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Education Advocacy Group Hopes To Repeal Voucher Expansion Bill With Referendum
A new education advocacy group wants voters to have the last word on Arizona’s controversial private school-voucher expansion law. Save Our Schools Arizona needs to collect more than 75,000 voter signatures to make that happen.
May 9, 2017
Dean Named For UA Medical School In Phoenix
The University of Arizona’s medical school in downtown Phoenix is welcoming a new dean. Dr. Guy Reed will begin his new post in July. He’s currently the chair of the University of Tennessee’s Department of Medicine.
May 4, 2017
Arizonas ELL Classrooms Struggle With Teacher Shortages, Low Graduation Rates
Arizona schools serve will about 67,000 students considered English Language Learners this year. And how these kids learn a new language, as well as their grade-level curriculum, has been the subject of debate for decades.
May 4, 2017
Arizona GOP Lawmaker Questions Why We Force Kids to Attend School
Next year, we may see legislation repealing the compulsory education law requiring students attend school through 10th grade.
May 3, 2017
Arizona Democrats Want A 4-Percent Teacher Pay Increase
A Republican budget plan, set for its first vote Wednesday, would give Arizona teachers a pay hike more than double what was submitted by Gov. Doug Ducey.
May 3, 2017
Teachers March In Phoenix For Higher Raises In State Budget
The march is a response to a comment made by Arizona House majority leader John Allen in regards to teachers who work two jobs. He said the extra income is for luxury items, like a boat.
May 3, 2017
Conservative Website Targets NAU Professors Over Student Complaints
National conservative groups have encouraged college students to expose their professors’ liberal agendas. Once students out them on social media, a large network launches an online attack. At least four Arizona professors recently have become the targets of such smear campaigns.
May 3, 2017
 Ducey Signs Bill Easing Restrictions To Be Arizona Teacher
Gov. Doug Ducey has signed legislation allowing people without formal teacher training to teach in Arizona classrooms. When SB 1042 goes into effect, a person with prior expertise in any subject matter will be allowed to become a teacher in Arizona.
May 2, 2017
Adult English Language Learners Showcase Stories From The Heart
The Queen Creek Unified School District celebrated the accomplishments of some its oldest learners last night. Students of the adult education program’s digital storytelling class presented to the public.
May 2, 2017
Education Groups File Suit Over Funding For School Construction, Maintenance
One of the issues lawmakers may have to consider in the budget, if not this year then over the next couple, is funding for school construction and maintenance.
May 1, 2017
Santa Fe Voters To Decide On Soda Tax
The soda tax would provide Santa Fe an estimated $7.5 million in its first year to expand early childhood education to roughly 1,000 children whose families cannot afford quality preschool and don't qualify for state programs.
May 1, 2017
Arizona Awards Loan Guarantees To 2 Privately Owned Charter Schools
The state has awarded the first two loan guarantees to privately owned charter schools in a program that has raised questions about its legality.
May 1, 2017
Arizona Legislature Could Be Facing Lawsuit Over School Buildings
The Arizona Legislature will soon be facing another education lawsuit over what plaintiffs are calling inadequate funding for buildings and maintenance.
May 1, 2017
Fatherhood Summit Aims To Get Dads Involved In Kids Education
On Saturday, the city of Phoenix is training its gaze on fathers. The Head Start Birth to Five Program and My Brother’s Keeper are joining together to host the 2017 Fatherhood Summit. The goal is to engage the community to rally around a message for fathers: It’s OK to get involved in your kids’ education. In fact, it will help them be more successful in their early development.
April 28, 2017
 Other States Also Implementing Early Screening For Dyslexia
Gov. Ducey signed into law a bill that defines dyslexia and will allow the state Board of Education to create a handbook for schools that outlines ways to identify students with dyslexia and better work with them to improve their reading and comprehension. To find out more about dyslexia, and why this kind of legislation is necessary, we talked to Sally Shaywitz, a professor of Learning Development at Yale University.
April 28, 2017
Scottsdale Councilwoman: Great Hearts Must Change Transgender Policy To Partner With City
A Scottsdale city councilwoman says Arizona’s largest charter-school organization must change its policy for transgender students to get her support for a new athletic facility.
April 27, 2017
Arizona Schools Superintendent Calls For Sales Tax Increase To Fund Teacher Raises
Arizona schools chief Diane Douglas says she’s officially supporting the expansion of a state sales tax that funds education. If passed the proposal would generate about $400 million a year to fund things like teacher salaries and school buildings.
April 27, 2017
Public School Principal Leadership Program Gets $250,000 Investment From State
A leadership training program for public school principals is getting a $250,000 investment from the state. Gov. Doug Ducey was in downtown Phoenix Wednesday to announce the increased contribution to support the public-private collaboration known as Beat The Odds School Leadership Academy.
April 27, 2017
Arizona Senate Approves Bill Aimed At Reducing Teacher Shortage
GOP senators, over the objections of Democrats, approved SB 1042 on Tuesday. The bill aims to address Arizona’s chronic teacher shortage by easing qualifications — and make it easier for people with expertise in a specific subject area but who do not necessarily have teaching certification, to go into the classroom.
April 26, 2017
MCCCD Governing Board Approves Preliminary Budget Proposal
The Maricopa County Community College district adopted a preliminary budget for the 2017-2018 fiscal year Tuesday night. The $1.4 billion proposal is $59.4 million less than last year.
April 26, 2017

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