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Arizona posts lowest college completion rate, highest default rate

Arizona tied Alaska for the lowest college completion rate in the country in 2013, with just 29 percent of students able to earn a four-year degree in six years or less. The state also posted the highest student loan default rate, at 18 percent, compared to a national average of 11 percent. Both figures were skewed by the poor data from for-profit colleges.... Read more»

Gila River leader says lack of broadband is harming tribal, rural areas

The governor of the Gila River Indian Community told a House panel that Indian Country is the nation’s “least served” area for broadband access, despite the “astounding” opportunity that it presents.... Read more»


Ducey plan no quick fix for Az education funding

Gov. Ducey's proposal to generate an additional $2 billion for Arizona’s cash-strapped education system by tapping the Permanent Land Endowment Trust Fund is not the quick fix that was hoped for. In fact, it’s not even much of a fix.... Read more»1

Arizona continues to fare poorly in national child well-being scorecard

Despite making progress in most areas, Arizona remained mired at 46th among states for overall child well-being in the 2015 KidsCount report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.... Read more»

Administrators scramble to hire teachers as school year looms

Arizona officials say there are at least 1,000 vacant teacher positions to fill, with just weeks left until the school year starts around the state. It’s not the first time school districts have found themselves scrambling to hire teachers in Arizona, where officials say low salaries, lack of support and high turnover rates combine to make summers a stressful time for administrators.... Read more»

Adelita Grijalva files TUSD campaign report — 7 months late

The president of the Governing Board of Tucson's largest school district has finally handed in her homework, turning in a campaign finance report last week that was due in early December of last year.... Read more»2

School’s out, need isn’t: Trying to boost summer meals after sharp 2014 drop

Arizona had the nation’s biggest drop in kids getting free summer meals between 2013 and 2014, a time when most states saw increases in the number of children reached.... Read more»

FactChecking Scott Walker

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker became the 15th Republican to officially declare he is running for president of the United States. “I’m in,” he tweeted to his followers this morning. ... Read more»

Skipping in sister’s footsteps: Tucson girl’s recipe stirs White House invite

Some people are excited to attend a White House state dinner. Most would be thrilled to see their signature dish on the menu. Not everyone tops off the day by skipping through the White House kitchen garden. But Nia Thomas is not everyone. The 10-year-old Tucson girl was one of 55 grade-schoolers invited to the Kids State Dinner on Friday.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Crunching rankings shows Az's low-cost economic model is outdated

You may have heard CNBC released a report on the top states for business — and Arizona tumbled 20 spots to No. 34, but did you get the memo that Gov. Doug Ducey doesn't want bad news? Never mind the term "business friendly." Look at the states with strong economies and Arizona has a starting point to talk about our own.... Read more»1

9th Circuit upholds parts of TUSD ethnic studies ban

A federal appeals court Tuesday upheld much of the controversial Arizona law that targeted TUSD's Mexican American Studies program. The three-judge panel ordered the case back to district court for a hearing on whether the law is discriminatory.... Read more»9

White House: Achievement gaps show need for education law overhaul

A state-by-state report released by the White House showed a wide disparity in reading and math scores and in graduation rates, which led administration officials to urge Congress to address those problems in a rewrite of the No Child Left Behind Act.... Read more»

The graduation rates from every school district* in one map

Until now, if you wanted to know how a school district’s high school graduation rate fared against other states or regions, you’d have to rely on state averages from the federal government. We decided that’s not good enough.... Read more»1


Arizona's best and brightest Latinos

A new report from Morrison Institute for Public Policy unveils a bit of good news for Arizona’s education system. ... Read more»7

From desert to sea: Arizonans embark on plebe summer at Naval Academy

A number of Arizona residents raised their right hands Wednesday and took the oath to began their careers at the U.S. Naval Academy. They are among about 1,200 incoming midshipmen who began the six brutal weeks of plebe summer, a sort of academy boot camp before they start their studies in the fall.... Read more»

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