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Report: Latino voting power continues to increase in Arizona

Latino voters in Arizona are steadily increasing their impact on elections, according to a report released Thursday by the voter-registration group One Arizona.... Read more»

Phx out to reduce economic, human cost of disconnected youth

As of 2012, the Phoenix area had an estimated 183,000 disconnected youth, and the Valley’s percentage of disconnected youth – 22 percent – ranked it last among the nation’s 25 most populous metropolitan areas. Phoenix has taken steps to improve those figures.... Read more»

Report: Az ahead of the game on after-school programs

Arizona was sixth in the nation on a national ranking of states for the quality of their after-school programs. The state’s ranking was boosted by the relatively high number of low-income students in such programs and the near total support of the programs by parents surveyed.... Read more»

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Open letter demands justice for 43 disappeared Mexican students

The text of an open letter, published in Spanish and English, released Wednesday to protest what signers say is a lack of Mexican government action to investigate the disappearance of 43 college students, whom are feared to have been executed by drug cartels. The letter has been signed by more than 9,000 professors, students and other academics from around the world, with more adding their names every minute.... Read more»

More AP courses slated for major overhaul

But will revamp in favor of teaching college critical thinking in high school fuel the Common Core controversy?... Read more»

$317M in court-ordered funding an issue in governor’s race

State courts have ruled that Arizona owes public schools a first payment of more than $300 million for failing to make annual inflation adjustments to base funding as called for by a voter-approved law. Over five years, the bill could be $1.6 billion.... Read more»1

Report: Az schools saw some of nation’s steepest spending cuts

The state’s per-pupil spending fell 17.5 percent since 2008, a decline that trailed only Oklahoma and Alabama. Advocates said the cuts show up in the form of larger classes, fewer teachers and more.... Read more»

'Light the Night' freebies will brighten way for Tucson cyclists

An event Tuesday evening will offer local riders free bicycle lights and information on riding safely and legally after dark. “Light the Night,” sponsored by the City of Tucson, PAG and Living Streets Alliance, will take place at 5 p.m. at 6th Avenue and 7th Street.... Read more»

PCC holding public forum with Governing Board candidates Tuesday

The two candidates for the District 1 seat on the Pima Community College Governing Board will meet with the public Tuesday in an evening forum.... Read more»

Calif. study: Common Core can help English learners

The rigorous new Common Core standards represent both a daunting challenge and a promising pathway that could help close the achievement gap for the growing number of American students who enter school knowing little or no English.... Read more»

Arizona foster-care cases rose over decade, as national numbers fell

Arizona saw the number of kids in its foster care system rise significantly from 2002-2012, a time when most other states were posting sharp drops in their foster care rolls, according to new federal data. Advocates said the numbers are more evidence of a state foster care system in crisis, one that has been “overworked and overwhelmed” as budgets have been cut.... Read more»

Adelita Grijalva campaign report shows over-the-limit donation

A campaign contribution reported by TUSD candidate Adelita Grijalva is more than $1,000 over the legal limit of $2,500. Grijalva, seeking her fourth term on the Governing Board, filed a finance report on Sept. 25 showing that she accepted a $3,549 in-kind donation of the use of a venue for a fundraiser. She said Monday that she’ll submit a revised report, calling the figure a “typo.”... Read more»

Superintendent candidates present different visions for Common Core

The two candidates for state superintendent of public instruction have strikingly different visions for the future of the Common Core State Standards in Arizona.... Read more»

Analysis

The cognitive science behind Common Core

Although some teachers, students, and parents may feel a degree of anxiety as their classes transition from the old standards to the Common Core, they should be confident that their efforts will pay off. The Common Core is grounded in cognitive science and incorporates practices that have been proven to improve student learning and achievement.... Read more»

ASU to return M-16s obtained from military surplus program

Arizona State University plans to return 70 M-16s obtained a year and a half ago under a Department of Defense program that distributes surplus weapons to law enforcement agencies. The weapons will be replaced with standard, newer rifles that could be used to confront an “active shooter.” a spokeswoman said Monday.

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