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Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal discuss the iCivics program developed by the O’Connor House.

As expectations for reading, writing and math have increased, emphasis on civic awareness among Arizona students has dropped, according to the state’s top education official. Read more»

Posters encourage Arizona State University physics students to consider teaching careers.

To address a state need for middle and high school teachers, Arizona State University is adding a certificate program and new bachelor’s degrees offering alternative paths into the profession. Read more»

Facing increased competition for students and the funding that comes with each, many public schools and districts are embracing new ways of promoting themselves: conducting exit interviews with students and parents who choose charter schools, buying theater advertisements, and developing social media campaigns. Read more»

Sen. Kimberly Yee, R-Phoenix, says the state’s formulate for funding students who attend vocational programs offered by Joint Technical Education Districts unintentionally discriminates against those from charter schools. Her bill would provide the same funding for students from public school districts and charter schools.

Arizona’s mechanism for funding students who attend vocational programs offered by Joint Technical Education Districts unintentionally discriminates against those from charter schools, a state lawmaker contends. Read more»

April Valle addresses a rally at which representatives of voting rights groups registered objections to two Republican election bills.

Voting rights groups rallied Thursday at the State Capitol, declaring Arizona Voting Rights Protection Day and registering their objections to two Republican election bills. Read more»

Rep. John Kavanagh, R-Fountain Hills, introduced a bill that would prohibit student groups from using money from tuition or fees to influence an election or advocate for or against proposed laws.

Students in Arizona’s public universities have paid a fee every year since 1998 directed to an organization aimed at giving a student voice to higher education causes. Now the Arizona Students Association faces losing much of that funding over a decision to contribute $122,000 last year to the campaign supporting Proposition 204. Read more»

With Arizona declining to establish a health insurance exchange under the federal Affordable Care Act, a lawmaker wants to make sure the state maintains its oversight of insurers and policies. Read more»

At left, state Rep. David Stevens, R-Sierra Vista, joined by Attorney General Tom Horne, discuss legislation that would allow Arizona schools to train and arm one staff member. They said the change would make students safer.

Allowing a gun in a capable educator's hands at Arizona schools would be a "common-sense approach" to safeguarding students and staff, said Rep. David Stevens, R-Sierra Vista, said Tuesday, joining Attorney General Tom Horne in announcing a bill that would allow a designated school employee to be trained to carry a firearm and possess it on campus. Read more»

One of a series of biographical sketches on new members of the Arizona State Legislature. Read more»

Dana Wolfe Naimark, president of the Children's Action Alliance, speaks with reporters after addressing Democratic lawmakers on the needs of Arizona Child Protective Services.

An advocacy group urged Democratic lawmakers Tuesday to focus on prevention as a key to curbing a state crisis in child safety. Read more»

Beth Lee, 62, shows a bracelet identifying her as a Parkinson’s patient.

Two Arizona doctors are reporting strides in developing the first diagnostic test to detect Parkinson’s disease, a devastating and chronic neurological disorder. They found that examining a portion of a person’s saliva gland may allow doctors to diagnose the disease. Read more»

A scale holding marijuana at weGrow.

A lawmaker wants to have another statewide vote on medical marijuana. A resolution by Rep. John Kavanagh, R-Fountain Hills, would put the issue on the 2014 ballot. Kavanagh said there's good cause to believe most Arizona voters no longer support the program. Read more»

Audrey Beardsley, an associate professor in Arizona State University’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, said Arizona's education policies align well with the goals of StudentsFirst, which gave the state a C-minus but still ranked it eighth in the nation.

A conservative advocacy group gives Arizona a C-minus in a national report card on education policy but notes the state has made strides in reform and has room for growth. Read more»