Education Desk

Opponents of Arizona's sweeping new school voucher law took a big step toward blocking it until voters can weigh in next year, after state officials determined that 97 percent of the 111,000 signatures collected by a grassroots group passed an initial certification.
August 21, 2017
graduation
Arizona education officials have come up with specific goals for students in the state. It’s part of the Arizona Progress Meter, which measures where students are, and determines where they need to go, in a series of metrics — including high school graduation rate, and success in eighth-grade math and third-grade reading.
August 17, 2017
State elections officials have completed their initial review of petition sheets turned in to block Arizona's ambitious school voucher program expansion.
August 16, 2017
Arizona DREAMers
More than 100 students and immigration rights advocates gathered at the Arizona State Capitol late Tuesday to celebrate the 5th anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy or DACA. The event was one of many being held around the country.
August 16, 2017
Tucson Unified School District
Is Arizona’s Mexican American Studies ban unconstitutional? After a trial in July a federal judge is expected to weigh in on that question soon.
August 16, 2017
Alexander "Xander" Hill
Psychologists and behavioral therapists warn the first few weeks of a new year can be extremely stressful socially and academically — especially for kids with a cognitive disability few understand.
August 15, 2017
Opponents of expanding school vouchers may see their efforts ultimately quashed on a technicality.
August 14, 2017
Aug. 21 is the first day of classes on Ottawa University’s new campus next door to Surprise City Hall, and enrollment at the private Christian school has so far exceeded expectations.
August 14, 2017
Arizona Challenger Space Cente
The Arizona Challenger Space Center building has been acquired by the Peoria Unified School District. The district traded two empty lots of land for the facility, worth around $4.4 million.
August 11, 2017
A member of the governing board for the Liberty Elementary School District could face arrest if she goes back to one of the campuses.
August 11, 2017
Arizona Board of Regents logo
Members of the Arizona Board of Regents told Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich this week that they have no plans to hike tuition for DREAMers until the Arizona Supreme Court tells them to do so.
August 11, 2017
school bus
Listen to the sounds of Angelica Marquez on bus duty at Herrera Elementary School in Phoenix.
August 10, 2017
students stand in line
Minority students in Arizona are significantly more likely to be suspended from school.
August 10, 2017
desks in a classroom
When a Maricopa County agency is done with supplies like computers or furniture, they are sold to the highest bidder. The Maricopa County Education Services Agency would rather see its surplus go to Arizona school teachers
August 08, 2017
A group opposed to the expansion of Arizona’s new Empowerment Scholarship Account law submitted more than 111,000 petition signatures to state officials Tuesday. The move puts the law on hold for now.
August 08, 2017
pencils
When Gov. Doug Ducey passed his budget last year, a big chunk of it was made up of new spending for a signature performance pay plan for public schools — $38 million to be exact. But the school year is about to start and districts are still questioning when they will receive the money — and how exactly it has to be spent.
August 08, 2017
kids in school uniforms
Members of the group Save Our Schools said they will turn in more than 100,000 petition signatures Tuesday to block Gov. Doug Ducey’s expanded school voucher program.
August 08, 2017
Arizona school districts say they haven’t received details yet about a funding stream provided in the new state budget. The $38 million program is supposed to give top AzMERIT scoring schools additional per-student funding.
August 07, 2017
A group opposed to a major private school voucher expansion bill signed by Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey plans to file petitions tomorrow to block the law.
August 07, 2017
School buses
Your local district is hiring bus drivers, crossing guards, classroom aids and school nutrition workers. Many schools have to refill these positions year, after year. Why? It's complicated.
August 07, 2017

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