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Pima College trimming number of campus presidents

Facing the lost of millions in state funding, Pima Community College will cut the number of campus presidents in half, going from one for each of the school's six campuses to three. Each administrator will take charge of two campuses.... Read more»1

FactCheck

Fiorina misleads on student loans

Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina gave a misleading description of the options available for college students who need loans to pay for their education. ... Read more»

Students react to decision on tuition for 'Dreamers'

Students and supporters in Tucson celebrated a decision granting in-state tuition for 'Dreamers' at Maricopa Community Colleges, saying that they hope that the Board of Regents, which controls the state's universities, will follow suit. ... Read more»

From the editor

Brick Wall: Pima College named least transparent in state

The Arizona Press Club has named Pima Community College the "winner" of the group's annual Brick Wall Award, given to the "most deceptive" government agency or official. Saying the school "has promised much but delivered little in the area of openness and transparency," the statewide group of journalists (I'm a member of the board of directors) announced the award Tuesday.... Read more»6

Az judge: Dreamers entitled to in-state tuition

A Maricopa County Superior Court judge ruled Tuesday that "Dreamers" are eligible for in-state college tuition. ... Read more»3

Advocates: Arizona should expand sex education

“I think it’s really irresponsible that we let so many youth go out into the world without proper sex education, without a proper understanding of what they’re getting themselves into. Right now we’re putting all those students at a disadvantage," said one state lawmaker.... Read more»

New law limits when Arizona schools can use restraint, seclusion

Melissa Van Hook, a mother of two children with autism and co-founder of the East Valley Autism Network, said too many parents of students with disabilities have called her to report children being secluded and restrained at school. A 2014 report found that students covered by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act were disproportionately restrained and secluded and that Arizona schools are above the national average when it comes to restraining students.... Read more»

Schools on U.S. military posts adopting Common Core — but don’t call it that

Each year 40 percent of children living on U.S. military installations change schools. Will Common Core ease their transition?... Read more»

Tucson group cultivating civility at state capitols

More than 200 state legislators have participated in workshops aimed at improving civil discourse and building bipartisan trust.... Read more»1

What the Devil won't tell you

Crackin' the books: Audit fever grips, distracts TUSD

Arizona ranks 49th in per-pupil spending and no audit can solve what the Legislature won't fix. But by all means let's talk audits at Tucson Unified School District.... Read more»1

Guest opinion

Grijalva & Foster: TUSD audit cmte should live in district

Individuals who volunteer to serve on committees and contribute to the decisions affecting the students and families of TUSD should live within the district boundaries. As volunteer members of the Governing Board ourselves, we are required to live in the district we represent. This gives us a direct connection to the children and families that are affected by our decisions. ... Read more»

PCC taps new spokeswoman: Libby Howell

Pima Community College has picked Elizabeth "Libby" Howell, longtime spokeswoman for Southwest Gas, to fill the post left vacant when C.J. Karamargin left the school to become district director for U.S. Rep. Martha McSally. ... Read more»

Regents hear little opposition to university tuition hike

All three public universities are proposing students charging more to help offset $99 million in state funding cuts for the fiscal year beginning July 1. Some students told the Board of Regents they want to preserve the quality of their education. ... Read more»2

App addresses challenges women face trying to quit smoking

When it comes to quitting smoking, women may need some extra motivation: "Women are more likely to gain weight than men when they quit smoking, and women have more difficulty losing weight when they gain it." That’s why UA researchers helped develop an app to remind women smokers that their health is more important than being thin.... Read more»

Education Sup't Douglas announces 'We Are Listening' state tour

The 14-stop 'We Are Listening' tour, which kicks off Thursday in Kingman, is something Diane Douglas has wanted to do since becoming superintendent of public instruction in January, a spokesman said. ... Read more»

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