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Tucson minimum wage increase wins 2-1, Democrats dominate Council elections

Democrats easily ran the table in Tuesday's Tucson City Council elections, and an initiative to boost the minimum wage for workers in the city easily passed. A measure to increase the salaries of Tucson's mayor and councilmembers was narrowly winning, by just more than 100 votes.... Read more»

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Election Day in Tucson, Vail: Council seats, minimum wage, school budget before voters

Voters who've held onto their ballots in the all-mail-in Tucson city and Vail School District elections have a few locations they can hand them over in person on Tuesday. All ballots must be received by 7 p.m. on Election Day to be counted.... Read more»

Where to drop your ballots for Tucson city, Vail schools elections

Voters who've held onto their ballots in the all-mail-in Tucson city and Vail School District elections have a few locations they can hand them over in person on Monday and Tuesday. All ballots must be received by 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Election Day, to be counted.... Read more»

Pima County readying COVID-19 shots for kids ages 5-11

As the promise of COVID-19 shots for kids aged 5-11 cleared another hurdle this week, Pima County officials are preparing to start vaccinations by next week, which will eventually inoculate 88,000 children here. ... Read more»

Weds. deadline to mail back Tucson, Vail ballots

Tucson voters wanting to mail back their ballots in the ongoing election should do so Wednesday, if they haven't yet. Ballots can be dropped off in person through Election Day, next Tuesday. Vail School District voters also have a mail-in election taking place.... Read more»

Tucson voters have Friday deadline to ask for mail-in ballots in Council, props election

Tucson voters who want to have a ballot sent to their homes for the ongoing vote-by-mail election for City Council seats and two propositions must request one by Friday. Vail School District voters also have a mail-in election taking place.... Read more»

Protesting masks and racism education, the 'patriots' take on Arizona’s school boards

Arizona school board meetings have been seeing an unprecedented number of disruptions by far-right, angry and yelling crowds furious that students were required to wear facemasks in schools, many organized by outside groups led by Steven Tyler Daniels, a self-identified conservative “patriot” activist who is trying to launch a new fringe-right political party.... Read more»

Superintendents: State budget cuts threaten technical, trade education

Superintendents from Pima County's school districts and local business leaders urged voters Thursday to tell state legislators that proposed budget cuts would "eviscerate" technical training programs. ... Read more»

John C. Scott

J.C. Scott: Kirkpatrick on business backing for immigration reform

Interviews with U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, Arizona Chamber of Commerce CEO Glenn Hamer, Tucson Hispanic Chamber Of Commerce President Lea Marquez Peterson, Vail School District Superintendent Calvin Baker, and Washington D.C. commentator Jimmy Zuma.... Read more»

Collaborative website helping many schools prepare for Common Core

When teachers in Queen Creek prepare lessons on the new Common Core standards, a website connects them with explanations, quizzes and other resources shared by dozens of school districts and charter schools. After using these resources and adapting them for their students, teachers there can then upload their materials for others around Arizona to use. ... Read more»

John C. Scott

J.C. Scott: Excellence in education begins at local level

Guest host Jimmy Zuma, Democratic commentator Paul Eckerstrom, Councilman Steve Kozachik, Mary Cathrine Ricker of the American Teachers Federation, and Vail School District Superintendent Calvin Baker.... Read more»

John C. Scott

J.C. Scott: Pima County bond survey deadline extended

Vail School District Superintendent Calvin Baker; President of the Tucson Hispanic Chamber Lea Marquez Peterson; Nicole Fyffe, assistant to Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry; Pima Animal Care Committee Chairman Jack Nueman, Republican representative on the Pima County Election Integrity Commission Benny White.... Read more»

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J.C. Scott: Formula One in Southern Arizona?

Interviews with Ward 4 Councilwoman Shirley Scott, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Fathers Day Council Lee Shaw, Director of the Steele Children's Research Center Dr. Fayez Ghishan, Tucson Weekly writer Jim Nintzel, Tucsoncitizen.com administrator Mark B. Evans, and Vail School Superintendent Calvin Baker... Read more»

John C. Scott Show

J.C. Scott: JTED's track record; legislative update

Interviews with developer Richard Studwell, our City Hall commentator; Democratic state Rep. Andrea Dalessandro (LD2); Inside Tucson Business columnist and former City Councilwoman Carol West; plus Vail School Superintendent Calvin Baker and JTED Governing Board Member Bob Schlanger.... Read more»

John C. Scott Show

J.C. Scott: SAT reading scores lowest in 40 years

Interviews with Mike Humphrey of the Pima County Retirees Association and retiree Linda Trozzi, plus financial advisor Shelly Fishman and Vail School District Superintendent Calvin Baker.... Read more»2

Amid budget politics, Az's school buildings crumble

After budget talks about overhauling school building maintenance flopped, the state Legislature has continued to cut off funding to regular school repairs in violation of the state Constitution and a previous court order.... Read more»

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