Education News

Arizona In Crosshairs Of U.S. Department Of Education
In 2016, the Arizona Legislature passed a bill known as the “menu option.” Public school boards could choose alternatives to the AzMERIT standardized test, instead opting for tests like the ACT or SAT. But, this has put Arizona in the crosshairs of the U.S. Department of Education.
April 9, 2019
Do Technical Classes Line Up With The Job Market?
Career and Technical Education classes are meant to create a clear path for some students from the high school classroom to the job that will start their career.
April 9, 2019
Rural Districts, Charters Receive Latest School Bus Funds
A fifth wave of funding is going to more school buses for rural Arizona school districts. The money comes from a Volkswagen settlement agreement after the federal government sued the company for violating the Clean Air Act.
April 8, 2019
Alternative Tests To AzMERIT Place Funds In Jeopardy
A decision by the Arizona Legislature in 2015 that allowed school districts to implement their own standardized testing instead of Arizona's Measurement of Educational Readiness to Inform Teaching tests has potentially placed $340 million in federal aid in jeopardy.
April 8, 2019
Considers College Scholarship For Science Teachers
National science educators are watching what Arizona lawmakers do over the next few weeks with a bill that could help fill a critical teacher shortage.
April 8, 2019
Students, Professors Speak Out On Charges Against Protesters
There is an ongoing controversy happening right now over free speech on the University of Arizona’s campus after the university’s president announced two students are being charged with misdemeanors after protesting a Border Patrol event on campus.
April 8, 2019
Boas: Lawmakers Considering Taxes To Boost Education
Funding for public education was a big issue at the state capitol even before the #RedForEd movement took off last year, resulting in a strike and lawmakers approving a pay raise for teachers.
April 8, 2019
There Was An Increase In Attempts To Censor LGBTQ Books
The American Library Association has released its annual report on the state of America’s libraries. It shows the important and growing role libraries play in communities through public programming like technology training. But 2018 also saw an increase in attempts to censor LGBTQ books.
April 8, 2019
Arizona Superintendent Supports LGBTQ Lawsuit
A 1991 Arizona law that prohibits talking about the LGBTQ community in a positive light when providing HIV and AIDS education in Arizona schools is being challenged in court.
April 8, 2019
AEA Hopes Legislators Focus On School Funding
The president of the Arizona Education Association said it would take a lot for teachers to repeat last year’s strike, but isn’t ruling one out if lawmakers do not commit to better funding for education.
April 8, 2019
Untold Arizona: Global Kids Book Collection In Tucson Largest In U.S.
You can find the largest collection of global children’s literature in the country in Tucson. The more than 40,000 books feature stories from around the world. Take a trip to the Worlds of Words.
Hear More Untold Arizona Stories
April 8, 2019
Maricopa County, Amazon Providing Free Tech For Schools
Getting technology into classrooms has been expensive in recent years. But now, teachers in Maricopa County can go to a big warehouse and take whatever they want off of the shelves to use in their classrooms — for free.
April 5, 2019
Analysis: AZ Teacher Salaries Still Below U.S. Average
All 50 states saw increases in average teacher salaries over the last decade, but when adjusting for inflation, there was only an increase in 14 states. There were decreases in 36 states, including Arizona, which saw a decrease of almost 10 percent.
April 5, 2019
Tempe Council Will Vote On Removing Granville
The Tempe City Council will make a final decision at a special city meeting on April 12. Former students of a school Councilman Kolby Granville taught at allege he facilitated underage drinking and made unwanted sexual advances toward them after they graduated.
April 4, 2019
Are Rich People Less Likely To Be Ethical?
The investigation that revealed a number of wealthy families — including Hollywood celebrities — funneling tens of thousands of dollars to high-level universities in order to get their kids in has renewed public questions about power and money.
April 4, 2019
Bill To Require School District Consolidation Advance
A panel of state senators has given its OK to a plan that would require school districts to consolidate. The bill, sponsored by state Rep. John Fillmore, an Apache Junction Republican, would force elementary and high school districts to merge into unified districts by July 1, 2024.
April 3, 2019
Tempe Leaders To Discuss Councilmans Behavior
Councilman Kolby Granville was a teacher at a Tempe charter school until he was fired in December 2017. Former students of the school allege Granville served alcohol to them after they graduated and made unwanted sexual advances.
April 2, 2019
Charter Schools CEO On Reform Efforts, Lack Of Action At Capitol
Charter schools in Arizona have been under the microscope in recent years — as investigations have revealed insider deals, high closure rates and owners making millions.
April 1, 2019
Robot Delivery Service Launches On NAU Campus
A new delivery program launched on Northern Arizona University’s main campus where students can have their food delivered by a robot. The robot delivery service first launched earlier this year at George Mason University before launching last week in Flagstaff.
April 1, 2019
Arizona Universities Visit Sonoran High School Students
The University of Arizona and Northern Arizona University participated in an event Friday to help high school students in neighboring Sonora, Mexico learn about educational opportunities north of the border.
March 31, 2019