Education

Ed Board sues Douglas over access to investigative documents

The Arizona State Board of Education has sued Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas for refusing board investigators remote access to documents involving teacher misconduct.


Democrats announce $3.8 billion education-funding plan

Arizona House and Senate Democrats announced a plan they say would provide public schools an additional $3.8 billion over 10 years without raising taxes.


Playworks program, Phoenix Suns volunteers battle school bullying

Children laughed and kicked the soccer ball around the playground at Loma Linda Elementary. They congratulated each other and gave high-fives. Volunteers played with them and helped to facilitate the games. One of those volunteers was Suns General Manager Ryan McDonough.


Douglas misses Board of Education meeting, drawing ire from some

Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas missed Monday's meeting of the Arizona State Board of Education, leading several members to note their disapproval.


Douglas recall campaign faces critics, sheer numbers

GLENDALE – Lisa Marsh and Diane Gordon spent this morning sitting outside a recreational center here and asking registered voters to help recall Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas.

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NAU solar thermal project a new take on harnessing sun

This warehouse at the edge of the Northern Arizona University's campus, home to surplus desks, computers and dressers, features solar panels across much of its south-facing exterior.


ASU mock election held to raise voter turnout

Tuesday was National Voter Registration Day. According to the Secretary of State's Office, only 50 percent of Arizonans currently vote. The data also shows that in 2014 non-presidential election, only 3.9 percent of 1.5 million votes were cast by people between the ages of 18-25. The Undergraduate Student Government at Arizona State University, along with the Secretary of State's Office held a mock election on ASU’s Tempe campus. Tuesday's event, with a theme of voter participation, was also an opportunity for people to register to vote in the upcoming primary election. Marissa Fullford, vice president of services for the Undergraduate Student Government, was one of many who gathered outside to encourage her peers to register. “Time and time again,” Fuller said, “students are the lowest turnout for voters, and I think we have a real opportunity to make a change if all the students went out and voted.” CNN also made an appearance at the event, bringing in “Campaign Camper,” an RV that is traveling across the country. It has been converted into an interview booth where people can propose questions for the upcoming presidential debates. The network says those questions are then uploaded to their Facebook page and that some of those questions will be asked at upcoming presidential debates. CNN producer Topher Guak-Rouger said it's important for people to register to vote and to participate in elections. “Everyone needs to have their voice heard," Guak-Rouger said. “Ultimately that’s what it comes down to. People do have the opportunity to be heard and to register to vote is really the only way to ensure that’s going to happen and make sure everything you care about is said and is out there.” The deadline to register to vote is Feb. 22, 2016, that can be done at www.arizona.vote.


Arizona State University adds Special Victims Unit to campus security

Arizona State University is now one of four universities with special investigations units to deal specifically with sexual assault cases on campus.


Douglas: It’s Board of Education’s prerogative to sue

Despite the threat of lawsuits from the Arizona State Board of Education, Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas insisted Thursday that she and the board are maintaining a professional working relationship.

Diane Douglas answers questions in Glendale, Ariz.

Work by Arizona women earns White House nod as ‘champions of change’

WASHINGTON - When she moved from Mexico to the U.S. at age 11, Diali Avila could not know that it was the first step toward a trip to the White House.


Board of Education authorizes suits against Douglas

The Arizona State Board of Education voted Tuesday to sue Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas if she doesn’t comply with longstanding directives on access to data and the board's website.

Douglas board meeting (Photo by /Cronkite News)

New tech making a difference in Tempe classrooms

Tempe elementary schools are stepping up technology in the classrooms, integrating it into curriculum and having students use it throughout the entire day.