teacher with children
Our state’s schools have faced a severe teacher shortage for years now. So to fill classrooms, some schools in our state are turning to teachers who do not have full qualifications. Ricardo Cano with The Arizona Republic did an analysis of 162 school districts in the state and found that 22 percent of teachers lacked full qualifications.
June 26, 2017
It may be well into summer break, but for some teachers in the valley, it’s still time for class. A new, experimental class is trying to teach teachers how to make science and math lessons more accessible to Arizona’s English language learners.
June 26, 2017
students raising their hands
The number of international students studying in Arizona has increased slightly from last year.
June 23, 2017
UA Dreamers
A little-known policy of the State Board of Regents could blunt the financial effect on dreamers from this week’s Arizona Appeals Court ruling denying them in-state tuition.
June 22, 2017
DACA
Just last week, many undocumented students in the country got some good news. President Trump said he would continue the deferred action program that’s allowing thousands of undocumented students in the country to stay — for now. But on Tuesday, those students, often referred to as Dreamers, were dealt another blow.
June 21, 2017
DACA
An Arizona appeals court has ruled that immigrants in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, are not eligible for reduced in-state tuition. The presiding judge said that’s because each state has the discretion to choose which benefits to give these students.
June 20, 2017
Arizona Board of Regents logo
A member of the Arizona Board of Regents has announced his resignation from the board, effective immediately.
June 20, 2017
gilbert report
Gilbert Public Schools will appeal a state audit that found it miscalculated student enrollment and as a result owes the Arizona Department of Education close to $1 million.
June 15, 2017
University of Arizona College of Medicine Phoenix
The University of Arizona’s Medical School’s Phoenix Campus is now fully accredited. The school received the accreditation ahead of schedule.
June 15, 2017
High school
This year, yearbooks became a little more complicated. With the divisive rhetoric and political rancor surrounding the 2016 presidential election, students and yearbook editors around the country had to tackle the challenge of how to document one of the most polarizing times in our country’s history.
June 12, 2017
Arizona public watchdog Tim Hogan will retire, but won't disappear as state enters new battle ground for funding public programs.
June 12, 2017
Government Accountability Office
The U.S. Government Accountability Office has released two reports that found issues with how the Bureau of Indian Education manages its school buildings. The federal school system manages 185 schools on Native American reservations across the country
June 09, 2017
Light rail phoenix
At a Phoenix City Council meeting, Denise Rivera, a parent of a student at charter school StarShine Academy, asked the council to consider providing free transit passes for city buses and light rail to all preschool-through-12th grade students. For more on this, we spoke with Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio and the director of Public Transit with Phoenix, Maria Hyatt.
June 07, 2017
John McCain
U.S. Sen. John McCain is hoping to expand the school-choice movement in Indian country. On Tuesday, he and Oklahoma Sen. James Lankford introduced a bill that would give students enrolled in Bureau of Indian Education schools an education savings account that can used for things like private-school tuition.
June 07, 2017
preschool letters
Tempe has opened up the application process for its free preschool pilot program, which has 316 seats available.
June 05, 2017
The Maricopa County Community College District Governing Board has a new President. Board members unanimously elected Laurin Hendrix in a special meeting Saturday.
June 05, 2017
Alfredo Gutierrez
The Maricopa County Community College District Governing Board is undergoing a shift in leadership. Board members will be electing a new president on Saturday.
June 01, 2017
Tracie Ervin
It's the end of the school year and one first-year teacher has managed school, work and family life full time — and learned what it takes to manage a classroom along the way.
June 01, 2017
Congress Elementary
Imagine trying to run an entire school using internet speeds that max out at three megabits per second. At that bandwidth, doing simple tasks can be frustratingly slow for teachers. For many rural schools in Arizona, this is a daily reality.
May 31, 2017
Tucson Unified School District
Tucson Unified School District plans to continue Arizona’s largest free meal program during the summer break.
May 31, 2017

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