MESA – Anthony Rizzo didn’t just attend the Florida school that faced unthinkable tragedy. He played for the football coach who lost his life when he jumped in front of students to shield them from incoming fire. “Whenever I go back, I always saw coach (Aaron) Feis,” the Chicago Cubs first baseman said. “Every single.
WASHINGTON – A Bureau of Indian Education official told lawmakers Wednesday that his agency is making “strong improvements” in the oversight of tribal schools, despite a long history of problems and proposed cuts to the bureau’s budget. But BIE Director Tony Dearman’s testimony to a House Education and the Workforce subcommittee was criticized as “pretty.
PHOENIX — Five days ago, former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State physician Larry Nassar was transported to a federal prison in Tucson where he will serve up to 60 years on child pornography charges and up to 175 for sexually assaulting minors. The impact of his crimes is far-reaching and has prompted college athletic departments.
PHOENIX – The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office is training a new team of K-9 deputies to protect and serve the public. “We like to breed our own dogs and raise them specifically for police work. It’s better that way because then there’s a higher chance that police work will be in their blood,” said George.
TEMPE – The vinyl banners come in all shapes, sizes and patterns – maroon and gold stripes, camouflage, outlines of soldiers. When a new batch arrives in a workroom tucked into the Arizona State University campus in Tempe, workers from the Center for Habilitation get excited. They will turn these used banners into tote bags.
PHOENIX — As one Maricopa County community college football coach was out delivering letters of intent to recruits, he received a phone call from his athletic director. It was a call months in the making. The Maricopa County Community Colleges District announced its decision Monday to eliminate football following the 2018 season from its four.
PHOENIX – Communicating with people from different cultures is always difficult, but an Arizona State University professor hopes the universal language of science will bridge the void. Peter Rillero, associate professor of science education at ASU, last year created the Leadership Through Problem-Based Learning Initiative, a grant-funded STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) program to.
SCOTTSDALE — At the Waste Management Phoenix Open, shades of green are everywhere. But as the final group of the day made its way around TPC Scottsdale Thursday, it was a different color that dominated the gallery: purple. Jesse Mueller, PGA Director of Golf for the Grand Canyon University Golf Course, donned a purple Antelopes.
PHOENIX – Chelsea Gannon is dancing her way to her joy – jumping, spinning and gliding across the floor. The pirouettes and pliés are helping her overcome a childhood diagnosis of a motor-skills disability. The 15-year-old has played major roles, such as a lead in “The Nutcracker” at the Orpheum Theatre and a mouse in.
TEMPE – Major renovations are in the works for Wells Fargo Arena, as well as the creation of an adjacent facility to house several sports, including ice hockey. The project is part of Arizona State’s $590 million capital development plan, with a price tag of roughly $160 million. Members of the Arizona Board of Regents.
PHOENIX – Charlie Wilde finds himself in a unique situation. In an era of young athletes specializing in one sport, the Pinnacle High School basketball coach has a team stocked with three highly recruited athletes who each play a different one. Senior forward Calvin Schapira is a fireball-throwing left-handed pitcher from the baseball team that.
PHOENIX – Arizona education scrapes the bottom ranks in the nation, receiving a D+ for school funding and the poverty achievement gap in an annual report card released Wednesday. Arizona ranked 45th among the 50 states and the District of Columbia in the “Education Week” rankings for 2018, with a score of 68.7. But the.
TUCSON – On the heels of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the University of Arizona introduced the football program’s first African-American head coach, Kevin Sumlin. History was made in college football for the second time in the state with Sumlin’s hiring. UA’s rival, Arizona State University, hired its first African-American head football coach, Herm Edwards,.
PHOENIX – Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey’s office released his proposed 2019 budget on Friday with hopes the state will return to pre-recession spending. His focus: K-12 education. State officials highlighted that the record $10.1 billion budget would allocate 80 percent of new spending to K-12 education. “My budget will include a full commitment to accelerate.
GLENDALE – Over the past three years, half of the refugees who have settled in Arizona are school-aged children encountering yet another challenge: How to get an education in a country they don’t know. Violetta Lopez, the education and learning program manager for the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Phoenix, said at least 1,500 to.
PHOENIX — About one in five, 43.8 million, or 18.5 percent: these numbers all represent the number of people in the United States who experience mental illness in a given year, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Suicide is the third leading cause of death in young people ages 10 to 24, according.
DEER VALLEY – Pleasing parents, students and community leaders who expect stellar academic achievement. Recruiting and hiring teachers in a state with one of the lowest retention rates in the nation. Planning and organizing the school year. School administrators handle a mountain of stress and conflict as they fulfill their passion as educators. Four times.
GLENDALE – Officials at the Central Campus of Western Maricopa Education Center have slowly grown one of their programs to train students for one of Arizona’s most in-demand careers: aviation. High school students at West-MEC can get their federal aviation licenses and certificates after completing a career technical education program while still in school. The.
DEER VALLEY – Eighth-grade students at Gavilan Peak School in the northwest Valley have been immersed in Mandarin Chinese class since they were in kindergarten, even taking math and science classes in the complex language. The specialty program helps students think in both languages, which helps them in all academics and out perform their peers,.
SCOTTSDALE — Arizona State made headlines when it chose to fire football coach Todd Graham. Not only was the hiring of Herm Edwards a surprise but so, too, was the announcement of a new leadership model that would reflect an NFL structure. The decisions by Vice President of Athletics Ray Anderson attracted national attention. Some.
PHOENIX — Any parent or guardian of a child with autism understands sending their student off to school to seek an education may result in an experience unlike the rest of their peers. For some students, it may just be frustrating. For others, it may be a more difficult adjustment. Between being diagnosed with the.
WASHINGTON – Arizonans came out of the recession with more than twice the student debt that they carried 10 years ago, as economic forces that came with the recession created a “perfect storm” for rising debt. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York said Arizonans carried $4,690 in student debt per capita in 2016, up.
TUCSON – Sarina LaMadrid’s mother was in and out of her children’s lives. At age 18, LaMadrid acted as a mother to her siblings, ages five, 10 and 16, all while juggling her senior year in high school and two jobs. “A five-year-old, a little baby. I hardly saw her because I was always working,.
PHOENIX – “I love how you treat me,” was one of the last things 18-year-old Mitchell Warnock said to his mother before committing suicide a year ago. “I couldn’t stop screaming. My husband found him,” said Lorie Warnock, Mitchell’s mother. “If I had found him, I think that I would have to be institutionalized. I.
TEMPE — Arizona State not only introduced Herm Edwards as its 24th head football coach but also a new organizational structure that more resembles the NFL than college football. All eyes are on what the Sun Devils tabbed their New Leadership Model. On Monday, Edwards was joined at his introductory media conference by university president.
TEMPE — Social media has given bullies the power to hide behind keyboards for years and it’s not uncommon to see arguments and personal attacks break out in the comments section on Facebook. But as people all over the world are tearing each other down, the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy (CSRD).
PHOENIX— Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson is no stranger to the issue of childhood bullying. A victim of bullying when he was young, Johnson decided to help spread awareness of the issue that affects kids across the country. “Bullying is very near and dear to my heart just because of some unfortunate things I’ve.
MARYVALE — Teen pregnancy, difficult living situations, immigration status and mental or physical disabilities are some of the reasons young people in the United States become ‘disconnected.’ According to Measure of America, ‘disconnected youth’ is a term for teens and youth between 16 and 24 years old, and who are not enrolled in school or.
PHOENIX — This isn’t the first time Hollywood has been scrutinized for its lack of diversity and inclusiveness on screen. A recent study shows nearly all fictional characters with disabilities are portrayed by able-bodied actors. Movies like “Wonderstruck,” where hearing actress Julianne Moore plays a deaf character, show how the deaf community is underrepresented in.
PHOENIX — As football powerhouses Scottsdale Saguaro and Peoria Centennial prepare for Saturday’s state title games, debate about conference realignment continues. The 4A Sabercats will be looking for their fifth straight title. The 5A Coyotes have appeared in the championship game all but three times from 2006-2016. Despite their domination, neither were moved to a.
PRESCOTT VALLEY — For Anthony Bennett, a career beyond the basketball court is hard to imagine. The first overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, now a power forward for the Northern Arizona Suns, can’t help but shake his head and snicker when asked about his plans after he hangs up his jersey. “I have.
PHOENIX — When there’s an emergency, the first rule is to call 911. But St. Luke’s Emergency Department director Elizabeth Waack said it is also critical to use those minutes before help arrives to give assistance. “The time it takes for EMS and that help to arrive could be one, three, five, or even longer.
TEMPE — “You always want to leave a place better than you found it, and I really feel like we’ve done that.” That’s what Arizona State football coach Todd Graham said Sunday in his opening remarks to a room packed with close to 50 members of the media just hours after being relieved of his.
When Arizona State beat the University of Arizona in the Territorial Cup, it looked like coach Todd Graham had saved his job. A day later, Graham was fired. Both met with the media Sunday and Ray Anderson, ASU’s vice president for university athletics, discussed the future of the program. Anderson said he wants someone who.
The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication has rescinded the 2015 award of excellence given to news anchor Charlie Rose after the longtime anchor was accused of several instances of sexual misconduct. Christopher Callahan, dean of the school, announced the decision Friday in a letter to the Cronkite School community. Each year, the.
