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Shellie Wenhold’s, whose 9-year-old son Jonathan suffered cardiac arrest during gym class at his Georgia school and didn’t survive, is advocating for legislation that would require Arizona schools to train students in CPR.

SB 1337, authored by Sen. Barbara McGuire, D-Kearny, has won endorsements from the Senate Appropriation Committee and Senate Education Committee. The measure would require public schools and charter schools to have each student receive CPR training at least once between seventh and 12th grades. Read more»

John Huppenthal, Arizona’s superintendent of public instruction, speaks at a panel discussion Thursday on education data.

Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal wants $32 million to replace Arizona’s decade-old educational data system, which he said has required extensive upkeep for quite some time. (with video) Read more»

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has chimed in with an idea to prevent school shootings like the recent attack on an elementary school in Newtown, Conn. He wants to organize groups of armed volunteers to patrol the perimeters of schools. Read more»

Lorenzo Lopez, a history teacher at Cholla High School in Tucson and a former Mexican American Studies teacher, said the new desegregation plan in Tucson Unified School District has the potential to restore the Mexican American Studies program.

Supporters of the TUSD's Mexican American Studies curriculum banned by a 2010 state law see potential for reviving the program or something similar in an update to a desegregation plan set for review by a federal court. Read more» 2

Interviews with John Huppenthal, state superintendent of public instruction, plus Shelli Hall of the Tucson Film Office, TREO's David Welsh and historian Ken Scoville. Read more»

Today on Buckmaster: John Huppenthal, Arizona superintendent of public instruction; Mike Feder, general manager of the Tucson Padres; Humane Society and healthy living. Read more»

The Modern Language Association expressed deep concern over the elimination of TUSD’s MAS program and the removal of textbooks from classrooms, arguing that ethnic studies are relevant to all schoolchildren, and that attempts to curtail such inquiry go against the U.S.’s founding principles. Read more» 6

Luz Ordosgoitia’s sixth-grade class at Desert Willow Elementary School learns science in the Spanish language.

Educators say a Spanish-immersion program has improved standardized test scores, set up students for success in high school and shown the way for others like it in Arizona. (with video) Read more»

Arizona State Superintendent John Huppenthal has asked to replace federal performance standards with state level ones, an effort supported by Gov. Jan Brewer.

Arizona officials have asked to replace federal standards under the No Child Left Behind act with state-level student performance standards and a school accountability system they say will be more efficient. Read more»

Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal delivers his State of Education address Monday in Phoenix.

An outdated and inefficient information technology system used to provide data to the state wastes staff time and creates roadblocks for those seeking the information, Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal said Monday. Read more»

U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva

U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva, D-Tucson, sent a letter Monday to federal education officials asking for an investigation into whether state law violates national standards in targeting TUSD's Mexican American Studies program. Read more» 5

Arizona schools were ranked in the bottom 10 states in a national report Thursday that gave the state a below-average grade in student achievement, teacher requirements and state spending, among other areas. Read more»

MAS supporters chanted 'Shame on you' as the vote to suspend TUSD's ethnic studies program was taken Tuesday night.

TUSD's Governing Board eliminated its ethnic studies program Tuesday night in a 4 -1 vote following impassioned pleas from program supporters. Board member Adelita Grijalva was the dissenting vote. Read more» 12

Demonstrators outside a TUSD board meeting, May 3.

TUSD will lose 10 percent of its state funding until it complies with a law that essentially bans its ethnic studies program, state schools chief John Huppenthal announced Friday. He ordered the district's funding withheld retroactively to Aug. 15. Read more» 5


A new member of TUSD's Governing Board, Alexandre Sugiyama, was sworn in Tuesday night after his appointment to a vacant seat. The board elected Mark Stegeman as its president. Stegeman was ousted from that position in August because of the controversy over Ethnic Studies. Read more»

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