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Scandals spur little change: Arizona graded D in integrity exam

Gaps in government transparency and accountability in Arizona over the past few years are not hard to find. The Copper State received an overall score of 64 – a D grade — in a new State Integrity Investigation, a data-driven assessment of government accountability and transparency in all 50 states.... Read more»

Think tank: Az’s education cuts 3rd-deepest in nation

A liberal think tank said that only Oklahoma and Alabama made deeper cuts to K-12 education funding than Arizona during the economic downturn. It says Arizona reduced funding by an inflation-adjusted 17.2 percent from fiscal 2008 through fiscal 2014. ... Read more»

John C. Scott

J.C. Scott: Rio Nuevo District making progress

Tim Hogan of the Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest, Rio Nuevo Boardmember Alberto Moore,TucsonSentinel.com's Dylan Smith, financial advisor Shelly Fishman, attorney Jeff Rogers.... Read more»

Arizona still waiting for Fiesta Bowl fixes

The Fiesta Bowl game and its many related events have become a football extravaganza that kicks off the new year for the Phoenix area with national publicity and a hefty economic boost. But over the past three years, the Fiesta Bowl has also become the source of continuous embarrassment in the Valley of the Sun, for bowl officials, civic boosters and state legislators, as well. And it isn’t over.... Read more»

Az legislators want to water down voter intiatives

GOP legislators say voter initiatives limit their ability to appropriate funds from a tight budget and call the process an outright threat to a government.... Read more»

State Integrity Investigation

Arizona gets D+ on corruption risk report card

Arizona, like most states, tends to initiate reforms after scandals. The state may need more good government laws: Arizona landed 27th with a grade of D+ and a numerical score of 68 in rankings by the State Integrity Investigation.... Read more»

English-language learning

Survey change likely means more ELL students

School districts are likely to see increases in English-language learners and the costs associated with the program after the federal government demanded that Arizona change a survey it uses to screen students, school officials and observers say.... Read more»