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Can kids tell whether they’re being taught the Common Core?

This school year, teachers around the country changed their curricula to meet the new Common Core standards, a national set of standards mapping out what students should learn in math and English language arts. But did students notice these changes? Is the Common Core on students’ radar?... Read more»

School nurses' role expands with access to student online health records

In a few districts, doctors and hospitals are making their records available to school health officials to help provide better care for children with chronic conditions.... Read more»

Teacup pups, loved by celebrities, often begin life in abusive breeding mills

GlobalPost investigation: For celebrities, a canine in the handbag is a delightful fashion accessory. But animal lovers condemn the dogs’ squalid, sweatshop-like roots.... Read more»


Uncle Sam's Club in Nogales, Az

A giant warehouse filled to the brim with undocumented kids of all shapes and sizes? ... Read more»

Flagging interest: Supporters work to get people excited about Flag Day

It’s a holiday weekend, but you can be forgiven if the first holiday that comes to mind is Father’s Day – and not Flag Day.... Read more»


The Latino electorate by immigrant generation

Second-generation immigrants are the driving force behind the growth of the Latino electorate. As immigrants and their children make up a larger share of this electorate, immigration reform will become an even more pressing policy issue for the Latino electorate. ... Read more»1

Az officials rail against transfer of minors, laud BP response

Arizona officials criticized federal officials for transferring unaccompanied children to the Nogales Border Patrol station and Greyhound terminals in Phoenix and Tucson. "The conditions are spartan, but the kids are being taken care of," said State Sen. Andrea Dalessandro.... Read more»

Poll: Hispanics overwhelmingly support conservation and tourism

A new survey claims that Latino voters in Western states believe the government should protect public lands and they want to be consulted on land-policy issues. Pollsters attributed that sentiment to the generations-long ties many Hispanic families have to the region... Read more»

Az summer lunch program reaching less than 15% of eligible kids

State officials hope to increase the number of free meals from the 1.1 million served last summer under the Summer Food Service Program. But they said one of the biggest challenges is putting meal sites where low-income kids can find them, and making kids want to come back. ... Read more»

Romero calls for city to act on youth migrant crisis

Tucson City Councilwoman Regina Romero called Wednesday for city staff to take immediate action in helping the federal government establish a Tucson-based shelter for unaccompanied migrant youth. ... Read more»

Grijalva lauds Tucson VA hospital for low wait times

While the Veterans Administration Hospital in Phoenix has been beset by scandal, the VA hospital in Tucson has successfully passed a nationwide audit by the Department of Veteran Affairs. New patients waited an average of 33 days for an appointment, while current patients waited a day. ... Read more»1

Humane Society responds to distemper increase with free shots

The Humane Society is warning dog owners about a recent rise in the number of distemper cases and urges the public to makes sure their pet's vaccinations are up to date. The group is offering free vaccinations through July.... Read more»

Rights groups: Border Patrol abusing minors held in custody

Five immigrant rights groups have submitted a legal complaint to the Department of Homeland Security detailing abuse of children held in Border Patrol custody in the last year. Citing the use of stress positions, the denial of food and water, as well as physical, mental and sexual abuse, and a lack of medical care, the complaint focused on 113 cases of unaccompanied minors.... Read more»

Click says no falling out with Orr; Dems file sig challenge

In a week in which Republican Ethan Orr has been touting his latest endorsements, he may have lost the most valuable one of all. Sources tell TucsonSentinel.com that Orr has fallen out with auto dealer and GOP wheeler-dealer Jim Click, and has lost his job at the nonprofit Linkages. Click and Orr denied there has been a rift. Meanwhile, Democrats have moved to push Orr off the ballot.... Read more»1

City hosting urban agriculture meeting Tuesday

The City of Tucson is holding a second public meeting Tuesday about efforts to change local zoning rules to allow for urban agriculture, including farmers markets, community gardens, urban farms, and raising small animals.... Read more»

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