State of Arizona Archives: on Education


Jan Brewer: Performance-based funding plan, instead of attendance-based

I'm so proud the Arizona Legislature joined me last year in funding the Move on When Reading program. Beginning now, schools across Arizona must develop comprehensive reading assessments to identify students falling behind. With the help of the State, local schools will connect students with reading experts.

And that brings us to school funding. Whatever your point of view, we should all agree that it's time we start funding the academic results we want to see. What I am proposing is the nation's first comprehensive performance funding plan for our districts and charter schools. This plan will reward schools that earn high marks or see real improvement in performance. I'm not talking about scrapping attendance-based funding formulas. Rather, this will augment that system with an innovative approach to promoting school performance, while maintaining local control. Together, let's stop simply funding the system we have and start funding the student achievement we want.

Source: 2013 State of the State Address to Arizona Legislature Jan 14, 2013

Richard Carmona: Reinvest $1 billion cut from our schools

Having a skilled and educated workforce is key to building a strong and sustainable economy. With our world-class university system, Arizona is well positioned to compete globally but we have a long way to go before Arizona's high schools are producing enough graduates to have the kind of 21st century workforce we need.

Arizona's education system routinely ranks near the bottom of the nation. That's unforgivable, and we need to fix it. In recent years, the political extremists who control Arizona's legislature have cut more than $1 billion from our schools and they fail to see that their actions will have crippling economic consequences for our future. We need to ensure that our students are prepared to lead the world in innovation, research, and technology. It's time we reset our priorities and ensure that education remains at the top. That starts with protecting and reinvesting in our public schools.

Source: 2012 Senate campaign website, carmonaforarizona.com Mar 15, 2012

Jan Brewer: We lead in school choice: district, private, or charter

Isn't it astonishing that in Arizona today, Bill Gates would not be considered qualified to teach students about computer science? We must stop our gate keeping and open the doors to all qualified and skilled citizens who want to teach our children.

That said--teachers are only one part of the education equation. Engaged parents must balance educators' contributions and play an active role in their children's learning. No teacher can ever substitute for an involved parent. But we must give parents the ability to make the best choices for their children.

Starting with where they go to school. We lead the nation in school choice. In Arizona --a parent's right to choose the best school must endure--whether that's a district, private, charter or home school. We must also arm parents with the information they need to help monitor their children's academic progress. We will make sure they have up-to-date data that is available on-line --at any time.

Source: Arizona 2010 State of the State Address Jan 11, 2010

Janet Napolitano: Added voluntary full-day kindergarten as a new grade level

We have added--and protected--a new grade level, voluntary full-day kindergarten, that gives thousands of Arizona students a head start in education that will benefit them for the rest of their lives. By vote of the people, we have set aside critical funding for early childhood education. We have enacted historic teacher pay raises and started a new center to train teachers in the critical fields of science, technology, engineering and math. We've quadrupled the funds going to our schools from our state trust lands. We've increased standards in high school for math and science, and we have cut the high school dropout rate nearly in half.

Yet, as always, there is more to do. We must build on what we have begun. Expanded resources must translate into ever-increasing levels of student achievement. The proportion of our education funds spent in the classroom must increase. The professional status--and the pay--of our classroom teachers must continue to improve.

Source: Arizona 2009 State of the State Address Jan 12, 2009

Janet Napolitano: Implement school choice via public charter schools

Our public school system educates 82% of Arizona's students. Their future has to be Arizona's number-one priority. School choice is important; we can expand and preserve that choice through the growing institution of quality public charter schools.

Today's short-term budget decisions must not harm the long-term future of Arizona's children. If this Legislature cuts classroom spending, the people of Arizona will recognize such a cut for what it is--not a budget necessity, but a willful and unwise choice.

We must look at higher education in the same way. In the past six years, we have institutionalized the P-20 model in Arizona, which recognizes the reality that education is not neatly segmented, but is instead a continuum of learning that begins at birth and lasts well into a chosen career path.

Source: Arizona 2009 State of the State Address Jan 12, 2009

Janet Napolitano: Recommend funding for voluntary full-day kindergarten

My budget will recommend first-year funding for voluntary full-day kindergarten to be phased in over the next five years. This phase-in begins where it is needed the most, in schools with at least 90 percent of students who participate in the federal free or reduced-fee lunch program. In years two to five of the phase-in, funding will be distributed to all Arizona school districts.
Source: 2004 State of the State speech to Arizona Legislature Jan 12, 2004

Janet Napolitano: Emphasize the importance of reading literacy

Every parent and teacher should know that so long as I am Governor, every first-grade child in Arizona will receive a book. To ensure that reading literacy is better-emphasized throughout elementary and middle school, I also am calling for improvements in the teacher certification process. We must insist on additional middle school literacy training, to empower teachers to aggressively attack reading deficiencies at every grade level, through the 8th grade.
Source: 2004 State of the State speech to Arizona Legislature Jan 12, 2004

Janet Napolitano: Scholarship program for early childhood education teachers

We must support teachers who provide education to our youngest children by offering scholarships so that they can improve their own education and thereby the education of preschool children. This year we will build on a $1.6-million early childhood educator grant we recently received from the US Department of Education, by implementing a statewide scholarship program for early childhood education teachers.
Source: 2004 State of the State speech to Arizona Legislature Jan 12, 2004

Janet Napolitano: Help teachers undergo the necessary training

Getting master teacher accreditation not only is challenging, it also can be quite expensive for teachers who seek it. I will establish the Arizona Master Teachers program, to secure public and private funding to help teachers undergo the necessary training to receive master teacher status. I challenged every school district in Arizona to convert an additional five percent of district operating budgets to classroom-related spending, and I gave them two years in which to do it.
Source: 2004 State of the State speech to Arizona Legislature Jan 12, 2004

