Teacher Heather Robinson hands out less-desirable lollipops to students Caleb Kaufman, Brandon Barnes and Mackenzie Leblanc (seated, left to right) during an exercise to teach her students about segregation. (Photo by Kaddie Stephens/Cronkite News)

Lollipops teach students what segregation feels like during Black History Month

Arizona school officials welcomed the Trump administrion's decision to reverse an Obama-era policy requiring equal access to facilities for transgender students, saying it should be a local decision. (Photo by Mike Gifford/Creative Commons)

State officials welcome feds’ reversal of transgender students rule

Students in this Phoenix Coding Academy history class are searching the web for current events. The academy specializes in computer science. (Photo by Christopher Silavong/Cronkite News)

Legislator wants to add computer coding to Arizona’s public and charter schools

Women pray in the United Islamic Center of Arizona. The center held an open house to promote religious harmony and deepen understanding of Muslims. (Photo by Ethan Millman/Cronkite News)

Stepping into Glendale mosque, leaving with education about Muslim faith

Jeremy Graunke, Adriana Baniecki and Madyison Nichols, with trophy, show off some of their awards after finishing second in the Future City conpetition for their vision of a future Quito, Ecuador. (Photo by Kendra Penningroth/Cronkite News)

Close, but no futuristic cigar: Teens finish second in engineering contest

Student loan debt for people over 60 has quadrupled in the last decade. (Photo by GotCredit via Creative Commons)

Over 60 with student loan debt? Share your story

Jeremy Graunke puts final touches on his team's model for how the city of Quito, Ecuador, might look in the future with students' plans for a sustainable, livable city. (Photo by Kendra Penningrogth/Cronkite News)

Kids compete to make the world a better place – and learn, too

Chanel Powe, a school board member in Balsz, and PJ Cole from Suprise, show off their signs in opposition of Arizona state Sen. Debbie Lesko. (Photo by Josh Orcutt/Cronkite News)

Teachers, families rally at state Capitol to ask for more education funding

Technology allows students and educators to communicate outside of school on online and social media platforms. Those communications are usually fine but can occasionally cross the line, experts say. (Photo Illustration by Tea Francesca Price and Lexi Hart/Cronkite News)

From classroom to chatroom: how teachers risk crossing the line with students

3-D printer items and sign that says ASU Polytechnic Campus

ASU campus hosts largest 3-D printing research facility in Southwest

Tommy Lewis, the superintendent of schools for the Navajo Nation, said he worries that changes under the Trump administration could hurt tribal schools, particularly calls by some to increase school choice and do away with Heat Start. (Photo by Marisela Ramirez/Cronkite News)

Navajo official worries cuts under Trump will hurt tribal schools

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‘What’s one more?’ The revolving door of a foster family

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Legislator wants to add dyslexia handbook to schools

Billie Harris (left), Dottie Wilkinson (center) and ASU pitcher Breanna Macha (right) look at old photos during the ASU softball team’s lunch with former softball players. Harris is the first African-American woman inducted into the Amateur Softball Association of America Hall of Fame, while Wilkinson is not only a member of the National Softball Hall of Fame, but also the Women’s International Bowling Congress Hall of Fame. (Photo by Tyler Drake/ Cronkite News)

Softball pioneers laid the groundwork for today’s athletes

One of the club facilitators Earl Aguilera talking to Dmitri Greene during a code club meeting at Tempe Public Library on January 26, 2017. (Photo by Emily Balli/Cronkite News)

Library coding clubs prepare kids and teens for growing job market

Carmen Wilson, a teacher in Greasewood on the Navajo Nation reservation, joins Allan Blacksheep, principal education specialist, as he carries a box containing the materials for a project designed to build interest in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics fields for Navajo students. (Photo by Chelsea Shannon/Cronkite News)

Navajo Nation partners with ASU professor to bring science and technology education to reservation

7th grade students Nicholas Kahhan, Sebastian Sanchez and Daniel Wade from Kyrene Altadena Middle School show off their project, codenamed 
“Soup.” (Photo by Josh Orcutt/Cronkite News)

Students colonize Mars moon in Honeywell Aerospace Challenge

Table mates (from left) Julian Hopkins, 6, Elise Kim, 7, Sawyer Lazarus, 8, and Lexi Appel, 7, work on their group project at a standing desk in Tiffany Wiley's multi-grade elementary class at Manzanita Elementary School in Tucson. The school is experimenting with the idea of standing desks, implementing the change in January. (Photo courtesy of Mike Christy/Arizona Daily Star)© 2017 Arizona Daily Star

200-year-old invention with a twist: Elementary-school students learn while standing

