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Az poverty down, but still higher than national rate

Arizona’s overall poverty dropped down to 18.6 percent in 2013, but is still well above the national rate. The state mirrored the national trend of minorities accounting for the majority of those in poverty.... Read more»

News analysis

More dodges, weaves than jabs in Az gov debate

Updated with video: What’s likely to be the only live gubernatorial debate in Tucson had the three candidates sticking more to their talking points than trading punches Thursday. Fred DuVal, Doug Ducey and Barry Hess answered questions for about 90 minutes, but none were caught against the ropes as they repeated their campaign pitches.... Read more»2

PCC, ASU, other campuses stock up on military rifles under federal program

While campus police say the military rifles enhance public safety and protect officers, a representative of the ACLU of Arizona says the weapons speak to an alarming militarization of police.... Read more»

Arizona's reality to be found in K-12 demographics

Although our school systems have been “majority-minority” for 10 years, Arizona doesn’t seem to have come to terms with this reality yet.... Read more»

As Arizona economy picks up, interest in AmeriCorps slows down

After nearly doubling between 2007 and 2013, the number of AmeriCorps participants in Arizona has dropped about 30 percent in the past year.... Read more»

Nat'l report card gives Az schools a D for academics

Arizona schools got a ‘D’ for their overall academic achievement on a national report card released Thursday by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. In all, 20 states got a D or worse for students’ academic achievement, and U.S. schools again trailed other countries.... Read more»

Bear down, or bottoms up?

Playboy ranks UA as one of nation's top party schools

The University of Arizona’s making news for something other than President Ann Weaver Hart’s imperious ways, with Playboy ranking the “wet and wild” college as the No. 4 party school in the United States. The magazine’s staff may have also been partaking: the report refers to Tucson’s “Fourth Street bar scene.”... Read more»2

Accreditors seek public input on PCC probation

Staff from the Higher Learning Commission will be in Tucson next week, and are asking for feedback from the community about Pima Community College’s effort to fix systemic problems that led to the school being placed on probation last year.... Read more»

Schools look to first payment on $1.6B ruling

Gov. Jan Brewer has said the state will appeal a judge’s decision that Arizona must make a first payment of $317 million to make up for shorting school districts during the Great Recession.... Read more»

Gun Wars

Armed teachers aim to defend K-12 schools

In 28 states, adults who legally own guns will be allowed to carry them in public schools this fall, from kindergarten classrooms to high school hallways. But a News21 investigation in those states found that teachers or staff who choose to carry a firearm into their classrooms are not required to tell principals, other teachers or parents.... Read more»1

Comic: Bermudez Shorts

No Mas Huppenthal/Horne burritos to swallow

The Republican primary election is over. The good news is that the Arizona Republican Party said “no mas” to Attorney General Tom Horne and Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal, the main opponents of Tucson’s Mexican American Studies program.... Read more»

Some Az schools passing on free meals for students

It sounds like a good deal - free meals to all students in certain low-income schools - but some Arizona districts are finding there really is no such thing as a free lunch. The poorest schools would be fully reimbursed, but those that have to pay some costs face hard choices.... Read more»

Horne vows to continue 'crusade' vs. Ethnic Studies

During a border security town hall, Arizona AG Tom Horne told the crowd that he would continue to battle against TUSD’s Mexican American Studies program. Sheriff Joe Arpaio was there to support Horne’s bid for reelection and ‘answer questions about illegal immigration or President Obama.’... Read more»5

Divide growing over official English laws

A growing language divide has opened up across the country, as a sharp increase in the number of Americans who speak English as a second language—or don’t speak it at all—is driving cities and states to respond, often in radically different ways.... Read more»6

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 one of its Health Department offices. Back-to-school shots are free.... Read more»

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