PHOENIX – The halls at Manzanita Elementary School are emptier than they were a year ago. But school social worker Anthony Guillen says he’s far busier, as students struggle to deal with the increased stress and psychological toll brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. In a typical year at the north central Phoenix school, Guillen.
Children in the justice system face towering impediments to their legal right to education, often hindering the development of thousands of the nation’s most vulnerable and underserved students. The lack of consistent and uniform policies, along with a dearth of available data, conceal how – or if – young people learn in juvenile detention facilities..
PHOENIX – In a sports world driven by stats, Tristen Turlington, Eric Amkraut and Kristy Salazar each boast an impressive one: 5.0. That’s the cumulative GPA these Arizona high school athletes managed during their academic and athletic careers. With dreams ranging from investment banker to environmental forensics expert to environmental scientist, they epitomize the term.
PHOENIX – Gov. Doug Ducey’s order delaying the start of the fall school year was a disappointment to fellow Republican Sylvia Allen, who chairs the Senate Education Committee. The governor’s announcement came on the heels of his office’s release of millions of dollars to help schools reopen this fall. The fact that the order came.
PHOENIX – School resource officers were intended to provide students a sense of safety, but George Floyd’s killing at the hands of police has amplified long-standing criticism that police presence in schools has criminalized students of color. Nearly 45% of American public schools have at least one part-time school resource officer, and many who are.
PHOENIX – Guidelines for how Arizona school districts can safely reopen for the fall have been released, but at least some parents – and teachers – are questioning how safe it will be. Administrators also wonder how to pay for implementing the changes. Ayanna Johnson, who teaches third grade at Monte Vista Elementary School in.
Gov. Doug Ducey issued a stay-at-home order on Monday to prevent further spread of deadly COVID-19, which has claimed 20 lives in Arizona to date. The “Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected” initiative will go into effect at 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, and run through the end of April. “This decision was made with.
PHOENIX – Arizona high school graduates who prove they have mastered the arts now can get special recognition on their diplomas. Gov. Doug Ducey last spring signed Senate Bill 1111, creating the State Seal of Arts Proficiency, to honor the importance of arts in molding well-rounded citizens. The Arizona Department of Education will award to.
WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. – A concussive boom radiated out from the launch pad at the NASA Wallops Flight Facility as nine Arizona State University students watched four years of their work ascend into space Saturday. “I kind of thought my head would be like a jumble of internal screaming,” said Sarah Rogers, the project manager.
WASHINGTON – At first glance, Dawn Curtis and Lindsey Saya seem a lot alike. Both spent years in Arizona prisons, both want to move forward with their lives and both are starting over as college students. But Saya can hope to get help paying for the cost of his schooling, while Curtis won’t be able.
WASHINGTON – Arizona universities suffered the largest percentage cuts in state aid to higher education since the start of the recession and saw the second-largest growth in student tuition at the same time, a new report shows. The report Thursday by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities showed only a handful of states have.
WASHINGTON – More than three months into the school year, Chinle Unified School District still has teaching vacancies to fill and many of the teachers it does have on payroll do not have a standard teaching certificate. But that’s better than it was at the start of the year, and Chinle Associate Superintendent Doug Clauschee.
TEMPE – It’s been more than a month since Mountain Pointe football coach Rich Wellbrock came to the ultimate discovery that an assistant on his team, Justin Hager, was sending out game plans, strategies and information to Pride opponents. It’s been more than two weeks since the scandal broke publicly, Sept. 16, and brought all.
WASHINGTON – Arizona has long been at the forefront of the school voucher and school choice movement, but State Treasurer Kimberly Yee told a Washington audience Tuesday that more needs to be done. Yee was among officials from several states who joined Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and White House Senior Counselor Kellyanne Conway to promote.
WASHINGTON – Arizona schools started this academic year with 21% of all teaching positions vacant, and nearly half of the teachers who were on the payroll did not meet the state’s certification standards. And that was an improvement from last year. Those are the findings of an Arizona School Personnel Administrators Association survey of 150.
WASHINGTON – A congressional attempt to salvage a foundering student loan forgiveness program was only marginally better, with just 4% of Arizona applications approved in the second round – and that was four times better than the national rate. The Government Accountability Office reported this month the same confusing guidelines and lack of communication in.
