Things you need to know:

  • House Education Committee
  • 2017 ASBA Lobby Day
  • State Board February Meeting
  • Analysis of Arizona Classroom Spending For FY 16

House Education Committee
SB 1040 Arizona teachers; student loan program (Allen S) passed on a 10-1 vote. 
This bill creates the Arizona Teacher Student Loan Program to provide student loan relief to teachers who agree to work in a low-income, rural, or school located on an Indian Reservation or provide instruction in math, science and special education. ASBA supports.

SB 1057 experienced teachers; certification renewal (Griffin) passed on a 10-0-1-0 vote. 
This bill allows SBE to renew a teaching certificate after two years of its expiration, without any further requirements, if the teacher has ten years experience.

SB 1098 schools; statewide assessment (Allen S) passed as amended on a 9-2 vote. This bill makes technical changes to replace AIMS with “statewide assessment” and requires the State Board to approve locally procured assessments that are not on the menu of assessments by April 1, 2017. ASBA supports.

SB 1131 schools; K-3 reading program (Allen S) passed on an 11-0 vote. 
This bill modifies the Move on When Reading program including the minimum number of intervention strategies, the date that reading plans are due and the date that AzMerit scores must be returned to the schools. ASBA supports.

SB 1317 schools; specially designed instruction (Allen S) passed on an 11-0-1 vote. This bill expands the definition of specially designed instruction to include instruction given by any individual certified by the State Board and deemed appropriate by the student’s IEP team. ASBA supports.

2017 ASBA Lobby Day
Mark your calendars for March 6th at 10:00 am for ASBA Lobby Day.

Members will have an opportunity to come down to the capitol and lobby their legislators directly on ESAs, the budget, and other issues of importance to locally elected school boards.

The day will begin with an advocacy workshop in the Historic Senate Chambers at 10 a.m. After a break for lunch members will have the chance to watch the House/Senate in action as they debate bills on the floor. Lastly, for those who want to stay, the House Education will be meeting at 2 pm.

For the full agenda and to register, click here.

State Board February Meeting
This morning the State Board of Education met for their monthly meeting. Highlights include the approval of menu of assessments procedures, approval of the draft A-F accountability components and the approval of the student teacher intern written supervision plan. To read the full summary, click here.

Analysis of Arizona Classroom Spending For FY 16
Resource allocation by school districts is and must be a local decision that meets the needs of students in the community and the school. Despite severe budget cuts, our state remains focused on staying consistent in classroom dollars and keeping administrative costs well below the national average.

And though it’s important for taxpayers to understand where dollars are being spent to meet local priorities for students, there are many measures of a district’s commitment to student learning. The real issue should be student achievement – not how resources are allocated to get there.

Check out ASBA’s Arizona School District Spending Report for FY 2016 and our video on what defines classroom spending.