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Arizona bill, executive order will not affect student grades

The Arizona Department of Education said in a statement Wednesday kids will be getting letter grades this year and actions taken by the governor and Legislature earlier this week apply to schools but “NOT individual student grade." The order is an attempt to assess academic progress in the past year and to present “evidence-based strategies to mitigate the impact of learning loss.”... Read more»

Douglas: It’s Board of Education’s prerogative to sue

Despite the threat of lawsuits from the Arizona State Board of Education, Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas insisted Thursday that she and the board are maintaining a professional working relationship.... Read more»

Board of Education authorizes suits vs. Diane Douglas

The Arizona State Board of Education voted Tuesday to sue Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas if she doesn’t comply with longstanding directives on access to data and the board’s website.... Read more»

Douglas faces Common Core supporters on Az Board of Education

Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas’ tough stance on Arizona’s use of the Common Core State Standards for Education may not be a winning argument with at least some of her fellow State Board of Education members. "That looks like a nuclear explosion. That just sounds ridiculous," said one.... Read more»2

Would Douglas’ stand against Common Core doom the standards?

If her current lead holds, Arizona will elect as superintendent of public instruction a Tea Party Republican who has made eliminating the state’s version of the Common Core central to her campaign. Diane Douglas’ stance on the standards has aroused concerns among education advocates and contributed to the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s decision to endorse Democrat David Garcia.... Read more»1

State school board to wade into English-immersion program fight

Vince Yanez understands what the Arizona Board of Education could be getting in to this year when it begins a “systematic review” of the state’s English Language Learner program, Structured English Immersion, a state-mandated program that puts non-English-speaking students into English class for four hours a day.... Read more»

Phx lawmaker: Bill would help failing schools improve faster

Allowing education officials to immediately assign schools failing grades under Arizona’s new system for measuring performance would allow troubled schools to get help faster, a state lawmaker contends.... Read more»