State Capitol News
2:21 pm
Fri March 2, 2012

Lawmakers Drop Bill Requiring Univ. Students Have "Skin in the Game"

Students at the state's three universities are no longer in danger of having to pay $2,000 a year out of their own pocket. 

Rep. John Kavanagh said while tuition is approaching $10,000 a year, the record shows about half of all students pay absolutely nothing at all toward that bill. He said they get a mix of state aid and federal grants. Kavanagh said that lack of what he calls skin in the game makes students less serious about their studies. So he proposed that minimum $2,000 investment, whether personal funds or borrowed. But Kavanagh said today he is giving up.

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State Capitol News
8:56 am
Wed February 1, 2012

Bill Would Deny Medical Marijuana to College Students on Campus

The 2010 voter-approved medical marijuana law allows those with a doctor's recommendation to obtain up to 2 1/2 ounces of marijuana every two weeks. While the measure bars use of the drug on public school campuses, there is no such ban at colleges and universities.

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State Capitol News
3:37 pm
Tue January 17, 2012

Senate Committee Votes Down AZ Participation in Federal School Lunch Program

The Senate Education Committee voted today to let schools opt out of the federal school lunch program. 

The program funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture pays schools to offer free or reduced-price lunches to students based on family income.

Sen. Rich Crandall said he has nothing against the program. But he said that current and pending rules could make it unduly burdensome. For example, he said there are situations where schools are charging students less for lunch than the subsidy they are getting from the federal government.

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State Capitol News
12:00 am
Sat January 14, 2012

Governor Releases Details of Budget

Governor Jan Brewer is proposing a nearly $9 billion spending plan for the coming fiscal year that provides more money for schools, hires former police officers to investigate allegations of child abuse and sets up a needs-based scholarship for community colleges.
The plan also provides a little more money for the state's university system. But Brewer wants to revamp how the cash is divided up, a move that John Arnold, the governor's budget chief, said is likely to reduce the allocation for the University of Arizona.

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State Capitol News
4:52 pm
Thu January 12, 2012

AZ Lawmakers Vote for State Aid for Private and Parochial Schools

The Senate Finance Committee has approved two measures designed to help students attend private and parochial schools.

Existing law provides a dollar-for-dollar state income tax credit of up to $500 for donations made to organizations that provide scholarships for students who want to attend these schools. 

One measure would double that support by setting up a second program, with identical credits, the main difference being that aid would go only to students who transfer from public schools.

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9:53 am
Wed January 11, 2012

Tucson Unified School District Ends Mexican American Studies Program

The Tucson Unified School District voted four-to-one to end its Mexican American Studies Program late Tuesday night. The school district risked losing $15 million if it continued teaching ethnic studies as they were being taught. From Tucson, Michel Marizco reports.

It’s the final blow against the program. Using a new state law, Arizona school officials outlawed Mexican American studies at TUSD. They said the courses were divisive and advocated overthrowing the government. Then the teachers appealed to a federal judge to stop Arizona from ending the courses.

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