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Some Az schools passing on free meals for students

It sounds like a good deal - free meals to all students in certain low-income schools - but some Arizona districts are finding there really is no such thing as a free lunch. The poorest schools would be fully reimbursed, but those that have to pay some costs face hard choices.... Read more»

Horne vows to continue 'crusade' vs. Ethnic Studies

During a border security town hall, Arizona AG Tom Horne told the crowd that he would continue to battle against TUSD’s Mexican American Studies program. Sheriff Joe Arpaio was there to support Horne’s bid for reelection and ‘answer questions about illegal immigration or President Obama.’... Read more»5

Divide growing over official English laws

A growing language divide has opened up across the country, as a sharp increase in the number of Americans who speak English as a second language—or don’t speak it at all—is driving cities and states to respond, often in radically different ways.... Read more»6

Free back-to-school immunization clinic set for Saturday

If you are a parent preparing your children to head back to school over the next couple of weeks, don’t forget that you can’t enroll them without proof of immunization. To make that easier, Pima County will be adding Saturday hours at one of its Health Department offices. Back-to-school shots are free.... Read more»

Who's running for Tucson-area school boards

Here’s a list of the people running for the governing boards of the Tucson area’s larger school districts.... Read more»1

PCC's Even getting out, won't run again

A long-time member of the Governing Board of Pima Community College won’t seek another term. Brenda Even, in office since 2001, will step down when her term expires after the November election. Two others have filed to seek the District 1 seat on the board, the only one in question this year.... Read more»2

This is how income inequality hurts the U.S. economy

A new report by Standard & Poor’s highlights the growing risks of income inequality to the U.S. economy.... Read more»

Back-to-school costs give families economic lessons

Families will spend an average of $669 on back-to-school shopping this year, with just more than $100 for school supplies alone, the National Retail Federation predicts, as strapped schools and teachers ask parents to pitch in. Family spending is expected to be up 5 percent from last year.... Read more»

Analysis

Why Millenials aren't saving, and what can be done

Millennials are saving less for retirement than older generations, threatening the long-term financial security of the youngest generation of American workers.... Read more»1

Free back-to-school immunization clinic set for Saturday

If you are a parent preparing your children to head back to school over the next couple of weeks, don’t forget that you can’t enroll them without proof of immunization. To make that easier, Pima County will be adding Saturday hours at two Health Department offices. Back-to-school shots are free.... Read more»

Pima College submits probation progress report

Pima Community College filed a 300-page report with accreditors on Wednesday, laying out the school’s work to fix systemic problems pointed out by the Higher Learning Commission last year. Chancellor Lambert called the self-assessment “part of a continuous process of improvement.”... Read more»8

Campus sexual assault: What colleges are doing wrong

A round up of cases and coverage that show the persistence of sexual violence at colleges.... Read more»

Analysis

Kids Count shows Az's preferred obsolete model

I like to say Arizona is the 48th state because it seems that’s about where we usually land when compared to the 49 other states on key measurements such as educational achievement, per pupil funding or children well-being. Thank God for Mississippi, the perennial 49th state. The only reason we consistently beat out Mississippi is because most kids in Arizona can spell “Mississippi.”... Read more»

NAU piloting 'competency-based' degrees

Congress this week approved a bill which calls for the Department of Education to authorize up to 30 pilot programs in competency-based education at colleges across the country. NAU is one of only a handful of accredited schools nationwide to offer a “competency-based” option to students.... Read more»

Pima College IT head resigning

Pima Community College’s vice chancellor for Information Technology, Keith McIntosh, is resigning and will take a job in New York.... Read more»1

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