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What's open, what's closed on Veterans Day

As the nation honors its veterans on Tuesday, many government services and private businesses will be closed. Downtown streets will be closed early in preparation for Tucson’s Veterans Day parade. Here’s the low down:... Read more»

Would Douglas’ stand against Common Core doom the standards?

If her current lead holds, Arizona will elect as superintendent of public instruction a Tea Party Republican who has made eliminating the state’s version of the Common Core central to her campaign. Diane Douglas’ stance on the standards has aroused concerns among education advocates and contributed to the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s decision to endorse Democrat David Garcia.... Read more»1

Douglas has narrow lead over Garcia in schools chief race

Early results show that Republican Diane Douglas with a narrow lead over Democrat David Garcia in the race for state superintendent of public instruction.... Read more»1

TUSD open enrollment starts Monday

Priority open enrollment starts Monday for TUSD families who want to make sure students can attend their schools of choice.... Read more»

Arizona schools look overseas for teachers to fill vacant positions

In Arizona, school districts look overseas to fill chronic vacancies that educators say are aggravated by lingering budget cuts.... Read more»1

Programs aim to produce more primary care doctors

Arizona doesn’t have enough primary care physicians to meet the need in many areas, particularly in rural and under-served parts of the state. According to a study by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, only 53 percent of Arizona’s primary health care needs are being met.... Read more»

Report: Latino voting power continues to increase in Arizona

Latino voters in Arizona are steadily increasing their impact on elections, according to a report released Thursday by the voter-registration group One Arizona.... Read more»

Phx out to reduce economic, human cost of disconnected youth

As of 2012, the Phoenix area had an estimated 183,000 disconnected youth, and the Valley’s percentage of disconnected youth – 22 percent – ranked it last among the nation’s 25 most populous metropolitan areas. Phoenix has taken steps to improve those figures.... Read more»

Report: Az ahead of the game on after-school programs

Arizona was sixth in the nation on a national ranking of states for the quality of their after-school programs. The state’s ranking was boosted by the relatively high number of low-income students in such programs and the near total support of the programs by parents surveyed.... Read more»

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Open letter demands justice for 43 disappeared Mexican students

The text of an open letter, published in Spanish and English, released Wednesday to protest what signers say is a lack of Mexican government action to investigate the disappearance of 43 college students, whom are feared to have been executed by drug cartels. The letter has been signed by more than 9,000 professors, students and other academics from around the world, with more adding their names every minute.... Read more»

More AP courses slated for major overhaul

But will revamp in favor of teaching college critical thinking in high school fuel the Common Core controversy?... Read more»

$317M in court-ordered funding an issue in governor’s race

State courts have ruled that Arizona owes public schools a first payment of more than $300 million for failing to make annual inflation adjustments to base funding as called for by a voter-approved law. Over five years, the bill could be $1.6 billion.... Read more»1

Report: Az schools saw some of nation’s steepest spending cuts

The state’s per-pupil spending fell 17.5 percent since 2008, a decline that trailed only Oklahoma and Alabama. Advocates said the cuts show up in the form of larger classes, fewer teachers and more.... Read more»

'Light the Night' freebies will brighten way for Tucson cyclists

An event Tuesday evening will offer local riders free bicycle lights and information on riding safely and legally after dark. “Light the Night,” sponsored by the City of Tucson, PAG and Living Streets Alliance, will take place at 5 p.m. at 6th Avenue and 7th Street.... Read more»

PCC holding public forum with Governing Board candidates Tuesday

The two candidates for the District 1 seat on the Pima Community College Governing Board will meet with the public Tuesday in an evening forum.... Read more»

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