Education Desk

Veritas Preparatory Academy
Great Hearts Academies — one of Arizona’s prestigious charter school networks — has fended off criticism in recent months for its transgender policy, which LGBTQ advocates calls discriminatory. Now some alumni who are upset with the policy are trying to get the school’s attention.
September 22, 2017
diane douglas
A top education official is supporting the Arizona attorney general's lawsuit over steep increases in university tuition.
September 22, 2017
A new estimate suggests it would take about $1 billion to bring Arizona’s public school teacher salaries up to the national median of roughly $56,000 a year. That's if the state decided to meet that goal within a year.
September 22, 2017
Biosphere 2
Texas billionaire Edward P. Bass is giving $30 million to the University of Arizona to support the Biosphere 2 research facility.
September 22, 2017
desks in a classroom
Arizona's state board responsible for helping school districts keep their facilities up to par said it will heed auditors' recommendations for improvements.
September 18, 2017
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey says a lawsuit filed by the state attorney general that accused the state university system of charging excessive tuition isn't necessary and that universities are properly funded.
September 15, 2017
burton barr library
Phoenix City Council recently approved a $2.5 million contract with a construction company to help restore the library's first four floors, expected to take eight months.
September 08, 2017
students raising their hands
Arizona public school students showed slight improvement on the state standardized test last year. That’s according to the latest data released from the Arizona Department of Education.
September 07, 2017
Phoenix Police Chief
A contract to place dozens of Phoenix police officers into schools gained more attention in light of President Trump’s decision to end a program that provided legal protection to some undocumented young people.
September 07, 2017
It appears Arizona voters will get to weigh in on the voucher expansion debate, but new legal challenges and a legislative end-run could still interfere.
September 06, 2017
Pinal County sheriff’s officials said they've arrested an Apache Junction elementary school principal after an investigation into online ads soliciting teen girls to go skinny dipping.
September 06, 2017
Officials in Arizona’s public colleges and universities are weighing in on the Trump administration’s decision to gradually rescind the Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA.
September 05, 2017
DACA response student walk out
More than a hundred Phoenix-area students walked out of class on Tuesday to protest the announced end of a program that protects some immigrants from deportation.
September 05, 2017
Logan Fischer reads Braille
For years, if you were a student with a visual or hearing disability in rural Arizona, you had two choices: move to Phoenix or Tucson for school, or go to school in your hometown – where you might be the only kid with a disability.
September 05, 2017
Textbooks, school, education
Ducey's ally and leader of his Classroom's First Initiative Council said an education tax is necessary if Arizona students are to succeed.
September 04, 2017
President Donald Trump is facing increasing pressure from many groups as he weighs eliminating the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, DACA, program.
September 04, 2017
Lawyers for the state want a judge to throw out a challenge to Arizona’s school funding plan for maintenance and construction needs, saying the plaintiffs don’t have the right to sue.
August 31, 2017
Heritage Academy logo
A lawsuit charging a chain of Arizona charter schools of illegally using tax payer dollars to fund lessons on Godliness could be in jeopardy.
August 28, 2017
kids in school uniforms
Supporters of Arizona’s expanded school voucher program have filed a second lawsuit in Maricopa County Superior Court.
August 25, 2017
The number of boys playing high school football in Arizona dropped 15 percent in the past year, in line with a national decrease. In the 2016/2017 school year, 17,761 Arizona boys played high school football.
August 24, 2017