Sections
Article 1 General Provisions 15-101 – 15-120.03
Article 2 Employee Annuity and Deferred Compensation Plans 15-121
Article 3 Teacher Exchange 15-131 – 15-135
Article 4 Educational Records 15-141 – 15-143
Article 5 Safety Requirements 15-151 – 15-160.02
Article 6 State Prohibitions 15-161
Article 8 Charter Schools 15-181 – 15-189.07
Article 9 Family Literacy Program 15-191

Terms Used In Arizona Laws > Title 15 > Chapter 1 - General Provisions

  • Accommodation school: means either:

    (a) A school that is operated through the county board of supervisors and the county school superintendent and that the county school superintendent administers to serve a military reservation or territory that is not included within the boundaries of a school district. See Arizona Laws 15-101

  • Account: means withdrawable capital deposited with or invested in an association in accordance with any plan authorized by this chapter unless such term is otherwise designated or qualified. See Arizona Laws 6-401
  • Amendment: A proposal to alter the text of a pending bill or other measure by striking out some of it, by inserting new language, or both. Before an amendment becomes part of the measure, thelegislature must agree to it.
  • Annuity: A periodic (usually annual) payment of a fixed sum of money for either the life of the recipient or for a fixed number of years. A series of payments under a contract from an insurance company, a trust company, or an individual. Annuity payments are made at regular intervals over a period of more than one full year.
  • Appraisal: A determination of property value.
  • Arrest: Taking physical custody of a person by lawful authority.
  • Association: means every association to which this chapter applies as defined in the section concerning scope of chapter. See Arizona Laws 6-401
  • Average daily membership: means the total enrollment of fractional students and full-time students, minus withdrawals, of each school day through the first one hundred days or two hundred days in session, as applicable, for the current year. See Arizona Laws 15-901
  • Bank: means a corporation that holds a banking permit issued pursuant to chapter 2 of this title. See Arizona Laws 6-101
  • Bankruptcy: Refers to statutes and judicial proceedings involving persons or businesses that cannot pay their debts and seek the assistance of the court in getting a fresh start. Under the protection of the bankruptcy court, debtors may discharge their debts, perhaps by paying a portion of each debt. Bankruptcy judges preside over these proceedings.
  • Base: means the revenue level per student count specified by the legislature. See Arizona Laws 15-901
  • Base support level: means the base support level as provided in section 15-943. See Arizona Laws 15-901
  • Budget year: means the fiscal year for which the school district is budgeting and that immediately follows the current year. See Arizona Laws 15-901
  • Chambers: A judge's office.
  • Charter holder: means a person that enters into a charter with the state board for charter schools. See Arizona Laws 15-101
  • Charter school: means a public school established by contract with the state board of education, the state board for charter schools, a university under the jurisdiction of the Arizona board of regents, a community college district or a group of community college districts pursuant to article 8 of this chapter to provide learning that will improve pupil achievement. See Arizona Laws 15-101
  • Child with a disability: means a child with a disability as defined in section 15-761. See Arizona Laws 15-101
  • Competency: means a demonstrated ability in a skill at a specified performance level. See Arizona Laws 15-101
  • Course: means organized subject matter in which instruction is offered within a given period of time and for which credit toward promotion, graduation or certification is usually given. See Arizona Laws 15-101
  • Course of study: means a list of required and optional subjects to be taught in the schools. See Arizona Laws 15-101
  • Credit report: A detailed report of an individual's credit history prepared by a credit bureau and used by a lender in determining a loan applicant's creditworthiness. Source: OCC
  • Current year: means the fiscal year in which a school district is operating. See Arizona Laws 15-901
  • Daily attendance: means :

    (a) For common schools, days in which a pupil:

    (i) Of a kindergarten program or ungraded, but not group B children with disabilities, who is at least five, but under six, years of age by September 1 attends at least three-quarters of the instructional time scheduled for the day. See Arizona Laws 15-901

