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Arizona tied Alaska for the lowest college completion rate in the country in 2013, with just 29 percent of students able to earn a four-year degree in six years or less. The state also posted the highest student loan default rate, at 18 percent, compared to a national average of 11 percent. Both figures were skewed by the poor data from for-profit colleges. Read more»

With the House and Senate set to take up bills to replace the No Child Left Behind Act, the White House released  a report showing a wide achievement gap between the top- and bottom-performing schools in each state.

A state-by-state report released by the White House showed a wide disparity in reading and math scores and in graduation rates, which led administration officials to urge Congress to address those problems in a rewrite of the No Child Left Behind Act. Read more»

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell presents Miccosukee Chairman Colley Billie with the waiver of No Child Left Behind Act requirements for the Florida tribe's school, the first such agreement with a tribe in the nation.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs is encouraging tribes to apply for NCLB waivers so that Native schools can include more of their history and culture in their curricula. Read more»

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan speaks at a news conference in Phoenix on a visit in which he toured an inner-city school district’s early childhood education center and met with state and local officials.

While visiting Phoenix on Tuesday, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said investing in early childhood development reduces the dropout rate and prison costs while producing a better-educated workforce. Read more»

Mari Koerner, dean of the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University, during March testimony to a Senate committee on her college’s approach to training teachers, which was held out Tuesday as a model for other schools in the nation.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan cited Arizona State University as a school that is 'raising the bar' on teacher education, as he unveiled a plan to strengthen teacher training, The new rules will undergo a 60-day comment and could take effect by the middle of 2015. Read more»

The government's role in desegregating the nation's schools has been marked by an absence of attention and action.

The federal government’s vigilance in enforcing the court-backed desegregation of the country’s schools is a shadow of what it once was. Read more»

New Department of Education data shows rising default rates on federal loans to parents. Read more»

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, at podium, and Attorney General Eric Holder at the release in Washington of the latest Civil Rights Data Collection, a report on the nation’s schools. Arizona fared poorly in several categories compared to other states.

Arizona's public schools do not fare well when it comes to access to experienced and certified teachers, or to advanced math and science classes, according to new data from the U.S. Department of Education. Read more»

Sabino High School Principal Matt Munger (at lectern) announces that Sabino has been named a 2013 National Blue Ribbon School. TUSD Superintendent H.T. Sanchez (left), Assistant Principal Russell Doty (center) and Sabino student leaders participate in the announcement.

Sabino High School on the Northwest Side was the only public school named a "National Blue Ribbon" award winner in Arizona, and one of only four schools in the state to receive the award, officials said Tuesday. Read more»

Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik, 9/11 survivor Jim Campbell, Councilman Paul Cunningham, financial advisor Shelly Fishman, Arizona Capitol Times Editor Jim Small Read more»

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Middle East expert Stephen Zunes, YWCA's Kelly Fryer, former state Sen. Frank Antenori and activist Christine Bauserman on the possibility they'll fall short of signatures needed to force a referendum on Medicaid expansion. Read more»

Sequestration protest

It’s Day 90 of sequestration—the across-the-board spending cuts that went into effect March 1, which the Obama administration predicted would be devastating and conservatives insisted wouldn’t be so bad. Three months in, it’s worth asking how harmful the phased-in cuts have been—although that depends on whom you ask. Read more»

In post-Newtown America, those with power say they must act to prevent another massacre of innocents. The Obama administration wants stiffer gun control, and $150 million to help schools hire up to 1,000 more on-campus police or counselors, or purchase security technology. Read more»

Window Rock Unified School District Superintendent Debbie Jackson-Dennison said the automatic federal budget cuts known as “sequestration” have already forced cuts in her district, which could be forced to close three of its seven schools next year as well.

The Window Rock Unified School District superintendent said the three-day-old federal budget cuts known as "sequestration" have already forced cuts in her district, and could lead to layoffs and the closure of three of the district's seven schools next year if left to stand. Read more»

The Sunday talk shows included exaggerated claims from both sides about the debate over automatic spending cuts scheduled to take effect March 1. Read more»

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