Critics of Arizona public schools have long worried that our children are falling behind. Business leaders have asked lawmakers to make changes to the public school system so that they’ll have the workforce they need for the future.
What does the future of public school curriculum look like? How do community colleges tackle gaps in literacy? What role will our university system play in the state’s vitality?
We’ll find answers to these questions in a five-part series that KJZZ is calling Educating Arizona, beginning Monday, February 25.
Tune in to hear reports from Educating Arizona during Morning Edition
2/25 CORE CURRICULUM EXPLAINED - The governor and the legislature are hammering out a deal to revamp education curriculum. Mark Brodie explains how schools are scrambling to get ready.
2/26 PHOENIX UNION DROPOUT - By some standards, Arizona has the highest dropout rate in the country but in recent years, Arizona schools have seen improvement in their graduation rates. We go inside one Phoenix high school that's seeing success by offering longer hours. Jude Joffe-Block reports.
2/27 IN COLLEGE WITH A 4TH GRADE READING LEVEL – In the nation’s largest community college system, about one-third of its incoming students write at a fourth-grade level. Nick Blumberg explains.
2/28 UNIVERSITY GROWING PAINS - As Arizona State University and the University of Arizona continue to grow, Michel Marizco looks at what that means for students and faculty.
3/1 THE FUTURE OF BUSINESS - Business leaders are engaged in the fight to revamp the state’s education system because they’re hungry for a workforce that meets their needs. Mark Brodie reports.
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