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Fund schools, parents and educators tell Az legislators

Parents and educators descended on the State Capitol on Tuesday to voice their concerns to legislators about the poor state of Arizona's education system.... Read more»

Poll: Arizonans want education, water to be lawmakers’ top issues

Arizonans consider education and water the state's top priorities for government spending, a poll suggests. The inaugural Morrison-Cronkite Quarterly Poll found that nearly nine out of 10 respondents rank K-12 education and water as a very high or high priority.... Read more»

Douglas, Ducey and charter schools: Dissecting the claims

During the showdown over her firing of two State Board of Education staff members, Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas accused Gov. Doug Ducey of establishing a “shadow faction” including charter school operators and moving funds from traditional public schools to charter schools. ... Read more»1

Guest opinion

Why do teachers quit?

Every time another study comes out or another op-ed is published about America’s lagging performance in education—and how it’s bound to put us at a major global disadvantage—the conversation turns to teachers. Are they any good? Are they hamstrung by standardized tests? Are they respected enough? Are they getting paid enough?... Read more»

Higher ed budget cuts come with a price

With further cuts looming over higher education in Arizona, public universities are finding ways to rely less on the state for funding at the expense of the students they serve.... Read more»

PCC marketing head out after just a week

Six days after his appointment as Pima College's interim assistant vice chancellor of marketing was announced, Dave Tedlock is no longer with the college. While sources said Tedlock was fired, Chancellor Lee Lambert said "I wouldn't characterize in it that way." Tedlock declined to comment.... Read more»1

GOP lawmakers: Pay for all-day kindergarten with school funds ruling

Two Republican lawmakers say the hundreds of millions of dollars owed to schools under a court ruling on funding should be used to provide all-day kindergarten at every school district and charter school in the state.... Read more»

Douglas folds — again — in firing showdown

Arizona schools chief Diane Douglas on Tuesday again called for an end to a "distraction" of her own making, as she said the Legislature and courts should decide who has the power to fire employees of the State Board of Education. Douglas attempted to oust the top two staffers of the independent agency, a move opposed by Gov. Doug Ducey.... Read more»

Tense meeting as Douglas faces Board of Ed employees she tried to fire

Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas faced the State Board of Education and two employees she attempted to fire during a brief but tense meeting Friday.... Read more»

Douglas folds in showdown with Ducey over firings

Arizona schools chief Diane Douglas dialed back her rhetoric and called for new legislation to clarify who employees of the Board of Education work for. She had clashed with Gov. Ducey after he said she did not have the power to fire two employees of the independent board.... Read more»6

Barn sale a gift for book lovers

Book lovers will love saving a buck or two at the "Rodeos and Romance" used book sale, running Friday-Monday at the Friends of the Pima County Public Library's Book Barn, 2230 N. Country Club Rd.... Read more»

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

Monday is Presidents Day; some businesses and government offices are closed to mark the holiday. Here's a list of what's affected:... Read more»

Ducey, Douglas trade jabs over Az Board of Education firings

She may have run a quiet election campaign, but Arizona schools chief Diane Douglas is embroiled in a very public dispute with Gov. Doug Ducey over who hires and fires the employees of the State Board of Education. Thursday, the Common Core opponent questioned his commitment to education, accusing him of giving tax cuts to "corporate cronies."... Read more»2

Interior secretary brings Native American 'listening tour' to Az

U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell received a tour of an elementary school on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community on Tuesday as part of a "listening tour." She says that in many ways the federal government has failed Native American youth.... Read more»

Roads scholars: RTA gears up citizens academy

Concerned about the state of our roads? Want to learn about transportation planning? The Pima Association of Governments and the Regional Transportation Authority will host a citizens transportation academy beginning March 31. ... Read more»

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