PHOENIX – Some in the audience snapped their fingers, showing approval of a politician’s words on gun violence. At times, some gasped. An audience of young and older, racially and ethnically diverse, came to a recent town hall to listen to ways to stop gun violence, particularly in communities of color. Congressional candidates and members.
WASHINGTON – Officials called a $20 million grant for suicide prevention programs in state schools an important first step to deal with a growing problem, even as they said much more needs to be done. The Arizona Board of Education on Monday approved a $20 million plan to hire additional counselors, social workers or school.
PHOENIX – For young people faced with poverty and unemployment, gang life can offer power and control. But the International Federation of Muaythai Associations wants Thai boxing to be the gang for disenfranchised youth. The federation, in collaboration with the Peace and Sport Organization, has conducted the “Sport Is Your Gang” initiative since 2011, focusing.
PHOENIX – Young athletes typically are encouraged to push themselves to the highest level of competition at every step. Champion schools in Arizona have developed an “it takes a village” approach that can open doors for students who do not come from privileged backgrounds. When guests enter the lobby of Champion South Mountain, they notice.
PHOENIX － Jessica Sauter moved from San Diego to Phoenix in November, and like many young mothers, she searched for ways to keep her 3-year-old occupied. She and Bodey spent many days at the park until a neighbor told her about the Creighton Family Resource Center. “It’s an amazing experience,” Sauter said. Mom and son.
PHOENIX－ The Arizona School Facilities Board helps fund new school buildings and renovations in Arizona to relieve outdated and overcrowded classrooms throughout the state. Since 2000, the board has used their funds to help build more than 320 new schools, according to Kerry Campbell, the deputy director of operations for the board. The board budgeted.
PHOENIX – Teddy bears, toy cars and clouds painted on sky-blue ceilings surround the small survivors of abuse and neglect. A child-abuse center in Phoenix places everyone crucial to helping these children – police officers, prosecutors, mental-health counselors and medical-services employees – in one place, so survivors can avoid the trauma of going to multiple.
PHOENIX – Bus driver shortages in Arizona districts are not a new problem, but in recent years the situation has become more dire. On any given school day, Mesa Public Schools, the largest district in Arizona, is short about 80 bus drivers, according to Scott Thompson, assistant superintendent. And Mesa isn’t alone. Glendale, Payson and.
PHOENIX － After long days of torment at middle school, Grace Martinez would come home, eat dinner and do her chores. But as she as soon as she was alone, behind her bedroom door, she released her emotional pain. “I got to the point where I didn’t want to feel the pain they were giving.
PHOENIX – The Heard Museum has wrapped up its second annual Teacher Institute program, which gives Arizona educators a better understanding of American Indian history, culture and art. The free three-day workshop in late June aimed to provide new classroom resources and tools to about 20 K-12 teachers through presentations, artist demonstrations, gallery tours and.
PHOENIX – The virtual technology that’s changing industries from manufacturing to medicine is being incorporated into virtual field trips in a collaboration between Arizona State University and Kamehameha Schools in Hawaii. “The intention of virtual field trips is to be able to get knowledge out and done in a very respectful and culturally appropriate way,”.
PHOENIX – The Arizona State Board of Education declined Monday to make changes to its sex education policy for the state’s public schools. “The rise of STDs (sexually transmitted diseases) and STIs (sexually transmitted infections) is a concern for me,” Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman said. “I’m also concerned about bullying in our schools.
PHOENIX – Arizona scrapes along the bottom of the nation in children’s well-being, ranking 46th in 2019 Kids Count data released Monday. Lack of affordable housing emerged as a pressure point. Arizona dropped one place from last year in the annual report on states. But child advocates often have called out Arizona for low rankings.
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – Scottsdale seventh-grade student Max Greenspan on Tuesday became just the sixth competitor in the 92-year history of the Scripps National Spelling Bee to successfully challenge the judges and be reinstated to the contest. But his victory was fleeting. Max and six of the other eight Arizona schoolkids competing in the bee.
WASHINGTON – New Census Bureau figures show that per-pupil spending in Arizona’s public schools was fourth-lowest in the nation in 2017, hampering the state’s efforts in recent years to improve education funding. The report this week said Arizona spent $8,003 per student in fiscal 2017, well below the national average of $12,200 that year and.
PHOENIX – Squeals of joy fill a colorfully decorated schoolroom before breakfast on a Thursday morning. As the children wash their hands one-by-one, cook Mariela Alejos pushes plastic carts loaded with freshly prepared beans, tortillas and watermelon to each classroom. Alejos feeds schoolkids every day at Arizona Migrant Head Start in Surprise. The smell of.