QUEEN CREEK — Principal Sandy Lundberg represents the identity of the Casteel High School football program: Fight. Drive. Perseverance. That is why, when Lundberg was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer in September, she said she did not view it as a worry. She viewed it as another obstacle she would overcome. “The hard part is.
PHOENIX — Arizona health professionals have educated 4,000 students on the effects of opioid abuse and plan to expand the program to student-athletes statewide by January. The program teaches student-athletes, parents and coaches about addiction, overdoses and deaths that have ravaged the nation. A pilot program in the Tempe Union High School District addressed the.
PHOENIX — Arizona State University officials are “evaluating” the 2015 award presented to former CBS anchor Charlie Rose by the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism, after the Washington Post detailed allegations of sexual harassment made by eight women. The women told the Post that Rose “made unwanted sexual advances toward them,” including groping and being.
TEMPE — From national media voices to Arizona State football fans, debate has resumed about the future of coach Todd Graham. ASU is 6-5 with one regular-season game left in a schedule that includes victories over No. 5 Washington and No. 23 Oregon but losses, too, to San Diego State and Texas Tech. Job speculation.
WASHINGTON – A report Monday revealed for the first time “a very real drop” in new enrollment by international students in U.S. colleges and universities in 2016-2017. New enrollment for international students for the 2016-2017 academic year was about 290,000, lower than the past two years, and the first drop in at least the past.
PHOENIX — The last time Tucson hosted a state title game in high school football was 2009. On Dec. 2, the city takes center stage again. The 4A, 5A and 6A championships are set for Arizona Stadium, the home field for the Arizona Wildcats. Why? The games needed a home. “The Cardinals have three games.
PHOENIX – P.E. teacher Josh Meibos held back tears as he was named the Arizona Teacher of the Year, seven years after he leaped from a job as a retail store manager to a career in education. “Teaching is the second career for me, but it’s my first passion,” Meibos told colleagues, family and other.
PHOENIX – Students exhale loudly as they do their breathing exercises in the theater, preparing for a play one year in the making. Two boys jump up and down, vibrating with excitement as they don military uniforms under the house lights. Stage hands run a red gel over the stage backdrop to cast a scarlet.
“When student rights are under attack, what do we do?” “STAND UP, FIGHT BACK!” TEMPE – Last Thursday, the student organization Undocumented Students for Education Equity lead a march in support of DACA students. Dozens of students marched through Arizona State University’s main campus, chanting and holding signs. One sign read “education, not politics.” Another.
TOLLESON – Tolleson Union High School District has installed cameras on 20 of its buses to deter motorists who ignore the stop signs that come down when students get on or off the bus. The district plans to add 18 more by the end of November. These stop arm cameras are becoming increasingly popular, with.
PHOENIX – Students from a Peoria high school penned 1,000 hand-written notes of appreciation for first responders in the Las Vegas mass shooting. Chelsea Opat, a senior at Centennial High School, was sitting in a coffee shop one day when she saw Natalie Reilly. “I was at a local Starbucks writing thank you notes,” Reilly.
PHOENIX — The Children First Leadership Academy in Phoenix was given a big, fat F by the Arizona Department of Education’s new rating system, but one reason its academic success is low may be a shortage of funding for the population the school serves. Children First is made up entirely of students who are living.
PHOENIX — A cloud loomed over Moon Valley High School Monday as students and staff mourned the loss of one of their own. Carlos Sanchez was a junior at the school and a player on the varsity football team. During Friday’s game, he collapsed on the field after a play that resulted in his head.
WASHINGTON – A study that asks the question, “Can Technology be Used to Modify Behavior and Reduce Rates of Melanoma” may sound pretty dry – but for Scottsdale eighth-grader Arjun Moorthy, it’s personal. Arjun said he started the study after one of his teachers and a family friend were diagnosed with skin cancer. He developed.
PHOENIX — Described as “kind to everyone” and having “so much heart” by teammates, Moon Valley High School’s Carlos Sanchez remained on the minds of those close to him. Sanchez passed away Saturday after collapsing in a game against Glendale Cactus on Friday. “We all are hurt and we just can’t believe that one of.
WASHINGTON – Colleges and universities may not be able to change immigration law, but they can do more to help those students faced with losing their protection from deportation. That was the message from a panel of immigration advocates this week who urged college students across the nation to push school administrators for policies that.
PHOENIX – Leaders of a major Arizona teacher organization said Friday they were outraged when Gov. Doug Ducey reportedly gave several members of his staff 20 percent raises while teachers are getting a one percent salary increase, saying educators deserve more money. “Our teachers are waiting for a one percent stipend, that’s what the Legislature.
GOODYEAR — Twenty miles from downtown Phoenix, 40 miles from Chandler and 30-plus from Tempe and Scottsdale. That’s how far Goodyear Desert Edge High School is from some of the Valley’s highly populated high school football cities. For Desert Edge’s football program, however, the distance has not prevented the Scorpions from being successful on the.
PHOENIX – Kitchen on the Street works to close a gap in childhood hunger by giving students bags of nutritious food to eat over the weekend – enough to feed them until they return to school to get meals. The nonprofit, inspired by the story of a student who had to comb through school trash.
BUCKEYE – The Buckeye Elementary School District has opened a second preschool to accommodate growth in the West Valley. “There’s not a lot of choices for families in the West Valley for preschool programs,” preschool director Brittany Tarango said. “We thought by opening a couple of classrooms that we’d really meet the needs of the.
COOLIDGE – The Sundt Construction, Inc. and Central Arizona College are training students to become the next construction professionals. Patrick Lopez, a second-year student in the program, is paving a career path by working at the company. “One of my first jobs I got introduced into was welding. I just thought that’d be really cool.
FLAGSTAFF — Although Northern Arizona University’s students are nicknamed Lumberjacks, it’s the school’s logging sports team that fully encapsulates the meaning of attending college near the Centennial Forest. The sport is based on the actions of the timber industry of old, chopping wood with saws, axes and chainsaws, while also competing in log-rolling, tree-climbing and.
PHOENIX – A local music academy wants to make sure students learn to play an instrument even if they can’t afford it, underscoring a federal guideline that says music is crucial to a quality education. Rosie’s House provides free music lessons and instruments to children who are economically disadvantaged. The music academy provides 12,000 free.
SCOTTSDALE – Organizations and individuals have collected food, clothes and other necessities to help hurricane victims. However, two Scottsdale sisters wanted to do something different and held a book drive at Cochise Elementary School and Arizona School for the Arts. Taylor and Sydney Levin started the book drives to go to the Denton Independent Elementary.
PHOENIX — He is a “Game of Thrones” fan, likes action and comedy movies and is the No. 1 ranked football recruit in Arizona for the class of 2019. He is pro-steak and anti-sushi. He likes Tupac and Michael Jackson and already has committed to playing at Oklahoma. “He” is Spencer Rattler, the No. 1.
TUCSON — The University of Arizona basketball team held its first media appearance since allegations broke that assistant coach Emanuel “Book” Richardson paid bribe money to a player to sign with the team. Before taking questions Thursday, coach Sean Miller gave a statement, indicating that he still supported the press release the team put out.
SCOTTSDALE – A sensory touch technique can help people diagnosed with Down syndrome learn math and other lessons more readily, according to the leaders of a local nonprofit. Gigi’s Playhouse uses learning tools to teach topics that can eventually lead to a job and independence, math coordinator Laura St. John said. Students like Brett Schatzman.
“Dad! Look!” Three-year old Anthony Contrades runs toward his dad as he watches a life-size Tyrannosaurus rex lean down and roar. Visitors of all ages pointed and gawked as they walked through the Phoenix Zoo’s newest exhibit, Dinosaurs in the Desert. The interactive experience features 23 dinosaurs, 17 of which are animatronic, spread out along.
PHOENIX — On the heels of the FBI’s three-year investigation of a college basketball corruption scandal, questions about the state of Arizona’s program and the impact it will have on coach Sean Miller remain. Wildcats assistant Emanuel “Book” Richardson was among those arrested following an FBI probe that undercovered bribes paid to players’ advisers and.
SAN LUIS – Every year, the organization Chicanos Por La Causa, honors Latino teachers in Arizona who go above and beyond — inside and outside their classrooms — with the Esperanza Latino Teacher of the Year award. This year, three teachers from Maricopa County received the award but it was one teacher from San Luis.
TOLLESON – Jose Valadez thought he’d never be able to have “the really nice things,” like a college education. Now, he’s a college senior, learning to be a teacher. “I wanted to give back to the community that raised me,” Valadez said. Much of his education is free as part of the newly launched Arizona.
AVONDALE – Locks, puzzles, keys. One hour later, as a countdown clock ticked away the minutes, students finish their escape into an innovative learning experience. Leaders of the Avondale Elementary School District took education to a new level and built a district escape room. It’s modeled after a popular entertainment adventure similar to a live-action video.
A far-reaching scandal that includes charges of bribery by Arizona assistant coach Emanuel “Book” Richardson sent shockwaves through the college basketball community Tuesday. Assistants at three others schools and a senior executive at Adidas are among those arrested after being accused of trying to influence athletes’ choices of schools, agents and shoe companies. “Today, we.
PHOENIX — Workforce opportunities, scholarship aid for education, therapeutic methods, sports opportunities and more. The Cronkite News team has put together a collection of stories that highlight some of Arizona’s resources that aid the autism community. Not Your Typical Deli Gilbert, Arizona deli business provides opportunities for employees diagnosed with autism. AguaSac AguaSac, an Arizona.
