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2017 could bring a lot of talk about increasing sales taxes

Tucson and Pima County residents could see up to four proposals for sales-tax increases next year — to pay for for road repairs, police and fire equipment, preschool subsidies and property-tax cuts.... Read more»1

Head Start makeover offers opportunities, challenges to program’s backers

Head Start, the first early education program in the U.S., is undergoing its first overhaul in more than 40 years.... Read more»

Candidate commentary

Engel: Political will needed to fund our schools

In the absence of concrete plans to generate the funds needed, talk about education funding is just that. Gov. Ducey's claim that Prop. 123 is a first step to restoring cuts to K-12 education is meaningless in the absence of a plan to implement steps two, three and four. What divides our political leaders is not their advocacy for quality education, but their willingness to make the tough decisions needed.... Read more»

Some push to regulate full-day kindergarten in Arizona

The perennial debate over full-day kindergarten in Arizona has an added twist, with some educators, community and business leaders saying academic standards need to be applied to a full-day program.... Read more»

State saw largest science test score gains, still lags nation overall

Arizona posted the nation’s biggest gains in fourth-grade standardized science test scores last year but still lagged behind the national average, with the fifth-lowest scores overall, according to national test results released Thursday.... Read more»

UA study clears 'Patient Zero' as cause of U.S. HIV-AIDS epidemic

Researchers at the University of Arizona have traced the earliest the HIV-AIDS epidemic in the United States back to its earliest stages. The research shows the virus first took hold in New York City.... Read more»1

U.S.-funded programs try to convince Central Americans to stay home

In a tiny classroom in a small hamlet in the murder capital of the world, the U.S. government is testing the theory — one child at a time — that helping young Central Americans at home might convince them to stay put rather than joining the flood of migrants fleeing for the U.S.-Mexico border.... Read more»

A decade after recession, Arizona schools still suffer from budget cuts

Arizona schools were subject to a larger percent-change cut in education funding from 2008 to 2014 than any other state, according to a report released Thursday by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.... Read more»

Sanders in Tucson: 'Crystal clear' differences between Trump and Clinton

With just three weeks until Election Day, U.S. Bernie Sanders returned to Tucson to stump for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, telling a crowd of nearly 5,000 people on the University of Arizona mall that "Our job is to defeat Trump."... Read more»

Nat'l graduation rates reach new high, but Arizona lags behind

High school graduation rates reached an all-time high of 83 percent last year, but Arizona still lagged behind the nation at 77 percent in the 2014-2015 school year, the White House said Monday. ... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

What are crafters of anti-pot ads smoking?

I'm not going to get in the business of fact-checking every claim made between now and Election Day but I've rarely seen or heard of an ad as factually challenged as the first 30-second spot aired by the group out to beat back Prop. 205, the effort to legalize marijuana for personal use in Arizona.... Read more»1

Streetcar to continue late-night weekend runs

Citing continuing demand from University of Arizona students, city officials will continue to run Sun Link service late on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Streetcars will run until 2 a.m. on those nights — service had been cut back in June, but extended in August.... Read more»

Az educators get creative in finding solutions to growing teacher shortage

Local administrators and educators are utilizing creative techniques to deal with Arizona’s chronic teacher shortage from a recruitment perspective as well as how to use the limited supply of qualified teachers in the most effective way.... Read more»

Navajo, feds sign agreement giving tribe greater control over schools

Federal officials signed an agreement with Navajo leaders Tuesday giving the tribe the authority to implement a single set of standards, assessments and accountability measures for tribal schools that are scattered over three states.... Read more»

UA researchers developing new way to look deep inside the brain

Researchers at the University of Arizona may be on the cusp of a breakthrough when it comes to examining the deepest parts of the brain.... Read more»

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