The portrait of James Baldwin is surrounded by volunteers' statements of empowerment. (Photo by Jared McDonald/Cronkite News)

ASU’s James Baldwin mural aims to reclaim stereotypes

Student loan debt for people over 60 has quadrupled in the last decade, according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

No more line up to sign up: Thousands jump at expedited FAFSA form

Arizona State announced plans to develop an Olympic Village as part of its Campaign 2020. (Photo by Blake Benard/Cronkite News)

Olympic Village plan another step in ASU’s goal to become ‘Olympic training ground’

Arizona Coyotes defenseman Jakob Chychrun talks with eighth graders from Greenway Middle School who completed the NHL’s Future Goals - Hockey Scholar program. (Photo by Paige Shacklett/Cronkite News)

‘Hockey Scholars’ learn science, math from hockey models

More than 800 people attended a conference to combat bullying at ASU West. (Photo by Kaddie Stephens/Cronkite News)

‘You’re not alone:’ Students, experts give advice on how to fight bullies, depression

Despite a quirk in scoring that could let some teachers be rated 'effective' even with poor student progress ratings, one Arizona educator said most teachers in the state really are effective. (Photo by Shelby Steward/Creative Commons)

Report: Teachers rated ‘effective’ may lag in student growth standard

Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas heralded changes to Common Core standards at her annual State of Education presentation. (Photo by Devon Cordell/Cronkite News)

Cursive, classic literature and phonetics: AZ schools leader sounds out new curriculum

Maria Harper-Marinick, chancellor of Maricopa Community Colleges, and Michael M. Crow, president of Arizona State University, spoke about the intersection of higher education and the economy in Arizona at Gateway Community College on Tuesday. (Photo by Erica Apodaca/ Cronkite News)

Higher education leaders stress degrees as important for Arizona economy

Becky Greene begins her morning lesson on Thursday Jan. 19, 2017. (Photo by McKenna Dalgarno/Cronkite News)

During National School Choice Week, one family shares insights on home-schooling

Dale Balvin works with young golfers as part of his Golf’s Elementary program, an after-school program for kids ranging from 5 to 14. (Photo by Tyler Handlan/Cronkite News)

Scottsdale pro spreads his love and knowledge of golf to hundreds of Valley kids

Arizona State University Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies technical director Charles St. Clair recites Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a dream” speech during the MLK March on West. (Photo by Josh Orcutt/Cronkite News)

Hundreds of middle schoolers gather for MLK March on West

The view of the Grand Canyon from Havasupai Hilltop. The trail snakes along the bottom of the canyon. (Photo by Bri Cossavella/Cronkite News)

Lawsuit claims Havasupai students are deprived of ‘basic general education’

Arizona charter school advocates are excited by President-elect Donald Trump's nomination of school-choice champion Betsy DeVos for secretary of Education, but public school advocates are wary. (Photo by Mike Segar/Reuters)

Arizona charters excited by DeVos nomination, public schools wary

Vernessa Mooney, (left) and Kathy Nicholson are learning to become teachers. They joined a mentorship program that is a partnership between the Paradise Valley School District and Paradise Valley Community College. (Photo by Keerthi Vedantam/Cronkite News)

Teaching the teachers to stay in Arizona

Refugee Parent Support Group Meeting at Washington Elementary School District.
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Arizona programs prioritize education for refugee children

Newscast Education beat

January 6, 2017: Education Special

Ohio State co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tim Beck (left, in red shirt) led Scottsdale’s Saguaro High School to its first state championship in 1995, his third season as the school’s head coach. (Photo by Logan Newman/Cronkite News)

‘Godfather’ of Saguaro HS football back for Fiesta Bowl as key member of OSU staff

Newscast education beat

December 28, 2016: Education Special

While there are federal laws concerning gun-free zones in schools, many states and local boards have their own laws and policies. Arizona school officials leave the decision to local boards. (Photo by Marcus Quigmire/Creative Commons)

Trump talk of eliminating gun-free schools a long shot, experts say


Walter Cronkite’s legacy and the future of journalism

Football helmets are often the only protection for a high school football player against a serious concussion. (Photo by Ryan Decker/Cronkite News)

Helmet improvement not perfect solution to concussions

Michael Smith's "moño," or bow tie, is part of the traditional mariachi costume.  (Photo by Claire M. Roney/Cronkite News)

ASU Mariachi Ensemble celebrates culture, music of Mexico

Newscast Education beat

December 16, 2016: Education Special

Berenice Zendejas looks through books in the library at Chandler-Gilbert Community College in Chandler on Oct. 26, 2016. (Photo by Danielle Quijada/Cronkite News)

