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No state west of Lake Erie narrowed the achievement gap in reading between its higher- and lower-income students since 2009 more than Arizona. But whichever income category or grade the students were in, Arizona’s reading scores still ranked among the 10 worst in the country. Read more»

Commentators John Munger and Vince Rabago square off on the Monday Political Face-off. Read more»

From left, Andrew LeFevre, the director of public relations for the Arizona Department of Education, and John Huppenthal, Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction, detail the new grading system.

A new school accountability system based on letter grades and taking into account students’ academic improvement in addition to test scores offers a clearer view of how schools perform. Read more» 1

Stegeman

TUSD's Mark Stegeman on the district's controversial ethnic studies program, disturbances at school board meetings, and the push to vote him out as board president. Read more»

We kicked off the show with a newsmaker interview with state Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal. Read more»

Demonstrators outside a TUSD board meeting, May 3.

TUSD's ethnic studies classes violate state law, according to the state schools chief. But an independent audit he ordered doesn't support his conclusions. The move puts 10 percent of TUSD's funding, about $15 million, at risk. (updated with documents) Read more» 5

A cowboy lassoes a bale of hay on the Capitol lawn.

A cowboy lassoed a bale of hay, flamenco dancers clapped castanets and a Navajo sounded his drum on Monday, Arizona's 99th birthday, as Gov. Jan Brewer kicked off the countdown to the state's centennial. Read more»

New state schools chief John Huppenthal agrees with his predecessor, saying that TUSD's ethnic studies program is illegal. Read more»

Horne

On his final day in office, Arizona schools chief Tom Horne said Tucson Unified School District's must end its Mexican-American studies program. which he said violates a new state law. TUSD's new superintendent, John Pedicone, said Monday that the district is "passionate about the program," which serves 1200 students. Read more» 1

Laura Filip expected credit for the college algebra class she took in high school to follow her to Arizona State University. However, she said, ASU didn't recognize the class and told her to take a lower-level one. A law that took effect earlier this year aims to eliminate such confusion by requiring common course numbers for all 100- and 200-level classes. Read more» 1

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