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New AZ school voucher program cost is $200M
The latest numbers are out — and Arizona’s expanded school voucher program will cost the state at least an extra $200 million this year.
Report finds UA campus safety gaps in wake of fatal shooting
Nearly six months after a University of Arizona professor was shot and killed on the Tucson campus, the school has released an independent safety report.
March 28, 2023
AZ House Republicans give preliminary OK to $10K teacher pay raise
Arizona House Republicans gave preliminary approval to a bill to give the state’s teachers a $10,000 pay hike. But critics say House Bill 2800 doesn’t actually provide schools enough funding to do just that.
March 27, 2023
Biggs votes no on Parents Bill of Rights in U.S. House vote
Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed what’s known as the Parents Bill of Rights. In part, the measure would require schools to publish their curricula. Schools would also be required to give parents a list of reading materials in school libraries.
March 27, 2023
Ex-ASU coach among plaintiffs in suit against NCAA over unpaid coaches
A former track and field coach at Arizona State University is a plaintiff in a would-be class-action lawsuit accusing the wealthy NCAA of price fixing. Court documents say Shannon Ray’s experience is reflective of more than a thousand other division one coaches forced to agree to work for free just to get hired.
March 27, 2023
Arizona Nursing Board allows program to continue at Aspen University
The Arizona Board of Nursing is allowing the embattled Aspen University to continue its nursing program for now.
March 24, 2023
Sandra Day OConnor Institute launches civics platform
The Sandra Day O’Connor Institute for American Democracy announced Wednesday that they are offering online civics education for adults.
March 24, 2023
How people of color found a different kind of opportunity on Route 66
Route 66 has long been a nostalgic symbol of American opportunity and Western expansion. But for many people of color who made their lives along the historic route, it was a different story.
March 24, 2023
Arizona bill would give teachers a $10K raise
Education advocates are pushing to increase pay for Arizona’s public school teachers. They are backing a bill sponsored by state representative and former teacher Matt Gress, who wants to boost salaries by $10,000. The bill is expected to be considered on Monday.
March 24, 2023
Chris Smith taught history at ASU. Now he’s a part of Mill Ave history
History is a collection of stories. It’s easy to get bogged down in dates, dead presidents, or disputes about what really happened, but Chris Smith brought history to life. If you took a history class at ASU a couple of decades ago, or shopped at Old Town Books in Tempe, you may have run into him.
March 23, 2023
2 Arizona bills raise First Amendment questions
Several measures at the state Capitol this session take on free speech directly. One that has gotten unanimous support so far would make it easier for legislators, election officers and county officials to shield their home addresses and other personal information.
March 22, 2023
Bill to allow Education Dept. to create banned books list
The state Senate voted to have the Arizona Department of Education come up with a list of banned books in public schools. The bill would also have the department create procedures to allow parents to submit books to be included on the list.
March 21, 2023
AZ Arizona bill is the latest in a long history of Pledge of Allegiance fights
A bill making its way through the Arizona Legislature would require students in public schools to recite the pledge. They could only be excused by the request of a parent.
March 20, 2023
Grand Canyon University nursing program expands to Chandler
Grand Canyon University recently announced that its nursing education program will extend into Chandler. The expansion occurs amidst a nationwide shortage of nurses.
March 20, 2023
Maricopa County Attorney to host forum on fentanyl
Maricopa County Attorney Rachel Mitchell is hosting a public forum about the dangers of fentanyl.
March 20, 2023
ABOR funds study to figure out whats driving AZs public safety worker shortage
The Arizona Board of Regents is funding a statewide study to find out what’s driving the state’s police and firefighter shortage.
March 20, 2023
Lawmakers consider expanding AZ Teachers Academy to private universities
Republican Rep. Matt Gress is sponsoring a bill that would expand the Arizona Teachers Academy to private universities.
March 16, 2023
Bill to send $10M to ADE for threat response program
On Wednesday, the Senate Education Committee advanced a bill that would establish an active threat response program within the Arizona Department of Education. The measure would appropriate $10 million from the state general fund to ADE for the program.
March 16, 2023
March Madness has solid Arizona representation this year
March Madness begins Wednesday — for Arizonans at least — as Arizona State University kicks off their play in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.
March 15, 2023
New bill could exempt some AZ university students from activities fees
Students who attend Arizona’s public universities pay activity fees, even if they don’t use the services they fund. A bill moving through the state Legislature could change that.
March 14, 2023
AZ hotline to report inappropriate school lessons turns up few credible complaints
Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne has a launched a hotline for parents. So far it hasn't turned up many credible complaints.
March 14, 2023