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Az schools cite incorrect data, repairs, threats in letter-grade appeals

Seventy-three schools are appealing the letter grades they’ve been given by Arizona school officials, citing a variety of reasons why their ratings should be improved. Amphi's CDO and Helen Keeling appealed, as did Sonoran Science Academy.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Prop. 204: A voucher by any other name

Guest opinion: We in Tucson owe it to our children to implement a program that will benefit all of our community. We must build a program that will help low income children close the learning gap, not a program that allows upper middle-class families a rebate on their tuition while working families are asked to pay "put some skin in the game."... Read more»4

Guest opinion

Prop. 204 is about kids and about the town where they live

Guest opinion: It’s “poorly written,” “vague” and “lacking in oversight,” they say. Opponents of Prop. 204 are arguing that the measure is an incompetent attempt by amateurs because, well, it is impossible to win with “preschool is bad.” ... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Strong Start Tucson's flawed conception undermines noble effort

Strong Start Tucson authors seem to be offering a tone-deaf promise they'll answer questions after voters hand them $50 million per year. That's not a winning strategy or a good idea. Too many of initiative's details are left to be decided later — cue a Rio Nuevo flashback.... Read more»1

Biz groups come out against Strong Start Tucson education initiative

A coalition of business groups has launched an effort to derail Prop. 204, a sales-tax initiative that would direct $50 million yearly to early childhood education in Tucson. Proponents say it's a necessary investment, but opponents say the measure lacks oversight, with some calling it a "voucher" system.... Read more»4

As time for DACA renewals runs out, those affected in Az look to future

Jazmin Nuñez was born in the United States, and therefore is a citizen-but her sister is not. That’s why for the past month, Nuñez has worked hard to help people do what her own sister can’t — renew their DACA status.... Read more»

Az Dep't of Education releases school grades after pushing reporter from office

After refusing to release school letter grade records distributed to Arizona public schools and claiming that no list of all scores existed, the Department of Education has reversed course and released the records to media outlets who sought them.... Read more»3

Az Dep't of Education forcibly removes reporter asking to inspect records

The Arizona Department of Education physically pushed an AZCIR reporter out of its Capitol Mall offices Thursday in response to a request to inspect the latest school letter grade records. The agency’s security guard told AZCIR’s reporter he was trespassing and pushed him out of the public building.... Read more»

Reports: Recent UA grad confirmed dead in Vegas massacre

A 2017 University of Arizona graduate was among those killed in the Sunday-night attack in Las Vegas, according to news reports. Christiana Duarte, 21, who earned a bachelor's in business marketing from the UA in May, died in the mass shooting,... Read more»

Questions abound about Miller, UA basketball on heels of corruption scandal

On the heels of the FBI’s three-year investigation of a college basketball corruption scandal, questions about the state of Arizona’s program and the impact it will have on coach Sean Miller remain.... Read more»

General overseeing Puerto Rico relief is Arizona graduate

Army Lt. Gen. Jeff Buchanan, now overseeing the Pentagon's efforts to support hurricane relief in Puerto Rico, is a UA graduate. Buchanan, named the primary FEMA liaison for the military, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Ecology in 1982.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Grand delusion: NCAA left college hoops open to silly scheme

The NCAA corruption scandal is stupidity, wrapped in ignorance, and uncovered by an FBI that should have better things to do. The future of Arizona basketball is threatened by the systemic denial that programs run on cash, not grades.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Good intentions aside, Strong Start Tucson is a bad idea

At first glance Strong Start Tucson—the initiative that promises high-quality preschool for up to 8,500 kids—seems like a nice idea. But voters should look closer at what the initiative would actually do. It is flawed in ways that could produce disastrous outcomes. I think it’s a risk Tucsonans would be unwise to take.... Read more»2

Guest opinion

Strong Start Tucson: Is one penny on a $2 ice cream cone too much?

Children who go to high-quality preschool perform better in school, complete more years of education, and become productive members of a more educated workforce. I wish we could provide every kid in AZ the chance SST will offer Tucson’s kids. Until that day, let’s make progress for our children, close to home, here in Tucson.... Read more»3

What the Devil won't tell you

Brnovich goes full class-warrior crazy on tuition

AG Brnovich follows the tired conservative trope that helping the poor is bad for society and tuition assistance unfairly helps helps the losers. The serfs need to learn their place, is his not-so-subtle subtext.... Read more»

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