  • Deed: The legal instrument used to transfer title in real property from one person to another.
  • Deputy director: means the deputy director of the financial institutions division of the department. See Arizona Laws 6-101
  • Dismissal: The dropping of a case by the judge without further consideration or hearing. Source:
  • Donor: The person who makes a gift.
  • Dual enrollment course: means a college-level course that is conducted on the campus of a high school or on the campus of a career technical education district, that is applicable to an established community college academic degree or certificate program and that is transferable to a university under the jurisdiction of the Arizona board of regents. See Arizona Laws 15-101
  • Elementary grades: means kindergarten programs and grades one through eight. See Arizona Laws 15-101
  • enrollment: means that a pupil is currently registered in the school district. See Arizona Laws 15-901
  • Fiscal year: means the year beginning July 1 and ending June 30. See Arizona Laws 15-101
  • Fiscal year: The fiscal year is the accounting period for the government. For the federal government, this begins on October 1 and ends on September 30. The fiscal year is designated by the calendar year in which it ends; for example, fiscal year 2006 begins on October 1, 2005 and ends on September 30, 2006.
  • Foreclosure: A legal process in which property that is collateral or security for a loan may be sold to help repay the loan when the loan is in default. Source: OCC
  • GDP price deflator: means the average of the four implicit price deflators for the gross domestic product reported by the United States department of commerce for the four quarters of the calendar year. See Arizona Laws 15-901
  • Gift: A voluntary transfer or conveyance of property without consideration, or for less than full and adequate consideration based on fair market value.
  • Governing board: means a body organized for the government and management of the schools within a school district or a county school superintendent in the conduct of an accommodation school. See Arizona Laws 15-101
  • instructional time: means hours or time spent pursuant to an instructional time model adopted under Section 15-901. See Arizona Laws 15-901
  • Interest rate: The amount paid by a borrower to a lender in exchange for the use of the lender's money for a certain period of time. Interest is paid on loans or on debt instruments, such as notes or bonds, either at regular intervals or as part of a lump sum payment when the issue matures. Source: OCC
  • Investment: means to put funds to use in order to secure profits. See Arizona Laws 6-401
  • Lease: means an agreement for conveyance and possession of real or personal property. See Arizona Laws 15-101
  • Lease: A contract transferring the use of property or occupancy of land, space, structures, or equipment in consideration of a payment (e.g., rent). Source: OCC
  • Liabilities: The aggregate of all debts and other legal obligations of a particular person or legal entity.
  • Lien: A claim against real or personal property in satisfaction of a debt.
  • Limited property value: means the value determined pursuant to Title 42, Chapter 13, Article 7. See Arizona Laws 15-101
  • Litigation: A case, controversy, or lawsuit. Participants (plaintiffs and defendants) in lawsuits are called litigants.
  • Mortgage: The written agreement pledging property to a creditor as collateral for a loan.
  • Mortgagee: The person to whom property is mortgaged and who has loaned the money.
  • Obligation: An order placed, contract awarded, service received, or similar transaction during a given period that will require payments during the same or a future period.
  • Parent: means the natural or adoptive parent of a child or a person who has custody of a child. See Arizona Laws 15-101
  • person: means an individual, partnership, corporation, association or public or private organization of any kind. See Arizona Laws 15-101
  • Person who has custody: means a parent or legal guardian of a child, a person to whom custody of the child has been given by order of a court or a person who stands in loco parentis to the child. See Arizona Laws 15-101
  • Population: means the population according to the most recent United States decennial census. See Arizona Laws 1-215
  • Primary property taxes: means all ad valorem taxes except for secondary property taxes. See Arizona Laws 15-101
  • Private school: means a nonpublic institution where instruction is imparted. See Arizona Laws 15-101
  • Probation officers: Screen applicants for pretrial release and monitor convicted offenders released under court supervision.
  • Public law: A public bill or joint resolution that has passed both chambers and been enacted into law. Public laws have general applicability nationwide.
  • public school: means any public institution established for the purposes of offering instruction to pupils in programs for preschool children with disabilities, kindergarten programs or any combination of elementary grades or secondary grades one through twelve. See Arizona Laws 15-101
  • Recess: A temporary interruption of the legislative business.
  • Regular school day: means the regularly scheduled class periods intended for instructional purposes. See Arizona Laws 15-901
  • Revenue control limit: means the base revenue control limit plus the transportation revenue control limit. See Arizona Laws 15-901
  • School district: means a political subdivision of this state with geographic boundaries organized for the purpose of the administration, support and maintenance of the public schools or an accommodation school. See Arizona Laws 15-101
  • Secondary grades: means grades nine through twelve. See Arizona Laws 15-101
  • Secondary property taxes: means ad valorem taxes used to pay the principal of and the interest and redemption charges on any bonded indebtedness or other lawful long-term obligation issued or incurred for a specific purpose by a school district or a community college district and amounts levied pursuant to an election to exceed a budget, expenditure or tax limitation. See Arizona Laws 15-101
  • Settlement: Parties to a lawsuit resolve their difference without having a trial. Settlements often involve the payment of compensation by one party in satisfaction of the other party's claims.
  • Student count: means average daily membership as prescribed in this subsection for the fiscal year before the current year, except that for the purpose of budget preparation student count means average daily membership as prescribed in this subsection for the current year. See Arizona Laws 15-901
  • Subject: means a division or field of organized knowledge, such as English or mathematics, or a selection from an organized body of knowledge for a course or teaching unit, such as the English novel or elementary algebra. See Arizona Laws 15-101
  • Summons: Another word for subpoena used by the criminal justice system.
  • Title: includes this title, title 32, chapters 9 and 36 and Title 44, Chapter 2. See Arizona Laws 6-101
  • Transcript: A written, word-for-word record of what was said, either in a proceeding such as a trial or during some other conversation, as in a transcript of a hearing or oral deposition.