Education News

Analysis Finds Protests Led To More Education Funding
Teachers in a handful of states, including Arizona, went on strike last year, demanding higher pay among other improvements. A recent report found, by and large, those teachers that walked out of the classroom got more money.
March 6, 2019
All AZ Universities Receive Greenlight On Free Speech
All of Arizona’s three major public universities have been given a “greenlight” by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education — or FIRE — for their policies on free speech.
March 5, 2019
Controversy About MAGA Gear In School Sparks Anger
Last Friday, at Perry High School in the Chandler Unified School District, students wore “Make America Great Again” clothing and carried a Trump banner to school. The students say it was to celebrate the school’s “Party in the USA" theme day.
March 5, 2019
Proposal To Increase Education Funding For Incarcerated Youth Advances
“They deserve no less than any other student in this state,” said Marvy McNeese, the principal of the Yavapai County juvenile detention school. “These are children who have been traumatized they need a lot of extra support and often times when they’re with us it’s the most consistent exposure to education they’ve ever had.”
March 4, 2019
House: Gun Owners Can Keep Guns Loaded At Schools
The Arizona House of Representatives has passed new legislation that would allow gun owners to keep their firearms loaded when entering a school.
March 4, 2019
School Student Spending Down In 2018
Arizona school districts are spending a little more than half of their dollars on instruction, but since 2004, the amount the state spends on instruction has dropped more than 4.5 percent.
March 4, 2019
AZ Education Investment Improving, But Still Low
For the second year in a row, classroom spending in Arizona has improved. However, a recent audit shows there's still plenty of work to be done to meet the national average.
March 4, 2019
Expanded In-State Tuition Bill Heads To Arizona House
A bill that would set one in-state college tuition rate for any student who graduates from an Arizona high school will be debated by the House Education Committee Monday.
March 4, 2019
Whats Behind The Rise Of So-Called Mega Universities?
There has been an increase of so-called “mega universities” in the U.S. They’re defined, at least in this context, as schools that have a national footprint through big online programs that are mainly aimed at adult students.
March 1, 2019
#ArizonaHaiku: Students Share Their Poetry
Some of the youngest poets to send KJZZ an #ArizonaHaiku were students in Bethany Valdivia’s classes at Alhambra Traditional School in Phoenix. Hear and read some of their haiku.
March 1, 2019
Why March Is Phoenix Sky Harbor’s Busiest Month
With freezing temperatures and snow across much of the country, Arizona attracts people from all over at this time of year looking to thaw out. That makes March Sky Harbor Airport’s busiest month.
March 1, 2019
New AZ Education Standards Focus On Creativity
Last fall, the Arizona Board of Education voted to make major changes to the teaching standards that guide our state educators in subjects like history, social studies and science. According to teacher Renee Howell, it will allow for less memorization and more creativity in her classroom.
Feb. 28, 2019
Project Records Youth Deaths From Gun Violence
A little more than a year ago — on February 14th, 2018 — a gunman shot and killed 17 students and staffers at Marjory Stoneman-Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. 17 others were also injured in the attack.
Feb. 28, 2019
Study: White Arizona School Districts Get More Funding Than Non-White Districts
“Even after decades of school finance litigation meant to equalize the playing field, and even after accounting for wealth disparities, the wrenching reality endures — the United States still invests significantly more money to educate children in white communities,” nonprofit EdBuild writes in a new study.
Feb. 27, 2019
UA Poetry Center Will Share In $1M Grant From Mellon Foundation
The University of Arizona Poetry Center has received part of a $1 million grant to promote the value of poetry. It’s one of the largest investments in an art form that has doubled its readership in the last five years according to the 2017 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts.
Feb. 26, 2019
The Education Landscape Of The U.S. Is Changing
As states across the country debate the funding of K-12 education and how much to pay teachers, new numbers released by the U.S. Census Bureau show the educational achievement landscape in our country is changing. Since 2000, the number of people with master’s and doctoral degrees has doubled.
Feb. 26, 2019
Financial Aid Key For College Degree Attainment Goals
The cost of college has been going up, both in Arizona and across the country, but the availability of financial aid has not been keeping up with those increases.
Feb. 25, 2019
Bill Introduced To Expand School Vouchers
Sen. Sylvia Allen introduced a bill that would open up new ESA —or school voucher — eligibility, effectively expanding the program. The bill would also move ESA oversight from the Department of Education to the the State Treasurer’s office to be managed by an outside contractor.
Feb. 25, 2019
AZ Law Leaves Schools Struggling To Navigate LGBTQ Issues
At least seven states have curriculum laws that limit how teachers can talk about LGBTQ relationships. Of all those laws, Arizona's is the only one that bans promoting "a homosexual life-style."
The Origin Of Arizona’s ‘Anti-Gay’ School Curriculum
Feb. 25, 2019
U.S., Arizona Boost Pre-K Funding In Last School Year
Funding for pre-kindergarten programs was up nationwide in the 2017-18 school year — that’s according to a new analysis by the group Education Commission of the States. All together, states spent more than $256 million more than the previous year.
Feb. 22, 2019