WASHINGTON – Classrooms at Keams Canyon Elementary School are noticeably emptier during the winter and monsoon months. That’s when Principal Gary Polacca says heavy rains turn the dirt roads stretching across the Hopi reservation into “muddy sinkholes,” making it hard for school buses to reach students’ homes for risk of getting stuck in the mud..
MESA – A cacophony of voices speaking in Spanish, interspersed with laughter, fills a classroom at Rhodes Junior High School. Some students speak halting English, but on occasion they attempt to translate for students who don’t speak any. As the students try to type short paragraphs describing a time when they experienced conflicting emotions, several.
WASHINGTON – The federal government promised college students in 2007 that if they took their degrees and went into a public service profession, they could apply to have whatever student loan debts they still had after 10 years forgiven. So far, the reality has been somewhat different. When the first 29,000 applications were filed with.
PHOENIX – Stacie Flannery struggled in high school, with her grades and her personal life. Counselors enrolled her in Elevate Phoenix, an in-school elective for at-risk youth in urban Phoenix. The organization offers programs, both in and outside school, that offer life-changing relationships for struggling students to reduce the number of public school dropouts. Flannery.
WASHINGTON – They said they had “seen the unseeable,” and when astronomers Wednesday unveiled the first-ever pictures of a black hole deep in space, the audience erupted in applause. “It was incredibly exciting,” to be there when the image was captured, said Lia Medeiros, one of the University of Arizona researchers in the years-long project.
BUCKEYE – A communitywide campaign to promote seat belt safety among young people, spearheaded by Verrado High School senior Ambar Silverio, could lead to a state law requiring back seat passengers to buckle up. “It’s really hard to pass a bill, and a bill can die for a lot of reasons,” said Erin Eisen, who.
WASHINGTON – Former Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano said Thursday that a Trump administration policy that threatens to strip funding from colleges in the name of free speech is “unnecessary and, in some respects, undesirable.” Napolitano, now president of the University of California System, made the comments after a forum just blocks from the White House.
PHOENIX – News of a huge college admissions scandal broke Tuesday, but online conversation Wednesday in the Grand Canyon State was buzzing in defense of Arizona State University. Prosecutors in Massachusetts have charged 50 people – including an Arizona developer – in a scheme to alter SAT and ACT scores or have their children fraudulently.
PHOENIX – As visitors enter the Heard Museum exhibit “Away From Home: American Indian Boarding School Stories,” they encounter an eye-level digital screen with a grid display of hundreds of school portraits of indigenous students who attended scores of such boarding schools across the United States. Some of the portraits were taken during the late.
PHOENIX – When Gov. Doug Ducey released his multimillion dollar budget proposal last week, he included $56 million in subsidies for day care, saying it would make such care more affordable for low-income families and expand its reach to about 29,000 children. “We’re going to move from the back of the pack to right in.
WASHINGTON – Arbre de la Vie, Haiti, has a combination solar and wind energy power grid that uses kinetic walkways, infrared waves and geothermal energy to help it bounce back from any natural disaster. At least that’s how the four seventh-grade girls from Maricopa Wells Middle School planned it as part of the Future City.
PHOENIX – Arizona teachers, parents and legislators teamed up last year for the sake of children’s health, pushing for legislation that would require more recess or unstructured playtime for elementary school children. The early results of that effort are promising, educators say. In April, Gov. Doug Ducey signed SB 1083 requiring schools to provide two.
PHOENIX – For many students at the Foundation for Blind Children in north central Phoenix, Thursday was their favorite day of the year: Snow day. Every year, the foundation brings snow to its students. For many, it was their first time touching it. “Most of these kids are in preschool, so they’ve never been around.
PHOENIX – Gov. Doug Ducey on Friday proposed a fiscal year 2020 budget that would double the rainy day fund to $1 billion, put aside $165 million to hike teacher salaries and battle drought. Here are three key areas of the proposed budget, which still needs legislative approval: 1. Ducey wants to save for a.
PHOENIX – At 11:05 p.m. on Nov. 10, the lights turned off at John D. Riggs Stadium on the campus of Mesa Community College, as they usually do after the Thunderbirds play. But it might have been the final time the stadium goes dark after a junior college football game. Citing financial reasons, the Maricopa.
