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Read the poetry of Juan Felipe Herrera

Selected excerpts from the works of Juan Felipe Herrera, the first Chicano to be named the U.S. poet laureate. The appointment of the author, who is published by the University of Arizona Press, was announced Wednesday. Poems included are from "Border-Crosser with a Lamborghini Dream" and "Half of the World in Light."... Read more»

UA Press author Herrera is first Chicano appointed U.S. poet laureate

Juan Felipe Herrera, the son of migrant workers who has penned more than a dozen collections of poetry, along with numerous short stories, novels and works for children, was named the U.S. poet laureate Wednesday. Herrera, whose primary publisher is the University of Arizona Press, is the first Chicano to be named the national poet.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

How Az schools can catch Mississippi (for the love of God) without tax hike

Ranking No. 47 in K-12 funding would be a nightmare for most states but it's the Arizona dream. Let's make it come true without an impossible tax hike. You know we have a crisis when 1) you have to catch Mississippi and 2) Gov. Doug Ducey wants to look like he is trying (or is trying, legitimately) to do something about it.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Tuition in Arizona is unconstitutional ... suckers!

The UA is putting a bow on the crapsicle they have to package for students and faculty after the Legislature slashed campus budgets yet again. Even an ironclad case that Arizona's charging university tuition doesn't fit the constitutional requirement that education be "as nearly free as possible" falls apart because the law interprets "free" and "possible" mean "little as want to" or "wombat." ... Read more»

Pennies for pupils: Az school spending again ranks near bottom

Arizona continued to be among the lowest states in the nation for per pupil school spending, and its expenditures were falling while the rest of the nation’s were rising, the Census Bureau said.... Read more»

Cabinet secretaries tour Tucson's efforts to help homeless vets

The U.S. secretaries of Labor, Veterans Affairs, and Housing and Urban Development toured a Pima County employment center to recognize the local effort to end homelessness among veterans. Tucson is one of 25 cities across the country with a high concentration of chronically homeless vets.... Read more»

There is a free lunch - for TUSD students this summer

TUSD students living in qualified areas can eat for free this summer; breakfasts and lunches paid for by the federal government will be served May 26-July 24.... Read more»

Crater on moon named for late Tucson scientist

Elisabetta "Betty" Pierazzo, a leading expert in the modeling of impact crater formation who worked at the Planetary Science Institute in Tucson, now has one of those craters named after her. Pierazzo Crater, on the far side of the moon, is nine kilometers wide, with debris spread more than 450 kilometers from its rim.... Read more»

Pima Writers' Workshop kicks off Thursday

Whether you’re a tyro (and if you have to look it up, you are) or a pro, the 27th annual Pima Writers Workshop has something to offer you. The weekend program begins Thursday night with an informal “Meet the Authors” get-together.... Read more»

State schools chief Douglas in Tucson for listening tour

Thursday night, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas will listen to Tucson's residents comments about Arizona's K-12 education system during an event at Pima Community College.... Read more»2

Photos: Cheers at Pima College commencement

About 900 graduates walked across the stage at PCC's commencement Thursday, as a packed TCC Arena echoed with cheers from friends and family members.... Read more»

PCC sees 2nd largest graduating class despite enrollment drop

Pima Community College is set to award 5,856 degrees and certificates to 3,732 students Thursday — the second-largest graduating class in the school's history. But, despite only narrowly missing a fourth straight year of record graduations, PCC is seeing a declining number of new students.... Read more»1

Report: Arizona leads nation in college cuts, tuition hikes

Arizona leads the nation when it comes to the deepest cuts to higher-education spending and the steepest tuition increases since the Great Recession began in 2007, according to new national report.... Read more»

8 library branches to close on Sundays

Beginning this month, eight branches of the Pima County Public Library system will be closed on Sundays, as the county looks to tighten its budget.... Read more»1

U.S. Teacher of the Year got 'master class in culture' from refugees

Texan Shanna Peeples, the 2015 National Teacher of the Year, is an English teacher in Amarillo,Texas — which has seen an influx of refugees from countries like Myanmar in recent years. ... Read more»

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