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Outgoing Az schools chief: TUSD ethnic studies classes violate law

In his final business day in office, the lame-duck head of public education in Arizona fired one last shot at Tucson Unified School District's ethnic studies program. John Huppenthal declared Friday that the district could lose 10 percent of its funding if it does not comply with state law.... Read more»3

What's open, what's closed on New Year's Day

As the Tucson gets ready to ring in the New Year, many government services and private businesses will be closed. Here's what you need to know:... Read more»

Will Common Core math standards survive — and who's behind them?

Jason Zimba and the other writers of the Common Core knew the transition would be tough, but they never imagined conflicts over bad homework would fuel political battles and threaten the very existence of their dream to remodel American education.... Read more»1

Are we on the verge of a mass Common Core repeal?

The Republican sweep of state legislatures in last month’s election could spell trouble for Common Core. The standards, a set of expectations for what students should know in English and math by the end of each grade, are increasingly being assailed by conservatives as an unwanted federal intrusion into public education.... Read more»

Report: Pima College should get off probation

Pima Community College should be taken off probation, but remain "on notice" while being improvements continue to be made in the school's administration, a report by accreditors said. PCC has been on probation since April 2013, when an investigation found serious issues with how the college was run.... Read more»1

Incoming schools chief Douglas: 'Restore school funding'

Diane Douglas, about to take office as Arizona's superintendent of Public Instruction, said Tuesday that she supports restoring millions in school funding cut by the Legislature. "The courts have ruled that Arizona schools were deprived of increases guaranteed to them by a vote of the people," she said.... Read more»

Does Common Core really mean teachers should teach differently?

Can you adopt Common Core math without changing how you teach? Maybe, but should you?... Read more»

U.S. university enrollment continues to slide

Led by continuing drops at private, for-profit colleges, higher-education enrollment declined this fall for a sixth semester in a row, the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center reports.... Read more»

When charter schools are nonprofit in name only

Some charters pass along nearly all their money to for-profit companies hired to manage the schools. It’s an arrangement that’s raising eyebrows. ... Read more»

Az’s 13 JTEDs offer vocational alternative to traditional high schools

Joint technical education districts offer Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses, which will help provide workers for jobs that are projected to grow by 2020, according to a study by the Morrison Institute for Public Policy at Arizona State University. ... Read more»

Breaking the code of the Navajo Nation

For many Americans, the word Navajo conjures up images of the World War II code talkers who used their unique language to encrypt secret radio messages sent to the front lines. Here’s what many don’t know about the most populous Native American tribe in the United States.... Read more»

ASU study suggests almonds can help prevent heart damage in diabetics

An ASU study, published in Journal of Functional Foods, showed that eating 1.5 ounces of almonds can reduce levels of C reactive protein, which is part of a chain that can lead to heart disease, in people with progressed Type 2 diabetes.... Read more»

Wins for college athletes could cost fellow students steeper fees

High-profile legal cases and NCAA policy changes are likely to boost the cost of fielding big-time athletics programs, and students—even those who never attend a single college basketball or football game—may have to foot the bill.... Read more»

TUSD giving raises to teachers, administrators

TUSD teachers will receive their first effective raises in years following a Governing Board meeting Tuesday, while a group of administrators outside the district office will see an even larger pay bump under a package approved in a 3-2 vote. Teachers will be moved up one step in the pay scale, a $500 increase. Other staffers will see a 2.5 percent raise, with some school administrators averaging an $1,800 pay bump.... Read more»1

PCC forums to feature leadership candidates

Pima Community College is holding forums Wednesday and Thursday featuring candidates for leadership positions, including acting president of PCC's East Campus, vice chancellor of human resources and vice president of workforce development.... Read more»1

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