Duties and dreams: Arizona Latina struggles to balance education, family

Angelica Martines teaches students in the English Language Learners (ELL)  program at Porfirio H. Gonzalez Elementary School in Tolleson. (Photo by Alejandro Barahona/Cronkite News)

Refugee students gain freedom, then learn English in AZ

Zahide Betancourt, 28, holds her textbooks in front of Wilson Community Center in Phoenix, where she takes a GED prep course. (Photo by Cassie Ronda/PIN Bureau)

Driven: Immigrant mom travels 200 miles weekly to study for GED

Students in the Skate After School program learn at their own pace and are encouraged to use whatever riding styles they find most fun. (Photo by Ryan Dent/Cronkite News)

Skateboard program boosts confidence, achievement in low-income schools

Janet Castillo has focused mainly on theater and politics in the new Latin American studies program at Arizona State University's west campus. (Photo by Hope Flores/Cronkite News)

Faculty, students see new role for Latin American studies in AZ, U.S.

Newscast education beat

December 7, 2016: Education Special

To honor Isia Slater, the Fairfax High School boys’ basketball team will hang his away jersey over an empty chair on the bench at every game this season, Wednesday, November 16, 2016, in Laveen, Ariz.(Patricia Garcia/JMC Photo)

Fairfax boys basketball team rallies around memory of Isia Slater

Grading Schools

Educators optimistic after seeing final federal rules on school success

Ruth Oliver is one of 24 Arizona high-school seniors out of 36,285 to receive a perfect score of 36 this academic year on the ACT test according to ACT research. (Photo by Alicia Gonzales/Cronkite News).

Arizona 16-year-old lands perfect ACT score

Phoenix College football player Matthew Mitchell will travel to New York in December to be honored at the National Football Foundation Chapter Awards Luncheon. (Photo by Angela Denogean/Cronkite News)

Award-winning football player overcomes cystic fibrosis to find success on and off field

Corporal Punishment

Arizona officials unlikely to push statewide corporal punishment ban

Tombstone High School on October 18, 2016. (Photo by Charity Bidegain/ Cronkite News)

Rural high schools confront low college completion rates

Kirsti Pashley, former principal at Vista del Sur Traditional School in Laveen, said the Blue Ribbon School designation was an honor for “our staff, our students and our community.” (Photo by Jessica Suerth/Cronkite News)

Four Arizona schools honored as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2016

Head Start

Head Start makeover offers opportunities, challenges to program’s backers

Students in this kindergarten class are English-language learners whose native language is Spanish. They expected to become proficient in English by the time they finish the school year. (Photo by Keerthi Vedantam/Cronkite News)

Fighting to regulate full-day kindergarten in Arizona

New Math

State saw largest science test score gains, still lags nation overall

After growing up around the sport, Marcos de Niza kicker Krysten Muir decided she wanted to play football herself, making the varisty team last year. (Photo by Michael Boylan/Cronkite News)

Marcos de Niza kicker more than just a girl playing football

Chris Stoeher and his 3-year-old daughter Jaina said they are excited for 24/7 PBS KIDS to launch in January. “I like ‘Nature Cat,’” she said. (Photo by Ally Carr/Cronkite News)

Arizona PBS will launch 24/7 channel for kids

A Chinese coach asks a question at a lecture about track and field. (Photo by Ryan Decker/Cronkite News)

Despite language barrier Chinese coaches learn from Arizona State staff

The Apache Junction High School band practices after school on a Friday afternoon. School administrators said activities such as football and band practice have not been affected by a four-day school week with school closed on Friday.  (Photo by Alejandro Barahona/Cronkite News)

Schools out on Fridays as AJ students adjust to four-day school week

Whiz Kid

Goodyear seventh-grader goes to White House as ‘kid science adviser’

Dr. Joshua Niska revisits his old work station from his time as an intern in the Helios Scholars at TGen program. (Photo by Alicia Gonzales/Cronkite News)

STEM internships give research opportunities to teens

Students at Aguilar Elementary School in Tempe respond after ASU men’s basketball coach Bobby Hurley asked, “Who likes basketball?” (Photo by Ryan Decker/Cronkite News)

Hurley and Final Four come together to encourage Arizona kids to read

Administrators say that as experienced teachers leave the profession, it means there are fewer on hand to mentor new teachers. (Photo by Paul Wood/U.S. Department of Education)

A decade after recession, Arizona schools still suffer from budget cuts

Graduation Gains

Graduation rates reach new high; Arizona rate lags behind nation

Teacher Teacher

Who teaches the teachers? Rules would hold teacher colleges accountable

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Arizonans: Do you have a passion for improving your community?

Goodbye Columbus

Renaming, reframing, reclaiming: Tribes’ different view of Columbus Day

Student Sammy Walteroquist thinks social media should be used in the classroom. (Photo by

Social media in the classroom: Communication or complication?


