AZ Schools Now is an education coalition that helped pass Proposition 123, which provided more money for schools. Now, the coalition is setting its sights on other goals, including permanent teacher salary raises, changes in private school tuition tax credits and meetings to talk about future school funding. Christine Marsh, the 2016 Educational Foundation Teacher of the Year, and Dick Foreman, president and CEO of the Arizona Business and Education Coalition, will talk about those goals.
Changes are being considered for the State Bar of Arizona, an organization that helps ensure the professionalism and competence of lawyers in our state. The Task Force on the Review of the Role and Governance Structure of the State Bar of Arizona created a draft report during meetings over the past year on its findings and recommendations. Arizona Supreme Court Justice Rebecca White Berch chaired the task force and will talk about recommended changes for the state bar.
There is a national network of reformers seeking nonpartisan elections that are bringing support to the movement in Arizona. Jacqueline Salit, president of IndependentVoting.org, will be in Phoenix for two days of strategy meetings and will tell us more about the effort.
An Arizona father searching for support as he raises a son with disabilities discovers he’s not alone. Ray Morris created a nonprofit group that offers monthly meetings, workshops and online help for fathers to ask questions, share experiences and learn from each other.
The United States Supreme Court has already decided several big cases that deal with affirmative action, prayer at city council meetings and campaign contributions. Arizona State University law professor Paul Bender will review cases already decided and cases still pending before the court adjourns.
The Arizona and Nevada departments of transportation hosted five public meetings this month to present a range of alternatives for the Interstate 11 freeway, proposed to link Phoenix and Las Vegas. Mike Kies, the Arizona lead for the I-11 study, will discuss the meetings and the freeway.
Health care experts in Arizona are sharing their views on health care reform in meetings and conference calls organized by the White House Health Reform Task Force. One of the experts is from Arizona State University. She is Marjorie Baldwin, Director of the School of Health Management at ASU’s W.P. Carey School of Business. She joins Ted Simons on Horizon.