PHOENIX – A circle of yellow cempasúchil flowers. An altar with books and candles. A religious portrait. A basket in the middle. All symbolic elements the Mexican culture uses to honor and represent death. This was the scene on Saturday at the Phoenix Center for the Arts, where the audience was taken on a journey.
TEMPE – The typical college dorm doesn’t have 3-D printers, laser cutters and Bluetooth-enabled washers and dryers on-site. But the new Tooker House on Arizona State University’s Tempe campus touts the kind of technology and innovation the students living there hope to one day create. The $120 million residential community houses 1,600 ASU students, largely.
PHOENIX– When Denise Wilson’s children first approached her about participating in high school sports, she had no idea how much it would cost. She knew she would have to supply them with the proper shoes and attire, but she never imagined the total cost over the years would exceed $7,000. “They don’t tell us where.
PHOENIX — The Arizona Diamondbacks will welcome more than 5,000 Arizona K-12 students and their families to Chase Field on Friday as part of their fourth annual Science of Baseball STEM Showcase. Throughout the ballpark, fans will have the opportunity to visit interactive exhibits and meet with experts in the fields of science, technology, engineering.
QUEEN CREEK — Two-plus years. That’s how quickly Casteel High School developed a dominant football program. The school opened its doors in 2015 and is already making its presence felt in Division 3A. Still a year away from graduating its first class, and in just its second year with a varsity team, Casteel is 4-0.
PHOENIX — Though the Phoenix College football staff resists the name “Last Chance U,” it feels that way at times for Robin Pflugrad. Five-plus years ago, he was one of the hottest coaching names in the country, a candidate for the Eddie Robinson Award as the nation’s top FCS coach after leading Montana into the.
PHOENIX – Diane Douglas, Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction, discussed her lukewarm attitude toward the AzMERIT test and seemed puzzled when asked about Proposition 305, a ballot measure asking voters to stop the expansion of school vouchers in Arizona. Recent AzMERIT results showed a slight improvement over the previous year. The new voucher, passed by.
PHOENIX — Football now comes with a soundtrack. From high school to the NFL, athletes can be spotted before games with a popular piece of equipment. Headphones. In the Valley, the music high school players and coaches listen to ranges from hardcore rap by Tupac to easy listening by Bette Midler. “Football is definitely.
PHOENIX – The American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona has joined forces with several schools in the Valley to minimize discriminatory school discipline of minority students and students with disabilities. Carlos Diaz, who is Latino and has a learning disability, has attended and left schools before landing at his tenth school, Agua Fria High School,.
TEMPE — The Arizona State women’s triathlon team took no time to see success at the NCAA level, and the Sun Devils already are tasked with repeating as national champions in just their second season. Following the team’s inception in 2016, ASU became the first triathlon team in the Pac-12 but had just seven athletes on.
PHOENIX — AzMERIT test results for the 2016-2017 school year show students still struggle to pass the standardized tests, with Phoenix Union High School District showing success in some areas but decreases in others, district officials said. “Results showed modest gains in some areas but dropped in 9th grade algebra and 11th grade English Language.
PHOENIX — On Thursday evening, Arizona State University students crowded into a makeshift conference room, pulling chairs into a circle. When there wasn’t any room left, some students sat on the floor in the middle. They took turns introducing themselves – sharing their names, their majors and their fears about the repeal of DACA. The.
PHOENIX — Although Grand Canyon’s transition to Division I is complete, its relationship with the Pac-12 remains complicated. It won’t compete on the playing field this season with Arizona State, which is troubled by GCU’s for-profit status. It will, however, face other conference schools in non-revenue sports. The Antelopes men’s tennis team, for example, opens.
PHOENIX — Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Tuesday that President Donald Trump would be ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, commonly known as DACA. “I am here today to announce that the program known as DACA that was effectuated under the Obama Administration is being rescinded,” Sessions said. As the news about DACA.
PHOENIX — The momentum built slowly over the past four years as the men’s basketball program at Grand Canyon University awaited Division I eligibility. Finally, the time is here. “It’s been a short and long four years,” coach Dan Majerle said. “There’s a lot of anticipation and a lot of expectations and we want it.
PHOENIX – Jaqueline Guerra walked into the middle of the athletic field at Maryvale High School, surrounded by ribbons of freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors seeking peace and unity in troubled times. After the cheers died down, she spoke. “We’re just here to unite as a school and community,” Guerra said. “If we come together.
PHOENIX — The Maricopa Mulenge Football Club started out as a few guys playing soccer together in a local park and now, this team has become a safe outlet for part of the African refugee community here in the Valley. The team has players ranging in age between 11 and 40 years old and the.
TEMPE — “Somewhere inside, we hear a voice. It lead us in the direction of who we wish to become. But it is up to us whether or not to follow.” — Pat Tillman. Those words appear on the bronze Pat Tillman statue that was unveiled Wednesday, a day before the 2017-2018 opener for the.
TEMPE — Following an eight-year period without a men’s tennis team, Arizona State is back with a highly regarded collection of international players. In May of 2008, the university cut men’s tennis, along with wrestling and men’s swimming to save approximately $1.1 million in athletics spending per year. However, in May of 2016, due partly.
WASHINGTON – State support for students at Arizona’s three public universities has fallen by 53.8 percent since 2008, more than three times the national decline over the same period, according to a new report. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities said the Arizona cuts were the most extreme example of a national trend that.
PHOENIX – For years, white males have made up the majority of the STEM field. Less than one in ten scientists and engineers who were employed in 2006 were women of color, according to the National Science Foundation. Laila Sarah, the assistant director for the Center of Gender Equity in Science and Technology, wants to.
PHOENIX – As Major League Soccer made developing local talent for its teams a priority in recent years, the Grande Sports Academy was an early player in the trend of the sport’s elite moving away from U.S. club and high school programs in favor of attending academies. Grande, a full-time, year-round residency in Casa Grande.
PHOENIX – A local grassroots environmental group gathered outside the Arizona state Capitol on Thursday to draw attention to diesel pollution. They want state officials to use the nearly $57 million the state will receive from the national Volkswagen settlement to replace diesel school buses with electric buses. Chispa, a Latino advocacy group for the.
TEMPE – More than a million international students attend American colleges and universities, but often struggle with homesickness, learning the nuances of the English language and making friends outside of people from their home country. Simply trying to navigate everyday life in Arizona, such as picking up a package from the post office or getting.
HOLBROOK – Devin Etsitty, 17, remembers a time when he didn’t like science, technology, engineering or math, but teachers at Holbrook High School were determined to change his mind. They appointed him to lead a new program to promote STEM education. Now, Etsitty wants to study high-performance motorsports at the University of Northwestern Ohio. He.
WASHINGTON – Families in more than half of Native American homes in Arizona now speak only English at home, according to new numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau. American Community Survey data covering 2011-2015 showed that 53 percent of people who identified as American Indian in the state said they speak only English at home,.
PHOENIX – Arizona universities are working to drive up Arizona college graduation rates, smoothing the way for students transferring from community college, offering financial aid and adding online classes to draw non-traditional students. Less than one out of three students in Arizona in 2013 earned a four-year degree in six years or less, according to.
PHOENIX – Twice in the past year, high-profile hazing incidents have hit Valley high schools, requiring coaches and administrators to examine the culture and monitoring of their teams, according to interviews with coaches and experts. “Your coach, role models, and team leaders can have a big effect on creating that culture in promoting or lessening.
PHOENIX — The last time a college basketball doubleheader landed in downtown Phoenix, Talking Stick Resort Arena was still U.S. Airways, the Suns were a perennial power in the Western Conference, and a duo of games was played featuring Arizona vs. Illinois and Gonzaga against the Kevin Durant-led Texas Longhorns. Nearly 11 years later, another.
TUCSON — In 2008, Tucson resident Brendan Lyons was, by his own description, an overweight emergency medical technician who dreamed of becoming a firefighter. That dream and the fitness it would require seemed out of reach until a friend introduced him to cycling. “I ended up being pretty decent on a bicycle and weight just.
WASHINGTON – Advocates and Arizona education officials say they are confident the summer meal program for low-income children will start to climb this summer, after five years of steady declines that saw meals served drop more than 50 percent. Final numbers will not be available until this fall, but officials point to an increase in.
On the collegiate front, eSports are on the rise. From tournament broadcasts on ESPN and college teams being assembled to PAC 12’s newly announced support of the sport, eSports has claimed its place in the world of collegiate sporting. Should eSporting be considered a collegiate sport? Would you watch your school in a gaming tournament?.
WASHINGTON – When Arizona students return to school in August, a new law could make the state’s Empowerment Scholarship Accounts available to all 1.1 million of them. Unless a grassroots group of opponents has its way. Save Our Schools Arizona has until Aug. 1 to collect the more than 75,000 signatures needed to petition SB.
TEMPE — Dan Kush stood at the entrance of the church, welcoming family, fans and former players with a smile. Despite the passing of his father, longtime Arizona State football coach Frank Kush, the mood was a healing one as teammates reconnected, stories were exchanged and the icon’s life was celebrated. “Somebody asked me earlier,.
PHOENIX — When assessing the Major League Baseball talent pool that originates in Arizona, two colleges tend to come to mind: Arizona State University and the University of Arizona. The rival schools have sent nearly 800 players to the professional level throughout the history of their storied programs. From a lesser perspective, some of the.
