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Mark Killian, chairman of the Arizona Board of Regents, participates in a hearing Monday night on university plans for raising student tuition and fees.

All three public universities are proposing students charging more to help offset $99 million in state funding cuts for the fiscal year beginning July 1. Some students told the Board of Regents they want to preserve the quality of their education. Read more» 2

Diane Douglas attends a meeting of the State Board of Education. She plans a 14-stop listening tour that begins Thursday in Kingman. (Cronkite News Photo by

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»

Lisa Graham Keegan, former state schools superintendent and adviser to Gov. Doug Ducey, said the governor’s budget isn’t intended to pit public schools and charter schools against each other.

During the showdown over her firing of two State Board of Education staff members, Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas accused Gov. Doug Ducey of establishing a “shadow faction” including charter school operators and moving funds from traditional public schools to charter schools. Read more» 1

Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas attends a meeting of the Arizona Board of Education on Friday.

Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas faced the State Board of Education and two employees she attempted to fire during a brief but tense meeting Friday. Read more»

Pima and Maricopa counties must maintain daily updated lists of those who have turned in early ballots if requested by state or county party chairpersons.Rep. Brenda Barton, R-Payson, wants to expand that requirement to all counties, saying it can be difficult to obtain early ballot information in a timely manner from election officials in rural Arizona. Read more» 1

Warren and Tammy Huffman, brother and sister-in-law of a Department of Public Safety officer killed by a driver alleged to have been distracted, attend a hearing Wednesday on a bill to ban text messaging by Arizona drivers.

With several relatives of those killed by distracted drivers urging support, a Senate committee advanced a bill Wednesday that would prohibit sending text messages while driving. Prospects for the measure by Sen. Steve Farley remain anything but certain. Read more» 1

Phoenix College student Yanneth Arizpe said free tuition for two years would be “something less to worry about.”

With President Barack Obama proposing free community college in his State of the Union and proposed budget, a state lawmaker says Arizona should start laying the groundwork now. Read more» 1

At a meeting Monday, Reginald Ballantyne, vice president and new member of the State Board of Education, criticized two bills aimed at dismantling the Common Core standards.

Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas’ tough stance on Arizona’s use of the Common Core State Standards for Education may not be a winning argument with at least some of her fellow State Board of Education members. "That looks like a nuclear explosion. That just sounds ridiculous," said one. Read more» 2

Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas, in red, talks with a reporter Wednesday during her visit to the State Capitol to deliver her State of Education address.

Newly elected Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas called Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards a federal mandate that hurts Arizona schoolchildren. She said AzMERIT, which is replacing the AIMS test, was adopted with too little public input. Read more»