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One of the peaks at the Santa Rita Mountains, about 40 miles south of Tucson, will be renamed to Santa Rita Peak to eliminate the use of a racist and sexist slur against Native Americans. The U.S. Department of Interior announced Thursday that almost 650 sites on public lands nationwide will remove the term from their names.

Hundreds of geographic sites nationwide, including two locations in Southern Arizona and 66 across the state, have been renamed to remove a racial and sexist slur against Native Americans, the U.S. Interior Department announced Thursday. Read more»

Schools in Arizona could lose access to more than $1 billion lawmakers gave them this school year if the state doesn't take action to lift a 40-year-old spending limit placed on school districts. Read more»

The head of the U.S. Department of Education said Wednesday that America is reaching a teacher pay crisis.

Amid K-12 teacher shortages, book bans and attacks over critical race theory, U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona at a meeting with reporters on Wednesday stressed the need for higher salaries to attract prospective educators to the profession. Read more»

Flags from all of Arizona’s 22 tribal nations are hung in the bookstore at the University of Arizona Student Union Memorial Center.

Entrepreneurs from Arizona's tribal nations can develop their small businesses with help from the University of Arizona through a new program aimed at providing support for developing tribal economies. Read more»

Transparency legislation has been introduced in Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio and West Virginia.

Children are headed back to the classroom and finding themselves in Ground Zero of a culture war that has produced a torrent of legislative skirmishes over what teachers can say about race and gender — but may be getting in the way of addressing students’ more serious problems. Read more»

After two years in which COVID-19 relief funds helped pay for free meals for all students, school districts find themselves this fall trying to deliver meals with less support and much-higher prices than before, due to inflation.

Officials in school districts across Arizona are scrambling to figure out how to afford meals for students at a time when inflation nationwide is running at the highest level in decades - with even the rising cost of food storage putting the pinch on school districts. Read more»

It’s unclear whether this particular act of debt forgiveness would survive an expected court challenge.

The White House plan to cancel thousands of dollars in federal student loan debt has raised many questions, including political claims about whom the plan benefits most, how it may impact inflation and whether Biden has the authority to cancel student loan debt. Read more»

Public school districts are required to make teacher salaries publicly available and curriculum and books are accessible to interested parents, but private schools have no such requirements.

Since applications for the expanded Empowerment Scholarship Account program opened, roughly three of every four students who sought school voucher funding had never set foot in an Arizona public school - subsidizing tuition for students who already attend pricey private schools. Read more» 1

A new Biden administration plan would forgive up to $10,000 in student loan debt for people making up to $75,000, a plan that conservatives say goes too far and progressives say does not go far enough.

There are nearly 900,000 Arizonans who could benefit from the Biden administration’s plan for student debt forgiveness – and almost as many opinions about whether or not the plan is worthwhile. Read more»

RedForEd marchers as they move toward the Capitol in April 2018 as part of a protest over low teacher pay.

A new report shows that teachers in Arizona faced a 32% wage penalty in 2021 compared to college-educated workers employed in other fields - the fourth-largest teacher pay gap in the nation, behind only Colorado, Oklahoma and Virginia. Read more» 1

Faced with a shortage of child care workers, states have cobbled together a hodgepodge of changes designed to address different facets of the problem, from raising classroom ratios to lowering the age of child care employees.

The federal Department of Education allows child care providers to participate in its Public Service Loan Forgiveness program - but only if they work in a nonprofit or federally run child care center for 10 years, leaving many out in the cold. Read more»

Teacher performance pay is on the agenda for Marana Unified School District's Governing Board.

Marana's proposal would include professional development, student achievement and school quality to give teachers an overall performance grade. If the math were only that easy. Read more»

While many critics of the legal justification are conservatives who simply oppose the policy on its face, there are also many progressives who worry the weak justification may sink the proposal and want to save it before it’s too late.

President Joe Biden’s long-awaited student loan forgiveness plan might be dead on arrival after the Supreme Court effectively hobbled the administration in June when it comes to making big political and economic action without congressional authorization. Read more»

Biden also announced his administration is extending a pause on student loan repayments until Dec. 31.

President Joe Biden announced Wednesday that he will cancel up to $20,000 in federal student loan debt for Pell Grant borrowers and up to $10,000 for all other borrowers with an income of less than $125,000 for an individual and $250,000 for a household. Read more»

Republican legislative candidate Matt Gress on July 4, 2022.

Matt Gress, a candidate for the Arizona House of Representatives, announced his “Pay Teachers First” plan on Monday, centered around an immediate and permanent $10,000 pay raise for Arizona teachers. Read more»

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