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Arizona schools serve will about 67,000 students considered English Language Learners this year. And how these kids learn a new language, as well as their grade-level curriculum, has been the subject of debate for decades.
Grand Canyon National Park officials say the North Rim will be opening later this month. The North Rim will open as scheduled on May 15, but some services will be limited. Officials say trucks are hauling water to fill storage tanks while repairs are underway to a water supply pipeline that was damaged by rockslides over the winter.
Most of the nation’s 11 million unauthorized immigrants are concentrated among 20 major metro areas, including Phoenix. Jeff Passel, senior demographer with the Pew Research Center, says Phoenix is home to over half of Arizona’s undocumented population, which defies the population trend seen elsewhere.
The Navajo president has called for the removal of the Navajo Housing Authority leadership. He said in a letter to the NHA board they’ve mismanaged funds and failed to provide sufficient homes for a tribe living in mostly overcrowded and impoverished conditions.
Is it possible that some paper products may be too nice looking to actually use? New research suggests we’re less likely to actually use these tissues, napkins, paper towels and other products if they’re aesthetically pleasing, than if they were just plain, white ones.
Cinco de Mayo will be celebrated later this week, and Memorial Day will be commemorated later this month. But a lesser-known holiday is being marked on Wednesday—International Spam Day. The so-called Father of E-Spam is a Valley resident. His name is Gary Thuerk, and we talked with him.
For more than thirty years, Title X funding — federal dollars set aside for services like birth control, breast cancer screening, STD testing — has gone to the Arizona Family Health Partnership. The Arizona Family Health Partnership then distributes the $4.5 million grant to providers around the state. Close to half of the money goes to Planned Parenthood. Republican state lawmakers want to change that.
California’s 2012 ban on licensed therapists trying to convert young people from gay to straight was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court this week. Supporters had said their religious beliefs were being restricted. Conversion therapy is a method that is still found in some areas of the country, but its validity is questioned by many observers.
The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago crunched some numbers from the Census Bureau and compiled a map of 300 cities, looking at which are peer cities in four categories: racial and socioeconomic composition, economic change and labor market conditions, demographic and economic future and housing.
Here’s the good news: in the last five years, high school graduation rates have increased in almost every state. But in some areas, there’s a long way to go. Rates remain especially low for certain subgroups of students, like those with disabilities or those learning English as a second language.
Humanism is a philosophy of life that is decidedly non-theistic. They believe in the responsibility to lead ethical lives, but they don’t believe in any kind of higher power. There’s actually a Humanist Society of Greater Phoenix that brings together humanists, atheists, agnostics and non-theists of all kinds.
Earlier this spring, a pile of boxes was found in a Valley warehouse, and the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office discovered 100,000 state-issued voter registration forms in those boxes. County Recorder Adrian Fontes, who took office in January, is concerned that what is in the aforementioned boxes may provide evidence that thousands of citizens were denied the opportunity to cast ballots.