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Census: Arizona continues to lag far behind U.S. on school spending

New Census Bureau figures show that per-pupil spending in Arizona’s public schools was fourth-lowest in the nation in 2017, hampering the state’s efforts in recent years to improve education funding.... Read more»

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What the Devil won't tell you

Small ball could still bring big innings for Pima pre-K proposal

Pima County is trying hard not to say "yes" to kickstarting public preschool in the region but the supervisors aren't quite saying "no," either. They seem to be saying: "Grrrrrrr ... really! Again?" ... Read more»

Public health vs. parent choice: The vaccination debate in Arizona

Health officials warn that vaccination rates are deteriorating across Arizona, risking public health as parents continue to opt out of immunizations.... Read more»

Pima County, Tucson pools opening for summertime swimming

All Pima County swimming pools will open on Saturday, and remain available until local school districts resume for the fall semester, with some open through Labor Day.... Read more»

In Indian Country, potholes can be a bump in the road to an education

Three-fourths of roads owned by the Bureau of Indian Affairs are unpaved, leaving reservation schools to spend money on maintenance for the buses that have to travel those roads. The graduation rate for American Indians/Alaskan Natives in public schools in 2016 was 72% – lower than any other race or ethnicity.... Read more»

New law changes how English language learners are taught. But what comes next?

Arizona has had a difficult history with providing adequate education for English learners, including a lawsuit against the state in 1992, a ballot measure in 2000, and what experts call a failed four-hour 'block' requirement.... Read more»

Analysis

The promise of ‘restorative justice’ starts to falter under rigorous research

Talking things out may not be the best alternative to traditional "zero tolerance" school discipline, which research has shown has racial disparities.... Read more»2

What the Devil won't tell you

After a weak first try, Strong Start Tucson is back with a more reasonable preschool plan

Voters had good reason to reject a plan for early childhood education a couple years ago. Faced with a similar decision on the Pima County Preschool Investment Program, our county supervisors have a lot less reason to say no.... Read more»

Thin on broadband: Tribal areas still struggle with lagging technology

Fewer than half the households on tribal lands in Arizona have access to broadband internet, and only one – the Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe – exceeds the state average, according to the Census.... Read more»

Immigrant song: Schools in Peru are under added pressure from wave of Venezuelan migrants

Schools in Peru — and the capital of Lima in particular — are struggling to deal with 700,000 Venezuelan refugees fleeing economic collapse in their home country.... Read more»

Plan to forgive public-service workers’ student loans off to rocky start

The federal government promised college students in 2007 that if they went into a public service profession, they could apply to have whatever student loan debts they still had after 10 years forgiven. So far, the reality has been somewhat different.... Read more»

Twins peek: Scott & Mark Kelly help NASA study effects of long-term space travel

Scott and Mark Kelly were identical twins when Scott went into space, but would they be identical when he came back to Earth 340 days later? NASA says yes – eventually.... Read more»

University of Arizona researchers revel as first photo of black hole unveiled

UA astrophysicists went to great lengths (i.e., the South Pole) as part of the team out to prove Einstein's "beautiful equation" that predicted black holes.... Read more»

Drawing on her history, McSally calls on colleges to stop sexual assaults

In a different year, U.S. Sen. Martha McSally might not have been on a stage at the U.S. Naval Academy telling college officials that they need to step up and do their part to end sexual assaults on their campuses.... Read more»

Analysis

Teen suicide prevention and LGBTQ kids

With at least 88 Arizona youths taking their own life over the last two years, including a recent wave in the East Valley, the issue of teen suicide has been in the news lately and has garnered the attention of the Legislature.... Read more»

Quincie Douglas, Woods libraries to close for remodels in April, May

Woods Memorial Library and Quincie Douglas Library will be closed temporarily for new carpet installation and workflow improvements in April and May.... Read more»

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