Focus on Dept. of Child Safety

June 8, 2017

The Dept. of Child Safety announced it has nearly cleared the 16,000 backlogged cases – only about 300 to go – (read details here) and for the first time in seven years, more kids are leaving state care than are entering it. Progress?  Absolutely —  but 17,000 children in the system is still a troubling number.  Add to this stubbornly high caseloads and it’s easy to see why reducing the number of kids in foster care is paramount as is ensuring that children in care are safe.  At this point – that’s not a given – and why the Legislature took these actions this session: [Read more]

Education Action – Funding & Reforms

June 7, 2017

K-12 education is the area Legislators wanted to impact most this session – and prioritize additional funding towards.  With the 2018 budget, 82% of new spending goes to education.  Read where your budgeted education dollars will go, the facts about Arizona’s ESA program & other education actions. [Read more]

Empowering More Students!

June 7, 2017

ESAs have made a huge difference in students’ lives since 2011 when Empowerment Scholarship Accounts were first introduced in Arizona.  That doesn’t seem to matter to critics, though.  Since SB 1431 opened up the program to more students, claims that it will doom public education tried to drown out the facts.  In addition, they are even working to doom ESAs on the 2018 ballot, which would be a shame  – so please beware of any initiative petitions circulating right now.  Here’s why ESA critics are wrong: [Read more]

‘Cash for Compliance’ – tort reforms shut down bad actors

June 7, 2017

SB 1406 – Cashing in on ADA Compliance. Businesses shouldn’t ignore the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act, but neither should legal “advocates” for individuals with disabilities file lawsuits for gain and no intention of actually aiding those with disabilities by achieving ADA compliance.  Gen. Brnovich successfully shut down one such lawyer in Arizona who had filed more than 1,700 ADA parking lot lawsuits in one year.   [Read more]