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Az charters excited by DeVos nomination, public schools wary

Public school advocates in Arizona are withholding judgment – for now – on school-choice champion Betsy DeVos, who faced a Senate confirmation hearing Tuesday on her nomination to become the next secretary of Education.... Read more»

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Ducey aide to hold short-notice budget briefing in Tucson

The fiscal planner for Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey will hold a meeting Wednesday morning in Tucson to present the governor's draft of a state budget to the public. ... Read more»

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Time out on cruelty: Ducey's budget takes itsy-bitsy steps in right direction

Ducey's budget does not put us on a path toward a moderate future. Arizona still has a smoldering hole where the empathy goes. But for him, this budget, with its nods toward education, is practically a drum circle. I'll take it, praise the light and implore voters to make more structural changes in how Arizona operates. ... Read more»

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Border Patrol recruits: Wild horses, tamed by prisoners

Long before the desert sun has had a chance to heat the dusty prison yard, some 20 inmates at an Arizona state prison begin quietly tending horses. Both the men and the horses are still learning how to live behind fences. Prisoners in the Wild Horse Inmate Program train mustangs that will eventually be adopted by the Border Patrol.... Read more»

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Ducey's '18 agenda includes a bunch to think about, but money required

Gov. Doug Ducey is an easy target for non-conservatives but a lot of what he discussed in his State of the State deserves a fair hearing ... just after he shows us the cash. The budget will tell if the governor's address signals a halt to the slashing and burning of Arizona government.... Read more»

Ducey's State of the State: 'Arizona is open for business'

The complete text and video of Gov. Doug Ducey's State of the State speech Monday, as released by his office.... Read more»

Conservatives plot course on rising ‘sea of red’ in state capitals

Shortly after the November election, with the nation’s political attention focused on the Trump transition, an influential advocacy group — ALEC — met outside Washington to discuss how to leverage the extraordinary shift of power to Republicans in the rest of the country.... Read more»

$3.6M federal grant jump-starts opioid awareness in Pima, 5 other Az counties

State officials said federal funding has helped jump-start awareness campaigns and drug monitoring efforts to combat the prescription drug epidemic in six of Arizona’s 15 counties. In 2015, 401 people across the state died from overdoses of prescription opioid pain relievers.... Read more»

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A look at 2017: The year of 'Who the Hell Knows'

Together we in Southern Arizona enter 2017 looking through the lens of just one tautology: God only knows what will happen. If you liked last year's uncertainty, you'll love what comes next. Five issues locally could give Tucsonans an idea.... Read more»1

2016: Five photos that marked the year

Five photos that mark a year of journalism by TucsonSentinel.com's border and immigration reporter Paul Ingram. ... Read more»

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Letter to business leaders: Step in on PCC's behalf

Pima Community College needs help -- a lot of help. And Tucson business leaders can start by "visualizing and repurposing synergies that achieve a real win-win." ... Read more»3

Trump talk of eliminating gun-free schools a long shot, experts say

Charles Heller embraces Donald Trump’s proposal to eliminate gun-free zones on school campuses, a move he sees as “really restoring a freedom, not eliminating anything.” But the Tucson resident acknowledges that legal and political realities will likely keep Arizona schools gun-free for the foreseeable future.... Read more»

Refugee students gain freedom, then learn English in Arizona

Thousands of new refugee children each year are putting a strain on Arizona's public schools, where the struggles of teaching and learning are weighted with hundreds of students who need to learn English — not only to succeed at school, but navigate a new country.... Read more»

All aboard the celebration of Tucson’s railroad heritage

Explore the last steam engine used in the Tucson sector at the Southern Arizona Transportation Museum on Locomotive Saturdays.... Read more»

Rural high schools confront low college completion rates

Students in rural Arizona counties like Cochise have significantly lower college completion rates than those in counties that have bigger cities and state universities. While 30 percent of more urban county residents have bachelor's degrees, only 23 percent of Cochise residents have one.... Read more»

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Sedgwick's surprise win may be exactly what TUSD needs

Overnight, the stars aligned to change Rachel Sedgwick from a political asterisk into the most powerful newly elected leader between Oro Valley and Nogales. Good thing the woman may match the moment. The bickering school board couldn't ask for more than a curious, empathetic, tough new member.... Read more»3

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