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Outgoing Sunnyside board buys out Isquierdo's contract

After more than seven hours in executive session, the Sunnyside Unified School District Governing Board voted 3-2 to buy out the contract of Superintendent Manuel Isquierdo at a special meeting on Monday night.... Read more»

South Side park renamed to honor fallen soldier CSM Barreras

A park near Sunnyside High School will be renamed to honor a fallen graduate. Army CSM Martin Barreras, who died two weeks ago after being wounded in Afghanistan, will be remembered at the park following a unanimous vote of the Sunnyside Governing Board. (with video)... Read more»

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Zip codes too often decide Americans' futures

Commentary: When the American Dream is at risk for our young people, we will all suffer.... Read more»

Record number of students graduate high school

Even for the one in five students who fail to earn a diploma, hope abounds for the future. By listening carefully to those who have fallen along the way, we will hear what it takes to help at-risk students stay the course toward finishing high school.... Read more»

Sunnyside recall: Quintero, Giffin in landslide over incumbents

In unwelcome news for Sunnyside’s Manuel Isquierdo, two challengers beat the incumbents by a 3-1 margin in the district’s recall election — one which will determine the fate of the controversial superintendent. Rebecca Quintero and Eric Giffin were handily leading recalled board members Bobby Garcia and Louie Gonzales.... Read more»1

Record 3,791 eligible for Pima graduation Thursday

Pima Community College will see members of the largest graduating class in the school’s 45-year history accept degrees on Thursday. A total of 3,791 students are candidates for graduation, with the school set to award 6,070 degrees and certificates.... Read more»

Pima gets OK to enroll more in veterans programs

After a review of about 3,000 case files, Pima Community College has gotten the nod from the state to sign up more students under veterans education benefit programs, officials said Tuesday. The state had suspended enrollment in March after federal reviews found problems in the school’s record-keeping procedures.... Read more»

Students paying bigger share of public college costs

As states push more of the cost of college onto students, they are also trying to help them in other ways.... Read more»

PCC appoints new Northwest Campus prez

Pima Community College has appointed the new president of the Northwest Campus. David Doré, former dean of instruction for Career and Technical Education at Mesa Community College, will begin work July 1 pending Governing Board approval.... Read more»

TUSD installing solar arrays at 41 schools

TUSD will install solar arrays at 41 schools across the district over the next 18 months, creating almost 19 million kilowatt hours of electricity annually.... Read more»

Crouch: Isquierdo 'lied' about Sunnyside graduation rates

An early-morning meeting of the Sunnyside Governing Board turned hot and heavy Tuesday, as Boardmember Buck Crouch accused Superintendent Manuel Isquierdo of fudging the numbers of high school graduates from the district. “He has intentionally falsified, misrepresented, or lied about the data,” Crouch said. Isquierdo, the flash point for a recall election, dismissed the accusations as “political.” (video)... Read more»

Give your kids early shot for upcoming school year

Get your children immunized before the back-to-school rush.... Read more»

DuVal: Jobs plan includes tech, education, avoiding Daily Show

Increasing education spending, fostering innovation, and staying “off the Jon Stewart Show” will make Arizona an economic leader, according to Democratic gubernatorial candidate Fred DuVal, who presented his jobs plan Friday in Tucson.... Read more»

Few ballots returned in Sunnyside recall

Voters in Sunnyside School District have been slow to return ballots in the all mail-in recall election that ends May 20. Just over 10 percent of ballots have been cast so far, the Pima County Recorder’s Office said Wednesday.... Read more»1

Organizers toss in towel on PCC recall

A recall effort that targeted two members of the Governing Board of Pima Community College is being abandoned, and organizers will not submit petitions after failing to gather enough signatures. The Southern Arizona Leadership Council said that the “recall committees found identifying valid voters ... and then convincing them to sign the recall petition too difficult to overcome.”... Read more»1

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