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Back-to-school costs give families economic lessons

Families will spend an average of $669 on back-to-school shopping this year, with just more than $100 for school supplies alone, the National Retail Federation predicts, as strapped schools and teachers ask parents to pitch in. Family spending is expected to be up 5 percent from last year.... Read more»

Analysis

Why Millenials aren't saving, and what can be done

Millennials are saving less for retirement than older generations, threatening the long-term financial security of the youngest generation of American workers.... Read more»1

Free back-to-school immunization clinic set for Saturday

If you are a parent preparing your children to head back to school over the next couple of weeks, don’t forget that you can’t enroll them without proof of immunization. To make that easier, Pima County will be adding Saturday hours at two Health Department offices. Back-to-school shots are free.... Read more»

Pima College submits probation progress report

Pima Community College filed a 300-page report with accreditors on Wednesday, laying out the school’s work to fix systemic problems pointed out by the Higher Learning Commission last year. Chancellor Lambert called the self-assessment “part of a continuous process of improvement.”... Read more»8

Campus sexual assault: What colleges are doing wrong

A round up of cases and coverage that show the persistence of sexual violence at colleges.... Read more»

Analysis

Kids Count shows Az's preferred obsolete model

I like to say Arizona is the 48th state because it seems that’s about where we usually land when compared to the 49 other states on key measurements such as educational achievement, per pupil funding or children well-being. Thank God for Mississippi, the perennial 49th state. The only reason we consistently beat out Mississippi is because most kids in Arizona can spell “Mississippi.”... Read more»

NAU piloting 'competency-based' degrees

Congress this week approved a bill which calls for the Department of Education to authorize up to 30 pilot programs in competency-based education at colleges across the country. NAU is one of only a handful of accredited schools nationwide to offer a “competency-based” option to students.... Read more»

Pima College IT head resigning

Pima Community College’s vice chancellor for Information Technology, Keith McIntosh, is resigning and will take a job in New York.... Read more»1

PCC names new Desert Vista campus president

Pima Community College has named a new president for its campus on the Southwest Side. Morgan A. Phillips, an administrator at a North Carolina community college, will take over PCC’s Desert Vista campus in August. The post was vacant because the previous campus chief resigned over sexual harassment allegations.... Read more»

Libros gratis: Free kids' books at Bilingual Literacy Fair

The first 1,200 attendees at a literacy event will receive free books in Spanish, as well as free backpacks. The sixth annual Feria de la Lectura will be held Saturday at the El Pueblo Neighborhood Center by the Mexican Consulate in Tucson.... Read more»

Az kid cooks up White House invitation with healthy lunch recipe

Cody Vasquez’s passion for food earned him an invitation to the White House, where the Gilbert 12-year-old will be one of 54 young chefs Friday taking part in a “Kid’s State Dinner” hosted by first lady Michelle Obama.... Read more»

Experts: Water-safety message needs to reach all ages, all bodies of water

Gilbert dad Cody Thomson has a problem with pool-safety campaigns: the pool part. Thomson, whose then 6-year-old son, Brenan, drowned in a canal in 2011, said safety campaigns need to remind people that drownings and water-related injuries don’t only occur in pools.... Read more»

Education by the numbers

Male-female wage gap widens with age

Conventional wisdom has it that young men and women tend to earn similar wages as young adults, but that the male-female gap widens a lot with age, especially as women “lean out” during their child-bearing years.... Read more»

Cold calls: Peace Corps reaches out to recruits

The Peace Corps is working to streamline a cumbersome application process, and reaching out to potential volunteers who abandoned the old 60-page application. ASU routinely ranks in the top 25 of large schools whose students volunteer.... Read more»

Analysis

A 'baby step,' not a leap for Az education funding

The courts have ordered that Arizona’s Legislature must restore cuts to education funding that were made several years ago. The promise of an additional $233 per student translates into more than $300 million additional dollars — but it’s not a cause for celebration: Arizona’s schools were woefully underfunded before the budget cuts were made and restoring this money simply moves our funding level from disastrous to routinely terrible.... Read more»

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