How do you meet demand to fill tech-related jobs in AZ? Get kids interested

Kristan Kurtz predicts about 90 students in the Cartwright School District will be enrolled in Academy for Success by December. (Photo by Keerthi Vedantam/Cronkite News)

Phoenix schools combat truancy

Parkview Elementary School PTA members spend time with their children after helping them finish their homework. Anna Dodge, left, holds her son, Erin Larson, right, comforts her son as AZ North Maricopa Region Director Lisa Fowler watches. (Photo by Jesse Canales/Cronkite News)

Extra credit: involved parents can improve student grades

Libraries around the country have been displaying challenged books during Banned Books Week. (Photo by Hipple Patel/Cronkite News)

Hundreds of books challenged each year by those who want them banned

Jenna Kahl, director of enrollment and outreach at the Arizona State University Mary Lou Foulton Teachers College, speaks at the Aim2Teach induction ceremony at Gilbert High School. (Photo by Peter Cheng/Cronkite News)

AZ educators get creative in finding solutions to growing teacher shortage

Mission Possible cookies boxed up after the women of Phoenix Rescue Mission baked, packaged and marketed on Sept. 27, 2016.
(Photo by Alicia Gonzales/Cronkite News)

Phoenix Rescue Mission cooks up jobs for unemployed moms

Scattered Schools

Navajo, feds sign agreement giving tribe greater control over schools

Campers scrimmage during the 2016 NBA Basketball Without Borders camp, in Luanda, Angola

A game without borders: Suns’ Bledsoe helps grow basketball overseas


Former MLB catcher Chad Moeller finds passion in teaching

Gov. Doug Ducey said a university or trade-school education adds to the Arizona economy at a news conference at Franklin Police & Fire High School. (Photo by Alejandro Barahona/Cronkite News)

Ducey: College, trade school education improves Arizona economy

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Not shop class: Vocational education classes now focused on technology

A Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement report said civics education like that in Arizona schools leads to greater engagement later in life. (Photo by BarbaraLN/Creative Commons)

Confused by elections? Ask a kid. Report lauds state civics program

Joe Quintana, Superintendent of the Glendale Elementary School District, closed two Glendale school buildings, Landmark Elementary and Challenger Middle, for structural repairs for five weeks. (Photo by Alexa Stueckrath/Cronkite News)

Glendale schools closed for repairs, lead to half-day classes

Heritage Elementary school Glendale campus Principal Justin Dye and fourth grade teacher Kyle Shippy discuss the day's lesson plan.

Changes loom for grading Arizona schools

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Arizona teachers: What matters to you right now?

Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, said he introduced his bill to expand education savings accounts to children in Bureau of Indian Affairs schools because status quo is unacceptable. (Photo by Claire Caulfield/Cronkite News)

Senate panel gives preliminary OK to school choice for tribal students

In Arizona and eight other states with voter ID requirements, students cannot use their student ID to vote. (Photo by Roman Knertser/News21)

College students face unique challenges voting

Arizona won praise in a recent report for its program linking preschool teachers with training and scholarships, even as the report said low teacher wages could make such systems an exercise in futility. (Photo by Shelby Steward/Creative Commons)

Arizona earns praise for teacher training database, despite pay concerns

Average childcare pay in Arizona and most other states falls below the poverty line for a family of three, according to a government report, that said pay in all states would make workers food-stamp eligible. (Photo by njxw/Creative Commons)

Childcare pays poverty-level wage, but Arizona still tops most states

Jennifer Redmond, a mother of five children, opened a group home last year to help LGBT foster children.(Photo by Jiahui Jia/Cronkite News)

Group home caters to LGBT foster children

Mauricio Casillas and Cammeron Neely shoot a standup in Tijuana, Mexico.  (Photo by Angela Kocherga/Cronkite News)

What I learned reporting on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border

Dysart Unified School District Superintendant Gail Pletnick said the Education Department needs to give states more time to develop accountability systems under the Every Student Succeeds Act. (Photo by Emily Zentner/Cronkite News)

Arizona official says proposed school regulations need tweaking

ASU hopes to turn the athletic department into an Olympic training ground. (Blake Benard/Cronkite News)

ASU looks to become Olympic training destination

Administrators say that as experienced teachers leave the profession, it means there are fewer on hand to mentor new teachers. (Photo by Paul Wood/U.S. Department of Education)

Rate of spending for prisons outpaces that of education in Arizona

Jamie Winterton, director of strategy for Arizona State University’s Global Security Initiative, is a mother of two young boys, ages 6 and 12. She says teaching kids about online safety is crucial in today’s digital space. (Photo by Alexa Salari/Cronkite News).