WASHINGTON – Arizona’s schoolkids are doing better than their peers nationally when it comes to physical activity, according to a national report card. But that’s nothing to brag about: The report card said kids nationwide are not even close to being active enough. The 2018 U.S. Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth.
WASHINGTON – A record 1,800 teachers were on ballots across the country this fall, and the National Education Association estimates that as many as 1,100 of them won their races. Not a perfect score, but good enough for educators to boast that what they have been calling the Year of the Teacher could be just.
PHOENIX — Arizona Western College announced on Wednesday the elimination of its football program, effective immediately. In a statement, the college said in the past year it has tried to “navigate a series of seismic changes at the league and two-year collegiate level but was unsuccessful in carving a sustainable path forward for the program.”.
TEMPE – Summer in Phoenix made Weihan Chu feel dizzy as he came off of the plane at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport three years ago. He was thankful volunteers of Arizona State University’s Chinese Students and Scholars Association were there to greet him so he didn’t have to wait outside in the triple-digit swelter..
ALMADEN VALLEY, Calif. – About 20 miles south of San Francisco Bay, a gentle wind disturbs an otherwise peaceful afternoon in Almaden Valley. The breeze funnels between the rolling hills that encircle the community, detected only by the shuddering blades of turf on the football field at Leland High School. With each gust, a U.S..
PHOENIX – Proposition 305, which would have vastly expanded a program that allows parents and guardians to use tax dollars to pay for private school tuition, was rejected by voters, the Associated Press reported. Opponents criticized the contentious proposition, officially the Expansion of Empowerment Scholarship Accounts Referendum, for its confusing language and unclear objective. Supporters.
WASHINGTON – Eight weeks after it ordered a school-funding tax initiative pulled from this fall’s ballot, the Arizona Supreme Court explained its 5-2 ruling Friday in a 23-page opinion that critics blasted as “a very political decision.” More than 270,000 people signed petitions for Proposition 207, which would have raised taxes on higher-income earners to.
Name: Kathy Hoffman Political party: Democrat Position sought: Superintendent of public instruction City of residence: Glendale Occupation: Former speech therapist on the campaign full-time What is the greatest issue Arizona residents face? If elected, how would you address this issue? The teacher shortage is the biggest education issue in Arizona, Hoffman said. “We still have.
Name: Frank Riggs Political party: Republican Position sought: Superintendent of public instruction City of residence: Scottsdale Occupation: Self-employed What is the greatest issue Arizona residents face? If elected, how would you address this issue? Attracting and maintaining the best teachers in Arizona schools is the main issue. “We have to ensure that our K-12 education.
WASHINGTON – When Scottsdale middle schooler Akshaya Venkatesh saw how much food was being wasted after meals at her temple, she went looking for a solution – and found one that she wants to put in our pockets. “I thought I could incorporate an app and this food waste idea into one thing,” said Akshaya.
PHOENIX – Proposition 305 asks voters to decide the future of school vouchers – whether they want to keep or repeal a major expansion of the program. Gov. Doug Ducey in April 2017 signed a bill to expand the Empowerment Scholarship Account program, but a group of parents, educators and advocates organized to put the.
PHOENIX – Saray Escobar Gomez dreams of becoming a teacher and is just three courses shy of completing her associate’s degree at Paradise Valley Community College. However, as a DACA recipient, Gomez said it will take her longer to complete that degree after the Arizona Supreme Court’s April 2018 ruling that DACA recipients – who.
WASHINGTON — With teen use of cigarettes and other tobacco products declining, Arizona health officials say their “No. 1 priority” now is reducing e-cigarette use, or “vaping,” by high school and middle school students in the state. It comes as the Food and Drug Administration announced recent steps to reduce youth use of e-cigarettes, a.
PHOENIX – With more than 700 freshmen enrolled at South Mountain High School, the Phoenix Union High School District recently placed a cap on incoming students for the first time in school history. The increased numbers may benefit the school’s athletic programs. A newly incorporated Academies program at South Mountain has drawn new students to.
WASHINGTON – Arizona universities have posted the largest tuition increases in the nation since the start of the recession, with the $5,355 increase per student more than twice the national average, according to a recent national survey. One of the authors of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities report said the increase was not.
PEORIA — The mission: to honor Pat Tillman’s legacy. The story of the former Arizona State and Cardinals football player, who died in a friendly-fire incident while serving as an Army Ranger in Afghanistan, had an impact on the nation but most profoundly on two states: California and Arizona. Tonight at Liberty High School in.
