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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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..
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Educators across Arizona are confronting familiar challenges in funding and teacher retention. The Cronkite News education team reports on creative ways to address those challenges, including how to support veterans, improve literacy and use new technology to create multi-sensory experiences.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Many know Jesse Owens for his ability to rise above, to demolish stereotypes and destroy barriers on his way to achieving one of the greatest feats of any African American in the 1900’s. However, what many don’t know is how much of an impact Owens had on the Valley, where he left a legacy behind.
GOODYEAR – While the rest of his class will be walking across the stage in May, 18-year-old Kyle Company will be fighting a legal battle after an incident considered bullying suspended him for the rest of the school year at Estrella Foothills High School.
WASHINGTON – At least 19 tribal schools in Arizona went four years or more without the inspections that are supposed to be performed every year by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, according to a recent Government Accountability Office audit.
TEMPE – With recent national events sparking distrust for police officers, Dr. Kenneth Baca, Superintendent of Tempe Union High School District, invited police officers to Tempe high schools as a “preventative measure.”
Efforts are being made to end the digital divide among students. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro joined with Cox Communications President Pat Esser to announce a program to provide cheaper internet access to low-income families.
WASHINGTON – A Diné College official asked a Senate committee Wednesday to fund “vitally needed” construction at the school – money that Congress has approved three times already since 1971 but has never allocated.
For the past 26 years, the old band building of the Phoenix Indian School stood vacant, a reminder of its legacy as a federal boarding school for Native American children and teens. But later this year, it will be renovated and resurrected as a cultural center to hallmark its history.
WASHINGTON – Half of the 10 schools on the Bureau of Indian Education priority replacement list released this week are in Arizona, while another three are on the New Mexico portion of the Navajo Nation.
WASHINGTON – Arizona state Sen. Carlyle Begay, R-Ganado, told a U.S. Senate committee Wednesday that a bill to give Native American students school choice is the “true essence of self-determination and self-empowerment” that tribes are seeking.
Finding qualified teachers is a struggle that Arizona school districts say is worse this year than ever before. Districts across the valley are trying to solve this issue by thinking of new ways to find applicants.
WASHINGTON – Gov. Doug Ducey boasted to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Wednesday that Arizona’s strong workforce and education systems have helped the state close the gap between workers and the skills they need in the workforce.
WASHINGTON – Tribal leaders were noncommittal Friday about a proposal that would divert Bureau of Indian Education funds into education savings accounts that individual Native American children could use to attend schools of their choosing.
Arizona students who demonstrate a proficiency in a language or languages other than English may soon be awarded for their abilities with a seal of biliteracy on their diplomas and transcripts if SB 1239 continues its torrid pace through the legislature.
A bill that would eliminate Arizona’s ban on school districts including any discussion of homosexual sex in teaching the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases is running out of time, according to the bill’s author.
With May’s special election fast approaching, supporters and opponents of Proposition 123 – the multi-billion dollar proposal to divert money from the Arizona land trust to boost education funding – are trying get their voters to the polls.
TEMPE-Maysoon Zayid, the first ever comedian-in-residence at Arizona State University, is teaching freedom of expression and how to make people laugh. She teaches a stand-up course to current ASU students at the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts as well as moderating one session a month to students who are disabled and want to.
CAVE CREEK — Norm Rogers is not your average bus driver. As a driver in the Cave Creek School District, he goes out of his way to learn every child’s name, he greets all of his students every day and he gives back at every opportunity.
State Superintendent Diane Douglas passionately defended the importance of her job Thursday morning in front of the Senate Education Committee, whose members were interested in reducing her authority over the state board of education.
WASHINGTON – Arizona got an F for its support of public education on a new report card from a national education advocacy group, but the nation as a whole didn’t do much better, with no state getting better than a C.
WASHINGTON – Arizona cut higher education funding deeper than any other state last year, capping a five-year period in which the state led the nation with a 27.3 percent cut from its support for colleges, a new report says.
WASHINGTON – Flagstaff High School guidance counselor Katherine Pastor said it’s enough to know her work helps make a difference in students’ lives – but the hugs from Michelle Obama were probably nice to get, too.
WASHINGTON – Arizona student test scores stayed level from 2013 to 2015 while scores nationally declined slightly, but the state’s marginal gains were not enough to lift it out of the bottom ranks on a new national report card.
Arizona’s top schools chief, Diane Douglas, said she will focus in 2016 on improving schools’ basement-level academic performance and will closely watch a May election to see if voters will put more money toward schools.
Faith Manegold, a ninth-grader at Horizon Community Learning Center, walks around a cathedral in Verona, Italy. She examines the details of the structure and imagines the scenes of Romeo and Juliet that she is learning in class. However, she hasn’t stepped foot outside of her school’s multipurpose room in Phoenix.
WASHINGTON – Interior Secretary Sally Jewell delivered $45 million of “long overdue” construction funds Thursday for two long-neglected schools in the Navajo Nation, the last of 14 schools promised funding there 12 years ago.
SCOTTSDALE – Randall Cunningham created a lasting legacy for himself as a quarterback in the NFL using his arm and running ability. But he needed his punting leg to get him into the College Football Hall of Fame.
Rosalie Lalo was five-years-old when the U.S. government sent her to the Phoenix Indian School, more than 200 miles away from her Hopi family home. She was forbidden to speak her native language, her long hair was cut, and she was stripped of a traditional Hopi childhood.
A series of “unfortunate circumstances” early in Breanna Carpenter’s sophomore year of high school placed her in the Arizona foster care system. That didn’t stop her from realizing her dream of attending college, thanks to a state program that pays tuition for foster youth.
Many families will wake up to the smell of a turkey already roasting in the oven, potatoes boiling for mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie and apple pies in the oven with a stove full of pots cooking the traditional trimmings of a Thanksgiving meal, all thanks to help from some Valley schools and local charities.
Arizona ranked No. 1 for the best state to live in because of how well state Medicaid programs serve those with intellectual and developmental disabilities, according to a study released this year by United Cerebral Palsy.
TUCSON – A whistle blows and little feet run through the hallway and out to the open courtyard of Manzo Elementary that contains the school’s garden. A frenzy of chatter and chicken squawks fill the warm November air.
The mechanical roar of Galaxy Coaster combined with joyous screams blare over the faint scratch of pencils on paper. Dylan Lopez chips away at this week’s science homework; the din of the Arizona State Fair doesn’t faze him.
In a reversal from last year, the majority of school bond and override proposals in Arizona appear headed for victory in preliminary results of Tuesday’s municipal elections. There are still a few races too close to call.
WASHINGTON – Arizona college graduates in the class of 2014 had the fifth-lowest student debt in the nation, finishing their schooling at four-year, non-profit schools with an average bill of $22,609, according to a new report.
Increased early childhood programs, parenting programs and bringing puppies into schools were just a few of the solutions a panel of Arizona businesspeople suggested to combat the effects of childhood trauma.
The lighting is dim, the wall paint is funky. Music is playing and the disco ball is swirling as eighth graders from Anthem School roll their way around the rink at Glendale Great Skate. Their laughter and exuberance brings back memories of school field trips in years past.