With the confirmation of Betsy DeVos as U.S Education Secretary in the news cycle, the terms "school choice" and "vouchers" have become quite the buzzwords lately. But what exactly are vouchers? And how can states legally send public money to private and parochial schools?
Across the U.S. and here in Arizona, cities are debating whether they should continue offering safe havens to undocumented immigrants against President Donald Trump’s policies. Across the border, Mexico City is implementing sanctuary city policies of its own.
The fate of Arizona’s Medicaid expansion is now in the hands of the Arizona Court of Appeals. On Tuesday, the court heard the latest challenge to the long-running lawsuit brought by Republican lawmakers.
The Gilbert Town Council will vote on more restrictive rules for group and sober living homes at its meeting Thursday. There are 126 group homes and recovery residences in Gilbert — much less than half of 1 percent of all homes there.
Long before there were medical schools and residency programs, there were traditional ways of healing people in Native communities across the country through ceremonies and herbs. Patrisia Gonzales teaches these practices — and the cultural underpinnings of them — at the University of Arizona in Tucson.
The number of residents who attend Mesa’s quarterly hazardous waste drop-offs has been on the upswing for the last three years. Mesa officials are working to establish a permanent hazardous-waste facility that would accept materials such as batteries, electronics, chemicals and appliances.
Asian-Americans make up almost 4 percent of the population in Arizona. One group in Phoenix that does advocacy and civic engagement work on behalf of Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders is the OCA of Greater Phoenix.
Voter-approved Proposition 206 has led to a lawsuit, and concerns about how the state’s new higher minimum wage would impact Arizona — and its budget. But a new analysis from the Grand Canyon Institute suggests concerns about effects on the general fund may be overblown.
The Arizona Court of Appeals heard arguments today about whether the state’s Medicaid expansion was approved legally or not. To talk about this is Mary Jo Pitzl, who covers state government for The Arizona Republic and azcentral.com.