Risk to children’s online safety rises in summer

Hillary Clinton speaks during a campaign rally on Monday, March 21, 2016, at Carl Hayden High School in Phoenix. Clinton spoke on a wide range of topics and displayed a broad range of support from prominent Arizona Democrats. (Ben Moffat/Cronkite News)

Arizona Democrats: Does Hillary Clinton represent you?

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How do bilingual immersion programs affect students?

The James R. Browning Courthouse in San Francisco, one of four courthouses where the 9th U.S> Circuit Court of Appeals sits. (Photo  by Ken Lund via flickr/CreativeCommons)

Court restores students’ free-speech lawsuit against Board of Regents

The Pride of Nogales - the high school’s marching band, dance team and color guard - prepare to march down Constitution Avenue.

Lots of rehearsing, lots more fundraising, lands Nogales band in Washington

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Arizona parents and teachers: Are you worried about kids’ online activity?

A professor from a university in Vietnam takes part in an exercise to build a hologram as part of the Higher Engineering Education Alliance Program at ASU. (Photo by Eddie Keller/Cronkite News)

Professors from Vietnam learn teaching methods from ASU

Bye Bee

Bye, Bee: Arizona student can’t advance in National Spelling Bee finals


Scottsdale middle schooler advances to National Spelling Bee finals

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NCAA rule change gives underclassmen more time to decide on NBA draft


Arizona education leaders call Prop 123 first step, still not enough to fund K-12 schools

Joe Thomas, a high school history teacher in Mesa and vice president of the Arizona Education Association, said that many schools will spend the Prop 123 money on teacher raises. (Photo by Selena Makrides/Cronkite News)

Arizona teacher survey: Use Prop 123 to raise salaries

Phoenix eighth-grader Ari Mehta said he studied geography for three hours a night in preparation for the National Geographic Bee, where he represented Arizona this week.

So close: Phoenix eighth-grader misses National Geographic Bee finals

A sign showing support for Proposition 123 on the day of the special election.

Ducey claims victory for Prop 123, opposition leader claims unfair fight


Cronkite News Education Special: May 20, 2016

Marisol Garcia, a social studies teacher at Morris K. Udall Middle School in West Phoenix, said more needs to be done to realize the promise of the Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board desegregation ruling.

Phoenix teacher joins White House call for action on court nominee

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Election officials still counting Prop 123 votes, approval holding small lead

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Teaching young people the importance of voting in elections

Tempe grade school student works on a maps project in September 2015. (File photo)

Debate over Prop 123 rages on as election on education funding approaches

Chaparral High School teacher Christine Marsh, Arizona’s Teacher of the Year, talks after a White House ceremony about her concerns that the state’s schols are being underfunded.

Teacher of the year uses White House visit to urge school support


8-year-old Valley girl launches ‘Buddy Bench’ to make sure every kid has friend

Arizona legislators attend a briefing on the proposed Senate budget plan, held by the Joint Legislative Budget Committee. (Photo by Gabrielle Abbott/Cronkite News)

Legislators: State budget proposal slices education funds


Track legend Jesse Owens left lasting legacy on Valley

Two ASU professors have launched a crowd-funding campaign to help start a Gila Monster Genome project. (Photo courtesy of Dale Denardo/ASU)

Gila Monster genome project uses crowdfunding to learn the reptile’s secrets


Son accused of bullying at West Valley high school leads to court, parent says

Pedro Egurrola was recruited to Central Arizona College by his roping teammate Steven Gaona. (Photo by Shelly Bolt/Cronkite News)

Coolidge junior college a breeding ground for rodeo success

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Audit: 19 tribal schools in Arizona went uninspected for four years

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Tempe students meet with police to dispel growing stereotypes

HUD’s ConnectHome initiative helps students and their families get connected. (Photo by Amanda Kukkola/Cronkite News)

Arizona families get help to bridge the digital divide

Riley Danler, student at Primaver Online High School, creator of the Arizona High School Citizen App. (Photo by Alexis Dominguez/Cronkite News)

16-year-old develops free app to help students pass Arizona civics test

The inventors of Fire Armor with their work outside the White House are, from left, Varun Vallabhaneni, 17, Savannah Cofer, 18, Matthew Sun, 17, and Valerie Chen, 18.

White House honors young inventors motivated by ‘hotshot’ firefighter deaths

Diné College Interim President Martin Ahumada testifies in support of a bill that would fund $2 million in construction for each of the next four years at the Navajo school.

Diné College official asks Congress – again – for construction funds


Phoenix Indian School property will get more renovations to honor its history

Lukachukai Community School, a Navajo Nation schools on the priority list for replacement. Officials said the schools may have problems with lead, asbestos, mold, “you name it.”