The Arizona Court of Appeals has ruled DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) students are no longer eligible for in-state tuition at Arizona universities and community colleges. Are you a DACA student who may now be ineligible for in-state tuition? How do you plan to move forward? We will not publish your response without your.
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According to Stop Sports Injuries, 40 percent of sports injuries treated in hospitals are attributed to children ages 5 to 14. Cronkite News is writing a story about people 14 and under who became injured playing a sport in school and continued to play. Did you play sports in school and become injured? Are you.
WASHINGTON – You might not know which chemical element in the Hope Diamond has the largest molecular mass, but an eighth-grader from Scottsdale does. Isaiah Hazelwood faced that and other questions faced earlier this week when he squared off against other middle school students from around the country as part of the “You be the.
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, during the 2014-15 school year, 20 percent of students between the ages of 12 and 18 surveyed reported being bullied at school in some way. But what about during extracurricular activities? Does this bullying leak over into youth sports? If you or someone you know has experience.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – It took months of research, but Flagstaff seventh-graders Joy Kim and Ella Downard were finally able to produce a 10-minute documentary on Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl whose courage and determination to get an education won her the Nobel Peace Prize at age 17. “Our bibliography had over 4,000 words and.
PHOENIX – When President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, giving slaves their freedom, it took more than two years for news to travel to Galveston, Texas. June 19, 1865, became the real day of freedom for Texas residents. More than 150 years later, Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the.
CHANDLER – Mason Andersen, a recent Hamilton High School graduate, will compete with some of the best golfers in the world Thursday at the U.S. Open. Mason won’t be tackling this year’s star-studded field at Erin Hills Country Club in Wisconsin alone. At a tournament that concludes on Father’s Day, his dad, Richard, will be.
PHOENIX- Arizona ranks among the five worst states for children’s well being in education, health, economics and family and community matters, according to the Kids Count annual report. Arizona was ranked 46th in the country, the Kids Count report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation says. Nearly 400,000 Arizona children live in “high-poverty” areas. And.
PHOENIX – Teacher salaries that are among the lowest in the nation drive down teacher morale and make retention difficult, education advocates say. Arizona elementary school teacher pay is the lowest in the nation when adjusted for statewide cost-of-living. While Arizona’s high school teachers pay ranks 49th of the 50 states, according to a Morrison.
The Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) has strict regulations against recruiting and giving any athletic scholarships. We would like to know if any athletes or parents thought they or their children were being recruited or think that another school is recruiting athletes. We would also like to hear from coaches and athletic directors who have experience.
A January, 2017 study by Gary Ladd, ASU psychology professor, found that bullying occurs more in elementary schools compared to high school. 24 percent of the kids in the ASU study had experienced chronic bullying at some point during their school years. Cronkite News wants to get a sense of the issue in Arizona. If.
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – Penda Ba stood centerstage at the 90th Annual Scripps National Spelling Bee. She held her nametag out and ran her finger over it pensively as if she were writing out a word. “S-E-Q-U-E-S-T-R-A-T-I-O-N,” she spelled, peering down at the judges in front of her. “Sequestration.” “Correct.” She had survived another round.
STEM education in rural areas of Arizona has been falling behind the curve compared to metropolitan areas, according to Arizona Science Foundation. We would like to know if this shortage of STEM teachers and other resources such as high speed internet in your rural area affects you. We would like to know your opinions on.
SCOTTSDALE – Dr. Amit Shah smiles as he demonstrates the new technology at the Mayo Clinic’s new medical school campus in Scottsdale. “There is no center stage in the middle, (with) just a person beaming down information at you, as many of us – unfortunately – learned in medicine,” he said. Shah, the school’s associate.
PHOENIX — Usha Jagannathan applied for a full-time community college teaching position year after year for more than a decade. Within 13 years of graduating from her doctoral program in Technology and E-learning from Northcentral University, she worked as many as three jobs at a time. Jagannathan worked in part-time university teaching in Michigan and.
WASHINGTON – For the past decade, the vast majority of Arizona counties have faced a teacher shortage at the beginning of the school year, and as school districts head into the summer many teachers expect more of the same. And they’re not surprised. A Public Insight Network query asking the state’s schoolteachers why they think.
WINDOW ROCK — “Béédaałniih: Diné bizaad bídahwiil’aah. Táadoo biligáana k’ehjí yádaalłti’í. Ahéhee’.” These are the first words that visitors see on a sign at the entrance of Tsé Hootsooí Diné Bi’ Olta’, an elementary immersion school that teaches the Navajo language to its 133 students on the capital of the Navajo Nation. In English, the.
Cronkite News reporters on the Education beat cover the students, teachers and administrators making an impact on Arizona’s school system. Issues range from the battle over school vouchers to creative ways to pay for college.
PHOENIX – Tuition. Dorms. Parking. Supplies. The cost of higher education can seem daunting, but one Valley school wants to eliminate a large component of that high cost: textbooks. The price of a textbook can easily reach $300 or more, and College Board puts the average annual cost of books and materials for students at.
TEMPE — The transition into college as a freshman is overwhelming enough, especially for a student-athlete coming from overseas. Imagine coming in ranked as one of the top female amateur golfers in the world. That would be the life of Arizona State’s Olivia Mehaffey, a freshman from Belfast, North Ireland. She joined the Sun Devils.
Ajo, Arizona, once nearly a ghost town, is in the hands of a single nonprofit seeking to save the economy by getting residents back into school and the workforce. More than 30 years ago the New Cornelia open pit copper mine shut down, leaving more than 1,000 Ajo residents out of work. Until 1985, the.
TEMPE — Whether it is football, basketball, soccer or gymnastics, student-athletes have the added pressure to perform not only on the field but in the classroom. Practices, workouts, film sessions and travel days take up chunks of their weeks and demand creativity to build schedules with full-time academic loads. Enter online classes. At Arizona State,.
PHOENIX – What would you do if your boyfriend asked you for your cellphone password so he could check your phone? Or if your girlfriend expected you to text her every hour? And how would you react if that same person broke up with you through a text? Experts say teens find themselves in these.
WASHINGTON – The civics test that will be required of all graduating high school seniors this spring does not appear to have been that much of a test for members of the Class of 2017. The Arizona Department of Education does not keep statewide statistic, but calls to individual school districts found pass rates nearing.
PHOENIX — About one in five 8th graders in Arizona say “it would be cool” to belong to a gang, according to the 2016 Arizona Youth Survey of more than 57,000 students statewide. The same goes for 17 percent of 10th graders, and 13.1 percent of 12th graders. Teens’ growing use of social media may.
TEMPE — There are 13 NCAA Football Bowl Series programs that have made naming-rights deals for their stadiums. Only two are members of the Pac-12 Conference, and Arizona State isn’t one of them. That could soon change. Sun Devil Stadium is in the midst of the second phase in a three-stage, $268-million renovation project. When.
PHOENIX – High school athletes in Arizona can now practice their sport year-round — whether they like it or not. On March 3, the Arizona Interscholastic Association’s legislative council voted 39-5 to let high school coaches hold practices with their teams year-round. Reaction has been mixed among Arizona coaches, but most aren’t expecting to see.
PHOENIX – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency established a goal in September 2015 to cut food waste in half by 2030. Several states have implemented plans in efforts to cut food waste. According to the U.S. Composting Council, California, Massachusetts, Vermont, Connecticut and New York City have all introduced policies to increase organic recycling and.
WASHINGTON – Tim Rogers, 39, is scheduled to graduate next week with dual bachelor’s degrees, in social work and in public service and public policy, one of 649 veterans who applied for graduation at Arizona State University this semester. The Army veteran and father of four said he is excited to be done with school,.
Many people lose sight as they grow older, but there are more than 15,000 visually impaired Arizonans between the ages of 18 and 34. In this episode, we hear the stories of two of them. Hiris Vela, 20, and Elijah Harris, 19, are both community college students who grew up legally blind in Arizona. They.
SAN TAN VALLEY – For years, Steven O’Shaughnessy didn’t speak. His mother took him to one medical expert after another. Still, he didn’t talk. Then, his mother took him to meet Pace, a therapy horse at Hoofbeats With Heart. “I was told that if he didn’t talk by six that he would never talk,” Susan.
PHOENIX – It’s one of the most important decisions parents have to make: Where will their child go to school? The open-enrollment policy in Arizona high schools can make the decision even more complicated, especially for athletically talented students. According to the Education Commission for the States, every state (and the District of Columbia and.
This special edition of the Cronkite News newscast reports on the top stories from the education beat, including coverage of standing desks in elementary schools, a nature-based preschool and much more.
WASHINGTON – Former Phoenix high school teacher Reyna Montoya said it was typical for undocumented immigrant children to come to her and talk about their troubles in school and their fears at home, where they or their parents might be deported. They came to Montoya because she understood. She was undocumented herself before getting a.
TUCSON — Granted, it is the offseason, but a quick glance around the Gate 2 underpass at Arizona Stadium shows the need for upgrades. It’s used as a tunnel to get to and from campus. If it weren’t for the concession stands, gate numbers and a sign warning occupants of bats, pedestrians might forget they’re.
Hopi Jr./Sr. High School, one of the few high schools serving students on the Hopi Reservation in Northern Arizona, has hired investigators to examine its special education program, according to Bertha Parker, a public relations consultant representing the school. In an email, Parker said the investigators are Joanne C. Phillips, the president of consulting company.
