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Az colleges move toward ‘competency-based’ learning

Rio Salado Community College and Arizona State University were cited Thursday as schools that are taking tentative steps toward “competency-based education."... Read more»

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Analysis

The federal budget and gay and transgender families

House Republicans last week passed House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan's proposed budget, which would shred the safety net for gay and transgender families to tatters.... Read more»

Report: Az failing to support preschool education

Arizona has “shut the door” on preschool programs by making funding cuts that leave a bleak educational future for the state’s children, according to a report released Tuesday.... Read more»1

Fed contractors complicating help for student borrowers

While the White House has emphasized easing the burden for student borrowers, some contractors with the Department of Education appear to be exacerbating it.... Read more»

Huppenthal: Oudated technology hurting schools

An outdated and inefficient information technology system used to provide data to the state wastes staff time and creates roadblocks for those seeking the information, Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal said Monday.... Read more»

Grijalva urges federal probe into decision on TUSD's MAS program

U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva, D-Tucson, sent a letter Monday to federal education officials asking for an investigation into whether state law violates national standards in targeting TUSD's Mexican American Studies program.... Read more»5

Az. schools' performance now given grades

A new school accountability system based on letter grades and taking into account students’ academic improvement in addition to test scores offers a clearer view of how schools perform.... Read more»1

Obama announces No Child Left Behind waivers

President Barack Obama announced on Friday that states will be allowed to opt out of some provisions in the No Child Left Behind law if they adopt his administration’s education agenda.... Read more»1

New law helps parents with private schooling for disabled

Parents see relief in a new law allowing them to put 90 percent of state money allocated for a disabled child’s education toward private school tuition or private education services such as speech or occupational therapy.... Read more»

Az's student loan defaults highest in nation

Arizona had the nation’s highest number of people in default on their federal student loans in fiscal 2009, according to the latest figures from the U.S. Department of Education.... Read more»1

Student loan process a chore for disabled

The U.S. Department of Education's process for evaluating disability is keeping many genuinely disabled applicants in debt. ... Read more»

State's universities among largest tuition hikes in nation

Arizona’s four-year public universities posted some of the nation’s largest percentage increases in tuition from 2007 to 2010, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Education.... Read more»

Military children face decrepit schools, broken promises

While their parents make sacrifices for their country, the sons and daughters of U.S. military members watch their grades tumble in overcrowded Defense Department schools that are falling apart around them. (with video)... Read more»3

Immigration crackdown adds challenge for Phoenix schools

Leslie Barnhizer teaches the only kindergarten class for English-speaking students at Balsz Elementary School in southeast Phoenix; the other three are English Language Learning classes.... Read more»

Getting philosophical about school grant program

A Democratic lawmaker is pushing to add philosophy to a list of courses that qualify schools for grants under a program intended to make Arizona students more competitive.... Read more»

For-profit colleges rake in millions from post-9/11 G.I. Bill

For-profit universities collected about $640 million from the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill in its first year. The boost to for-profits came at a time when the sector was subject to criticism for poor results and for leaving many students with unmanageable debts.... Read more»

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