Education

Teaching kids born post-9/11, so it’s not ‘just another date’ in history

WASHINGTON - Every year on 9/11, Arizona teacher Gaye Vaterlaus asks her fourth-grade class to define heroism, and every year they cite heroes like Superman, Spider-Man and Captain America - missing the significance of the date.


Time is ticking on petition to recall Douglas

The clock is ticking on the petition to recall Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas.


Officials, Phoenix Mercury out to engage voters of tomorrow

The 2014 primary election in Arizona saw the lowest voter turnout since the state began keeping track, with only 27 percent of registered voters participating. Turnout for the general election was 48 percent.


Advocate: Poor AzMERIT reading results reflect higher bar

Poor reading results from third-graders' first round with the state's new AzMERIT test aren't bad news to one education advocate.

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Advocates to Ducey: Pay court-ordered education funding now

The state's failure to pay public schools hundreds of millions in court-ordered funding has chased competent teachers from classrooms, education advocates said at a demonstration Thursday.

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Students combat bullying on the court as Mercury’s Bass shares experience

In middle school, Phoenix Mercury forward Mistie Bass needed a way to prevent the boys from laughing at her as she perspired while playing basketball with them.

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Douglas recall petition launches; needs 366,000 signatures

An organization seeking to recall Diane Douglas filed paperwork Tuesday to start gathering signatures, with its chairman saying the state schools superintendent has done nothing to improve education.