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Rep. John Fillmore, R-Apache Junction, whose legislation created a committee that will recommend to the governor and legislative leaders whether to revisit the issue of combining school districts, said unification and consolidation could save money and increase teacher salaries.

If lawmakers decide to revisit the issue of combining school districts, they should provide a way to pay for consultants to evaluate the costs and benefits, a superintendent told a legislative study committee Tuesday. Read more»

A map representing the United States average divorce rate for women in 2009, as broken down by state.

In its first look at marriage using detailed demographic data, the U.S. Census Bureau reports that Arizonans are slightly more likely to be recently married than the national average. They also are significantly more likely to have just gotten a divorce. Read more»

This flier from the Arizona Partnership for Immunization urges parents to have children vaccinated against various diseases.

Arizona, which requires all children entering middle school to be vaccinated against meningitis, is now urging parents to get kids a booster dose five years later. Read more»

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