Education Desk

Technical Education
High school students with trade skills like carpentry, welding and electrical work are in high demand these days. Some Valley contractors are so desperate for qualified employees they’re offering many kids both a job and funding for college as soon as they graduate. And all of that opportunity is starting to catch kids’ attention.
November 21, 2017
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The education challenges Arizona is facing have been discussed for years, with a funding shortage typically at the top of the list.
November 20, 2017
A Gilbert lawmaker is advocating for extended lunch and recess in Kindergarten through 6th grade.
November 20, 2017
A nonprofit funded in part by the Koch brothers is financing a six-figure TV campaign that’s meant to educate Arizonans about school choice.
November 17, 2017
Year Up
It’s been almost three years since Year Up started operating in Arizona.
November 14, 2017
While social media and smartphones can offer students expanded resources and opportunities to connect, they can also be a minefield for kids in their early teens. Schools across the country deal with problems related to cyberbullying and sexting on a daily basis. One Valley school district is trying to tackle the issue with a new set of classes.
November 14, 2017
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Sunbelt states like Texas and Arizona have actually experienced job growth in skilled-services industries and did not lose large numbers of good blue-collar jobs
November 13, 2017
The Maricopa County Community College District is beginning a search for college presidents at four of its schools. Officials hope to complete the process in three months.
November 13, 2017
Tucson Unified School District
Tucson voters failed to pass bond and override measures in three of four districts asking for help this election.
November 08, 2017
School Bonds and Overrides
It was a good night for Maricopa County school districts with bond and override questions on the ballot. All of the funding initiatives here passed, according to initial results released by the recorder’s office.
November 08, 2017
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The Arizona Board of Education has violated federal privacy law by releasing the names, birthday, and AzMERIT test scores of more than a thousand students.
November 06, 2017
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Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said he has a plan to help students with vision and hearing disabilities get a jump start on their reading skills.
November 03, 2017
School Bonds and Overrides
As election day gets closer, many school districts have their fingers crossed that area voters will say yes to a variety of local property tax initiatives next Tuesday. Those initiatives typically take the form of a bond or an override to give schools extra funding for a variety of things.
November 03, 2017
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A district court judge dismissed a lawsuit against Mesa-based charter school Heritage Academy, but the plaintiff’s attorney says the legal battle isn’t over yet.
November 02, 2017
Tucson Unified Schools District office in Tucson
The Tucson Unified School District must make a mid-year $4.5 million budget cut after more than 880 students projected to attend the district's schools this year decided to go elsewhere.
October 30, 2017
Arizona Department of Education offices
The Arizona Department of Education says it’s working to determine how to reallocate Title 1 funding that was improperly distributed. The agency expects to have a final plan by the spring.
October 27, 2017
The new center will be in Glendale and is funded by state-run group First Things First, which gives the district $200,000 yearly to help run both centers.
October 26, 2017
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey
At a luncheon with county supervisors, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey justified earlier funding sweeps and cost shifts from the state to counties. He also addressed reports that some of his staff received double digit pay increases.
October 26, 2017
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Emotions ran high before the Arizona State Board of Education Monday night as school principals questioned and criticized the methods behind the newly released school grades.
October 25, 2017
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The Arizona State Board of Education faced a barrage of criticism Monday night because of how it had decided to grade schools on the A-F scale. By voting to take another look at the system, schools disappointed by their grade will have the chance to get those modified.
October 24, 2017