Arizona schools make up half of priority list for tribal school repairs

Arizona state Sen. Carlyle Begay, R-Ganado, said a state bill allowing parents to use public money for private education drew 300 Native applications, but they could not use Bureau of Indian Education funds for the program.

Begay urges Senate panel to back bill giving Native students school choice

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Arizona Cardinals team up with students for autism awareness

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Arizona school districts turning to social media for teachers


ASU professor creates a multisensory music experience with digital sounds

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Valley speller nails the word ‘recumbent,’ heads to capital to compete in national bee


Tillman Center helping military transition to college

Gov. Doug Ducey boasted about Arizona’s success in closing the “skills gap,” during a speech to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Ducey touts success in closing labor ‘skills gap’ to national audience

Navajo Nation Schools Superintendent Tommy Lewis testifies about issues at tribal schools in front of a House Appropriatons subcommittee the Friday.

Tribal officials lukewarm to plan to use federal money on school choice

A local nonprofit is shaking things up in schools by getting students on their feet to stop bullying. The Be Kind Project wants to give students a positive message through hip hop in hopes that students will connect with one another and make a difference in students' relationships. (Photo by Sydnee Scofield/Cronkite News)

Local nonprofit uses hip hop to stop bullying in schools

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Local nonprofit raising money to build clean water system in Cambodia


Students learn how to be smart shoppers


In face of low Arizona literacy numbers, Cardinals’ players read to children on Dr. Seuss’ birthday

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Majerle putting GCU basketball on Division I map

Grand Canyon Univeristy Arena went under a major remodel in 2014, expanding capacity to 7,000. The arena is used for basketball games, concerts and a weekly prayer service. (Photo by Bill Slane/Cronkite News)

Grand Canyon University’s rising athletic program turning heads

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BASIS Charter School’s new Scottsdale location causing controversy

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Arizona moves forward toward statewide Seal of Biliteracy


Black History Month: West Valley woman helping others return to college

A new bill would make cursive writing mandatory in Arizona schools. (Photo by Amanda Kukkola/Cronkite News)

Bill would make cursive writing a requirement in Arizona schools


Finished mural causes an emotional effect on ASU students

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‘Still I Rise’ mural honors African American activism


Opt-out bill advances in Arizona Senate


New bills in the House and Senate are giving parents more control with their child’s education

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Time running low as supporters of sex ed inclusivity bill voice support


Prop 123: ‘Vote Yes’ campaign pushes education message across state; ‘Vote No’ hoping to protect land trust

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Phoenix area police, schools weigh how to handle bomb threats

ASU alumna Maysoon Zayid is a Palestinian-American actress, comedian, known as one of America's first Muslim women comedians and the first person ever to perform standup in Palestine and Jordan. (Photo by Amanda Kukkola/Cronkite News)

ASU’s first comedian-in-residence shares secrets of comedy in classes

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Cave Creek bus driver goes above and beyond for students

As the rest of the Senate Education Committee moved on to hear other opinions on SB 1416 and eventually other bills, Diane Douglas moved outside for further comment. (Photo by Alex Scoville/Cronkite News)

Arizona Schools Superintendent Douglas testifies against authority-limiting bill

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Another report, another F for Arizona schools; but U.S. only got a D

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Former Desert Vista teacher: Photo shines spotlight on racial issues

Arizona also had the highest rate of student loan defaults in the nation, at 18 percent, according to the Education Department. (Photo by SalFalko via flickr/Creative Commons)

After nation’s deepest higher ed cuts, advocates see glimmer of hope

Baseball players holding Hall of Fame plaques

Peoria students honor Randy Johnson with mural


New app lets Tucson and Tempe students know what’s ‘Happinin’

Flagstaff High School guidance counselor Katherine Pastor, center, with first lady Michelle Obama and some of the 41 others being honored at the White House for their work as counselors.

Flagstaff counselor honored at White House as counselor of the year

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University of Arizona hosts largest ‘Hackathon’ in Southwest

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Technology helps teach Navajo in new ways

With the House and Senate set to take up bills to replace the No Child Left Behind Act, the White House released  a report showing a wide achievement gap between the top- and bottom-performing schools in each state. (Photo by albertog via flickr/Creative Commons)

Arizona still gets D+ on schools report card, despite some modest gains


Douglas: K-12 schools moving ‘one step closer’ to improvement

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Google takes Horizon Community Learning Center across the world

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, in blue, listens to student at Cove Day School on the Navajo Nation in Red Rock. It and another reservatiobn school had been waiting 12 years for federal funds for repairs.

