Arizona Education News


Hobbs vetoes bill to restrict school employees from using students preferred pronouns
Gov. Katie Hobbs has vetoed a bill that would have restricted the use of preferred pronouns in schools. As of Monday, Hobbs has issued a total of 95 vetoes this session.
May 22, 2023
Arcadia grad Audrey Treon is taking her love of fashion to ASU
The Show continues its series, The Graduates, where they turn over the mic to some of the most interesting grads in the Valley. Audrey Treon, a senior at Arcadia High School, is set to move just a few miles away from home to study fashion design at Arizona State University. The Show started the conversation with Treon's favorite piece from her closet.
May 22, 2023
Sesame Street has its first Filipino American Muppet. What representation means for kids
Kris Vera-Phillips shared her reflection on what representation in the media means for children after "Sesame Street" introduced a new Filipino American Muppet, TJ.
May 22, 2023
Fat Talk aims to change how parents address weight, health and self-worth
Virginia Sole-Smith says it’s not our kids — or their weight — that needs fixing, but the way we all think about body size and value.
May 22, 2023
Med school grad discovers the social side of radiology
For many, graduation offers a good excuse to move on, leave town, fly this coop. But for Hector Chong, who graduated last week from Creighton University School of Medicine in Phoenix, it’s a reason to stay and help people in his community.
May 19, 2023
Education board OKs deal for University of Idaho to acquire University of Phoenix
A deal has been approved for the University of Idaho to purchase the University of Phoenix — a for-profit university that once had an enrollment of nearly 500,000 students.
May 19, 2023
Many AZ  high school graduates choosing to skip college
The Show spoke about this with Jere Johnston, youth services librarian for the Red Mountain Library in Mesa, about what she’s seeing in terms of high school students thinking about what they’re going to do after graduation — and the choices they’re making.
May 18, 2023
New ASU grad levels up baton twirling with digital theater tech
Cody Carter graduated earlier this month with a degree in digital culture theater technology from ASU’s Barrett, the Honors College.
May 17, 2023
Horne meets with AZ education leaders to talk academic performance
On Monday afternoon, educators from district and charter schools across the state sat down with Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne. They were invited to discuss their methods for improving academic achievement.
May 15, 2023
How new budget will affect K-12 education in Arizona
Chris Kotterman, director of governmental relations with the Arizona School Board Association, joined The Show to talk about how various aspects of the new budget affect K-12 education in Arizona.
May 15, 2023
How the KKK rose to power in the heartland in the 1920s
The Show spoke with author, Timothy Egan, on his new book, "A Fever in the Heartland," which details the power and influences of the Klu Klux Klan in Indiana in the 1920s.
May 15, 2023
Horne wants feedback on how to improve test scores
Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne is hosting about a dozen principals from across the state on Monday. Horne wants to hear from educators who’ve successfully improved their test scores about what has worked well for them.
May 15, 2023
New data: 17% of future AZ HS students will pursue a four-year degree
New data shows by 2029 only about 17% of Arizona high school students will pursue a four-year college degree if recent trends continue.
May 14, 2023
AEA on AZ budget: We will see this impact our entire general fund
Arizona’s newly passed state budget brings investment to school facilities and a one-time, $300 million infusion that districts can use to help keep teachers in their classrooms. But it didn’t put any caps on school vouchers.
May 11, 2023
AZ Dept. of Education to recommend approving grants for armed school resource officers
The Arizona Department of Education says it will recommend that the state Board of Education approve grants for armed school resource officers at six schools in the Phoenix Union High School District.
May 11, 2023
Author traces the long and storied history of the dude ranch
The Show spoke with Lynn Downey, an archivist, historian, and author of the book "American Dude Ranch: A Touch of the Cowboy and the Thrill of the West." In it, she traces the long and storied history of the dude ranch, America’s original western vacation.
May 11, 2023
BASIS Tucson teachers take steps to unionize
Teachers at BASIS Tucson North voted last month to unionize; the 34-17 vote means they’re joining the American Federation of Teachers. It’s the first time teachers at an Arizona charter school have taken this step, and organizers say nationally, less than 15% of teachers at charter schools are in unions.
May 11, 2023
A melting pot of 22 nationalities, Phoenix school helps refugee families adjust to life in U.S.
With a large number of Spanish-speaking students, many Arizona schools teach English as a second language. But at one school in Phoenix, students speak 18 different languages.
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May 11, 2023
Dems upset budget doesn’t limit voucher expansion
A $17 billion budget package that Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs negotiated with leaders of the Republican-controlled Legislature and won approval on Wednesday is drawing criticism from Democrats for failing to put limits on an expansion of a school voucher program that they say is a drain on the state’s coffers.
May 10, 2023
This new ASU grad doesnt regret skipping the college experience
Tempe’s evening skies have filled with fireworks — a sign that graduation ceremonies are underway. For Madi Latham, who’s graduating with a bachelor’s in creative writing, it’s a time of reflection as well as celebration.
May 10, 2023