Education

South Mountain Community College pushes to correct course on graduation and retention rates

The call came two weeks before Joana Sotelo's birthday in February 2013: her brother had been deported to Mexico.

South Mountain Community College photo

Brunson-Lee students making significant achievements, despite economic, educational challenges

Rachael DeFraesart’s Room 122 is full of all the fourth grade trappings: Posters that diagram long multiplication and illustrate phonics, define vocabulary words and offer inspiration.

Rachael DeFraesart photo

Arizona charter schools turn 20 with higher test scores

Nestled between a taco shop, a gas station and a church lies the Gilbert campus of Leading Edge Academy. A former Albertsons grocery store on the strip mall is what the small public school calls home.

Charter school classroom photo

West Phoenix piano teacher’s lessons go beyond music

Christmas songs play from a piano and echo throughout the halls of a West Phoenix home.

Carol Whaley photo

Robotics students share creations at ‘Roboception’

Want to get teens interested in engineering? Host a ‘Roboception.’ It's a reception for students show off their creations in the field of robotics.


Arizona tuition program enables foster youth to earn college degree

A series of “unfortunate circumstances” early in Breanna Carpenter’s sophomore year of high school placed her in the Arizona foster care system. That didn’t stop her from realizing her dream of attending college, thanks to a state program that pays tuition for foster youth.


Mesa Community College fighting to keep Red Mountain Campus open

A decline in enrollment at Mesa Community College's Red Mountain location has faculty fighting to keep the 15-year old campus from closing. (Video by Kendall Bartley/Cronkite News)


AzMERIT low scores may help students long-term

The release of individual school, district and county AzMERIT scores on Nov. 30 confirmed that Arizona’s students do not meet state and national educational standards.


AzMERIT test: 66 percent of students fail in reading

Only 34 percent of Arizona students passed their English test in the state’s newest standardized assessment, according to results released Monday by the Arizona Department of Education.