Navajo welcome $45 million from feds for schools, but say need persists

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Storify: State of the Union Address coverage

College Football Playoff Executive Director Bill Hancock, 2016 Hall of Famer Randall Cunningham, ESPN's Joe Tessitore, 2016 Hall of Famer Pat McInally and National Football Foundation President and CEO Stave Hatchell pose for media after the 2016 College Football Hall of Class was announced at the JW Marriott Camelback Inn in Scottsdale. (Photo by Bill Slane/Cronkite News)

Elusive NFL QB Cunningham enters College Football Hall of Fame as punter

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As Arizona’s Native American students struggle to stay in school, tribal leaders move to help

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

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

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Arizona charter schools turn 20 with higher test scores

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West Phoenix piano teacher’s lessons go beyond music


Robotics students share creations at ‘Roboception’


Arizona tuition program enables foster youth to earn college degree


Mesa Community College fighting to keep Red Mountain Campus open


AzMERIT low scores may help students long-term


AzMERIT test: 66 percent of students fail in reading

Arizona State University is already the nation’s largest public institution. (Photo by Mitch Quesada/Cronkite News)

Arizona universities to add 60,000 students by 2025

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Schools gather canned goods to help food banks provide holiday meals


Arizona PIRG Education Fund reminds consumers to be cautious while shopping this holiday season

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Brophy College Preparatory student wins journalism award

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ASU student coach excelling in wheelchair basketball


Scholarships help families with special needs education


School district broadcast teaches students how ice cream is made

A child waters plants

School garden grows sustainable students

Hailey Adams is a West-MEC Veterinary Sciences Instructor who teaches students to become certified veterinary assistants. (Photo by James Anderson/Cronkite News)

State funding cuts endanger Joint Technical Education Districts, advocates warn


Nearly all Phoenix’s Central High seniors apply to college, bucking state trend

Cammack Christian Academy teacher Jordan Forrester works with Dylan Lopez during class. Outside the school, the Arizona State Fair is in full swing. The school was started to educate the children of fair workers. (Photo by Ty Scholes/Cronkite News)

A fair education – private school serves children of carnival workers

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ME3 app helps students determine career path

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Most school funding bonds and overrides appear headed for victory

Jacob Lewis teaches a seventh-grade social studies class at Marc T. Atkinson Middle School in Phoenix. Lewis teaches about 9/11 as part of the class.

Leaders look to close Latino education gap

Kate Cross, an art teacher at Atkinson Middle School, teaches during National Arts Education Week. (Photo by April Morganroth/Cronkite News)

Arts education is making a comeback in Valley schools

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Scottsdale tutoring company joins growing online industry

Arizona State University students celebrate in this spring 2006 graduation photo. A new report says 2014 graduates from Arizona had some of the lowest student debt rates in the nation. (Photo by Tom Story/ASU)

Report: Arizona college grads’ student debt among lowest in nation

State Board of Education votes to remove Common  Core, bringing a victory  for Diane Douglas. (Photo by Cronkite News)

Arizona education board reverses Common Core adoption


Arizona legislature school funding lawsuit could come to end


Panel explores economic impact of Arizona childhood trauma


School field trips get a facelift to match focus on STEM subjects


Bomb threats at Valley schools may be connected to outstate threats

The reference books in Sunnyslope Elementary’s language arts classrooms are showing their age. (Photo by James Anderson/Cronkite News)

In need of classroom supplies, teachers turn to online crowd-funding


Charlie Rose honored at Cronkite luncheon


Green homes being built for needy families in the Valley

Jennifer Gillom led Xavier College Preparatory to a 130-25 record in six seasons as the head coach. (Chris Caraveo/Cronkite News)

Former Mercury star Gillom and Xavier reunite after five years apart

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Cardinals’ Stanton, former Tempe High School teacher share breast cancer stories

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Boy’s birthday wish: Help build the bat cave


Rio Salado College earns innovation grant

Diane Douglas, Superintendant of Public Instruction, discusses her new education plan. (Photo by Erin Johnson/Cronkite News)

Douglas addresses public concerns about education plan

Superintendent Douglas addresses her new education plan (Photo by Erin Johnson/Cronkite News)

Diane Douglas on new plan: Arizona kids can’t afford to wait

Superintendent Diane Douglas speaks at the State Board of Education meeting. (Photo by Laura Sposato/Cronkite News)

Ed Board sues Douglas over access to investigative documents

A teacher with a class full of eager students with their hands up.

