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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»

Debate over Prop. 123 rages on as election on education funding approaches

A special election in which Arizona voters will decide whether to approve $3.5 billion to fund education over the next 10 years has drawn scrutiny. Gov. Ducey is using his political capital to back Prop. 123, but State Treasurer DeWit and other opponents said it would be a shortsighted infusion that could rob the State Land Trust.... Read more»

Sheriff warns against underage drinking at graduation parties

The Pima County Sheriff's Department has issued a reminder that it has a "zero tolerance approach" to underage drinking. With high school graduations taking place in May, deputies will be prepared to arrest underage drinkers — and those who supply them with alcohol.... Read more»1

ASU professor tests 'universal' cancer vaccine

For the past 10 years, a team of researchers at ASU’s Biodesign Institute have been developing a cancer vaccine aimed at preventing all types of cancer. That vaccine has passed safety trials and is now moving on to efficacy trials in dogs.... Read more»

Legislators: State budget proposal slices education funds, again

A proposed state budget would cut $21 million from Arizona education that is already reeling financially, a Democratic legislator said Wednesday.... Read more»

Arizona becoming popular training ground for Olympic hopefuls

A string of athletes from Arizona has pursued the Olympic dream and made it a reality. But they have done so outside of the state. That has started to change.... Read more»

Audit: 19 tribal schools in Arizona went uninspected for four years

At least 19 tribal schools in Arizona went four years or more without the inspections that are supposed to be performed every year by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, according to a recent Government Accountability Office audit.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Read before burning: Prop. 123

The easiest thing to do in politics is run on tax cuts. That's why school spending ranks so low. The second easiest mission in politics is to make unwilling martyrs of those without a seat at the table. Seeing as kids can't vote, their sacrifice seems fantastically reasonable in the name of a better tomorrow. ... Read more»4

ASU study may help improve lifespan of honey bees

As honey bee colonies decline, ASU researchers are trying to understand the resilience of the bee colonies that survive through tough living conditions.... Read more»

Feds finally forgive billions in debt for students who've become disabled

The federal Department of Education said last week it would offer to write off $7.7 billion of student debt owed by disabled individuals, taking a big step to streamline a loan forgiveness program long plagued by bureaucratic delay and inefficiency.... Read more»

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