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Pima County's free pre-K program to grow with new classrooms, $30M in spending

Pima County has started approving contracts with school districts that will fund their free preschool program for low-income families, called PEEPS, with federal COVID relief from the 2021 American Rescue Plan. The switch is expected to bring and keep more teachers and open more classrooms. ... Read more»

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Pima County schools strained by lack of COVID-19 testing as FEMA sites open

Two COVID-19 testing sites funded by Federal Emergency Management Agency opened last week to mitigate the shortage of rapid testing in Pima County, a problem that’s especially acute for businesses and public schools. ... Read more»

Tucson-area schools offering 'grab & go' meals for kids during coronavirus closures

With Tucson-area schools closed until at least March 30, some area school districts are preparing to offer "grab and go" meals for children beginning next week: Amphi, Flowing Wells & Catalina Foothills, as well as TUSD and Sunnyside.... Read more»

To ease teacher shortage, Sunnyside pilot program offers free UA tuition, $1,000/mo. stipend

The University of Arizona and a neighboring school district are working on a pilot program to “grow” Tucson residents into teachers, offering free tuition and paying them $1,000 monthly stipends.... Read more»

Drug-resistant head lice pop up in Arizona

Arizona is one of 25 states with lice populations that are highly resistant to over-the-counter treatments still widely recommended by doctors and schools, according to a new study. "The good news is head lice don’t carry disease," a researcher said. "They're more a nuisance than anything else."... Read more»

Az summer lunch program reaching less than 15% of eligible kids

State officials hope to increase the number of free meals from the 1.1 million served last summer under the Summer Food Service Program. But they said one of the biggest challenges is putting meal sites where low-income kids can find them, and making kids want to come back. ... Read more»

Sunnyside recall: Quintero, Giffin in landslide over incumbents

In unwelcome news for Sunnyside's Manuel Isquierdo, two challengers beat the incumbents by a 3-1 margin in the district's recall election — one which will determine the fate of the controversial superintendent. Rebecca Quintero and Eric Giffin were handily leading recalled board members Bobby Garcia and Louie Gonzales.... Read more»1

Crouch: Isquierdo 'lied' about Sunnyside graduation rates

An early-morning meeting of the Sunnyside Governing Board turned hot and heavy Tuesday, as Boardmember Buck Crouch accused Superintendent Manuel Isquierdo of fudging the numbers of high school graduates from the district. "He has intentionally falsified, misrepresented, or lied about the data," Crouch said. Isquierdo, the flash point for a recall election, dismissed the accusations as "political." (video)... Read more»

Guest opinion

Crouch: Zero-based budgeting will strategize Sunnyside budget cuts

Sunnyside Unified School District had a maintenance and operations budget override rejected by the public for the third time in a row this year. At this time, it does not matter why the voters rejected the override or by what margin, the reality is the district's budget needs to be cut. ... Read more»

John C. Scott

J.C. Scott: Time running out for year-end charitable giving

Interviews with Barbara Brown of the Community Foundation of Southern Arizona, Andrew Morrill of the Arizona Education Association, Easter Seals Blake Foundation CEO Ema Kammeyer, developer Richard Studwell, Sunnyside Governing Board member Buck Crouch, Arizona Capitol Times Editor Jim Small. ... Read more»

John C. Scott

J.C. Scott: Isquierdo talks about the 'New Sunnyside'

An interview with controversial Sunnyside Superintendent Manuel Isquierdo, plus Tucsoncitizen.com Administrator Mark B. Evans, Tucson Padres GM Mike Feder on the wind-up of Tucson baseball, financial advisor Shelly Fishman, and Middle East expert Prof. Stephen Zunes.... Read more»1

John C. Scott

J.C. Scott: House Speaker Tobin calls for firefighter benefits

Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne, Republican Arizona House Speaker Andy Tobin, Sunnyside Governing Board member Buck Crouch, talk show host Emil Franzi, Ward 2 Tucson City Councilman Paul Cunningham.... Read more»

John C. Scott

J.C. Scott: Modern streetcar update

Ward 2 Tucson City Councilman Paul Cunningham, President of the Southern Arizona Black Chamber of Commerce Clarence Boykins, TucsonsSentinel.com Editor and Publisher Dylan Smith, documentarian Daniel Buckley, and Ward 6 Tucson City Councilman Steve Kozachik... Read more»

John C. Scott

J.C. Scott: Details of Arizona's sales tax changes

Interviews with Democratic state Sen. Steve Farley, Arizona League of Cities and Towns head Ken Strobeck, financial advisor Shelly Fishman, TUSD Boardmember Mark Stegeman, plus Larry Hecker, chairman of the Pima County Bond Advisory Committee, and Sunnyside Governing Board member Buck Crouch.... Read more»

Despite angry crowd, Sunnyside extends Isquierdo's contract

The Sunnyside school board voted 3-2 Tuesday to extend the contract of Superintendent Manuel Isquierdo by two years. The move was controversial, with two Board members — Buck Crouch and Daniel Hernandez — outspoken in their opposition to the extension. The Board's refusal to hold a call to the audience was met with calls of "shame" and "we are going to recall you."... Read more»2

John C. Scott

J.C. Scott: Sunnyside's Isqueirdo facing opposition

Tucsoncitizen.com's Mark B. Evans, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Fred DuVal on producing the play "8," plus Sunnyside Governing School Board member Buck Crouch, and developer Richard Studwell.... Read more»

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