Democrats announce $3.8 billion education-funding plan

Since Playworks came to Arizona in 2005 they have been integrated into 28 different schools and, according to the organization, these schools have seen bullying reduced by 43 percent. (Photo by Cronkite News)

Playworks program, Phoenix Suns volunteers battle school bullying


Douglas misses Board of Education meeting, drawing ire from some

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Douglas recall campaign faces critics, sheer numbers

Ellen Vaughan, right, manager of NAU's Office of Sustainability, and Jessica Lazor, chair of the student-run Green Fund, stand in front of panels using solar thermal energy to heat a warehouse on campus. (Photo by Samantha Witherwax/Cronkite News)

NAU solar thermal project a new take on harnessing sun


ASU mock election held to raise voter turnout

Arizona State University's police department now includes a Special Victims Unit.

Arizona State University adds Special Victims Unit to campus security

Diane Douglas answers questions in Glendale, Ariz.

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

Phoenix resident Diali Avila has worked on the Affordable Care Act, on immigration reform and minority access to college, but credited “the pillars” of her family for helping her achieve as she has (Photo by Adriana Barajas)

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

Douglas board meeting (Photo by /Cronkite News)

Board of Education authorizes suits against Douglas

Tempe grade school student works on a maps project in September 2015. (File photo)

New tech making a difference in Tempe classrooms

Jacob Lewis teaches a seventh-grade social studies class at Marc T. Atkinson Middle School in Phoenix. Lewis teaches about 9/11 as part of the class. (Photo by Katie Francis/Cartwright School District)

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


Time is ticking on petition to recall Douglas


Officials, Phoenix Mercury out to engage voters of tomorrow

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Advocate: Poor AzMERIT reading results reflect higher bar

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Advocates to Ducey: Pay court-ordered education funding now

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

(Photo by Lauren Sposato/Cronkite News)

Douglas recall petition launches; needs 366,000 signatures

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Small UA program produces big results in horse racing industry

Second-grade students work on a lesson in this file photo. The Education Department granted Arizona's request for flexibility under the No Child Left Behind Act so it could continue moving ahead. (Photo by woodleywonderworks via flickr/Creative Commons)

Arizona, other states, get temporary waiver for ‘No Child Left Behind’

Lora Delahunt, left, and fellow Girls Nation senator from Arizona Kennedy Prock meet with actual Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Arizona, during their whirlwind week of activity in Washington. (Photo by Nihal Krishan)

Teen ‘senators’ at Capitol to learn, might have some things to teach, too

Arizona tied Alaska for lowest graduation rates in 2013, when just 29 percent of students were able to earn a four-year degree within six years of starting. (Photo by JECO Photo via flickr/Creative Commons)

Arizona posts lowest college completion rate, highest default rate

Administrators say that as experienced teachers leave the profession, it means there are fewer on hand to mentor new teachers. (Photo by Paul Wood/U.S. Department of Education)

School administrators scrambling, again, to hire teachers as school year looms

A girl gets lunch from a summer nutrition site run by St. Mary's Food Bank at the Maryvale YMCA. After school is out for the summer, the percentage of children getting free lunches plummets from levels during the school year.(Photo courtesy St. Mary's Food Bank)

School’s out, need isn’t: Trying to boost summer meals after sharp 2014 drop

Tucson Unified School District teachers and students gathered in 2012 to protest against Arizona House Bill 2281, which banned classes advocating for ethnic solidarity. (Photo by Lesley Marin)

Court orders new hearing for Tucson schools’ Mexican-American studies program

With the House and Senate set to take up bills to replace the No Child Left Behind Act, the White House released  a report showing a wide achievement gap between the top- and bottom-performing schools in each state. (Photo by biologycorner via flickr/Creative Commons)

Report: School achievement gaps show need for ‘No Child’ overhaul

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From desert to sea: Arizonans embark on plebe summer at Naval Academy

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Federal court upholds Arizona’s process for teaching non-English speakers

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Arizona tribes eye plan for flexibility under No Child Left Behind

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Pennies for pupils: Arizona school spending again ranks near bottom of states

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A broken spell: Chandler teen just misses National Spelling Bee finals

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Words, not with friends: Arizona kids sweat out National Spelling Bee

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Not just the Ivies: Students send AP scores to community colleges

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Advocates call for state to expand participation in sex ed

White House honors Mesa teacher, others.

Mesa teacher, other ‘teachers of the year’ honored at White House

Melissa Van Hook, a mother of two children with autism and co-founder of the East Valley Autism Network, helped bring about a state law defining and limiting the use of restraint and seclusion by Arizona schools. (Photo by Mark Mingura/Cronkite News)

New state law limits when schools can use restraint, seclusion

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Barrow Concussion Network built to protect Arizona high school athletes

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Panel: Government should invest in video games to help students

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Proposals to raise student costs meet little opposition at hearing

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Education superintendent launches We Are Listening tour