Janet Napolitano: No cut in higher education funding

I am ready to work in partnership with Arizonaís universities and community colleges to enhance access to a higher education, intensify university research efforts, and increase graduation rates. My budget recommendation for this year will continue to invest significantly in Arizonaís universities and community colleges so that they can continue to grow into their new and more vital 21st Century role.
Source: 2004 State of the State speech to Arizona Legislature Jan 12, 2004

Jane Dee Hull: Students FIRST: Build more schools; maintain existing ones

Thanks to Students FIRST, seven new schools are built and filled with students and another 125 new schools have been approved. The rest of our K-12 schools are on the way to having their deficiencies addressed. Now it is up to the school districts to make sure that these facilities are properly maintained. We heard that we should concentrate on the education in the classroom, not the classroom itself. We decided to do both, to provide a quality education in a sound classroom.
Source: 2001 State of the State address to the Arizona legislature Jan 8, 2001

Jane Dee Hull: Supports Prop. 301, raising taxes for use in schools

The political pundits told Superintendent Lisa Keegan and me that Arizonans would never tax themselves, even to improve education. You had the courage to give the people the chance to prove those experts wrong and a majority of Arizona voters had the foresight to approve Proposition 301. Proposition 301 means $459 million will be available for education programs in just the first year. Our schools now have a dedicated revenue stream to improve learning.
Source: 2001 State of the State address to the Arizona legislature Jan 8, 2001

Alan Keyes: Use bully pulpit to advocate prayer, not coerce it

Q: Is there a contradiction in advocating abolishing the department of education, yet using the bully pulpit to push for more prayer in schools?
A: I donít see the contradiction at all. Using the bully pulpit is not coercion. I would not use federal leverage to force state and local officials to adopt any particular approach to prayer in schools. Since we took prayer out, we seem to have let violence and decline in. And I think we ought to draw those lessons.
Source: Phoenix Arizona GOP Debate Dec 7, 1999

Alan Keyes: Money should follow parentsí education choices

I strongly favor letting the parents take over the education process. With the parents in the lead, we will know that the cooperation between home, school and faith has been restored. The money we spend on education should follow the choice of the parents, not the choice of educrats & politicians. Let parents decide where the per capita spending is going to go. And that way every parent, rich or poor, will be able to make the right decisions for their child.
Source: Phoenix Arizona GOP Debate Dec 7, 1999

George W. Bush: If poor kids donít learn, give school funds to parents

If the federal government spends money, say on the poorest of the poor children, we need to ask a simple question: What are the results? Are the children learning? And if they are, we ought to give bonuses to schools for the poorest of the poor. But if theyíre not, if the poorest of the poor remain in trapped schools, that money that would go to the school should go to the parent so the parent gets to make a different choice.
Source: Phoenix Arizona GOP Debate Dec 7, 1999

George W. Bush: Develop tests locally - no national tests

I donít believe in national testing. I believe that local folks ought to develop their own tests and their own standards because I strongly believe in local control of schools. I also believe in charter schools. I believe in education savings accounts to give parents a $5,000 per year contribution to be able to save for their children. My plan says less power in Washington, not more.
Source: Phoenix Arizona GOP Debate Dec 7, 1999

John McCain: Tax breaks for charters - not from public school funds

I walked into a charter school classroom in Phoenix. On the desk was a childrenís book of virtues. The teacher was teaching the virtue of the month, which happened to be the importance of telling the truth. We need to inject that in all of our charter schools and in schools all over America. I would provide the much needed tax breaks that are necessary to encourage them. I would certainly make them part of any voucher program, a test voucher program which I would not take out of education funds.
Source: (Cross-ref from Education) Phoenix Arizona GOP Debate Dec 7, 1999

John McCain: Good teachers & bad senators donít need $140,000 a year

Q: Youíve said a number of times that no good teacher should be paid less than a bad senator. In January the Senators will be making over $140,000 a year. Who would fund anything even close to that for the good teachers? A: [Teachers] may not need as much money as $140,000 a year. Perhaps Senators donít need as much as $140,000 a year. When we vote ourselves pay raises all the time and the American worker is not making nearly the increases that we are, itís really wrong.
Source: Phoenix Arizona GOP Debate Dec 7, 1999

John McCain: Teach virtues in all schools

I walked into a charter school classroom in Phoenix. On the desk was a childrenís book of virtues. The teacher was teaching the virtue of the month, which happened to be the importance of telling the truth. We need to inject that in all of our charter schools and in schools all over America. I would provide the much needed tax breaks that are necessary to encourage them. I would certainly make them part of any voucher program, a test voucher program which I would not take out of education funds.
Source: Phoenix Arizona GOP Debate Dec 7, 1999

Orrin Hatch: Vouchers will cover costs under most circumstances

Q: Even with vouchers, wonít parents with limited means still be unable to send their children to the best school? A: A lot of these private schools, a lot of these parochial schools, even some of the professional schools, sometimes they can take care of it for what the voucher will be. And many of these parents would pay the extra if they could. Public schools are great, but when theyíre not working those kids ought to have a chance to walk and the voucher system will give them that chance.
Source: Phoenix Arizona GOP Debate Dec 7, 1999

Orrin Hatch: Let parents walk away from failing schools

The federal government spends 7%of the money for education in this country and demands 50% of the paperwork - 49 million men-women hours. The best thing we can do is provide a means where these kids in the inner city that are not getting a good education, their parents know theyíre not getting a good education, to walk. If the monies arenít enough, we should raise them so that they can be enough.
Source: Phoenix Arizona GOP Debate Dec 7, 1999

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