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Queer Youth Summit 'validating' for LGBT kids

About 35 young people participated in the first “Tucson Queer Youth Summit” held at City High School on Saturday. For some, such as Danie Enriquez, 19, it was about connecting with people who've had similar experiences. "It's good to know you're not alone," Enriquez said.... Read more»

Marty Cortez resigning after 20 years on Pima College board

A longtime member of the Pima Community College Governing Board is stepping down. Marty Cortez announced Monday afternoon that she is resigning for personal reasons after two decades. ... Read more»1

States try to remove barriers for ex-offenders

About 70 million people are trying to navigate the world with a criminal record. Some states, concerned with the high costs of keeping people locked up, are removing some roadblocks that ex-offenders face. The goal: to increase the chances they’ll succeed in society and lessen the chances they’ll return to prison. Tucson joined the "Ban the Box" movement last year.... Read more»1

Marathon concert to boost 'Mariachi Miracle' documentary

A concert Saturday will trumpet the need to raise money to complete "The Mariachi Miracle" documentary, which will tell the story of Tucson's historic role in the youth mariachi movement. Mariachi Luz de Luna,Vox Urbana, will perform.... Read more»

TUSD job fair Friday

Tucson Unified School District is seeking about 160 more teachers for next school year, and will hold a hiring hall at Catalina High School on Friday.... Read more»

UA launches collaborative center with Mexican university

The University of Arizona is setting up a center in Tucson "focused on fostering collaborative research" with the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, officials said Thursday.... Read more»

Douglas to reprise Tucson education town hall

Arizona's state schools chief will hold another community meeting in Tucson, scheduled for next Tuesday night at the El Conquistador Resort.... Read more»1

What the Devil won't tell you

Schooled: Money does help student achievement, after all

You can cherry pick the top and cherry pick the bottom. But test scores are like investigative reporters. They follow the money. Let's talk student achievement, because God knows no one else does. It's a hard measure to come by, but what is out there paints a picture that is a good news-bad news sort of thing.... Read more»

Appeals court OKs Az’s English-immersion program for students

A federal appeals court Monday upheld a lower court ruling that said Arizona’s system for educating English-language learners does not violate the federal Equal Educational Opportunities Act.... Read more»

Factchecking Jeb Bush

Jeb Bush, the brother of one president and son of another, plans to join the 2016 presidential campaign today. It is the first time he has run for national office, so our file on him isn’t as robust as those for some other candidates.... Read more»

Arizona tribes eye plan for flexibility under No Child Left Behind

The Bureau of Indian Affairs is encouraging tribes to apply for NCLB waivers so that Native schools can include more of their history and culture in their curricula.... Read more»

Analysis

Hunting: Az must find more revenue streams for education

Shortly after new data was released showing that Arizona ranks last in the nation for per-pupil instructional spending, teacher salary and school administration expenditure, Gov. Doug Ducey announced a plan for an additional $300 per pupil for K-12 education over the next five years. An additional $2 billion spent on education over the next five years sounds like a lot of money, but what does this really mean? ... Read more»

Read the poetry of Juan Felipe Herrera

Selected excerpts from the works of Juan Felipe Herrera, the first Chicano to be named the U.S. poet laureate. The appointment of the author, who is published by the University of Arizona Press, was announced Wednesday. Poems included are from "Border-Crosser with a Lamborghini Dream" and "Half of the World in Light."... Read more»

UA Press author Herrera is first Chicano appointed U.S. poet laureate

Juan Felipe Herrera, the son of migrant workers who has penned more than a dozen collections of poetry, along with numerous short stories, novels and works for children, was named the U.S. poet laureate Wednesday. Herrera, whose primary publisher is the University of Arizona Press, is the first Chicano to be named the national poet.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

How Az schools can catch Mississippi (for the love of God) without tax hike

Ranking No. 47 in K-12 funding would be a nightmare for most states but it's the Arizona dream. Let's make it come true without an impossible tax hike. You know we have a crisis when 1) you have to catch Mississippi and 2) Gov. Doug Ducey wants to look like he is trying (or is trying, legitimately) to do something about it.... Read more»

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