Arizona Education News


What ASUs new medical school means for Arizonas health care industry
To address the question of whether or not an ASU medical school will fix the lack of medical professionals, The Show spoke with Will Humble, director of the Arizona Public Health Association.
This nonprofit is working to make sure kids are reading at grade level
According to the Arizona Progress Meter, 41% of third-graders are reading at grade level. The state’s goal is 72%. The Show talked about where Arizona is right now with literacy rate with Sophie Allen-Etchart, founder and CEO of the nonprofit Read Better Be Better.
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June 7, 2023
$1.2M in safety grants given to 6 Phoenix high schools for on-campus police officers
The Arizona Department of Education has allocated $1.2 million in safety grant funding to a group of Phoenix high schools. The six schools in the Phoenix Union High School District applied for funds to pay for law-enforcement officers on campus.
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June 6, 2023
AZ FAFSA completion rates among lowest in country
Arizona has among the lowest completion rates in the country for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The state is trying to change that with a new tool for high school counselors.
June 6, 2023
Researchers are working on non-addictive pain meds
The CDC says overdose deaths are still a leading cause of injury-related death in the United States, and that the majority of those involve opioids. Researchers like John Streicher are trying to figure out ways to bring those numbers down.
June 6, 2023
Horne says hes cutting red tape for Title I funding
Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne announced Monday that one requirement for schools to receive Title I funding will be reduced going forward.
June 5, 2023
Díaz: Arizona cant afford $900M on vouchers without accountability
The Arizona Department of Education now projects its universal school voucher program will cost the state $900 million in 2024. Arizona Republic editor Elvia Díaz says we cannot let the program ransack the state’s coffers without any accountability.
June 5, 2023
Phoenix earmarks $3.5M for trees, shade canopy
For the second time in a year, Phoenix is earmarking millions in federal funds to add trees and shade canopies to neighborhoods disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.
June 5, 2023
Tom Horne says hes advertising school vouchers
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne says he’s been using some of the money set aside to administer Arizona’s school voucher program to advertise it.
June 3, 2023
Phoenix Union High School District bringing back 6 police officers
The Phoenix Union High School District has approved a new safety plan and hired six law enforcement officers for the next school year. This comes after seven months of back and forth between the governing board, its appointed safety committee and members of the community.
June 2, 2023
Hobbs says shell push to curb universal private school vouchers
Arizona Democratic Gov. Katie Hobbs has said she is going to take another look at curbing the growth of universal private school vouchers. That comes following a report from the Arizona Department of Education that projected the program would cost $900 million this year, 63% more than was projected.
June 2, 2023
Some Arizona students with disabilities are being forced to graduate high school too early
Thousands of high school seniors across Arizona celebrated graduation season this past month, grinning in caps and gowns for proud families. But for some Arizona students, the end of high school can — and, legal experts say — should — wait.
June 2, 2023
Peoria school board warned to stop quoting Bible
An umbrella group that advocates for the First Amendment’s separation of church and state is urging the Peoria Unified School District to stop the promotion of religion at board meetings. At least two board members have been quoting Bible verses while making general comments.
June 1, 2023
ASU to open new medical school
Arizona State University has announced plans to launch a new School of Medicine and Advanced Medical Engineering. It's part of a larger effort to address the state’s growing healthcare needs.
June 1, 2023
New ASU class will train students to use ChatGPT
Artificial intelligence programs like ChatGPT have become a major disruptor in a pretty short amount of time. A lot of people are trying to figure out how to keep up, and one ASU professor is taking a unique approach.
June 1, 2023
Universal school vouchers to cost AZ $900M by 2024
The system of universal vouchers enacted by Republican lawmakers is going to cost Arizona taxpayers $900 million this coming school year – 60% more than what lawmakers put into the budget just a month ago.
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June 1, 2023
Word S9.7 – My cousin wasnt a murderer
On this episode, a Diné writer releases her first novel. Plus, we examine an international true-crime story by a Valley poet-turned sleuth. And, we extend a bow to Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month with a day at the Kentucky Derby.
May 30, 2023
UA professors earn highest NASA medal for non-governmental scientists
Two University of Arizona professors were awarded NASA’s top medals designated for non-governmental scientists earlier this month.
May 29, 2023
Alhambra district begins free breakfast, lunch program
The The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) begins May 30th at some district locations through most of June, and one school for a portion of July.
May 29, 2023
Study will look at link between exercise and slowing Alzheimers
A new $4.5 million federal grant will fund Arizona State University research to explore the link between aerobic exercise and slowing the progression of Alzheimer's disease.
May 29, 2023
Fourth-grade Arizona teacher is a graduate of the Storytelling Institute
Mario Avent is a fourth-grade teacher who is now officially a storyteller. Avant, 43, recently graduated from the Storytelling Institute at South Mountain Community College. He has plans to create a storytelling club for his students.
May 26, 2023