the pleas of university lobbyists who said the issue needs further study.
Arizona Capitol Times
Tuesday, March 22, 2005
Bill Coates
The AIMS test has been a cold shower on the body politic of Arizona. More than half the 65,000 students in the class of 2006 might not receive high school diplomas because they failed at least one component of the test. Now, an effort to fund a tutoring program for those students has raised some eyebrows at the Capitol.
The East Valley Tribune
Saturday, October 30, 2004
Jason Emerson
The campaign backing a nearly $1 billion bond measure for local colleges has raised nearly $600,000 for the effort, much of it from companies that have done business with the Maricopa Community College District.
The Arizona Republic
Friday, October 29, 2004
Robert Robb
Notes and observations from a campaign trail that's getting awfully muddy: • The most vexing ballot measure this election is Proposition 401, the nearly billion-dollar bond program for the Maricopa County Community College District. On the one hand, it's not ambitious enough.

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