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Sanchez 'confident' TUSD and state can reach agreement on ethnic studies

TUSD superintendent H.T. Sanchez said he is confident that the district and the Arizona Department of Education can find a fix for ethnic studies programs after a meeting Wednesday with newly installed state head of public education Diane Douglas. ... Read more»

Hispanic graduation rates signify looming troubles

In the United States, Hispanic students are almost twice as likely to drop out of high school as their peers. Locally in Arizona, where a growing number of Hispanics are already a sizeable chunk of the population, the trend in academic underachievement within the demographic is especially troubling.... Read more»2

Popularity of outpatient surgery leads to safety questions

The number of ambulatory surgery centers — which perform procedures such as colonoscopies, cataract removal, joint repairs and spinal injections on patients who don’t require an overnight stay in a hospital — has increased dramatically in the past decade, for reasons both clinical and financial. More than two-thirds of operations performed in the United States now occur in outpatient centers, some of which are owned by hospitals.... Read more»

The Perry legacy: Immigration

When Gov. Rick Perry signed legislation in 2001 making Texas the first state where some undocumented immigrants could pay in-state college tuition rates, it signaled his acknowledgement that a population living in the shadows should be able to contribute to the state’s success. Perry’s compassion was tempered, however, by frustration with a broken immigration system that put state lawmakers on the spot deciding how to help Texans brought to the country illegally as children through no fault of their own.... Read more»2

Outgoing Az schools chief: TUSD ethnic studies classes violate law

In his final business day in office, the lame-duck head of public education in Arizona fired one last shot at Tucson Unified School District's ethnic studies program. John Huppenthal declared Friday that the district could lose 10 percent of its funding if it does not comply with state law.... Read more»3

Update: This little piggy goes wee, wee, wee, all the way home

The pot-bellied pig up for adoption at PACC has already found a home.... Read more»

What's open, what's closed on New Year's Day

As the Tucson gets ready to ring in the New Year, many government services and private businesses will be closed. Here's what you need to know:... Read more»

Auld Lang what now? The story of a New Year's song

The history, meaning and lyrics of "Auld Lang Syne," just in time to impress your friends this holiday.... Read more»

Will Common Core math standards survive — and who's behind them?

Jason Zimba and the other writers of the Common Core knew the transition would be tough, but they never imagined conflicts over bad homework would fuel political battles and threaten the very existence of their dream to remodel American education.... Read more»1

Which states created the most jobs in 2014?

Nearly every state added jobs in 2014, and 14 states experienced an employment increase of 2 percent or more, according to a Stateline analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics data released on Dec. 19.... Read more»

Fantastic Voyage: Tiny sensors may monitor seniors' meds from inside

Forget armband monitors like Fitbit, the newest body monitors are as tiny as BBs. These so-called nanomeds, miniscule sensors embedded in a placebo pill that you swallow, set up shop in your gut. As they slowly work their way through your system, these “ingestibles” – which are actually not digested – are switched on by contact with saliva and/or gastric juices. The signal is picked up by another sensor which looks like a Band-Aid and is worn on your chest.... Read more»

Free pet microchips available Sunday

The Pima Animal Care Center will host a microchip clinic Sunday, with residents of some Tucson zip codes receiving free microchips. In anticipation of pets who run away when frightened by New Year's fireworks and other noises, the county will waive redemption fees if owners agree to spay or neuter their pets.... Read more»

Obituary

George Miller, former Tucson mayor, dies at 92

One of the longest serving public officials in Tucson's history died Christmas morning. George Miller, who was mayor for most of the 1990s, was 92. Shot in the leg during World War II, the Marine veteran remained ever-ready to take a stand for his beliefs, whether it was refusing to "name names" during the height of McCarthyism or suing his fellow Council members during political disputes.... Read more»

Man in sanctuary at Tucson church gets Christmas Eve reprieve

After 90 days in sanctuary at a north Tucson church, Francisco Perez Cordova was able to join his family at home on Christmas Eve after immigration officials agreed to close the deportation case against him. ... Read more»1

Christmas playlist: Perry Como to punk rock

It may not be quite cold enough in Tucson to gather around the fireplace, but here are some holiday songs to warm your heart — and some to make you nod your head and play air guitar. With about four hours of music spread over 80 songs, these Christmas classics will liven your gatherings this week.... Read more»

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