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Diane Douglas attends a meeting of the State Board of Education.

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

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan speaks at a news conference in Phoenix on a visit in which he toured an inner-city school district’s early childhood education center and met with state and local officials.

While visiting Phoenix on Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said investing in early childhood development reduces the dropout rate and prison costs while producing a better-educated workforce. Read more»

Rep. Mark Finchem, R-Oro Valley, author of a bill to bar Arizona version of the Common Core education standards, addresses the Senate Education Committee on March 19.

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

Two experts say the drop to an estimated 13.5 percent of Arizona households likely points to the state's improving economy. However, another said it could also be a sign that many people had used up their eligibility. To be eligible, a household's gross monthly income must be at or below 130 percent of the federal poverty line. Read more»

Sen. Kelli Ward, R-Lake Havasu City, chairwoman of the Senate Education Committee, introduced an amendment Thursday that would write into state law that the superintendent of public instruction doesn’t have authority over staff members of the State Board of Education.

An amendment to a bill that would expand the Board of Education, the proposal would strike provisions of state law specifying that the board employs staff on the recommendation of the superintendent and that the superintendent directs the work of board employees. Read more» 1

Taking part in a panel discussion Tuesday organized by the Arizona School Boards Association and Arizona Coalition for Quality Education are, from left: Sen. David Bradley, D-Tucson; Rep. Heather Carter, R-Cave Creek; Rep. Doug Coleman, R-Apache Junction; and Rep. Kate Brophy McGee, R-Phoenix.

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»

Lori Lyon, right, and Terri Crippes, aunts of Kayla Mueller, share a statement on behalf of the family at a news conference Tuesday in Prescott.

Residents of Prescott mourned the death of Kayla Mueller, the aid worker imprisoned by the Islamic State group and reported killed last week in an airstrike. Her captors claim that Mueller was killed in an airstrike by Jordan. Read more»

A state lawmaker wants to require Arizona schools to post health-related information on their websites including immunization rates among students – information he says is especially important given the measles outbreak originating at Disneyland. Read more»

Gov. Doug Ducey at his inauguration.

Gov. Doug Ducey signed legislation Thursday requiring every Arizona high school student to pass the same civics test required of new citizens. Supporters say the change addresses a lack of understanding among young people about how the U.S. government works. Read more» 1

Logan Spude, 26, died of a heroin overdose after repeated relapses. From 2010 to 2013, drug deaths topped the number of motor vehicle deaths in Arizona with 1,106 drug deaths to 711 motor vehicle deaths in 2010 and 1,200 to 770 in 2013, according to yearly reports from the Arizona Department of Health Services.

At its worst, the life of a heroin addict is deadly and unforgiving. From 2010 to 2013, drug deaths topped even the number of motor vehicle deaths in Arizona with 1,106 drug deaths compared to 711 motor vehicle deaths in 2010 and 1,200 to 770 in 2013. Read more»