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Tucson's a stage for historic First Folio of Shakespeare

His plots, characters and turns of phrase are familiar to everyone. But many of Shakespeare's plays were not published during his lifetime, and might have been lost forever if not for a rare edition published in the years after his death. One of those historic volumes, a 1623 First Folio, is on display in Tucson.... Read more»1

What's open, what's closed on Presidents Day

Monday is Presidents Day; some businesses and government offices are closed to mark the holiday. Here's a list of what's affected:... Read more»

Two girls fatally shot at Glendale high school in apparent murder-suicide

GLENDALE — Two 15-year-old girls who were believed to have been romantically involved were found shot dead on Friday at an Arizona high school in an apparent murder-suicide that initially triggered a security lockdown of the campus, police said.... Read more»

Arizona charter schools less ethnically diverse

Two decades after Arizona helped pioneer the charter school movement, enrollment data show the schools don’t match the school age demographics of the state and, in many cases, their neighborhoods. White - and especially Asian - students attend charter schools at a higher rate than Hispanics, who now make up the the greatest portion of Arizona’s school age population.... Read more»

Proposition 123

Opponents, backers push messages about diverting land trust for education

With May’s special election fast approaching, supporters and opponents of Proposition 123 – the multi-billion dollar proposal to divert money from the Arizona land trust to boost education funding – are trying get their voters to the polls.... Read more»

Rogue Columnist

University of nowhere: U of Phx parent bought by private equity

So it has come to this: Private equity will buy Apollo Education, the parent of the University of Phoenix. It is "a move," the Wall Street Journal reports, "that would take the beleaguered company out of the eye of public investors."... Read more»1

National parks need $11.9 billion in maintenance, $580M in Arizona

Arizona parks and monuments had more than $580 million in deferred maintenance at the end of fiscal 2015, part of a national backlog totaling $11.9 billion, according to a National Park Service report. The backlog is up at both the state and national level at a time when parks are seeing increased numbers of visitors.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Tucson economy faces cracks as UA research funding dries up

Cuts in state funding for the UA and stagnant federal research budgets are going to cost the Tucson economy and cost it a lot. $600 million in lost revenue is like losing two-thirds of Davis Monthan Air Force Base or 80 percent of the Raytheon Missile Systems payroll. It's like losing six Ventana Medical Systems.... Read more»2

After nation’s deepest higher ed cuts, Az advocates see glimmer of hope

Arizona cut higher education funding deeper than any other state last year, capping a five-year period in which the state led the nation with a 27.3 percent cut from its support for colleges, but the 2017 fiscal budget could see a modest increase.... Read more»1

Technology helps teach Navajo language in new ways

Learning a new language can be hard, especially when the language is as scarce and complicated as Navajo. At the University of Arizona, technology — including apps — is playing a role in passing along Navajo.... Read more»

Arizona gets D+ on schools report card — again

Arizona student test scores stayed level from 2013 to 2015 while scores nationally declined slightly, but the state’s marginal gains were not enough to lift it out of the bottom ranks on a new national report card.... Read more»1

Tucson corpsman named Southwest Reserve sailor of the year

Navy corpsman, diving medical technician and University of Arizona student Joseph Murphy has another line to add to his resumé: 2015 Navy Region Southwest Reserve sailor of the year.... Read more»

TUSD 'confident' school buses are safe after inspections

A group of TUSD school buses were inspected this weekend after a bus fire Friday, and official said they are "confident" that the fleet is safe.... Read more»

TUSD school bus fire sparks weekend inspections

TUSD mechanics will be working overtime this weekend after a school bus caught fire in front of Whitmore Elementary on Friday afternoon, authorities said.... Read more»

Douglas: 'Hopeful, but skeptical' about Az education

In her annual State of Education speech, Arizona schools chief Diane Douglas said "it is too early to tell if we are only spending enough money to settle a lawsuit and temporarily placate the public, or if we are seriously taking the first step to building the best education system in the nation." ... Read more»

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