TEMPE — Herm Edwards sat alone at the podium early Monday afternoon, hunched over, arms tucked tightly in, and armed with nothing but a single sheet of paper in front of him. It was Edwards’ first regular season press conference in 10 years, since he last served as head coach of the NFL’s Kansas City.
WASHINGTON – A reported plan to let local schools use federal funds to buy guns and gun training sparked an immediate backlash from Arizona advocates and educators, who called the idea “absurd – and dangerous.” The Department of Education said in a statement Thursday that it would not comment on “hypothetical scenarios,” after news reports.
WASHINGTON – When Arizona teachers walked out of their classrooms in April to demand more funding for schools, it forced the issue of education into the headlines. Three months later, those headlines appear to be a distant memory to some campaigns. “There’s a very big disconnect between what voters care about, and what politicians and.
TACOMA, Wash. – With a thunderous crack of the bat, Andrew Aplin jolted the baseball high into the clear cool Tacoma night sky. But the ball’s flight peaked in right field and plummeted back to earth, caught well short of the warning track for the final out of the night, sealing an extra-inning loss for.
SCOTTSDALE – Tucked into an alcove of the AZ on the Rocks climbing facility, Lee Cates works on a ring-climb obstacle. He uses two small red rings and the momentum of his body to climb up and down the pegs of a wooden plank. Cates, 36, began training at the gym in November 2017 with.
PHOENIX — Facing bankruptcy, $20 million in debt and an enrollment of fewer than 1,000 traditional students, Grand Canyon University took on investors in 2004, making it the nation’s only for-profit university to compete in NCAA Division I athletics. On Monday, a $875 million sale returned GCU to non-profit status, raising questions about the future.
PHOENIX – Grand Canyon University, a private Christian school in Phoenix, is returning to nonprofit status – which it last held in 2004. The university’s parent company, Grand Canyon Education Inc., sold the school to the Grand Canyon University Board of Trustees for approximately $875 million, GCU President Brian Mueller announced at a press conference..
PHOENIX – Sitting with Dana Zupke in the Pinnacle High football meeting room, surrounded by whiteboards, helmets and pictures of past teams, it’s easy to see the joy in the head coach’s eyes as he reflects on the moment he first noticed his quarterback in elementary school. “I remember Spencer playing Boys and Girls Club.
TUCSON – Zach Taylor grew up around horses. His mother owned trail horses when Taylor was a boy in Fayetteville, Arkansas. But his love for racing took off while working in the electrical supply industry. He would take his customers to Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs for a weekend at the races. “The first time.
PHOENIX – Within minutes of each other Thursday, Deandre Ayton and Marvin Bagley walked across the NBA Draft stage in Brooklyn, New York, and into the lives they have long imagined, the lives they’ve prepared for, the lives those around them expected. Matt Allen and Nick Weaver surely watched closely as NBA Commissioner Adam Silver.
PHOENIX – Political activism can be as simple as voting for a candidate or as statement-provoking as students lying on the Capitol lawn in a “die-in,” according to a growing movement of Arizona organizations teaching millennials, minorities and other underrepresented groups how to dive deeper into community issues. Progress Now Arizona, NextGen Arizona and other.
PHOENIX – About 30 Arizona students held a “die-in” at the state Capitol Tuesday to honor the victims of the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando that killed 49 people two years ago. They also want to pressure elected officials into enacting tighter gun-safety laws. The student-led March for Our Lives group organized.
PHOENIX – The question lingered in the Al McCoy Media Center for a few moments. If the Phoenix Suns don’t select Marvin Bagley III first overall in the NBA Draft, would the Arizona native hold a lifelong “chip” against his hometown team? Finally, Bagley – who had just completed a pre-draft workout for the franchise.
PHOENIX – The teenage members of a central Phoenix Boys & Girls Club noticed quite an upgrade to their hangout spot as they followed the Suns Gorilla and Interim Mayor Thelda Williams through the entrance of the new teen center. The old, ratty carpet had been replaced by smooth hardwood, the worn-out couch tossed in.
PEORIA – On a scorching summer day, children run and laugh as they pelt each other with dodgeballs in the gym of Sundance Elementary School. OK, guys, pipe down, a volunteer counselor tells them. Lunch is about to be served. They scramble over to rows of long tables, demolishing hamburgers and yogurt parfaits swirled with.