TUCSON – Tucson is known for its syrupy sweet Eegee’s slushies, superior Mexican food and for many years, it’s been haunted by stories of “brain drain” – that is, University of Arizona graduates leaving to work elsewhere after they get their degrees. The theme remains true. According to a 2016 report from the Arizona Board.
In the 2017 spring semester, a team of graduate students from Cronkite News researched in-depth stories for a project about expansion across Arizona. The project, “Development in the Desert: the Changing Face of Arizona” covers issues around the state ranging from urbanization, mining, commuting, Phoenix arts and more. Four of the graduate students on the.
WASHINGTON – It’s a long way from the first-grade of Encanto Elementary School in Phoenix to a meeting in Washington with some of the nation’s most powerful government officials, and teacher Michelle Doherty admitted Thursday that she was a little overwhelmed. “My emotions have been up and down, up and down,” said Doherty, Arizona’s 2017.
With proposed U.S. Department of Agriculture cuts in the billions of dollars, the National School Lunch Program – a fundamental part of Arizona’s school day – is facing new uncertainty. President Donald Trump has proposed slashing $4.7 billion from the USDA, the agency charged with the National School Lunch Program. It’s unclear how the loss.
A Cronkite News analysis of Arizona Department of Education data shows the percentage of food service expenditures that went to actual food in Maricopa County school districts. A lower percentage could be for a range of reasons: schools may use gardens to supplement food or could have had higher staff or equipment costs that year..
WASHINGTON – A U.S. News and World Report ranking of the best high schools in the country gave the top spot to Basis Scottsdale, one of four Basis charter schools in Arizona that finished in the report’s top five. U.S. News and RTI National, a research firm, looked at more than 22,000 public high schools.
LOS ANGELES — Later this month, Zach Banner’s name will be called at the NFL Draft, whereupon he’ll leave the college comforts of Southern California and begin a life of professional size and skill. Banner is a 6-foot-9, 340-pound offensive tackle on the USC football team, is a mountain of a man that will make.
Raising a child with autism can be incredibly challenging under the best of circumstances. For families who live in small towns, far from big-city resources, it can be even harder. In this episode of In Focus, we talk with Elizabeth Gullikson, a 30-year-old mother and resident of Yuma. Her four-year-old son, Gavin Cunningham, has autism..
TEMPE – Children living in poverty will be able to attend a free preschool program to jump start their academic potential and narrow the learning gap between poor and more well-off students. “In our community we have a lot of students that are coming into kindergarten that are not meeting kindergarten readiness benchmarks,” Tempe council.
WASHINGTON – Sunny Price knows what it’s like to try to keep up with college studies when you don’t have enough to eat. “It’s not focusing on the studies, or what I learned today, or how can I apply this to my life, or let me do my homework, oh, I got a report tonight,”.
PHOENIX – Corey duBrowa, a senior vice president at Starbucks, said Monday that the Seattle-based company may “blow past” its goal of helping 25,000 employees get degrees by 2025. DuBrowa, who visited Arizona State University’s downtown campus on Monday for a speaking event at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, said employees.
Research from the Center for Immigration Studies shows an increase in the number and share of public school students who are from immigrant households. According to the study, almost one out of four students in public schools live in an immigrant household. Cronkite News wants to hear your insight on how immigration could be affecting.
Young adults — especially those ages 18 to 25 — are at a higher risk for depression than people in any other age group. In fact, suicide is the second leading cause of death for people ages 15 to 34, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In this episode of In Focus,.
WASHINGTON – Grace Rushing was busy Thursday with her friends, adding last-minute decorating touches before guests show up Friday for their galaxy-themed prom at the Palacio at the Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak. It could be any high school prom: There will be dinner and dancing to a deejay in a room decorated by the prom.
PHOENIX- A new leadership center for the Girl Scouts is complete and set to open on Friday, April 7 in Phoenix. The Bob and Renee Parsons Leadership Center for Girls and Women at Camp South Mountain is a year-round camping facility. The center was developed to provide girls with a variety of skills promoted within.
SANTA MONICA, Calif. – When it comes to sports, Santa Monica High School basketball coach James Hecht and art teacher Amy Bouse are on opposite ends of the spectrum. Hecht, who also teaches algebra at “Samohi,” is a pillar in the athletic program. He has coached basketball at his alma mater for 23 years and.
WASHINGTON – Loan guaranty companies hailed an Education Department directive that will let them again begin charging collection fees to students who default on a specific category of loan, a practice prohibited under the Obama administration. But while they called the change a restoration of their rights, they also tried to assure anxious students that.
GLENDALE — Oregon’s Casey Benson has already won three basketball championships in Glendale. As a four-year varsity player at Tempe’s Corona del Sol High School, he won three-straight Division I state championships in 2012, 2013 and 2014 at Gila River Arena. This weekend, he will try to make it four titles in Glendale, but now.
SIERRA VISTA – Seniors in Karen Bristow’s high-school English class at Buena High School stared blankly at a screen as she pulled up Coldplay’s “Viva la Vida” music video. I used to rule the world Seas would rise when I gave the word Now in the morning I sleep alone Sweep the streets I used.
PHOENIX – Parents, teachers and students have a few options when it comes to improving their schools. One way is through the Legislature, but some people don’t have the tools or knowledge to advocate for their issues. The Arizona Parent Teacher Association sought to remedy that Wednesday by holding advocacy workshops and a discussion panel.
In the first episode of In Focus, producer Ben Flores talks with 25-year-old Lynsie Andreasky about living with autism. Lynsie was diagnosed with high-functioning autism when she was 16. Since then, she has faced many challenges, including depression and overwhelming anxiety. Lynsie shares her story of overcoming challenges thanks to a service dog named Kaycee..
WASHINGTON – The Trump administration’s budget blueprint calls for eliminating a need-based grant that benefits more than 35,000 Arizona college students, a cut that one expert said could be “a real setback for students.” The cut was part of an overall 13 percent decrease for the Education Department in the fiscal 2018 budget outlined Thursday..
PHOENIX – Arizona’s asthmatic children might breathe easier this fall if legislation shielding public and charter schools from lawsuits for dispensing aid without parental consent becomes law. House Bill 2208 would allow public and charter schools to stock and administer asthma medication to students during an emergency. “(This) could be the difference between a life.
Betsy DeVos, a billionaire philanthropist from Michigan, was selected by President Donald Trump as the new secretary of education. DeVos is a Republican who believes in school vouchers and charter schools. How do you think she will change the public education system? How will this affect Arizona? Cronkite News wants to know what you think.
This special edition of the Cronkite News newscast reports on the top stories from the education beat, including coverage of standing desks in elementary schools, a nature-based preschool and much more.
PHOENIX – The Arizona Board of Education has revoked the licenses of two Arizona teachers accused of communicating inappropriately with students online or on social media and suspended the licenses of two teachers accused of drinking on the job. The licenses of Christopher A. Heavin and Susan Yonker were revoked in unrelated cases. Heavin messaged.
PHOENIX – A leader of innovation and research at Arizona State University and the chief executive of Texas Medical Center are finalists to become the next president of the University of Arizona. The Arizona Board of Regents announced the finalists as Sethuraman “Panch” Panchanathan and Dr. Robert Clayton Robbins. Panchanathan is executive vice president, chief.
WASHINGTON – Gov. Doug Ducey urged fellow governors this weekend to follow Arizona’s lead and implement civics requirements in schools to help improve the nation’s civic and political engagement. “It’s cute when a 5-year-old doesn’t know who the current president is,” Ducey said Sunday at the winter meeting of the National Governors Association here. “But.
SCOTTSDALE – Mackenzie Leblanc frowned at her lollipop in disappointment, trying to figure out why students in the group across from her were rewarded with the good lollipops – the ones with bubble gum in the middle – for doing the same exercise she had just completed. Students in Heather Robinson’s eighth-grade social studies class.
WASHINGTON – Arizona officials Thursday welcomed the federal government’s reversal of an Obama administration rule that required equal access to school facilities for transgender students, arguing that communities are better able to handle the issue locally. State advocates for transgender individuals were not immediately available for comment Thursday, but national groups worried that the Trump.
GLENDALE – Glendale resident Steven Lane had always wanted to know more about the mosque that moved into the former church down the block. Lane and two children joined 200 people of different faiths who walked into a mosque, placed their shoes against the wall and heard an Arabic prayer before listening to leaders discuss.
WASHINGTON – The judges were impressed, but when the awards were announced at the Future City competition Tuesday the Veritas Homeschoolers team came up just short, finishing second in the national engineering contest. In a room that looked more like a concert venue than a hotel ballroom, with hundreds of middle school students bouncing to.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau found that the number of people older than 60 with student loan debt has quadrupled in the last decade. Cronkite News is writing a story about student loan debt among people over the age of 60. Can you relate to these issues? What is your experience paying back student loans?.
WASHINGTON – When faced with the problem of cleaning up a polluted petrochemical site in Ecuador, a team of urban planners from Arizona turned to “microbial degradation” and “phytoremediation” to biologically break down pollutants on the site. A team of urban planners who are still in middle school. The Veritas Homeschoolers were in Washington this.
PHOENIX – Students, teachers and parents were among those that crowded around the Arizona state Capitol building Monday to ask the state Legislature to give public education more funding. Public education advocates shared their own stories, toured the Capitol and delivered hand-written postcards to Senate President Steve Yarbrough and Speaker of the House J.D. Mesnard..
