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Az for-profit universities balk at proposed federal regs

For-profit universities in Arizona said a federal proposal that would force them to report average student debt levels, loan default rates and other “key outcomes” are unfair and may be based on flawed data. Schools that fall short could lose their access to federal student aid.... Read more»

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Point • Counterpoint: Candidates Jones and Melvin

Gubernatorial candidate Christine Jones made an unseemly rush to praise the woman she hopes will be her predecessor in The Big House... Read more»

Report: Big gaps in education for Az minority students

A new report by the University of Arizona shows significant gaps in achievement for minority students and that few of Arizona’s high school graduates are college-ready — fewer than half meet eligibility requirements for one of the state’s three public universities.... Read more»

Brewer nominates SALC's Shoopman to Board of Regents

Ron Shoopman, the president of the Southern Arizona Leadership Council, was nominated by Gov. Jan Brewer on Tuesday to the Arizona Board of Regents. The former Air Force brigadier general would succeed Dennis DeConcini, whose ABOR term expired in January.... Read more»

UA boots up new program in bid for Pentagon research funds

The University of Arizona is launching a new program, the Defense and Security Research Institute, to help the school reach its target of doubling research funding to $1.2 billion over the next decade. The institute will work to bring in grants to fund defense and security-related research.... Read more»

Lawmaker: Allow trained school staff to store guns on campus

A state lawmaker says giving trained schoolteachers and staff access to firearms in storage lockers is a way to secure campuses when it isn’t possible to provide resource officers. His bill to allow that has won committee approval and is awaiting action by the full House.... Read more»2

Obama announces program to aid minority youth

‘My Brother’s Keeper’ is a $200 million program aimed at keeping minority youth out of the criminal justice system.... Read more»

UA taps veteran cop as new police chief

A 34-year veteran of the University of Arizona Police Department, Brian Seastone, has been chosen as chief, the UA announced Monday.... Read more»

University presidents pitch lawmakers on value of research

Investing in research infrastructure at Arizona’s public universities is essential for the state to be competitive, Arizona State President Michael M. Crow told lawmakers Wednesday.... Read more»

Az educators praise early-childhood program for Native Americans

Arizona educators Wednesday praised a Bureau of Indian Education program that gets Native American parents actively engaged in the education of their children from birth until kindergarten. Arizona has eight of the nation’s 43 Family and Child Education, or FACE sites, which assist tribal families in home-based, early childhood and adult education, and job training.... Read more»

Rothschild: 'Tucson in transition'

In his annual State of the City speech, Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild called upon the city to build on its strengths: what he calls the Five T’s – technology, trade, transportation, tourism and teaching. “We will continue to tighten our belts ... the simple fact of the matter is this: Tucson does not have an expense problem, we have a revenue problem,” he said.... Read more»

What do Americans want for their schools? Choice, yes. Charters, not so much

What’s a charter school? Or the Common Core? A new poll suggests many Americans are unfamiliar with the hottest topics in the education world, and that they’d rather trust their local schools and teachers—not the federal government, their elected officials, or unions—to figure out what’s best for kids.... Read more»

Biz leaders rally against bills to roll back Common Core

Several GOP bills to roll back or forbid Arizona’s switch to the Common Core State Standards would harm efforts to create a more competitive workforce, business leaders said Thursday, saying “We believe that it would be wrong to deny Arizona students the education they need to succeed in the 21st century.”... Read more»

Bill would limit school overrides to even-numbered years

A state lawmaker wants to require school district bond overrides to be held only in even-numbered years, saying that would provide the largest possible turnout.... Read more»

Bill would require Az to offer preparedness tips for nuke attack

A state lawmaker seeks to require the Arizona Division of Emergency Management to tell Arizonans how to prepare for an electronic apocalypse.... Read more»

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