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Pall on Mall for smokers: UA campus smoking ban coming

If you’re a smoker, the University of Arizona may be about to put out your fire, or at least your cigarette. If a proposed policy takes effect Aug.15, the school will ban “the use of tobacco or nicotine-containing products” on all UA property.... Read more»1

Literacy Connects seeks volunteer readers for K-3 students

Literacy Connects is calling for 300 volunteers as a part of the nonprofit group’s push to expand its Reading Seed program, which helps struggling readers in grades K-3 catch up to their classmates.... Read more»

PCC East Campus to reopen at noon after storm cuts power

Sunday’s monsoon storm left more than 10,0000 Tucson Electric Power customers without service, at least for the evening. PCC’s East Campus, closed Monday morning because of the lack of power, will reopen at noon.... Read more»

Pima extends Lambert's contract, bumps pay and vacation

The chancellor of Pima Community College, Lee Lambert, got a stamp of approval from the school’s Governing Board on Wednesday. His contract was extended for one year, and his salary increased by $8,700 — a three percent raise. Lambert’s vacation time was also increased, by more than a week.... Read more»1

Candidate filings open for school board elections

Candidates for local school board elections can now sign up to run; the filing period opened Monday and runs through Aug. 6.... Read more»2

Go Fourth: Az band in DC to march in Independence Day parade

Lots of high school bands will march in Fourth of July parades Friday, but not many will have flown 2,000 miles to do it. When a marching band from Surprise, Ariz., steps off Friday for the National Independence Day Parade in Washington, D.C, it will be a long from home.... Read more»

Guest opinion

The Arizona We Want: 3 ways citizens can make a difference

Lattie Coor: Based upon the Gallup Arizona Poll, The Arizona We Want 2.0: The Case for Action identifies eight citizen goals and provides a roadmap for achieving them. I urge all of us to take advantage of this very clear picture of what Arizonans want for the future by focusing the upcoming election on these goals.... Read more»

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John Huppenthal gets schooled

Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal decided he was going to be a not-so smartass under the cover of Internet pseudonymity. The Arizona schools chief made some pretty deplorable comments about minorities and low income people on Arizona political blogs.... Read more»

PCC holding forums for campus chief candidates Tues., Weds.

Pima Community College is holding candidate forums Tuesday and Wednesday for president of Pima Community College’s Desert Vista Campus and president of the Downtown Campus.... Read more»

Shocking ways school kids are being restrained, isolated

Carson Luke, a young boy with autism, shattered bones in his hand and foot after educators grabbed him and tried to shut him into a “scream room.” Kids across the country risked similar harm at least 267,000 times in just one school year.... Read more»

PCC schedules forums on vets' education benefits

Pima Community College will hold two forums, June 21 and 23, to provide information to students who have attended PCC since fall 2010 and received veterans education benefits.... Read more»

Changes at Pima College HR, information offices

As Pima Community College reorganizes its administration while crafting a plan to satisfy accreditors, the latest moves at the school see an interim HR head being replaced by two fill-ins — one of whom will soon leave the school herself — and a shift in job titles in the public affairs and marketing departments.... Read more»3

Can kids tell whether they’re being taught the Common Core?

This school year, teachers around the country changed their curricula to meet the new Common Core standards, a national set of standards mapping out what students should learn in math and English language arts. But did students notice these changes? Is the Common Core on students’ radar?... Read more»

School nurses' role expands with access to student online health records

In a few districts, doctors and hospitals are making their records available to school health officials to help provide better care for children with chronic conditions.... Read more»

Az summer lunch program reaching less than 15% of eligible kids

State officials hope to increase the number of free meals from the 1.1 million served last summer under the Summer Food Service Program. But they said one of the biggest challenges is putting meal sites where low-income kids can find them, and making kids want to come back.... Read more»

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