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Analysis

No link between teacher pay, district admin costs

Despite conservative "messaging" about the likely walkouts over Arizona's having among the worst teacher pay in the country, an analysis of spending data showed no correlation between per-district administration costs and how much teachers are paid.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Beware Ducey bearing the moon for K-12

We can trust the Legislature to look for ways to shortchange K-12 spending like we can trust fish to swim. So the constitutional amendment path is the way to go because it orders the governor and lawmakers to pay up for education, and end a quarter-century tradition of neglect.... Read more»

Az Supreme Court strikes down in-state tuition for DACA students

The Arizona Supreme Court on Monday unanimously ruled that DACA recipients no longer will be eligible for in-state tuition, saying state and federal laws prohibit it.... Read more»

School resource officers called a key safety tool, but critics fear discrimination

In the nationwide, student-led push for changes to gun policy change after a school shooting Feb. 14 in Parkland, Florida, Toves and other school resource officers have come into the public spotlight. While Democrats have emphasized gun control measures to improve school safety, Republicans, including Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, have pushed for more security, including funding for law enforcement officers on campus.... Read more»

As teachers rally for higher pay, Az’s tax code exempts $13.5B from collection

If lawmakers and Gov. Ducey were inclined to find money for teachers, one place they could go looking is in the taxes that the state doesn't collect: Arizona allowed more than $13.5 billion in taxes to go uncollected in fiscal year 2017, thanks to a litany of exemptions, deductions, allowances, exclusions or credits. ... Read more»

‘We deserve better:’ 17-year-old activist joins legislators calling for gun control laws

High-school student Jordan Harb, flanked by Arizona lawmakers and a representative for the state school board, delivered a gun control message on Monday: “We want our lives taken into account.”... Read more»

Obituary

Former UA president Henry Koffler dead at 95

UA President Emeritus Henry Koffler, who led the UA as president from 1982-1991 and oversaw its ascension to the top ranks of major research universities, died Saturday, March 10. He was 95. Koffler is survived by Phyllis (Pierson) Koffler, his wife of more than 71 years. ... Read more»

End zone? Pima College looks at dropping Aztec football program

Pima College may soon field its last football squad. Leaders are citing the costs and viability of a shrinking junior college league as they look at the future of the team. PCC will hold a public meeting next Monday to discuss the challenges facing Aztec football. ... Read more»

Families with firearms can take steps to keep their kids safe

In a country where studies show an average of 19 children are killed or injured by a gun every day, some firearm-owning parents are intent on keeping family members safe.... Read more»

AG asks court to halt Scottsdale school construction over procurement violations

The Arizona Attorney General's office filed a civil injunction Thursday against Scottsdale Unified School District seeking to prevent further construction on Hohokam and Cheyenne elementary schools, following multiple investigations into possible procurement and conflict of interest violations that have roiled the district's administration. ... Read more»

Az public schools still working to get lead out of drinking water

Since state officials identified dozens of Arizona public schools with elevated levels of lead contamination in water fixtures, nearly half the schools still are undergoing repairs or tests for levels that could affect students, faculty and staff members.... Read more»

In wake of shooting, educators look at social media impact on students

Minutes after a gunman opened fire at a Florida High School last week, live images of the attack were being streamed into the phones of students across the country through social media.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Wells: Legislature more concerned about haircuts than trimming charter-school spending abuses

So far this year the state Legislature has devoted more attention to who can blow-dry hair in Arizona than enhancing oversight and accountability for the more than $1 billion that flows annually from the general fund to our state's charter schools.... Read more»

Despite gains, Arizona blacks still lag in employment, income

President Donald Trump bragged that African American joblessness is at the lowest rate ever, but advocates and experts say there is still a long way to go from what one called “depression-type” black unemployment in Arizona.... Read more»

McCain immigration bill blasted as ‘waste of time’ by Trump

Sen. John McCain introduced a bill Monday that gives DACA recipients a path to citizenship and calls for beefed-up border security – but excludes border wall funding, causing the president to brand it a “waste of time.”... Read more»

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