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PCC raises tuition, asks staff to take unpaid leave after losing state funding

In an attempt to make up for a complete loss of state funding, Pima Community College is raising tuition and asking staff to consider taking voluntary unpaid time off.... Read more»2

Capitol roundup: Ducey signs budget, Regents head blasts education cuts

This week at state Capitol: Gov. Doug Ducey signed a controversial $9.1 billion budget into law Thursday. Meanwhile, Mark Killian, chairman of the Arizona Board of Regents, amplified his call for ABOR to consider suing the state over a lack of funding to universities. Plus, abortion debate, VA testimony, and more.... Read more»

Update: Pima probation pulled, monitoring to continue

Pima Community College is no longer on probation, after having been under scrutiny by accreditors for the past two years. But the Higher Learning Commission will continue to keep an eye on the school, as PCC works to carry out fixes to institutional troubles pointed out by the accrediting body.... Read more»

MOCA's Russell heading to Florida

The head of Tucson's Museum of Contemporary Art, Anne-Marie Russell, is moving to Sarasota, Fla., to head up the Museum of Art there. Her husband, former city manager Mike Hein, is also making the trip across the country.... Read more»

Video: Breaking down the 'State of the City' speech

TucsonSentinel.com's Dylan Smith joined the Daily Star's Becky Pallack and AZPM's Andrea Kelly and Christopher Conover on Metro Week to discuss Mayor Jonathan Rothschild's "State of the City" address Friday.... Read more»

McSally: Student art could hang in Congress

U.S. Rep. Martha McSally has begun accepting submissions from local high school students for the Congressional Art Competition, a contest held in each district across the country. One winner will be selected from McSally's CD 2, and have artwork displayed in the U.S. Capitol along with the other winners.... Read more»1

State of the City

Rothschild: 'Turning opportunity into results'

In his annual run-down of the State of the City, Mayor Jonathan Rothschild touted Tucson's progress on trade, stemming homelessness among veterans, and paving roadway — and painted a silver lining in Tesla's not opening a factory here. "You don’t always win when you pursue opportunity, but, almost always, you accomplish something worthwhile."... Read more»

Capitol roundup: Budget zips through Legislature, spurs protests

At the Legislature this week, Gov. Ducey and Republican House and Senate leaders pushed through a $9.1 billion budget proposal which drew strong criticism from Democrats and brought hundreds of protestors to the Capitol. Lawmakers also moved forward bills to allow concealed weapons into public buildings and events, and to outlaw revenge porn.... Read more»

Superintendents: State budget cuts threaten technical, trade education

Superintendents from Pima County's school districts and local business leaders urged voters Thursday to tell state legislators that proposed budget cuts would "eviscerate" technical training programs. ... Read more»

Comic: Politicomix

Az budget: School's out forever!

Republican leaders and Gov. Doug Ducey agreed to a $9.1 billion budget that would make severe cuts to the state's education spending.... Read more»

Az budget plan guts higher education funding

The Legislature and Gov. Doug Ducey have agreed to a budget that would deepen previously announced cuts to state universities by nearly 50 percent — a move that prompted sharp criticism from university supporters. The budget would cut $104 million from universities, zero out state support for community colleges, and cut JTED funds.... Read more»

Guest opinion

JTED head: Ducey's budget cuts would gut career training

Arizona’s governor and legislators are working to pass a budget that will eviscerate the Pima County JTED’s Career and Technical Education programs, which is a contradiction of their stated goals of supporting education and attracting businesses to the state. The proposal will reduce the amount of per-pupil funding for students enrolled in JTED/CTE programs to a point where local school districts would lose money on 50 programs.... Read more»1

Douglas: No cuts - yet - over TUSD Ethnic Studies

State schools chief Diane Douglas will not cut the budget of TUSD over allegations that its Ethnic Studies program violates Arizona law, she said Tuesday. The state will continue to monitor the district's culturally relevant courses, she said. TUSD faced a possible 10 percent cut to its state funding —about $14 million.... Read more»

Factchecking CPAC

A parade of potential Republican presidential candidates took turns at delivering speeches and answering questions at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference that started on Feb. 26. Along the way there were some distortions of facts.... Read more»

Arizona firms cautious about net neutrality rules

Arizona technology companies and rural broadband providers expressed concerns about the Internet regulations approved Thursday by the Federal Communications Commission – partly because they don’t have all the details, which makes the ultimate impact unclear.... Read more»

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