Education, housing, paid leave: Advocates demand record budget surplus be invested in Arizonans’ well-being

By Gloria Gomez/UA Don Bolles Fellow/AZ Mirror PHOENIX — Tatyanna Duchene pushed her 1-year-old son’s stroller around the State Capitol on Wednesday, following a crowd of students and volunteers as they gathered to petition legislators to use the current $5.3 billion dollar budget surplus for community needs.  Her daughter, Khaleesi, is just 4 years old,…

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Ducey signs anti-trans laws barring medical treatment, sports participation

By Gloria Gomez/UA Don Bolles Fellow/AZ Mirror PHOENIX — In a move against transgender youth in Arizona, Gov. Doug Ducey signed new laws barring them from participating in girls’ and womens’ sports, and from obtaining gender reassignment surgery.  Senate Bill 1138 prohibits doctors from providing genital reassignment surgery to minors, including mastectomies or mammoplasties to feminize…

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Constitutional ban on ‘critical race theory’ in AZ schools, universities is one vote away from the November ballot

By Gloria Gomez/UA Don Bolles Fellow/AZ Mirror PHOENIX — Republican legislators want voters to make it unconstitutional for Arizona public schools, colleges and universities to teach so-called “critical race theory,” a move that will come at the detriment of quality education, critics say.    The proposed constitutional amendment would capitalize on a nationwide GOP movement to…

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Last-minute K-12 funding overhaul clears House committee

By Gloria Gomez/UA Don Bolles Fellow/AZ Mirror An eleventh-hour proposal that would make sweeping changes to how Arizona schools are funded won Republican approval on a legislative panel Monday, despite the devastating budget cuts that critics say many schools will face if it becomes law.  The amendment attached to Senate Bill 1269 increases total K-12 funding by…

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