MESA – The City Council has approved a $65 million deal to bring an Arizona State University campus to downtown Mesa, a move some business owners and residents lauded as an economic boon and a few residents worried would bring higher taxes. “Central Mesa is tired of merely surviving, not thriving,” Jen Duff said. “It’s.
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – The way Iscent George figures it, she’s already a winner. The Glendale eighth-grader was one of eight Arizona students in Washington this week for the 91st Scripps National Spelling Bee and one of seven still standing Wednesday for the third round of the competition. None of the Arizona contestants made the.
WASHINGTON – State educators said they were not surprised to see a Texas school district erecting billboards around Phoenix in hopes of luring underpaid Arizona teachers away – and said they wouldn’t be surprised if the effort is successful. There is nothing subtle about the five billboards that the Fort Worth Independent School District put.
PHOENIX – Gov. Doug Ducey on Monday said he believes that evolution should remain a part of Arizona’s science education curriculum, referring to state schools’ superintendent Diane Douglas attempts to remove or water down references to evolution. Douglas, the Arizona superintendent of public instruction, had recommended striking the word “evolution” from current science standards, saying.
PHOENIX — The Arizona Interscholastic Association added girls wrestling for the 2018-19 school year, joining a list of less than 10 states that have the sport. It will take place in the winter, the same time boys wrestling has its season. “It’s another opportunity. The girls have had the opportunity to wrestle for the last.
WASHINGTON – Democratic lawmakers and advocates demanded Thursday that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos disavow her statement from earlier this week that schools can decide whether to turn over undocumented students to immigration officials. If she does not, they said, she should resign. “She’s already proven that she wants to dismantle our public schools, but now.
WASHINGTON – Gayatri Kaimal grinned and immediately scribbled down an answer when she heard the question: What species of cactus has a national monument named for it at the U.S.-Mexico border? Then again, the Tucson middle schooler may have had a homefield advantage over the other contestants in the final rounds of the National Geographic.
PHOENIX – The Phoenix Union High School District has increased the number of students going to college – many of them the first generation to do so – through an innovative program that takes advantage of free financial aid and assures low-income youths that college is a realistic goal. Arizona students left more than $65.
PHOENIX – More than 100 people on Monday lit candles and silently placed flowers outside the Arizona Capitol to memorialize the eight students and two teachers gunned down Friday at Santa Fe High School near Galveston, Texas. The families, students, activists and faith leaders stood as high school students took turns describing the victims. “I.
CONGRESS — Not so long ago, teachers at Congress Elementary School had to start downloading a video the night before showing it in class. The school was hobbled by low internet broadband speed, or bandwidth. In densely populated areas, such as Phoenix and Tucson, bandwidth is high, so online content loads as swiftly as cars.
WASHINGTON – When President Lyndon Johnson laid out a set of sweeping plans for Native American education 50 years ago, from preschool to college, one of the most immediate goals was enrolling 10,000 tribal youth in Head Start programs. That goal was soon met, but little else envisioned by Johnson has progressed as successfully. Fifty.
SAN LUIS – Eduardo, 14, crosses his legs and swings them under the dining table. He pokes at the royal-blue putty he has just mixed up, staining his hands. Gel shapes his black hair into peaks. His chubby cheeks perk up when he smiles. He is a child whose innocence has been shaped by an.
CIDRA, Puerto Rico – Hurricane Maria took Principal Debra Angie Hernandez’s father, but she was determined it wouldn’t take her school. Just days after the hurricane struck, Hernandez and teachers such as Melba Passapera and parents such as Hilda Marina Santos sprang into action to make sure the Luis Munoz Iglesias K-12 school would not.
AGUADA, Puerto Rico – Manuel Aviles-Santiago talks on the phone with his parents in Puerto Rico every day, sometimes twice. On the day Hurricane Maria hit in September 2017, he made his usual call to his mother before teaching his class at Arizona State University. Then the nightmare began, and the phone stopped ringing. Radio.
PHOENIX – Legislators and Gov. Doug Ducey have reached a compromise on a state budget that would provide a 20 percent pay raise to teachers and $371 million in additional funding for support staff over five years, Ducey announced Friday. Ducey’s announcement, which did not specify how the state would raise money for the increases,.
GRAND CANYON – Cadet Amaris Tracy climbed into the cockpit of a small plane, her face calm but her hands shaking slightly. “I’m really excited to get to fly the plane for the first time,” Tracy said, adjusting her headset. “At the same time, it’s 5,000 feet up in the air and I don’t really.
