Dad reading book to son
On Saturday, the city of Phoenix is training its gaze on fathers. The Head Start Birth to Five Program and My Brother’s Keeper are joining together to host the 2017 Fatherhood Summit. The goal is to engage the community to rally around a message for fathers: It’s OK to get involved in your kids’ education. In fact, it will help them be more successful in their early development.
April 28, 2017
Gov. Ducey signed into law a bill that defines dyslexia and will allow the state Board of Education to create a handbook for schools that outlines ways to identify students with dyslexia and better work with them to improve their reading and comprehension. To find out more about dyslexia, and why this kind of legislation is necessary, we talked to Sally Shaywitz, a professor of Learning Development at Yale University.
April 28, 2017
Diane Douglas
Arizona schools chief Diane Douglas says she’s officially supporting the expansion of a state sales tax that funds education. If passed the proposal would generate about $400 million a year to fund things like teacher salaries and school buildings.
April 27, 2017
desks in a classroom
A leadership training program for public school principals is getting a $250,000 investment from the state. Gov. Doug Ducey was in downtown Phoenix Wednesday to announce the increased contribution to support the public-private collaboration known as Beat The Odds School Leadership Academy.
April 27, 2017
teacher with children
GOP senators, over the objections of Democrats, approved SB 1042 on Tuesday. The bill aims to address Arizona’s chronic teacher shortage by easing qualifications — and make it easier for people with expertise in a specific subject area but who do not necessarily have teaching certification, to go into the classroom.
April 26, 2017
The Maricopa County Community College district adopted a preliminary budget for the 2017-2018 fiscal year Tuesday night. The $1.4 billion proposal is $59.4 million less than last year.
April 26, 2017
cursive writing
Arizona education officials are introducing a new handbook designed to help teachers and parents identify dyslexia in students.
April 25, 2017
teacher with children
A new survey from the Arizona School Personnel Administrators Association shows state schools are dealing with more teacher vacancies this Spring. That number jumped by roughly 250 when compared to last year.
April 25, 2017
Arizona Board of Education meeting
State education officials have approved a new A-F grading system to determine how well Arizona public schools are performing. It passed the State Board of Education on a 7-2 vote Monday morning.
April 24, 2017
Arizona will soon adopt a new system to determine how well their public schools are performing. State officials have been considering several A-F models over the last few months. The state board of education is expected to make their final decision on which one to use Monday morning.
April 24, 2017
Public schools in Arizona are not allowed to have inhalers on-hand to treat students experiencing an asthma attack. But that’s about to change.
April 24, 2017
Biosphere 2
This is a big year for Biosphere 2, the futuristic-looking campus northeast of Tucson. It’s been 10 years since the University of Arizona re-purchased it from Columbia University.
April 21, 2017
teacher with children
It’s no secret that Arizona has a problem with teachers. With years of stagnant pay, cuts to education and large class sizes, teacher retention and pay are at crisis levels in our state.
April 21, 2017
students stand in line
A measure that would protect student journalists from censorship hit a roadblock in the state legislature.
April 21, 2017
Great Hearts Academies
Supporters of LGBTQ rights are urging the city of Scottsdale not to partner with one of Arizona’s most prominent charter school organizations on some sports facilities because of what the group calls its “anti-transgender” policy.
April 20, 2017
Immigration Forum
For Immigration officials, schools are considered “sensitive” zones. Just like churches and hospitals, agents can’t step on campus to conduct enforcement activities without a pressing circumstance and only with permission from the superintendent. Still many families in Phoenix are reporting a lot of fear around sending their kids to school.
April 20, 2017
school classroom
Republican lawmakers are working to line up the votes for a budget deal that would give teachers a higher raise than what was initially offered by Gov. Doug Ducey in January.
April 19, 2017
Great Hearts Academies
As the legal fight over school policies for transgender students remains unsettled, schools in Arizona like Great Hearts Academies have fashioned their own policies that some say are discriminatory.
April 19, 2017
Diane Douglas
Arizona Superintendent Of Public Instruction Diane Douglas may have some competition in state elections next year. Tempe City Council member David Schapira is expected to announce his decision about entering the race Tuesday afternoon.
April 18, 2017
Thew Elementary School
“Kindergarten is the new 1st grade.” Or at least that’s what many of the state’s early childhood educators say when referring to the rigorous list of skills kids are expected to have mastered by the time they enter first grade. As state public education funding remains tight in Arizona, helping kids learn these skills is an increasing challenge for teachers.
April 18, 2017

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