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Group hopes to stop school voucher expansion before it takes effect

When Arizona students return to school in August, a new law could make the state’s Empowerment Scholarship Accounts available to all 1.1 million of them. Unless a grassroots group of opponents has its way.... Read more»

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Looking to save money, Peoria school district considering four-day week

What sounds like a student’s dream – three-day weekends every week – is a possible solution to a Phoenix-area school district’s budget woes. ... Read more»1

Fund schools, parents and educators tell Az legislators

Parents and educators descended on the State Capitol on Tuesday to voice their concerns to legislators about the poor state of Arizona's education system.... Read more»

Poll: Arizonans want education, water to be lawmakers’ top issues

Arizonans consider education and water the state's top priorities for government spending, a poll suggests. The inaugural Morrison-Cronkite Quarterly Poll found that nearly nine out of 10 respondents rank K-12 education and water as a very high or high priority.... Read more»

Commentary

Against tenure? Why you should make an exception for your child’s teacher

Commentary: I get it. When a worker consistently fails to measure up to standards on the job, that worker deserves to be fired. Yet in the public school system, a very different code is in operation.... Read more»1

Report: Az ahead of the game on after-school programs

Arizona was sixth in the nation on a national ranking of states for the quality of their after-school programs. The state's ranking was boosted by the relatively high number of low-income students in such programs and the near total support of the programs by parents surveyed. ... Read more»

$317M in court-ordered funding an issue in governor’s race

State courts have ruled that Arizona owes public schools a first payment of more than $300 million for failing to make annual inflation adjustments to base funding as called for by a voter-approved law. Over five years, the bill could be $1.6 billion. ... Read more»1

Report: Az schools saw some of nation’s steepest spending cuts

The state's per-pupil spending fell 17.5 percent since 2008, a decline that trailed only Oklahoma and Alabama. Advocates said the cuts show up in the form of larger classes, fewer teachers and more. ... Read more»

Arizona's reality to be found in K-12 demographics

Although our school systems have been "majority-minority" for 10 years, Arizona doesn’t seem to have come to terms with this reality yet. ... Read more»

Nat'l report card gives Az schools a D for academics

Arizona schools got a ‘D’ for their overall academic achievement on a national report card released Thursday by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. In all, 20 states got a D or worse for students' academic achievement, and U.S. schools again trailed other countries.... Read more»

Schools look to first payment on $1.6B ruling

Gov. Jan Brewer has said the state will appeal a judge's decision that Arizona must make a first payment of $317 million to make up for shorting school districts during the Great Recession. ... Read more»

Az ranks poorly in nat'l 'educational opportunity' report

Arizona's public schools do not fare well when it comes to access to experienced and certified teachers, or to advanced math and science classes, according to new data from the U.S. Department of Education. ... Read more»

Law allows schools to stock, use epinephrine for allergy attacks

Allowing schools to stock and administer general-use, injectable epinephrine will save lives when students go into anaphylaxis from previously undiagnosed allergies, a state lawmaker says. ... Read more»

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Gov't tells phone companies to follow low-price rule for schools

Federal regulators are finally telling phone companies how to comply with a rule requiring them to charge bargain prices to schools and libraries. ... Read more»

Fiesta de los Vaqueros

Tucson Rodeo spurs school holiday

Today's teens may be more likely to spend the day at home playing video games than attending the rodeo, but local school districts still honor Tucson's Western heritage by closing for Rodeo Break.... Read more»

Lawmaker: Schools must step up on bullying

A Senate panel endorsed a bill Monday that would expand requirements for school districts when it comes to bullying, intimidation and other forms of harassment among students, including allowing policies to cover incidents that occur off campus.... Read more»

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