PHOENIX – Investigators said it started with a World of Warcraft game: A 16-year-old girl joined a team with her teacher and then entered into a private chat, which spiraled into online advances by the teacher and suggestions of meeting outside of school. The teacher, Christopher Heavin, could lose his license to teach in Arizona..
MESA – Most schools would warn students away from lasers and saws, but officials encourage the students on the Arizona State University Polytechnic campus in Mesa to use them. The campus serves as the Southwest’s largest 3-D printing research facility: The Manufacturing Research and Innovation Hub. This workspace is open for students to do anything.
WASHINGTON – The superintendent for Navajo schools said “alarming” calls for the Trump administration to eliminate Head Start funding could leave tribal children without preschool programs or the education resources they desperately need to succeed. Diné Superintendent Tommy Lewis made the comments Wednesday during a wide-ranging interview in Washington that touched on his fears for.
Jessika Reed has eight children, including seven who are adopted and four who have special needs. As if that wasn’t enough, Jessika has also cared for many foster kids during the past 15 years, constantly welcoming children in need into her home. In fact, she was so eager to parent foster children that she was.
PHOENIX – An Arizona legislator wants to create a dyslexia handbook to distribute to traditional public and charter schools. Rep. Jill Norgaard said students with reading disabilities are more likely to drop out of school. Dyslexics are nearly twice as likely as other students to drop out of school according to a 2012 study by.
TEMPE — They played at a city park. They slept in gymnasiums. Sometimes they ate only bologna sandwiches. And they had to wear basketball uniforms to play their softball games. It might not sound like a formula for winning national championships, but it worked for Arizona State’s softball program when the Sun Devils won back-to-back.
As employment opportunities for software, application and system developers is projected to increase in the coming years, dozens of libraries in Arizona are beginning to realize the importance of coding and are becoming more than a place to check-out books. “It’s no longer okay to just sit around with books and wait for people to.
MESA – Shawn Jordan had traveled five hours to Church Rock, New Mexico, in the Navajo Nation. It was his first time on the Navajo reservation. Jordan, an assistant professor of engineering education at Arizona State University, was there to judge a science fair. One project stuck with him: a seventh-grade girl’s experiment on how.
Colonizing a moon of Mars is not an easy task. However, more than 1,300 students from 20 schools around Arizona flocked to Arizona State University Polytechnic Campus to compete in the 18th annual Honeywell Fiesta Bowl Aerospace Challenge to do just that. Nearly 300 separate teams of three to five students each created scale models.
TUCSON – Four weeks ago, eight-year-old McKenzie Brown walked into her school, expecting to find the same classroom. Instead, the chairs were missing. “I thought, ‘Did the teacher forget to put the chairs back in?’ ” the second-grader thought. As it turns out, an experiment was the solution to the mystery of the missing chairs..
GLENDALE–Last week, the Arizona State University Black Student Union held a community mural painting on the ASU West Campus for Black History Month, inviting community members to contribute to a painting of writer James Baldwin. Baldwin’s unfinished manuscript “Remember this House” is the basis for the Oscar-nominated documentary on racism, “I Am Not Your Negro.”.
WASHINGTON – Every calendar in Anne Gabriellini’s Surprise house was marked for Oct. 1, but not to signify a birthday, anniversary or important doctor’s appointment. The Gabriellinis were determined not to miss the new FAFSA start date. They were not alone. A Cronkite News analysis of federal data shows more than 21,000 Arizona high school.
TEMPE — Ever since Ray Anderson arrived at Arizona State University in 2014 as athletics director, the athletic department has taken significant strides toward a goal Anderson shared with Cronkite News in July. “We’re adamant that this should be an Olympic training ground for all the sports,” Anderson said at the time. As examples, look.
SCOTTSDALE – An hour before the final bell rang at 2:40 p.m. on Tuesday, a group of 25 Greenway Middle School eighth graders were asked to report to the library. The “Hockey Scholars” had finished the NHL’s Future Goals digital education course on STEM: science, technology, engineering and math subjects. For their achievement, the students.
GLENDALE – Elementary, middle-school and high school students from across the West Valley are joining leaders in education, business and local government in a move to combat bullying, depression and suicide. A conference at Arizona State University’s West campus last week drew more than 800 people, with motivational speakers and group activities to teach students.
WASHINGTON – Thirty states claim to consider student growth a “significant” factor in teacher evaluations, but a new study finds that evaluations in 28 of those states, including Arizona, “fail to live up to promises.” The report by the National Council on Teacher Quality found that some teachers in Arizona who barely made the grade.
PHOENIX – Arizona’s top education leader is heralding new state curriculum standards that would replace modern works with classic literature, retool math education with an emphasis on memorization, and focus reading education on phonetics. She also proposed a five percent raise for teachers. Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas, said changes to Common Core standards.
PHOENIX – Arizona State University President Michael Crow and Maricopa County Community College District Chancellor Maria Harper-Marinick on Tuesday stressed the importance of a college degree in obtaining a well-paying job – the types of jobs that it takes to stimulate the economy. But the state lags behind educational achievement. “Arizona needs a prepared workforce,”.
MESA – This is National School Choice Week across the country. Some families are choosing not to send their children to traditional schools and home-school instead. In Maricopa County, 14,660 children are home-schooled. Becky Greene, a mother of five, home-schools her three children. She never anticipated home-schooling and did not think she had the qualifications..
SCOTTSDALE — In frigid Huron, South Dakota, Dale Balvin realized he loved golf at age 10. Now as a certified PGA professional golf instructor, he spreads that passion to a new generation of young players at his Golf’s Elementary program in the Valley, an after-school program that Belvin said is for kids between ages 5.
In celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, the Arizona State University West Campus held its annual MLK March on West Wednesday. Students, faculty and visitors gathered to honor King’s legacy by marching through campus, a tradition that dates back to 1991. Charles St. Clair, a technical director at ASU, recited the “I Have a.
Nine students in the Havasupai Nation have filed a lawsuit against the federal government claiming that agencies including the Bureau of Indian Education “have knowingly failed to provide basic general education” to children in the remote area of Arizona. The suit revolves around Havasupai Elementary in the small village of Supai within the Grand Canyon,.
WASHINGTON – Public school advocates in Arizona are withholding judgment – for now – on school-choice champion Betsy DeVos, who faces a Senate confirmation hearing Tuesday on her nomination to become the next secretary of Education. “Perhaps when she realizes she’s responsible for where 80 percent of American parents send their kids, public schools, she’ll.
PARADISE VALLEY – In a poorly-financed education system, Arizona teachers are battling low salaries, the pressures of mandatory testing and a lack of respect for their profession, making it harder for the state to entice and retain teachers, advocates say. One Paradise Valley mentoring program is trying to grow teachers at home and repair a.
PHOENIX – Former refugee Boo Htoo came to the United States with his two children in 2007 after spending more than 20 years as a Burmese refugee in Thailand. His parents fled Burma when he was young due to internal conflict. He said he went to school at the refugee camp, but there wasn’t a.
SCOTTSDALE – It was a casual offseason afternoon Friday at Saguaro High School. Seventeen players on the school’s varsity football team were in the gym lifting weights. It wasn’t mandatory; head coach Jason Mohns had given his team the final two weeks of December off, but some players wanted to come in. “I had kids.
WASHINGTON – Charles Heller embraces President-elect Donald Trump’s proposal to eliminate gun-free zones on school campuses, a move he sees as “really restoring a freedom, not eliminating anything.” “I don’t support disarming those who defend children and students and I support rights to keep and bear arms,” said Heller, the co-founder for the Arizona Citizens.
In celebration of what would have been Walter Cronkite’s 100th birthday this year, journalists Len Downie Jr., Bob Schieffer, Lesley Stahl, Scott Pelley and the late Gwen Ifill discussed his legacy and the future of journalism at the Newseum in Washington D.C.
PHOENIX – A Cronkite News survey of high schools in Maricopa County found that many are willing to invest in the highest-quality football helmets in order to ensure the safety of their players. Of the 81 schools contacted by Cronkite, 28 responded to the survey and provided information about the primary helmets used by their.
TEMPE – On a Monday evening in September, Michael Smith hummed quietly and scrawled the names of mariachi songs on a whiteboard. Smith, 25, is a co-director of the Mariachi Ensemble at Arizona State University. The origins of the Mexican folk music genre date back to the 16th century, and it’s a fusion of indigenous,.
QUEEN CREEK – When she was 5, Berenice Zendejas scribbled down the answer to her kindergarten teacher’s question. “What what do you want to be when you are older?” the teacher asked. Other students answered with starry-eyed dreams of one day becoming a ballerina or a princess, a scientist or a superhero. But for Zendejas,.
PHOENIX- Jolie Zuza came to Arizona as a child in 2005, fleeing war and death. The turmoil in East Africa destroyed her family. She says her father died of sadness after watching the murder of her sister and nearly losing her older brother at a refugee camp in Burundi. The series of tragedies qualified Jolie’s.
COTTONWOOD — Zahide Betancourt wakes up at 5 a.m. every Friday to get ready for her weekly GED prep class. The 28-year-old mother of three meets up with a fellow classmate, who happens to be an old friend from middle school, and the two women grab their workbooks, makeup bags and cups of coffee before.