PHOENIX – Tens of thousands of Red for Ed protesters marched to the Arizona Capitol on Thursday in a historic demonstration against years of education budget cuts, with protesters demanding higher teacher pay and increased classroom funding. “I’m here today because my classrooms need it,” said protester Lindsay Nash, a special education teacher in Surprise..
PHOENIX – Tens of thousands of educators will march Thursday from Chase Field to the Capitol to demand higher teacher pay and more classroom funding as part of the Red for Ed movement, in a historic walkout across the state. Here are the answers to some common questions: How many people will this walkout affect?.
WASHINGTON – When a 14-year-old fatally shot himself in a Coronado K-8 Elementary School bathroom on Jan. 9, the incident was announced by the Sierra Vista Unified School District and the Cochise County Sheriff’s Department. But it did not show up in any larger school system database. Had it occurred two years earlier, the shooting.
PHOENIX – Three high schoolers filed into the waiting room outside Gov. Doug Ducey’s office at 4:17 p.m. They lay down on the floor and settled in, with a plan to wait until one of two things happened: either authorities would arrest them or Ducey would agree to meet with them. In the lobby of.
PHOENIX – Gov. Doug Ducey on Friday responded to plans for a teacher walkout by vetoing 10 bills and calling for legislators to craft a budget that includes his plan to increase teacher pay by 20 percent by 2020. Organizers with Arizona Educators United announced the walkout Thursday night, effective April 26. Leaders said 78.
PHOENIX – About 100 student activists demanding more effective gun laws staged “die-ins” across the Capitol on Friday afternoon, sprawling on floors outside the governor’s office and in the lobbies of the House of Representatives and Senate. Activists promised to stay through the night, if necessary, until Gov. Doug Ducey met with them. The governor,.
PHOENIX – Arizona educators have overwhelmingly voted to walk out to demand higher pay and more dollars for the classroom. Speaking Thursday night in front of the Phoenix headquarters of the Arizona Education Association, organizers with Arizona Educators United, one of the grassroots groups backing the Red for Ed movement, said 78 percent of the.
PHOENIX – The Parkland shooting sparked the student-led national gun-control movement, but Phoenix leaders say reactions on social media toggle between support and opposition, with some gun advocates hurling profanities, insults and even threats at high schoolers. One person faxed a threat to an activist’s high school, but most people post their comments on the.
PHOENIX – Arizona educators are voting whether to walk out of schools to protest low wages for teachers and support staff, with a decision expected by Friday. Starting Tuesday, teachers were asked to vote on whether they will participate in a walkout “in support of Red for Ed demands.” Arizona Educators United, the group that.
PHOENIX – Many educators were skeptical Friday of Gov. Doug Ducey’s plan to raise teacher salaries by 20 percent, and some lawmakers – who said they had not been briefed on the specifics of the plan – called the proposal a step in the right direction. However, they’re withholding judgement until the governor gives them.
PHOENIX – Gov. Doug Ducey announced Thursday a plan to increase teacher salaries 20 percent by 2020. This fiscal year, teachers would receive a 9 percent raise followed by a 5 percent raise next year and another 5 percent by the beginning of 2020. The 20 percent raise factors in last year’s 1 percent raise.
PHOENIX – Teachers around Arizona held “walk-in” protests Wednesday for the second time in as many weeks as Red for Ed leaders discussed going on strike. Organizers from Arizona Educators United, the grassroots movement leading the charge for Red for Ed, have not called for a walkout or strike, but said a decision would come.
WASHINGTON – Math and reading test scores for Arizona’s fourth- and eighth-grade students fell below their peers nationally in 2017, according to a national student achievement report released Tuesday. The National Assessment of Educational Progress scores showed that while Arizona students matched the national average for eighth-grade students in math, but fell below the nation.
PHOENIX – The Arizona Supreme Court on Monday unanimously ruled that DACA recipients no longer will be eligible for in-state tuition, saying state and federal laws prohibit it. The high court upheld an Arizona Court of Appeals ruling nearly a year after the Arizona Board of Regents announced it would continue to offer in-state tuition.
TEMPE – A student singing project. A short film. A dance concert on the library lawn. A collection of skydivers’ stories about sexual misconduct. These were among the concepts discussed at the kickoff event this week for Arizona State University’s CounterAct initiative, which aims to launch 880 creative actions to counteract the 880 acts of.
