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Ed Board sues Douglas over access to investigative documents

The Arizona State Board of Education is suing Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas for refusing board investigators remote access to documents involving teacher misconduct.... Read more»

Discovery of liquid water on Mars links back to UA lab, student

This week’s landmark announcement that the surface of Mars has liquid water links back to a University of Arizona laboratory where students and faculty monitor images from an orbiting camera.... Read more»

Democrats announce $3.8 billion education-funding plan

Arizona House and Senate Democrats announced a plan they say would provide public schools an additional $3.8 billion over 10 years without raising taxes. Leaders say their plan addresses under-budgeting as well as hundreds of millions of dollars the state owes for failing to make inflation adjustments to school funding as required by a voter-approved law.... Read more»

Douglas misses Board of Education meeting, drawing ire from some

Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas missed Monday’s meeting of the Arizona State Board of Education, leading several members to note their disapproval. "I am astonished," said board VP Reginald Ballantyne.... Read more»

Douglas recall campaign faces critics, sheer numbers

If volunteers succeed in getting 366,128 signatures by Dec. 30, there will be a statewide recall election in which other candidates can take on state schools chief Diane Douglas. While many petition drives use paid petition circulators, the grass-roots effort is relying on volunteers.... Read more»

Guadalupe residents push back against persistent poverty

Just 300 feet separate a meticulously manicured resort and golf course from the tiny town of Guadalupe, where 31 percent of its mostly Latino and Yaqui Indian population live in poverty and only about 54 percent of its children graduate from high school. The Phoenix suburb is one of the poorest communities in Arizona.... Read more»

Douglas: It’s Board of Education’s prerogative to sue

Despite the threat of lawsuits from the Arizona State Board of Education, Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas insisted Thursday that she and the board are maintaining a professional working relationship.... Read more»

Texas student arrested for homemade clock likely to transfer schools

A Texas teenager whose arrest for bringing a homemade clock to school drew a national outcry, said Wednesday that he would probably be transferring schools. ... Read more»

Board of Education authorizes suits vs. Diane Douglas

The Arizona State Board of Education voted Tuesday to sue Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas if she doesn’t comply with longstanding directives on access to data and the board’s website.... Read more»

Tuesday night again means free bike lights

Cooler weather means a recurring bicycle safety program is kicking off the season with another giveaway "Light the Night" event on Tuesday at 6 p.m.... Read more»

Geraldo donates $500k for UA frat plaza

Sometime newsman and noted vault explorer Geraldo Rivera, a 1965 graduate of the University of Arizona, is kicking in a half-million dollars toward the construction of a Greek Heritage Park on campus, in honor of the school's fraternities and sororities.... Read more»

Advocate: Poor AzMERIT reading results reflect higher bar

Results from Az's new school assessment show the majority of third-grade students as "minimally proficient" in reading. ... Read more»

Advocates to Ducey: Pay court-ordered education funding now

The state’s failure to pay public schools hundreds of millions in court-ordered funding has chased competent teachers from classrooms, education advocates said at a demonstration Thursday.... Read more»

State official questions CDC listing Az last for early childhood MMR

Arizona vaccination rates for MMR are lowest in the country, according to the recently released National Immunization Survey. While the state’s top health official noted that the survey has a large margin for error and questioned its methodology, a leading immunization advocate said that over time the state has seen a “downward trend.”... Read more»

MOCA names Samuel Ireland as new ED

The interim head of MOCA Tucson has been chosen as the contemporary art center's new executive director. Samuel Ireland replaces ex-ED Anne-Marie Russell, who took a post at a Florida museum earlier this year.... Read more»

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