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3 Education Department employees indicted in $600K voucher fraud
Prosecutors said Thursday that the three employees approved applications for 17 students — five of whom were fictitious — that admitted them into the voucher program using forged birth certificates and special education evaluations.
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Bill requiring AZ board to conduct teacher retention study moves forward
The Senate Education Committee has advanced a bill that would require the State Board of Education to complete an annual study on teacher retention.
Feb. 29, 2024
Chandler school district to create Teen Violence Advisory Committee
The Chandler Unified School District is creating a Teen Violence Advisory Committee. This comes four months after a 16-year-old was beaten to death in neighboring Queen Creek.
Feb. 29, 2024
Why one ASU student is concerned about the universitys OpenAI partnership
Arizona State University announced earlier this year that it would partner with OpenAI, the firm behind ChatGPT. In a new column in the State Press, student Katrina Michalak asks whether the potential benefits of the new arrangement are worth the potential risks to students.
Feb. 29, 2024
Hobbs exploring Board of Regents member dismissal
A spokesperson for Gov. Katie Hobbs says she’s exploring whether she has the power to expel members of Arizona Board of Regents, the body that oversees state universities.
Feb. 29, 2024
How 1,000 AZ high school seniors can get free spring training tickets
Arizona high school seniors who complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid — also known as the FAFSA — are eligible to receive free spring training tickets.
Feb. 28, 2024
How topological acoustics can help us better understand a warming climate
The University of Arizona recently received a $30 million grant from the National Science Foundation. It’ll use the money to create a new center called New Frontiers of Sound. The project will bring together scientists in the area of topological acoustics.
Feb. 28, 2024
Hobbs demands answers over UA $177M budget shortfall
The fallout from the University of Arizona’s $177 million budget shortfall has taken a turn this week. Now Gov. Katie Hobbs is pitted against the Board of Regents, which oversees our state’s public universities.
Feb. 28, 2024
GCU, Goldwater Institute raise concerns of government transparency, overreach over federal fine
The Show talked more about the investigations by the federal government into Grand Canyon University with Helen Rummel, the Arizona Republic’s higher education reporter.
Feb. 28, 2024
UA leadership says no furloughs but layoffs likely
University of Arizona President Robbins and interim Chief Financial Officer John Arnold told university staff on Tuesday that there would not be furloughs but there would likely be layoffs — as one measure to deal with its $177 million deficit.
Feb. 28, 2024
MCC Art Gallery presents exhibits honoring Black and womens history
The Mesa Community College Art Gallery is hosting a reception from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28 on its Southern and Dobson campus. The event will welcome patrons to two separate exhibits focusing on Black History and Women’s History.
Feb. 28, 2024
Peoria expands medical assisting program for high schoolers
Three Peoria high schools have a medical assisting program. The district partners with several healthcare providers to give students who sign up real-world experience. Last week, it added a new one: HonorHealth.
Feb. 27, 2024
Lawmaker revives bill he first proposed in high school
A new lawmaker at the Arizona House of Representatives won bipartisan support for a piece of legislation he first brought to the Capitol over a decade ago as a high school senior.
Feb. 27, 2024
Word podcast: Science with NPR’s Nell Greenfieldboyce
On this episode of KJZZ's Word podcast about literature, we feature stories about a crime, a baseball historian with a century-old tale and science from an NPR correspondent. Plus, we have the winner of this year’s KJZZ Haiku Writing Contest.
Feb. 26, 2024
Arizona astronomer weighs in on recent lunar spacecraft landing
Lunar company Intuitive Machines launched a private spacecraft onto the moon. The probe made its touchdown on the moon’s surface Thursday.
Feb. 26, 2024
Biden cancels student loan debt owed by thousands of Arizonans
During a reelection campaign event on Wednesday, President Joe Biden said he’s canceling student debt for nearly 153,000. About 3% of them are Arizonans.
Feb. 24, 2024
Tempe Union takes step toward improving educational outcomes for special needs students
This week, the Tempe Union High School District Governing Board unanimously approved a resolution intended to improve educational outcomes for its special needs students.
Feb. 23, 2024
AZ Senate passes bill giving teachers the option to post Ten Commandments
The Arizona Senate passed a bill on party lines that would give teachers or administrators at public and charter schools the option to read and post the Ten Commandments.
Feb. 23, 2024
Lawmakers divided over support for University of Arizona president
A bipartisan group of lawmakers voiced support for embattled University of Arizona President Robert Robbins as he navigates a financial crisis at the university – but other lawmakers say more needs to be done.
Feb. 23, 2024
Why Arizona needs more residents to get college degrees
The presidents of Arizona’s three public universities got together this week to talk about the state of higher education. One of the biggest problems they discussed was that while the state’s economy ranks among the top in the country, Arizona is among the bottom in educational attainment.
Feb. 22, 2024
ASU will expand further into downtown Mesa
Talks between ASU and Mesa have resulted in plans for further expansion into downtown Mesa, 2 years after the opening of ASU's MIX Center.
Feb. 22, 2024