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Bear Essential News for Kids, a Tucson-based education newspaper aimed at elementary and junior high school students and their families, has been published monthly for 35 years. Eighty percent of its distribution is directly to about 550 schools in the Phoenix and Tucson metropolitan areas and into Pinal County. Read more»

When teachers in Queen Creek prepare lessons on the new Common Core standards, a website connects them with explanations, quizzes and other resources shared by dozens of school districts and charter schools. After using these resources and adapting them for their students, teachers there can then upload their materials for others around Arizona to use. Read more»

Like many parents, Dahlia Lithwick felt absolutely dumbfounded after sitting through one too many back-to-school meetings at her children’s school. The Ivy League-educated lawyer and journalist expressed her frustration in a revealing piece for Slate last week—one that highlighted the communication breakdown that hampers education reform. Read more»

In a survey conducted by the Arizona School Boards Association, 20 percent of respondents said that they would have trouble 'finding the necessary Internet capacity' for online assessments required under the Common Core State Standards.

When more than 30 students use the Internet in the three schools that constitute the Sanders Unified School District on the Navajo Nation, the broadband becomes slow and unreliable, Superintendent Michael Murphy says. Read more»

Arizona Education Association President Andrew Morrill, Tucson Weekly Editor Dan Gibson, TucsonSentinel.com's Dylan Smith, Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett, Arizona Chamber of Commerce CEO Glenn Hamer Read more»

Vail School District Superintendent Calvin Baker; President of the Tucson Hispanic Chamber Lea Marquez Peterson; Nicole Fyffe, assistant to Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry; Pima Animal Care Committee Chairman Jack Nueman, Republican representative on the Pima County Election Integrity Commission Benny White. Read more»

Interviews with developer Richard Studwell, our City Hall commentator; Democratic state Rep. Andrea Dalessandro (LD2); Inside Tucson Business columnist and former City Councilwoman Carol West; plus Vail School Superintendent Calvin Baker and JTED Governing Board Member Bob Schlanger. Read more»

Lattie F. Coor, chairman of the Center for the Future of Arizona, discusses The Arizona We Want 2.0: The Case for Action.

Create 75,000 jobs, increase wages 30 percent. Deliver high-speed Internet. Thin 30,000 acres to prevent forest fires. Increase health coverage and fund Common Core Standards. These are some of the goals in The Arizona We Want 2.0, a report released Thursday by the Center for the Future of Arizona. Read more»

Ron Carsten, former chief engineer at Raytheon Missile Systems in Tucson, told lawmakers that Arizona businesses need more job candidates with strong math and critical reasoning skills.

While executives said the standards will boost the number of job candidates with strong math and critical reasoning skills, they also urged lawmakers to provide funding to train teachers on implementation. All schools are required to use the standards by next school year. Read more»

Reporters interview Gov. Jan Brewer after she and legislative leaders spoke at a panel on goals for the 2013 Legislature.

Gov. Jan Brewer told business leaders Friday that her legislative agenda includes simplifying the “complicated and overly burdensome” process behind the state’s transaction privilege tax. Read more»

Arizona enacted a new law earlier this month that got little attention but could make a big impact on school performance. It allows school districts that receive an "A" for three years on their district report card to request exemption from specific state regulations. Read more»

Lawmakers across the country should give serious thought to the price they want to pay to implement curriculum standards that aren't internationally competitive and don't prepare our children for college. Read more»