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Analysis

The cognitive science behind Common Core

Although some teachers, students, and parents may feel a degree of anxiety as their classes transition from the old standards to the Common Core, they should be confident that their efforts will pay off. The Common Core is grounded in cognitive science and incorporates practices that have been proven to improve student learning and achievement.... Read more»

ASU to return M-16s obtained from military surplus program

Arizona State University plans to return 70 M-16s obtained a year and a half ago under a Department of Defense program that distributes surplus weapons to law enforcement agencies. The weapons will be replaced with standard, newer rifles that could be used to confront an “active shooter.” a spokeswoman said Monday.

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Should the U.S. pay to educate migrant kids?

Experts weigh in on the costs and benefits of welcoming undocumented kids into the US public school system.... Read more»

UA’s Phoenix med school expands simulation center for hands-on learning

Launched a year and a half ago, the Center for for Simulation and Innovation tripled in size in early September to 30,000 square feet of simulation space, something leaders said is needed to accommodate an increase in students.... Read more»

Activists: Stop giving military hardware to school cops

More than 20 national education and civil rights advocates sent a letter September 15 to Department of Defense officials, urging them to stop giving U.S. school police departments anti-mine vehicles, military-grade firearms like M16s, and even grenade launchers.... Read more»

Commentary

On the offense for the liberal arts

Commentary: A liberal arts education needs no defending since the benefits are self-evident. So the following assertion of the importance of the liberal arts is not a defense, it’s an offense.... Read more»

Gun Wars

Gun groups working for concealed carry on college campuses

College students nationwide clash over the right to bring concealed guns on campus.... Read more»1

Female entrepreneurs circumvent gender gap

A recent report gives Arizona a grade of C for women’s employment and earnings. As income inequality persists, more women in Arizona and elsewhere in the country are gaining leadership skills and taking on managerial roles by starting their own businesses.... Read more»

Az poverty down, but still higher than national rate

Arizona’s overall poverty dropped down to 18.6 percent in 2013, but is still well above the national rate. The state mirrored the national trend of minorities accounting for the majority of those in poverty.... Read more»

News analysis

More dodges, weaves than jabs in Az gov debate

Updated with video: What’s likely to be the only live gubernatorial debate in Tucson had the three candidates sticking more to their talking points than trading punches Thursday. Fred DuVal, Doug Ducey and Barry Hess answered questions for about 90 minutes, but none were caught against the ropes as they repeated their campaign pitches.... Read more»2

PCC, ASU, other campuses stock up on military rifles under federal program

While campus police say the military rifles enhance public safety and protect officers, a representative of the ACLU of Arizona says the weapons speak to an alarming militarization of police.... Read more»

Arizona's reality to be found in K-12 demographics

Although our school systems have been “majority-minority” for 10 years, Arizona doesn’t seem to have come to terms with this reality yet.... Read more»

As Arizona economy picks up, interest in AmeriCorps slows down

After nearly doubling between 2007 and 2013, the number of AmeriCorps participants in Arizona has dropped about 30 percent in the past year.... Read more»

Nat'l report card gives Az schools a D for academics

Arizona schools got a ‘D’ for their overall academic achievement on a national report card released Thursday by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. In all, 20 states got a D or worse for students’ academic achievement, and U.S. schools again trailed other countries.... Read more»

Bear down, or bottoms up?

Playboy ranks UA as one of nation's top party schools

The University of Arizona’s making news for something other than President Ann Weaver Hart’s imperious ways, with Playboy ranking the “wet and wild” college as the No. 4 party school in the United States. The magazine’s staff may have also been partaking: the report refers to Tucson’s “Fourth Street bar scene.”... Read more»2

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