Arizona Education News


Mother of former UA student, charged in professors murder, testifies
Former University of Arizona grad student Murad Dervish is on trial for the 2022 on-campus shooting and murder of professor Thomas Meixner. Patricia Grace, Dervish’s mother, took the stand.
Mesa Public Schools sees improvement in chronic absenteeism
Chronic absenteeism has been a major issue across K-12 schools in Arizona, especially since the COVID-19 pandemic. But Mesa Public Schools is seeing improvement in that area.
May 16, 2024
Mesa now one of the highest paying districts in Arizona
Mesa Public Schools has approved pay increases for all of its 8,500 employees, effective July 1. The increase makes Mesa one of the highest paying school districts in the state.
May 16, 2024
No evidence submitted against ASU protesters yet
Prosecutors have a year to refile dozens of trespassing cases against pro-Palestine demonstrators arrested late last month at Arizona State University.
May 15, 2024
This Scottsdale middle school principal has banned cellphones for years. Heres why
Schools in Arizona and around the country are grappling with cellphones in the classroom. Some are letting students have them out in between classes and at lunch. Others are buying up smartphone pouches that lock them up.
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May 15, 2024
Hobbs says lawmakers unlikely to reach a deal on teacher raises this year
Democratic Gov. Katie Hobbs says lawmakers are unlikely to reach a deal this session to ask voters to extend a key public education funding measure.
May 15, 2024
She earned ASU doctoral degree — at age 17
Dorothy Jean Tillman II recently graduated with her doctoral degree from Arizona State University, after successfully defending her thesis in December at age 17. She took her first college course at 10.
May 15, 2024
NAU institute offers AI guidance for schools
The Arizona Institute for Education and the Economy is offering guidance for the use of Generative AI in K-12 schools. It’s not a mandate from state officials, but information about how AI works and how it could be used in the classroom.
May 15, 2024
Judge throws out cases against ASU protesters
Dozens of trespassing cases against pro-Palestine demonstrators arrested late last month at Arizona State University were dismissed by a judge Tuesday. But prosecutors still have a year to revive them.
May 14, 2024
Police still seeking suspects in shooting of 20-year-old University of Arizona student
At a news conference Tuesday, police Capt. Doug Foster said there is no indication that 20-year-old sophomore Erin Jones — from Newport Beach, California — was targeted.
May 14, 2024
ASU researchers develop voice authentication to guard against AI
The rise of artificial intelligence-generated audio statements poses major ethical and moral problems. To address this concern, a group of ASU researchers have developed a prototype of a microphone that would authenticate voice recordings as human speech.
May 13, 2024
An instrument often known for holding down the bassline takes center stage
An Arizona State University music professor recently released a new album, which she describes as an exploration of identity. So much so that it’s the name of Deanna Swoboda’s latest album.
May 13, 2024
More than $1B invested in early childhood education. That funding is about to run out
Over the last three years, Arizona has received $1.3 billion from the federal government to support early childhood education and child care in Arizona. Now, those pandemic relief funds are running out.
May 13, 2024
University of Arizona faculty sets up ad hoc committee after protest arrests, social media tracking
Ellie Wolfe with the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson joined The Show to talk more about the pro-Palestinian protests at University of Arizona, where police shot what appeared to be rubber bullets as protesters threw rocks and water bottles at SWAT vehicles.
May 13, 2024
Jill Biden tells Mesa Community College graduates not to let others limit them
First Lady Jill Biden spoke at the commencement ceremony for Mesa Community College on Saturday. She spoke to hundreds of graduates at Desert Financial Arena in Tempe.
May 11, 2024
Grand Canyon University to join West Coast Conference
Grand Canyon University announced Friday that it has accepted an invitation to join the West Coast Conference, starting in July 2025. GCU has been in the Western Athletic Conference since 2013.
May 10, 2024
Valley libraries will launch summer reading program
A summer reading program designed by the Maricopa County Library District is being used by 65 public, tribal and military base libraries across the Valley.
May 9, 2024
ASU researcher under investigation for confrontation not allowed on campus
Arizona State University officials say a postdoctoral research scholar remains on leave as the school investigates his videotaped confrontation with a hijab-wearing woman at a pro-Israel rally last weekend.
May 9, 2024
Witnesses testify in trial of former UA student charged in professors killing
Witnesses have begun testifying in the trial of Murad Dervish, the former University of Arizona grad student accused of shooting a professor to death on campus. Dervish faces seven felony charges including first-degree murder.
May 9, 2024
New semiconductor program planned for Hamilton High School in Chandler
The Chandler Unified School District is partnering with the University of Arizona to create a new semiconductor program for high schoolers. The district hopes the two-year program will begin fall 2025 at Hamilton High School.
May 9, 2024
Los Monstruos is new twist to classic Mexican folklore for not quite kids, not quite young adults
You might have heard the story of the Wailing Woman, or La Llorona, in Mexican folklore. But you've probably never heard her story the way Diana López tells it.
May 9, 2024