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.
Betsey Bayless, the head of the Maricopa Integrated Health System, a public hospital system for the poor, received a $125,000 raise, bringing her salary to $500,000. Arizona Republic Columnist Laurie Roberts will discuss the raise.
The Commission on Salaries for Elective State Officers recommends that legislative salaries be raised from the current salary of $24,000 per year to $36,000 per year. If approved by voters it will become effective at the beginning of the next regular legislative session without any other authorizing legislation.
Education issues will be at the forefront during the 2006 legislative session. Full-day kindergarten, English language learners and salary increases and professional development programs for teachers will be among hotly debated topics. Senator Toni Hellon, Chair of the Senate K-12 Education Committee and Rep. Mark Anderson, Chair of the House K-12 Education Committee join the discussion.