PHOENIX – Rhama Majid raced into the gym at David Crockett Elementary School and found her favorite set of gear: pads, a helmet and a skateboard. She strapped on her protective equipment, put down her skateboard and pushed away like she’d done it a thousand times before. Majid moved from Tanzania to the United States.
As President-elect Donald Trump approaches his inauguration amidst promises of immigration reform, it is unclear what impact potential changes would have on relations between the U.S. and Latin America, and how that would play out in Arizona. One group that is deeply immersed in topics like these: students of Latin American studies programs and those.
LAVEEN – Fairfax High School boys basketball head coach Josh Wray put his phone on vibrate on the night of Oct. 14, an unusual move for him. Wray was not ready for the call from Isia Slater’s stepfather when he checked his phone over an hour later. A suspected drunken driver hit the passenger side.
WASHINGTON – State officials welcomed final regulations for the federal school policy that will replace the troubled No Child Left Behind program, which give states more flexibility to determine school success and which schools are falling behind. The 383-page document released Monday by the U.S. Department of Education also extended key deadlines that states must.
GILBERT — A 16-year-old Arizona girl earned a perfect composite score on the ACT college admissions test, such a rarity only one-tenth of one percent of students in the nation have achieved it. Ruth Oliver’s achievement lands her in lofty company. In Arizona, she is one of 24 fortunate high-school seniors out of 36,285 to.
PHOENIX – Balancing academics and athletics is a delicate juggling act, but Phoenix College wide receiver and former Joy Christian School quarterback Matthew Mitchell excelled at both – while also dealing with an inhibiting disease. The Phoenix native was named one of five National Football Foundation National High School Scholar-Athlete Honorees in October. He will.
WASHINGTON – Arizona is one of 15 states that expressly allow corporal punishment in schools, but state educators said most schools already heed the spirit of U.S. Education Secretary John King’s call for an end to the practice. In an open letter Tuesday to “governors and chief state school officers,” King said physical punishment is.
Cassidy Hancock drives 20 miles each way, Monday through Friday, to attend Tombstone High School, where she is currently a senior. Hancock is taking nursing classes through the school and volunteers at Quiburi Mission Samaritan Center, a nursing home in Benson. She would love to go to college on a softball scholarship and study to.
WASHINGTON – It was exciting for Arizona educator Kristi Pashley to be in the nation’s capital on Election Day – but not for the reasons you might think. Pashley was in Washington to represent Vista del Sur Traditional School in Laveen, one of four Arizona schools that were recognized Tuesday by the Department of Education.
WASHINGTON – Head Start “has done a lot of good in the past 50 years,” but the first early education program in the U.S. is due for a change, said Jonathon Gonzales, executive director of the Arizona Head Start Association. That change started Tuesday via a 118-page “comprehensive” rewrite of Head Start rules, the first.
PHOENIX – Marissa Chavez’s kindergarten students often play teacher, taking turns pointing to an alphabet card while the other students sit cross-legged on the floor. “M-m-m-m-m,” they chant, sounding out the 13th letter of the alphabet. “It looks like they’re playing, but they’re not,” Chavez said. By the end of the school year, Chavez said,.
WASHINGTON – Arizona posted the nation’s biggest gains in fourth-grade standardized science test scores last year but still lagged behind the national average, with the fifth-lowest scores overall, according to national test results released Thursday. The National Assessment of Educational Progress also said that Arizona managed to close the achievement gap between white and Hispanic.
TEMPE – It may sound cliche at this point for anyone who knows Krysten Muir, but that doesn’t make the sentiment by her mother Kathy any less true. “She’s not your typical 17-year-old girl,” Kathy Muir said. That should be obvious to anyone who has watched a game featuring Marcos de Niza High’s varsity football.
PHOENIX – When Claire Stoehr was less than a year old, she began watching “Super Why,” a PBS show that teaches kids reading skills. ”At the time, I think it was the first thing on, and just from the repeated viewings of that, she was able to pick up – easily – two thirds of.
TEMPE – As Arizona State assistant track coaches Ronnie Williams and Tamara Ards demonstrated the proper technique for sprinters to explode from their starting blocks, about 30 coaches from China looked on, appearing perplexed. When the ASU coaches finished their demonstration, a translator in the crowd began speaking in Chinese, followed by a Chinese coach..
APACHE JUNCTION – One year after a southeast Valley school district switched to a four-day school week, some parents and students still grapple with longer days and child-care schedules while others have embraced the new model. Anahi Lopez, 16, a junior at Apache Junction High School, at first liked the idea of a four-day school.
WASHINGTON – Goodyear middle schooler Sage Foreman had an idea for a national technology “field trip” day that could help get schoolkids interested in the sciences. That idea was enough to get Sage a field trip of his own Friday – to the White House, where he was one of just 11 students from across.
Phoenix – The Translational Genomics Research Institute and the Helios Education Foundation teamed up 10 years ago to create internships for high school students as young as 16 in human genome research. “Seeing a patient on a daily basis and sitting down with them… talking with them about their disease… is really kind of ultimately.
TEMPE – As Sparky, Arizona State University’s mascot, entered the gym, a loud roar filled the air and a group of excited third-graders held up their palms, eagerly awaiting high fives from the Sun Devil. “Sparky was a big hit, as usual,” said ASU men’s basketball coach Bobby Hurley. “The kids love seeing him, which.
WASHINGTON – When Pinnacle High School physics teacher Mike Vargas needed motion sensors so his freshman students could engage in a special experiment, he didn’t look to his school board for funding. Vargas instead turned to Donors Choose, a crowdfunding network for public school teachers to get books, classroom supplies or materials for
WASHINGTON – High school graduation rates reached an all-time high of 83 percent last year, but Arizona still lagged behind the nation at 77 percent in the 2014-2015 school year, the White House said Monday. President Barack Obama touted the figures at a high school in Washington, where he said that gains in graduation rates.
WASHINGTON – For years, the U.S. Department of Education has rated teachers’ success based on how well their students performed on tests. Now, it wants to take a step back and evaluate how teachers are taught to teach. The department on Wednesday released new regulations aimed at assessing education colleges and programs that prepare teachers.
Are you an Arizona resident with a passion for improving your neighborhood, city, county or state? Maybe you volunteer regularly or participate in civic engagement efforts. Maybe you’ve donated to a nonprofit organization or helped spark an effort to solve a local, emerging problem. Whatever your experience is, Cronkite News wants to hear from you..
WASHINGTON – Columbus Day will be a holiday for students in most of the country, but it will be just another Monday for students in the Navajo Nation. “I would say most of our young students don’t even know that Columbus Day is a holiday off-reservation,” said Elvira Bitsoi, principal of Wide Ruins Community School,.
With social media taking over just about everything, teachers across America are left in a pinch. Where do they draw the line between communication and complication? An online survey conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of the University of Phoenix in April found that 83 percent of K-12 teachers use social media in their personal.
PHOENIX – When you imagine what class at Phoenix Coding Academy might look like, maybe you think of students staring at endless rows of characters and symbols on computer screens. And sure, sometimes that happens. But you’re just as likely to find students hunched over their desks with colored pencils and markers in their hands..
PHOENIX – The building next to Starlight Park Elementary School looks like it belongs there. The fence in front boasts a colorful sign declaring it’s proud to be a drug-free school, the water fountains are inviting low enough for the children running around the playground. But the building houses a different reality. Many of the.
PHOENIX – Teachers are expected to help students learn in a classroom, but parents’ involvement with their children may lead to better grades. Some teachers say learning at home is just as important as learning in school. The Center for Public Education said two-thirds of teachers surveyed said they would like to see more parents.
In an era when children can see just about anything on their cellphones, there are still hundreds of attempts to ban books each year. According to the American Library Association, 275 books were challenged in 2015 and 11,000 books have been challenged since the inception of Banned Books Week in 1982. “Challenged” means that someone.
GILBERT – Suzanne Zentner stood in front of the high school students and their parents gathered in the library of Gilbert High School on a recent evening and got right to the point. “Instead of dancing around issues, I’m going to find the elephant in the room, and I’m going to hit it,” Zentner told.
PHOENIX – The Phoenix Rescue Mission is changing the lives of unemployed mothers “one cookie at a time.” The non-profit now have catering and cookie-making programs to help unemployed women develop new skills to give them a better chance of success in the workforce. Michelle Rader said she was addicted to drugs several years ago,.
WASHINGTON – Federal officials signed an agreement with Navajo leaders Tuesday giving the tribe the authority to implement a single set of standards, assessments and accountability measures for tribal schools that are scattered over three states. Before the agreement between Navajo officials and the secretaries of Education and the Interior, the tribe’s 66 Bureau of.
The presence of international players in the NBA has boomed since the original USA Basketball “Dream Team” won a gold medal in the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. At the start of last season there were 100 foreign-born players in the NBA, representing 37 countries, according to the league. While European players largely led the way,.
SCOTTSDALE – Seven jerseys hang on the wall of the Scottsdale Batting Cages, home to Chad Moeller Baseball. Moeller’s two favorites: his No. 16 jersey from the World Series champion Diamondbacks and his classically pinstriped Yankees jersey. Moeller was a Diamondbacks rookie when he caught for superstar Randy Johnson in 2001, calling it the first.
PHOENIX – Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey wants high-school graduates to attend traditional colleges or trade schools, saying nearly 70 percent of jobs in less than five years will require more than a high-school diploma. “The message is clear, additional workforce training or education beyond a high school diploma is a must,” Ducey said, meeting with.
