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Arizona’s three public universities are moving to expand online degree options and the availability of online courses, but officials said they are exploring the potential of "massive open online courses" to complement those efforts. Read more» 1

Now that voters rejected Proposition 204, the task of funding education when a temporary sales tax expires in May will remain with the state Legislature. Read more»

Voters on Tuesday rejected a ballot proposition to establish a permanent 1 cent-per-dollar sales tax earmarked for schools, transportation projects and human services. Unofficial returns showed Proposition 204 trailing by a wide margin. Read more» 1

An obscure Arizona nonprofit that has contributed $1.5 million to campaigns opposing two Arizona ballot measures revealed Monday under court order that $11 million it contributed to California ballot measure campaigns passed through two other nonprofits. A California official said that this qualifies as money laundering and violates state law. Read more»

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An obscure nonprofit that gave another $175,000 this week to the campaign against Proposition 204 is using anonymous contributors to manipulate voters, the head of a group supporting the education sales tax measure said. Read more» 1

Carrigan Moebs, a sophomore at Wickenburg High School, said she is seeking a Grand Canyon Diploma to speed up the years of study needed to become a dentist.

A new state education program called Move On When Ready is offering Grand Canyon Diplomas that allow students in participating high schools to earn the diploma as early as the end of their sophomore year by passing a series of board examinations. Read more»

Sojourner Center's Executive Director Connie Phillips said changes in the state's formula for allocating funding to domestic violence shelters forced two of her facilities to cut 80 beds.

When Executive Director Connie Phillips has to tell domestic abuse victims there's no room at the Sojourner Center's shelters, she doesn't know whether they will find a safe place to go. Some could be forced to stay in dangerous situations. Read more»

See an interactive graph to view a breakdown of October 2012 contributions over $10,000 from organizations and individuals supporting and opposing Proposition 204.

Education unions and a group representing contractors have given hundreds of thousands of dollars this month to a campaign supporting Proposition 204, while a donation from a group representing automobile dealers is helping fuel the opposing campaign, records show. Read more» 2

Vince Roig, chairman of the Helios Education Foundation, discusses his group’s $250,000 grant to help 10 mayors found the Arizona Mayors Education Roundtable.

Mayors representing 10 cities from around Arizona are forming a partnership to work with schools and private groups to improve education. Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, founding chairman of the roundtable committee, said that cities have as much at stake as anyone else in what goes on in classrooms. Read more»

Arizona ranks second highest in the nation when the state tax rate is combined with the average local sales tax rate, according to the Tax Foundation. The interactive graph displays the highest average combined sales taxes between the top ranked states.

Advocates for Proposition 204, also known as the Quality Education and Jobs Act, say the measure will boost jobs in education, transportation and human services. Opponents say the state's tax rate is already too high and the measure will discourage consumers from buying locally. Read more»

George Cunningham, chairman of the Grand Canyon Institute, listens at a news conference touting a report suggesting that Arizona’s economy would benefit from boosting Medicaid eligibility to the level suggested by the federal health care law.

Under the Affordable Care Act of 2010, expanding Medicaid eligibility would boost Arizona's economy and add jobs, according to the nonprofit Grand Canyon Institute. The group held a news conference Wednesday to discuss a report detailing three options for Medicaid under the federal health care law. Read more»

Andrew Ridley, trainer for Maricopa Workforce Connections, leads an interviewing techniques workshop last month in Phoenix. One focus of the workshop is reducing the stress of job searching.

Psychiatrist Daniel Merrill is seeing it more and more in the tough economy: Someone ends up in the hospital suffering from depression or anxiety brought on by the stress of unemployment. Sometimes the condition leads to a substance-abuse problem or suicide attempt. Read more»

Is deciding how to fund education in Arizona best done by lawmakers or voters? That’s a key point of debate with Arizonans ready to decide whether to adopt a permanent 1-cent per dollar sales tax that would be earmarked primarily for education. Read more»

J. William Hirzy, a chemistry professor at American University, testified that fluoride can cause health problems because it is so common in toothpaste, in certain food and drinks and from other sources besides water.

A City Council Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee decided Tuesday to continue water fluoridation in the nation's sixth largest city, rejecting opponents who claim it discolors teeth, interferes with thyroid function and harms brain development and IQ. Read more»

Ann-Eve Pedersen, president of the Arizona Education Network, backs up Proposition 204 in Phoenix on Tuesday and calls the sales tax a solution to the state's education funding woes.

Arizona has the steepest education spending decreases nationwide in recent years, according to a new report. In November, Arizonans will vote on Proposition 204 which would enact a permanent 1-cent per dollar sales tax. The Arizona Education Network, hopes the permanent sales tax will be a solution to the state's education funding woes. Read more»

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