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Jamie Matus, a former NewYork City public school teacher, organized a homeschooling playgroup for her kids and their classmates in Dubai after their school was shut.

Like it or not, we are suddenly a nation of home schoolers, with little preparation. The rapidly spreading coronavirus is instantly changing the way education is delivered, as school and home become the same place. Read more»

Teacher Marissa Chavez said students in full-day kindergarten learn socialization as well as academic skills.

The perennial debate over full-day kindergarten in Arizona has an added twist, with some educators, community and business leaders saying academic standards need to be applied to a full-day program. Read more»

What should parents do when they don’t understand their kids’ homework? Parents across the country are trying to make sense of Common Core standards, a set of academic expectations that call for less focus on memorization and more focus on explaining how solutions were found and, in English, a deep probe of text. Read more»

Cursive — not required by Common Core teaching standards — has disappeared from Arizona public schools, but a new Senate bill would require cursive reading and writing be taught. Read more»

The candidates’ factual stumbles touched on ISIS, ethanol, climate change and more. Read more»

Forty-two states and the District of Columbia are now using the same math and English standards, but the tests they use to determine how well students have mastered them still vary significantly. So even though, in theory, students in Connecticut, Wisconsin and Arizona are all learning the same thing, they'll be measured differently. Read more»


After filing paperwork Tuesday, the Coalition to Recall Diane Douglas has until Dec. 30 to gather more than 366,000 signatures on petitions to force the first-term Republican to either step down or again face voters. Read more» 1

Diane Douglas attends a meeting of the State Board of Education, 2015.

Arizona's state schools chief will hold another community meeting in Tucson, scheduled for next Tuesday night at the El Conquistador Resort. Read more» 1

Thursday night, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas will listen to Tucson's residents comments about Arizona's K-12 education system during an event at Pima Community College. Read more» 2

Diane Douglas attends a meeting of the State Board of Education. She plans a 14-stop listening tour that begins Thursday in Kingman. (Cronkite News Photo by

The 14-stop 'We Are Listening' tour, which kicks off Thursday in Kingman, is something Diane Douglas has wanted to do since becoming superintendent of public instruction in January, a spokesman said. Read more»

Diane Douglas attends a meeting of the State Board of Education.

Can a grass-roots effort become a political movement that succeeds in bringing about a recall election for a holder of statewide office? That hasn’t happened since 1988, when Arizona voters filed enough signatures to trigger a recall election for Gov. Evan Mecham, who was impeached before the election could be held. Read more» 1

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio speaking at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference.

FactCheck: Florida Sen. Marco Rubio has joined what promises to be a crowded field of Republican candidates for president. Rubio informed his top donors of his decision on April 13. Read more»

In a very early assessment of how Common Core standards may be influencing how much students learn, a new Brookings report finds small math and reading test score gains for students who live in states that embraced the new standards early. Read more»

The Legislature is well into the homestretch with a goal to wrap up the session before Easter still in its sights. This led to busy days and long nights at the Capitol this week. Read more» 1

Rep. Mark Finchem, R-Oro Valley, author of a bill to bar Arizona version of the Common Core education standards, addresses the Senate Education Committee on March 19.

Gov. Doug Ducey said leaders can make the changes he wants to see to Arizona’s version of the Common Core standards without a law striking them down, but legislation continues to move forward. Read more» 1

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