PEORIA – Vocational education programs in Arizona now teach students everything from aerospace to medical technology to culinary arts. It’s more than shop class. Students in the Peoria Unified School District are getting hands on experience in the medical, engineering and technical fields. Keegan Monken is a second-year student at the MET Professional Academy. He’s.
WASHINGTON – Arizona got high marks Thursday in a national study of how well states educate students on voting, parties and the political process, early training that analysts say leads to greater voter participation later on. The report by the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement, or CIRCLE, said Arizona is.
GLENDALE – Two Glendale elementary schools are shut down for weeks-long repairs, leading to a leaner academic day for students not only from the closed schools but two other schools that have to take them in. Glendale Landmark and Challenger Middle School buildings were so structurally unsound that administrators closed the schools this week to.
PHOENIX – Arizona’s letter-grading system to measure how well schools are teaching students is on hold while the state school board makes changes. The state school board this month will discuss revising a system that measures schools’ academic performance on a scale from A-F. Tim Carter, vice president of the Arizona State Board of Education,.
With the new school year commencing, education is on the minds of lots of Arizona residents — parents, students and teachers. Cronkite News wants to know: What matters to teachers in Arizona right now? However you’re involved with education, whether you’re a college professor, elementary school teacher or a retired administrator, we want to hear.
WASHINGTON – A Senate committee Wednesday gave narrow approval to a measure that would make education savings accounts available to children attending Bureau of Indian Education schools. The school choice measure was one of three given preliminary approval by the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, along with a bill that would release funds for a.
TEMPE – Students at Rollins College in Florida are designing custom “I voted” stickers for absentee voters. Across the country, the University of Southern California has partnered with county officials to host voter registration events with prizes, games and free food. And at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the student government plans campuswide voter registration drives.
WASHINGTON – Arizona won praise in a recent report for its program linking preschool teachers with training and scholarships, even as the report said low wages for those teachers could make such systems an exercise in futility. The Early Childhood Workforce Index said that low wages and varying standards in most states makes it difficult.
WASHINGTON – Arizona childcare workers were paid less, on average, than parking lot attendants, manicurists and pedicurists in 2015, part of a national trend that saw workers in all states earning salaries that could qualify them for food stamps. And Arizona’s median salary of $20,070 last year for childcare workers was not even the worst.
LAVEEN — After fostering a lesbian daughter, mother of five Jennifer Redmond realized the population of LGBT foster kids is growing, and they may face more challenges than other children. “They struggle so much in regular group homes,” Redmond said. “If you have a transgender male-to-female [child], they are forced to live in a males.
Editor’s Note: Recently, a group of Cronkite News reporters travelled along the U.S.-Mexico border to work on stories about the results of a Cronkite News-Univision News-Dallas Morning News border poll. Mauricio Casillas, a recent graduate of the Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University, was one of the reporters who contributed to our coverage..
WASHINGTON – An Arizona school superintendent testified Thursday that, without changes, proposed regulations implementing the law to replace No Child Left Behind could throw the state back into an “unfortunate” debate like the one over Common Core. Dysart Unified School District Superintendent Gail Pletnick was part of a panel of local education officials who told.
TEMPE — When legendary swim coach Bob Bowman decided to take over Arizona State’s swimming team last year, the tipping point was the university’s commitment to Olympic sports. “When I chose to come to ASU, it was because (Ray Anderson, ASU Vice President for University Athletics and Athletics Director) and (Dr. Michael Crow, ASU President).
PHOENIX — A new report from the U.S. Department of Education found that most states, including Arizona, tripled the rate of spending for state and local prisons compared to public schools. Arizona increased its prison spending at a rate 303 percent greater than education spending over three decades. It is the 12th highest disparity in.
PHOENIX – School books may be closed for the summer but laptops are open. As children spend more time on the internet, police and parents are working harder to protect them from online predators. “The way I tell parents, is if somebody knocks at your door and he’s some 45-year-old guy and he says, ‘I.
Cronkite News wants to hear from Arizona Democrats about your perspectives on the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. Democrats and Arizonans who tend to vote for Democrats: Are you planning to vote for Clinton in November? In regards to Clinton’s candidacy, what does or does not appeal to you? Tell us about your perspective.
Cronkite News/Arizona PBS would like to know what you have noticed about two-way bilingual immersion programs and their effects. According to the Center for Applied Linguistics, Arizona has seven out of the 458 two-way bilingual immersion programs in the United States. These programs teach a range of academic topics in two different languages, exposing native.
WASHINGTON – A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that the Arizona Students’ Association can pursue a claim that the Arizona Board of Regents cut off its funding in retaliation for the student group’s aggressive support of a school-funding initiative. The ruling by a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturns a.
WASHINGTON – They traveled 2,000 miles so they could march 13 blocks down Constitution Avenue here, but students in the Pride of Nogales – the Nogales High School’s marching band, color guard and dance team – said it was worth it. “We’re still super excited to be able to march in this parade,” said Sophie.
Children and teens spend a significant chunk of their time on the Internet. What steps, if any, do you take to keep them safe online? Now that children and teens are on summer break, they have more time to spend on one of their favorite activities: surfing the Internet. Almost all teens say they go.
TEMPE – More than 20 engineering professors from Vietnam are putting together an apple, mirrors, lenses and papers that they can use to project a hologram. Twenty minutes later, they are laughing and humbled, most of them unable to create something that works. Lesson learned. The professors are part of an Arizona State University program.
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – “S-c-y-l-i-u-m. Psyllium.” A bell rang and, just like that, Nicola Ferguson was eliminated from the 2016 Scripps National Spelling Bee, just minutes into the final round Thursday. The quick exit capped months of preparation for the spelling bee and a week of competition that started Monday with 284 students from around.
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – A Scottsdale seventh-grader survived the preliminary rounds of the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Wednesday to advance to Thursday’s national final round, one of just 45 students to do so. Nicola Ferguson was one of two contestants representing Arizona in the spelling bee that began the day with 284 students. Both.
PHOENIX — Like many talented underclassmen in the last several years, Purdue freshman forward Caleb Swanigan decided to test the NBA waters, declaring for June’s NBA Draft and working out for the Suns last week at Talking Stick Resort Arena. However, Swanigan will have a bit more time than those who came before him to.
PHOENIX — Education advocates Monday applauded the approval of Proposition 123 but said Arizona education is still being shorted billions of dollars. Leaders for the Arizona PTA and the Arizona Education Association for teachers, said at a news conference at the Capitol that the measure to provide $3.5 billion over a decade is only a.
PHOENIX – Some Arizona teachers want Proposition 123 money to be used to increase teacher pay, but the state’s two major teacher associations disagree over how the money should be spent. “It would be great to get a raise in the short term,” said Mary Saraceni, who has taught in the Tucson Unified School District.
WASHINGTON – Phoenix eighth-grader Ari Mehta said he spent three hours every night poring over maps, atlases and textbooks on geography, but all that hard work was undone in about an hour Monday. That’s how long it took to finish the preliminary round of the National Geographic Bee, with Ari failing to cut for the.
PHOENIX – Gov. Doug Ducey has declared Proposition 123 to fund education in Arizona won voter approval, and the leader of the opposition campaign conceded defeat Friday. A narrow lead of “yes” votes for Prop 123 grew to more than 19,000 votes Friday afternoon, according to an unofficial vote count, eking out an apparent victory.
WASHINGTON – West Phoenix middle school teacher Marisol Garcia said Wednesday that Arizona has come a long way since the Brown v. Board of Education decision struck down segregated schools more than 60 years ago, but it still has a ways to go. “I am a product of Brown v. Board, my parents are a.
Updated at 12:05 p.m. May 18, 2016. After months of frustration, hope, and Twitter mentions, voters’ decision on Proposition 123, a measure that could give schools $3.5 billion over the next decade, is still too close to call on Wednesday. Late Wednesday morning with 921,000 votes reported, the proposal was winning by less than 9,000.
At 12:08 p.m., two minutes before the start of the second lunch period at Ironwood High School in Glendale, Teresa Martinez sprang into action. As she straightened stacks of sample ballots, located clipboards, and set out pens on the folding table set up outside the lunchroom, her partner, Darryl Bess, added a couple more fistfuls.
PHOENIX – A special election in which Arizona voters will decide whether to approve $3.5 billion to fund education over the next 10 years has drawn scrutiny over the plan to take money out of the state land trust. Gov. Doug Ducey is using his political capital to back Proposition 123, working with other supporters.
WASHINGTON – Arizona Teacher of the Year Christine Marsh said education in the state is “under attack,” echoing President Barack Obama’s call Tuesday for more funding for education during a White House ceremony to honor teachers. “In too many states, we are underfunding public education,” Obama told the supportive audience in the East Room, calling.
Can you remember what you were doing at age 7? I was running around, playing with friends. The only thing I worried about was what was the snack that day. Amaya Read, at 7, was thinking on a much bigger scale. “When you’re a new kid, and you don’t really know who everybody is, it’s.
A proposed state budget would cut $21 million from Arizona education that is already reeling financially, a Democratic legislator said Wednesday. Rep. Eric Meyer, D-Paradise Valley, said his biggest issue with the Senate budget plan is the proposed education cuts for fiscal year 2017, created with the assumption that Proposition 123 to fund education will.