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ASU's new Kyl Center to study Az water

The Morrison Institute’s Kyl Center for Water Policy was established in November to address long-term issues with Arizona's water supply.... Read more»

Texas Dems set to play defense on immigration

After hitting immigration issues hard during their campaigns, Texas Republicans including Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick are on the hook to kill in-state tuition for undocumented students. Its survival may come down to the business lobby, and wily House Democrats. ... Read more»

Bill would make Az schools post vaccination rates to websites

A state lawmaker wants to require Arizona schools to post health-related information on their websites including immunization rates among students – information he says is especially important given the measles outbreak originating at Disneyland.... Read more»

Douglas faces Common Core supporters on Az Board of Education

Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas’ tough stance on Arizona’s use of the Common Core State Standards for Education may not be a winning argument with at least some of her fellow State Board of Education members. "That looks like a nuclear explosion. That just sounds ridiculous," said one.... Read more»2

Douglas slams Common Core, AzMERIT test

Newly elected Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas called Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards a federal mandate that hurts Arizona schoolchildren. She said AzMERIT, which is replacing the AIMS test, was adopted with too little public input.... Read more»

Douglas: Arizona's 'state of education is poor'

Diane Douglas delivered her State of Education speech Wednesday in Phoenix. The state schools chief didn't directly address Arizona's crisis in education funding, but declared that the "current state of education in Arizona is poor." ... Read more»1

Az law will require students to pass 'citizenship test' to graduate

Gov. Doug Ducey signed legislation Thursday requiring every Arizona high school student to pass the same civics test required of new citizens. Supporters say the change addresses a lack of understanding among young people about how the U.S. government works.... Read more»1

Democrats respond to Ducey's State of the State speech

Arizona House Democratic Leader Eric Meyer and Arizona Senate Democratic Leader Katie Hobbs, D-Phoenix (District 24) made the following statements in response to Gov. Doug Ducey's State of State address: ... Read more»2

State of the State

Ducey: Nix to new taxes, regulations

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey's State of the State address, as prepared for delivery and released Monday.... Read more»3

Jan. 8 memorial design finalists to be displayed Tuesday

The four finalists competing to design a permanent memorial dedicated to the Jan. 8, 2011, shootings will show their work and take feedback on Tuesday night. The January 8th Memorial Foundation reviewed about 60 submissions from architects around the world to narrow the list to four, including one firm from Tucson.... Read more»

McSally hiring former Giffords spokesman to head Tucson office

Confirming rumors swirling among Tucson's political class, a former aide to Gabby Giffords confirmed Friday evening that he will become director of U.S. Rep. Martha McSally's district office. C.J. Karamargin, who was a spokesman for Giffords before taking a post with Pima College, said in an email he'll go to work for the freshman Republican later this month.... Read more»5

Rogue Columnist

With Gov. Ducey, Az doubles down on broken political party

Commentary: Doug Ducey was elected governor of Arizona with a 36.24 percent voter turnout, the lowest in recent history. It may seem unfair to judge him so soon. But, no. The days when a GOP office holder was independent-minded are gone, replaced by a party ruled by a nihilist ideology. ... Read more»2

Sanchez 'confident' TUSD and state can reach agreement on ethnic studies

TUSD superintendent H.T. Sanchez said he is confident that the district and the Arizona Department of Education can find a fix for ethnic studies programs after a meeting Wednesday with newly installed state head of public education Diane Douglas. ... Read more»

Hispanic graduation rates signify looming troubles

In the United States, Hispanic students are almost twice as likely to drop out of high school as their peers. Locally in Arizona, where a growing number of Hispanics are already a sizeable chunk of the population, the trend in academic underachievement within the demographic is especially troubling.... Read more»2

Ducey: 'Business at hand is expanding Az's economy'

Doug Ducey was sworn in as Arizona's governor on Monday. Here's the text of his address to the state:... Read more»2

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