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Pima County moves to get itself sued to fight Ducey's sneaky TUSD tax hike

Pima County has voted to force the tax issue — on the state, TUSD or itself. Either way, someone is getting sued over a property tax hike that looks as illegal as a careening U-turn on I-10.... Read more»

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Obama Foundation launches community organizing initiative in Phoenix

The Obama Foundation launched its first Community Leadership Corps in Phoenix over the weekend, a six-month program designed to help young people bring about change in their communities.... Read more»

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UA Pres. Robbins gets $75,000 participation trophy

Robbins is still in Act One of his tenure and has not yet earned a 12-percent raise — he's already among the 10 highest-paid public university presidents. Even so, he just got one. And probably a free house, too.... Read more»

‘Chain migration’: The definitions, history & faces behind family-based immigration

“Chain migration,” “family reunification” and “family-based immigration” are three terms used to describe the same thing: migrating to the United States and gaining lawful permanent residency through an immediate relative who lives here legally.... Read more»

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Google Assistant coming for thousands of Tucson jobs

Artificial intelligence is an economic asteroid we can all see coming, so voters must question our civic leaders right now about that issue as the bot industry draws one of its first beads on a leading Tucson industry.... Read more»

Emails reveal close ties between construction firms, top school officials

Emails obtained by AZCIR from four school districts show the depth of the relationships construction company executives have cultivated with school district administrators: trips to Mexico and French Polynesia, golf outings and visits to restaurants.... Read more»

Deconstructed

Az upends school procurement laws in effort to cool cozy relationships with builders

Included in the new $10.4 billion Arizona budget are massive changes to how public schools will be allowed to hire builders for large construction projects, as well as harsh new penalties for malfeasance that occurs during the selection process. But charter schools are exempted.... Read more»

Border towns struggle with students crossing border from Mexico

Along the border, living in one country and going to school in the other has been part of everyday life for decades. In San Luis, Ariz., parents and teachers are debating whether children who live in Mexico should have a right to public education in the United States, even if they’re U.S. citizens.... Read more»

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State of play: Arizona's school funding rank has barely budged

Whatever was lost to the timing of the end of the teacher walkout will be irrelevant to the broader strategy. Arizona no longer ranks 49th in K-12 spending. With all the new money shoveled into K-12, the state ranks 48th.... Read more»

GOP Legislature sending $7.5M to UA, ASU 'freedom schools' despite millions yet unspent

In the face of teacher walkouts that have forced the closure of hundreds of public schools and displaced more than 800,000 students in a fight over funding for K-12 education, Arizona lawmakers are speeding toward passage of a budget that will provide $7.5 million to two state universities for so-called "freedom schools" designed to teach conservative values.... Read more»

Update: TUSD, Amphi & others call off Thurs. classes as Leg stalls school budget vote

Several Tucson-area school districts will remain closed Thursday, including TUSD and Amphi, as the Arizona Legislature delayed voting on an education funding plan.#RedForEd organizers had called for classes to resume if the budget was approved.... Read more»

Update: TUSD & Marana closed Weds., #RedForEd leaders say teachers back in classrooms Thurs.

Some Tucson-area school districts will remain closed Wednesday, including TUSD and Marana, while others will reopen later this week. Organizers of the #RedForEd push to increase Arizona education funding called for teachers to return to classrooms Thursday.... Read more»

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Nice try governor, but #RedForED deseg switcheroo won't fly

Gov. Ducey's plan to increase teacher pay includes an illegal tax hike on Tucson homeowners.... Read more»1

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Trump, school funding crisis may doom GOP control of Az Legislature

If school funding proves decisive and the anti-Trump trend continues, Republican control of the Arizona State Senate looks done for and their grip on the House may be fleeting. This is a really bad year to be carrying around an elephant. ... Read more»1

#RedForEd

Update: Tucson school walkouts extending to Tuesday, most districts cancel classes

Most major Tucson-area schools will remain closed Tuesday, and Sunnyside will close all week, following #RedForEd classroom closures since last Thursday. Catalina Foothills, Tanque Verde and Flowing Wells schools will also remain closed until further notice, as teachers press Arizona state officials to increase funding for education.... Read more»

All major Tucson-area school districts cancel classes for #RedForEd teacher walkout

TUSD, Sunnyside, Flowing Wells, Catalina Foothills, Marana and Amphi are joining with other districts and charters, and will not hold classes Thursday, the day of the planned "#RedForEd" teacher walkout. Several districts also announced they will close Friday.... Read more»

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