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COVID woes prompt more states to require financial literacy classes

The COVID-19 pandemic underscored how few Americans are prepared for financial emergencies and how most are uninformed about personal finances, giving financial literacy requirements as a high school graduation requirement new momentum.... Read more»

2021: A year pierced by gunfire on school grounds

While the pandemic effectively stopped school shootings in 2020 because of remote learning, the violence picked right back up in 2021 when students returned to the classroom. ... Read more»

Az law will require students to pass 'citizenship test' to graduate

Gov. Doug Ducey signed legislation Thursday requiring every Arizona high school student to pass the same civics test required of new citizens. Supporters say the change addresses a lack of understanding among young people about how the U.S. government works.... Read more»1

Concussion-prevention effort targeting younger athletes

Organizers of an effort to reduce concussions in high school sports are appealing to a younger audience with a smartphone game geared toward athletes ages 8-12. "Barrow Brain Ball" expands upon Barrow Brainbook, the interactive online education that the Arizona Interscholastic Association requires for every high school athlete in Arizona.... Read more»

ASU rolling out new programs to turn students into teachers

To address a state need for middle and high school teachers, Arizona State University is adding a certificate program and new bachelor’s degrees offering alternative paths into the profession.... Read more»

Az teens save lives through blood donations

The 176 high schools across the state that held blood drives for United Blood Services recruited 22,045 blood donations last school year, tripling the 8,352 units of blood donated at high schools in 2002. The organization’s High School Challenge Awards Luncheon, held at Chase Field, honored students for their success. ... Read more»

Az graduation rates rise, still trail national average

Arizona high school graduation rates rose sharply over a 10-year period, but state students still lag behind the national average, according to a new report.... Read more»

Arizona graduation rate dropping as others jump ahead

Arizona's high school graduation rate not only lags much of the rest of the nation, but is actually falling as other states are seeing more students awarded diplomas, a new report says. "We understand very clearly that's one of the crises that TUSD is struggling with," said incoming superintendent John Pedicone.... Read more»


Diploma proposal would help high schoolers get college credit

A state lawmaker is proposing a new diploma that would allow high school students to attend community colleges or technical schools as early as sophomore year.... Read more»