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The Amphitheater School district has responded to a House Bill that prohibits districts from laying off one employee and keeping another based on tenure or seniority.
About two-thirds of Amphitheater School District students in voluntary, tuition-based full-day kindergarten schools are being signed up for the longer day, according to Amphi associate superintendent Patrick Nelson.
By a margin of nearly 2-1, Arizona voters have passed Proposition 100, the three-year, 1 percent sales tax increase expected to generate up to $1 billion a year to help fund primary and secondary education, health and human services and public safety.
A handful of parents, teachers and students stood at Ina and Oracle on Saturday morning, holding placards that urged motorists to vote for Proposition 100, the three-year, 1 percent sales tax that would generate revenue for education and public safety if the voters of Arizona approve it on Tuesday, May 18.
In a quandary over vote on Prop 100 funds
In three decades of watching government, it's nearly impossible to recall a more difficult climate within which to pass a tax increase than … this one. The banged-up people of Arizona, whacked by the housing crunch and everything that has tumbled with it, don't want to pay more taxes. Enough, they say. The great volume of chatter is in opposition to Proposition 100, the 1 percent sales tax placed before voters May 18.
Support staff employees are the latest to receive reduction-in-force notices from the Marana Unified School District.
The possibility of additional spending cuts and significant layoffs at Arizona's public schools has engendered emotional responses from teachers, students and education advocates.
In reaction to notification that teachers may not have jobs next school year, students at Ironwood Ridge High School rallied before class last week.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Marissa Rhoades, who helped organize a student rally last week, speaks to the group of students at Ironwood Ridge High School about ways students can get information to voters about Proposition 100.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, A pile comprised of flowers, a faux tombstone and a letter of acceptance to the University of Arizona were ceremoniously left in "memorial to the death of public education."
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Ironwood Ridge High School senior Anne Meehan was one of the many students holding signs asking to save their teachers' jobs. Proposition 100 would keep about $6 million dollars in the Amphitheater School District.
On Monday morning, Coronado K-8 School Principal Monica Nelson prepared to give reduction-in-force notifications to 33 of her 65 teachers, telling them they might not have a job next year.
In anticipation of a budget that could be from $5.6 million to $10.3 million smaller next school year, the Marana Unified School District has given reduction-in-force notices to 64 certified employees as well as eight administrative and "exempt" workers.
School's in for the summer. Marana students, teachers and staff are in their second full week of classes. Amphitheater got going last week, and other school doors are opening across the Northwest and greater Tucson.
Mike Mencinger, the town of Marana director of operations and maintenance, lost his job in budget-cutting government reorganization.
On fourth down, crouched in shotgun formation, most every pint-sized sandlot quarterback shapeshifts into Peyton Manning or Brett Favre for a minute. It’s a rite of passage.
June 22, 2005 - It doesn't take long for ex-musicians to find each other.