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Mexico teacher protests batter ruling party, eight killed in clashes

At least eight people were killed in clashes in southern Mexico over the weekend when police and members of a teachers' union faced off in violent confrontations, a senior state official said, piling fresh pressure on the country's embattled ruling party.... Read more»

GV News: Hernandez lacks UA degree despite claims

An editorial by the Green Valley News blasted legislative candidate Daniel Hernandez over his claims to have a UA degree. Editor Dan Shearer reported that Hernandez has not graduated, and that he hemmed and hawed when Shearer looked into the matter. Hernandez said he was 'embarrassed" and would work to fulfill graduation requirements.... Read more»

First case of Zika virus confirmed in Pima County

A person who traveled to the Caribbean returned to the county and tested positively for the disease, however officials said that there was no risk of transmission and that the person was recovering from their symptoms. ... Read more»

Hart will leave UA president job, return to teaching

Once called a "polarizing" figure, UA President Ann Weaver Hart, who became embroiled in controversy this spring over her relationship with a for-profit college, will leave the job in May 2018 when her contract ends. ... Read more»

Court restores students’ free-speech lawsuit against Board of Regents

A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that the Arizona Students’ Association can pursue a claim that the Arizona Board of Regents cut off its funding in retaliation for the student group’s aggressive support of a school-funding initiative.... Read more»

Nogales band marches in D.C. Memorial Day parade

They traveled 2,000 miles so they could march 13 blocks down Constitution Avenue here, but students in the Pride of Nogales – the Nogales High School’s marching band, color guard and dance team – said it was worth it.... Read more»

Cooper library to close for June renovations

A Midtown public library will be closed for about three weeks in June, as new computers are installed and the service desk upgraded at the Martha Cooper branch of the Pima County Public Library.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

'Friendly fire' education tax victory explained

A Maricopa County Superior Court judge made quick work of one of the dumbest law passed out of the Legislature this decade — and that's saying about eleventy-five mouthfuls. A Pima County lawsuit with a convoluted history is actually a win for low-tax school districts — and may allow for a cut in property taxes. ... Read more»

Bashing Trump not enough for Democrats to win Latino vote, advocates warn

Latino groups have criticized the Democratic Party for relying too heavily on Republican Donald Trump's inflammatory comments on illegal immigration to drive Hispanic voters to the polls, calling instead for the party to do more to address Latino concerns, according to meeting notes seen by Reuters. ... Read more»

Ducey declares victory in $3.5 billion Prop. 123 vote

Arizona voters have narrowly approved a plan to pump $3.5 billion into education coffers over the next decade and put an end to a long-running legal battle, Republican Governor Doug Ducey said late on Thursday.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Pass or fail, Prop. 123 is just step one

Parsing the results is a waste of time because the same question awaited victory or defeat: What's next? It's a long hard slog out of doing less financially for schools than all but two states with far lower poverty rates. It's going to require a series of political victories to change the paradigm created by the same forces now in charge. Might as well start today.... Read more»

Report: Child care costs rival in-state college tuition in Arizona

Infant child care in Arizona costs an average of $9,437 a year, rivaling in-state college tuition and putting care out of reach for many families, according to a recent report. And Arizona’s costs were on the low end when compared to the rest of the nation, with infant care costs in Washington, D.C., reaching $22,631 annually.... Read more»

Commentary

Back off parents: It’s not your job to teach Common Core math

What should parents do when they don’t understand their kids’ homework? Parents across the country are trying to make sense of Common Core standards, a set of academic expectations that call for less focus on memorization and more focus on explaining how solutions were found and, in English, a deep probe of text.... Read more»

Unaccompanied minors – the state and local story

With the dramatic increase in unaccompanied minors over the past five years, some communities have expressed willingness to accept these children, while others have voiced concerns that the children would have an adverse effect on the local infrastructure.... Read more»

Global warming, pesticides killing off monarch butterflies

Global warming and pesticide use are disrupting the monarch’s migration patterns through Arizona and destroying milkweeds, the food source for its young. The number of migrating monarchs has dropped by as much as 90 percent in two decades. Should they be declared an endangered species?... Read more»

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