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Some push to regulate full-day kindergarten in Arizona

The perennial debate over full-day kindergarten in Arizona has an added twist, with some educators, community and business leaders saying academic standards need to be applied to a full-day program.... Read more»

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Back off parents: It’s not your job to teach Common Core math

What should parents do when they don’t understand their kids’ homework? Parents across the country are trying to make sense of Common Core standards, a set of academic expectations that call for less focus on memorization and more focus on explaining how solutions were found and, in English, a deep probe of text.... Read more»

Cursive on track to make a comeback in Az schools

Cursive — not required by Common Core teaching standards — has disappeared from Arizona public schools, but a new Senate bill would require cursive reading and writing be taught. ... Read more»

FactChecking the 12th GOP debate

The candidates’ factual stumbles touched on ISIS, ethanol, climate change and more. ... Read more»

Could you answer these Common Core test questions?

Forty-two states and the District of Columbia are now using the same math and English standards, but the tests they use to determine how well students have mastered them still vary significantly. So even though, in theory, students in Connecticut, Wisconsin and Arizona are all learning the same thing, they'll be measured differently.... Read more»

Group files to recall state schools chief Diane Douglas

After filing paperwork Tuesday, the Coalition to Recall Diane Douglas has until Dec. 30 to gather more than 366,000 signatures on petitions to force the first-term Republican to either step down or again face voters.... Read more»1

Douglas to reprise Tucson education town hall

Arizona's state schools chief will hold another community meeting in Tucson, scheduled for next Tuesday night at the El Conquistador Resort.... Read more»1

State schools chief Douglas in Tucson for listening tour

Thursday night, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas will listen to Tucson's residents comments about Arizona's K-12 education system during an event at Pima Community College.... Read more»2

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»

Effort to recall Douglas seeks to turn Facebook likes into political power

Can a grass-roots effort become a political movement that succeeds in bringing about a recall election for a holder of statewide office? That hasn’t happened since 1988, when Arizona voters filed enough signatures to trigger a recall election for Gov. Evan Mecham, who was impeached before the election could be held.... Read more»1

FactChecking Marco Rubio

FactCheck: Florida Sen. Marco Rubio has joined what promises to be a crowded field of Republican candidates for president. Rubio informed his top donors of his decision on April 13. ... Read more»

Early assessment of Common Core shows small gains

In a very early assessment of how Common Core standards may be influencing how much students learn, a new Brookings report finds small math and reading test score gains for students who live in states that embraced the new standards early.... Read more»

Capitol roundup: Kill Common Core, limit abortion & require church attendance?

The Legislature is well into the homestretch with a goal to wrap up the session before Easter still in its sights. This led to busy days and long nights at the Capitol this week. ... Read more»1

Legislation to kill Common Core advances in state Senate

Gov. Doug Ducey said leaders can make the changes he wants to see to Arizona’s version of the Common Core standards without a law striking them down, but legislation continues to move forward.... Read more»1

Capitol roundup: Ducey signs budget, Regents head blasts education cuts

This week at state Capitol: Gov. Doug Ducey signed a controversial $9.1 billion budget into law Thursday. Meanwhile, Mark Killian, chairman of the Arizona Board of Regents, amplified his call for ABOR to consider suing the state over a lack of funding to universities. Plus, abortion debate, VA testimony, and more.... Read more»

Factchecking CPAC

A parade of potential Republican presidential candidates took turns at delivering speeches and answering questions at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference that started on Feb. 26. Along the way there were some distortions of facts.... Read more»

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