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November 3, 2014

October 2, 2014

  • Arizona Redistricting Case  |   Video
    • The United States Supreme Court says it will take up a lawsuit that challenges the process used to draw maps for Arizona’s congressional districts. The question before the court is whether only the legislature can redraw the maps. Howard Fischer of Capitol Media Services will discuss the case.

June 24, 2014

  • Arizona’s Future: Beyond Textbooks  |   Video
    • In a new Arizona Horizon series, “Arizona’s Future,” we look at innovations leading to improvements in a variety of areas, including education. In the Vail Unified School District in southern Arizona, teachers and district officials have created a web-based solution to help meet Common Core standards. The site provides lesson plans and data that educators can use to meet the standards, and any educator can add resources, lesson plans or ideas to the site. It’s being used by 77 traditional public school districts and eight charter schools in Arizona. Kevin Carney, executive director of Beyond Textbooks, will explain how the site helps teachers improve their teaching abilities.

December 4, 2013

  • Around Arizona: USDA Rural Development Funding  |   Video
    • At the end of the last federal fiscal year, USDA Rural Development in Arizona reported a record $474 million in investment in housing funding for Arizona. That brought the five-year total to over $2 billion. Besides the housing funding, money was spent on tribes, towns, school districts, community centers, food banks, colleges, hospitals and small businesses. USDA Rural Development in Arizona State Director Alan Stephens will discuss how the funding has impacted the state.

November 6, 2013

  • Phoenix Election Follow-up  |   Video
    • A runoff election is being held Tuesday, November 5 for Districts 4 and 8 in Phoenix. The District 8 race was particularly heated. Arizona Republic reporter Dustin Gardiner will review the results.

October 23, 2013

  • School Overrides  |   Video
    • More than 30 school districts in Maricopa County will turn to voters this year in school override elections which, if approved, allow schools to override their budget. Some district officials say they need money from local taxpayers to make up for cuts in state funding. Scottsdale Superintendent David Peterson and John Fischer, executive director of Stand for Children in Arizona, will discuss overrides and the reasons schools seek them.

September 12, 2013

  • Education Funding  |   Video
    • A new report shows that Arizona had the third-highest state funding cuts per pupil since the recession started. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities shows state funding for school districts has fallen an inflation-adjusted 17-percent since 2008. Education-funding expert Chuck Essigs of the Arizona Association of School Business Officials will talk about education funding in our state.

July 8, 2013

  • Impact of Voting Rights Ruling  |   Video
    • The United States Supreme Court ruled against a key part of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. That provision required some states, including Arizona, to get pre-clearance from the federal government for changes in election laws. The Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission draws maps for congressional and legislative districts. Joe Kanefield, an attorney for the commission, will talk about the impact of the ruling on the commission.

August 24, 2011

  • Arizona Redistricting  |   Video
    • The Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission is in the process of redrawing legislative district maps. The process is supposed to circumvent politics, but it has not done that. Arizona State University political science professor Jennifer Steen will talk about the process.

July 27, 2011

  • Consolidating Arizona School Districts  |   Video
    • A special legislative committee has started looking at possible ways to consolidate Arizona school districts. Hear from members of that committee, Senator Rich Crandall and Superintendent of the Tolleson Union High School District Margo Seck.

May 2, 2011

  • Redistricting: Online Mapping Tool  |   Video
    • The Arizona Competitive Districts Coalition has launched an online mapping tool and a redistricting competition that lets the public try its hand at redrawing Arizona’s political boundaries. Learn more about it from co-chairs of the Coalition, Roberta Voss and Ken Clark.

February 24, 2011

  • Redistricting  |   Video
    • Arizona’s Independent Redistricting Commission is getting set to redraw the state’s legislative and congressional districts. Learn about the process and the rules it must follow from Tony Sissons of Research Advisory Services, a local firm that specializes in redistricting.

November 15, 2010

  • Gerrymandering, the Documentary  |   Video
    • In many political districts, the outcome is a foregone conclusion. It’s no accident. It’s the way the lines for the districts are drawn. Learn more about the once-a-decade process in a new documentary, “Gerrymandering.” Director Jeff Reichert will discuss his new film.

December 10, 2008

  • school District Redistricting  |   Video
    • Marty Shultz, chairman of the Arizona School District Redistricting Commission, discusses the outcome of recent elections to unify some state school districts and future plans to further consolidate school districts across Arizona.

November 18, 2008

  • School District Unification  |   Video
    • According to the unofficial election results, voters in six West Valley school districts have voted to combine their districts into one unified district. The superintendent of one of those districts (Tolleson Elementary) explains why the outcome of the vote is being questioned and how the districts are preparing for the process of unification. School District Redistricting Commission

July 30, 2008

  • The Cost of School Utilities  |   Video
    • Facing the loss of $94 million they use to pay utility bills, some Arizona school districts were concerned that they would have to cut teachers and programs. But now, a provision in the new state budget provides financial relief. We take a look at how it helps.

June 25, 2008

  • school District Redistricting  |   Video
    • This November, voters will be asked to decide if 76 school districts should be consolidated into 27. Join us as we examine the pros and cons of school district unification.

May 1, 2008

  • school take over bill  |   Video
    • A new law has just been created that will let the state take over underperforming school districts. Hear from Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne on what's next now that the law has been passed.

April 2, 2008

  • School Utility Dilemma  |   Video
    • In the face of rising utility bills, Arizona school districts are becoming more energy efficient because the major source of money for paying utility costs ($85 million worth) will soon disappear. Without financial assistance, districts fear they may have to cut teachers, programs or both. Should the state help them out? Hear from two legislators with different ideas about how to deal with unfunded school utilities.

October 31, 2007

  • Career Ladder Lawsuit
    • Career Ladder is Arizonas performance-based pay program for teachers. Twenty-eight Arizona school districts participate in the program while more than 200 others do not. They couldnt participate if they wanted to because the State legislature hasnt approved new Career Ladder funding since 1994. Gilbert Public Schools, a nonparticipating district, has filed a lawsuit claiming the program violates the State Constitutions general and uniform requirement for public education. A Gilbert Public Schools representative and the President of the Arizona Education Association discuss the lawsuit. Read the lawsuit. [pdf file] 598 KB Arizona Education Association Web site

September 12, 2007

August 15, 2007

  • Education Special
    • This HORIZON special takes a look at several issues facing Arizonas students and schools. Learn about plans to reduce the number of school districts in the state. Find out how a school can be labeled as both passing and failing, plus the latest results of the AIMS test, and one schools efforts to help its students learn English.

June 12, 2007

  • County Island Fire Coverage
    • County island areas in the town of Gilbert have been at the center of controversy regarding the fire coverage. A bill that allows non-touching county islands to form fire districts was recently passed by the legislature and allowed by the Governor to go into law without her signature. The law would require the surrounding municipality to provide fire and emergency services for a fee if the district doesn't have a private provider or a service agreement.

May 9, 2007


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