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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

PCC names new Desert Vista campus president

Pima Community College has named a new president for its campus on the Southwest Side. Morgan A. Phillips, an administrator at a North Carolina community college, will take over PCC’s Desert Vista campus in August. The post was vacant because the previous campus chief resigned over sexual harassment allegations.... Read more»

Libros gratis: Free kids' books at Bilingual Literacy Fair

The first 1,200 attendees at a literacy event will receive free books in Spanish, as well as free backpacks. The sixth annual Feria de la Lectura will be held Saturday at the El Pueblo Neighborhood Center by the Mexican Consulate in Tucson.... Read more»

Az kid cooks up White House invitation with healthy lunch recipe

Cody Vasquez’s passion for food earned him an invitation to the White House, where the Gilbert 12-year-old will be one of 54 young chefs Friday taking part in a “Kid’s State Dinner” hosted by first lady Michelle Obama.... Read more»

Experts: Water-safety message needs to reach all ages, all bodies of water

Gilbert dad Cody Thomson has a problem with pool-safety campaigns: the pool part. Thomson, whose then 6-year-old son, Brenan, drowned in a canal in 2011, said safety campaigns need to remind people that drownings and water-related injuries don’t only occur in pools.... Read more»

Education by the numbers

Male-female wage gap widens with age

Conventional wisdom has it that young men and women tend to earn similar wages as young adults, but that the male-female gap widens a lot with age, especially as women “lean out” during their child-bearing years.... Read more»

Cold calls: Peace Corps reaches out to recruits

The Peace Corps is working to streamline a cumbersome application process, and reaching out to potential volunteers who abandoned the old 60-page application. ASU routinely ranks in the top 25 of large schools whose students volunteer.... Read more»

Analysis

A 'baby step,' not a leap for Az education funding

The courts have ordered that Arizona’s Legislature must restore cuts to education funding that were made several years ago. The promise of an additional $233 per student translates into more than $300 million additional dollars — but it’s not a cause for celebration: Arizona’s schools were woefully underfunded before the budget cuts were made and restoring this money simply moves our funding level from disastrous to routinely terrible.... Read more»

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»

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