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Public school districts are required to make teacher salaries publicly available and curriculum and books are accessible to interested parents, but private schools have no such requirements.

Since applications for the expanded Empowerment Scholarship Account program opened, roughly three of every four students who sought school voucher funding had never set foot in an Arizona public school - subsidizing tuition for students who already attend pricey private schools. Read more» 1

Tom Horne announces he is running for Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Tom Horne, who held the position of superintendent of public instruction for eight years, announced Thursday he's running for the office again, on a platform against bilingual education and critical race theory. Read more» 1

In retrospect, inducting Martin Luther King Jr. into the Pantheon of American Heroes may have been a mistake and a disservice to what he fought for. Unfortunately, to make King an icon, we have had to make him non-controversial. We had to hollow him out, enabling anyone to fill that vessel with whatever supports their agenda. This is unfortunate, because his struggle continues. Read more»

Somewhere up there, Boss Tweed is looking down at Susan Bitter Smith and muttering, "Ballsy." The Arizona Attorney General told her, "No, you can't serve on the board regulating utilities and then take money from those utilities." But, it's on the media to ensure public offices are treated as public trusts. Read more»

DREAMers at a rally in front of the Arizona Capitol.

A Maricopa County Superior Court judge ruled Tuesday that "Dreamers" are eligible for in-state college tuition. Read more» 3

Chanting MAS supporters shut down an April 2012 TUSD Governing Board meeting as some zip-tied themselves together and a smoke bomb was set off. During the meeting, the board voted to fire Sean Arce, then the director of the program

In his final business day in office, the lame-duck head of public education in Arizona fired one last shot at Tucson Unified School District's ethnic studies program. John Huppenthal declared Friday that the district could lose 10 percent of its funding if it does not comply with state law. Read more» 3

The Supreme Court rejected an appeal from Arizona officials to reverse an injunction which blocks the enforcement of new rules aimed at the use of medication-based abortions in the state. The decision keeps the state from requiring abortion providers to follow FDA guidelines created in 2000, which are out of date according to medical experts. Read more»

Critics say it's hard to peek into so-called 'dark money' groups, which sit at the crossroads of tax law, campaign-finance rules, nonprofit governance and questions of what constitutes 'social good.' But defenders say that anonymity is important to protect truly free political speech. Read more»

Gov. Jan Brewer watches as Secretary of State Ken Bennett explains the canvass of general election results.

The official general election canvass certified Monday shows U.S. Rep. Ron Barber trailing Republican Martha McSally by 161 votes. A margin less than 200 votes triggers a recount. Read more»

Michael Berg and Rodney Eckersley display their marriage license outside Maricopa County Superior Court on the same day a federal judge overturned Arizona’s same-sex marriage bans. The two said they had waited 18 years for the right to marry.

In the week since Arizona's ban on same-sex marriage was rejected, clerks in all 15 counties say they have issued at least one marriage license to a same-sex couple - some to hundreds. And at $76 a pop, state coffers may already have taken in more than $20,000 in license fees. Read more»

Timothy Allen Pawlak, left, marries Jason Grant Bannecker before Phoenix Municipal Court Judge Kevin Kane on Friday, just hours after a federal judge overturned the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton looks on.

Gay couples rushed to Arizona courthouses to get married Friday, just hours after a federal judge struck down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage as a violation of the right to equal protection. Read more» 3

Robert Gordon, 71, and Stephen Kraynak, 66, were married outside the courthouse Friday by their church pastor after receiving their marriage license.

A federal judge has ruled that Arizona's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. State Attorney General Tom Horne said county clerks of court can "issue licenses for same-sex marriages immediately." Pima County began doing so Friday morning. Read more» 3

A supporter of same-sex marriage signs a petition calling on Arizona Attorney Tom Horne to stop defending Arizona’s ban during a rally Thursday.

Delivering more than 5,000 petition signatures in a little red wagon, supporters of gay marriage called for Attorney General Tom Horne to drop his defense of the state's ban. A spokeswoman says Horne's office is required to defend Arizona's laws against lawsuits. Read more»

The ACLU is taking aim at an Arizona law that bans so-called "revenge porn." A federal lawsuit by booksellers, photographers and other media members contends the law is overly broad and could actually make artistic or newsworthy pictures illegal. Read more»

The Republican primary election is over. The good news is that the Arizona Republican Party said "no mas" to Attorney General Tom Horne and Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal, the main opponents of Tucson's Mexican American Studies program. Read more»

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