GLENDALE – Teachers and parents rallied at a Glendale elementary school and at campuses around metro Phoenix on Wednesday during “walk-ins” meant to raise awareness of the Red for Ed mission, one week after Arizona educators demanded public officials give them a 20 percent pay raise. Education supporters gathered around the flagpole outside Bicentennial South.
AVONDALE – Between class periods at Westview High School, police Officer Edward Toves sometimes studies the TV screens that stretch across the wall of his office, displaying footage from dozens of surveillance cameras. Other times, he stands in a hallway and chats with students – still keeping an eye out for anything that could threaten.
PHOENIX – Some Arizona classrooms will open their doors and hallways Tuesday night for walk-ins rather than walkouts to protest the lack of education funding in the state. More walk-ins are scheduled for Wednesday morning. Educators hope parents and other community members come to schools to show that Arizonans support their cause. The walk-ins are.
PHOENIX – Dozens of student recipients and supporters of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA, rallied Monday outside the Arizona Supreme Court in support of in-state tuition rates for DREAMers. The demonstration was in response to the court’s hearing of oral arguments in the case of Attorney General Mark Brnovich suing.
Arizona teachers are demanding a 20 percent pay increase, saying it would bring wages closer to the national average. Arizona Educators United, in a Red for Ed rally at the Capitol last week, discussed the impact of low teacher pay and state funding of education in seeking the pay hike. Gov. Doug Ducey has said.
PHOENIX – Thousands of Arizona teachers angry about pay rallied as part of the Red for Ed movement at the state Capitol on Wednesday and demanded a 20 percent raise, but organizers stopped short of calling for a statewide education strike. Organizers from Arizona Educators United, the three-week-old grassroots organization behind the Red for Ed.
In a Phoenix conference room brightened by fluorescent lights, high school students spend hours pouring through spreadsheets and contracts. Their cellphones trill with text messages and reminders. Their faces reflect in the lights of their laptops as they tap on the keyboards. They’re readying for a revolt. The students are planning the Phoenix March for.
PHOENIX – “How to Cross the Border Illegally or How to Make Tamales de Rajas” is an original poem about border-crossers and the stories they rarely get a chance to tell. “Usually when I hear in the news that they are criticizing people that cross the border, they just say it like it is something.
PHOENIX – A gun changed Jennifer Longdon’s life 13 years ago. “We were ambushed in a random shooting, pulling into a taco shop,” Longdon recalled this week. She was shot in the back; her fiance was shot in the head. “I was shot in the back and paralyzed,” she told a small news conference at.
PHOENIX 一 More than 350 teachers sick of low pay called in sick Wednesday, shutting down nine Glendale schools and packing a legislative meeting considering further tax cuts to the wealthy. Instead of heading into their classrooms, Pendergast Elementary School District teachers traveled to the state Capitol, clad in #RedForEd T-shirts. “Our state doesn’t really.
TEMPE – A bearded man sporting a flannel shirt and worn Converse sneakers passes out syringes and vials of colorless liquid to a group of eager students. Nathan Leach of the Sonoran Prevention Works, a nonprofit for people affected by drug use, is arming the public with naloxone, a life-saving antidote to an opioid overdose..
PHOENIX – The countdown ended. Phoebe Chang, a fourth-year medical student at the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix, wearing a tight grin, ripped open the ribbon on a box holding her future. Blue and red balloons were attached to a gold satchel that contained the news of where she will spend the next four.
FLAGSTAFF 一 More than 100 residents, city officials and state legislative candidates packed into a lecture hall at Northern Arizona University this week to propose gun buyback programs, expanded gun registration requirements and the end of assault weapon sales in Arizona. The forum was conducted hours after Flagstaff high school students, along with thousands of.
The Parkland, Florida school shooting has spurred rallies, school walkouts and a national conversation about guns. Cronkite News spoke to protesters at a rally at the Arizona state Capitol on Wednesday, the one-month anniversary of the shooting. Hover or tap on the portraits to hear their views. Christiana WarrenSenior, 18 Mountain View High School “…I’m.
WASHINGTON – High school students across the country walked out Wednesday to demand action on school safety, but how far they walked and what they faced when they walked back in varied by school district. In Arizona, there was no set policy on how schools were to manage the hundreds of students who participated in.
Students and activists in Arizona and from coast to coast spoke at rallies, walked out of schools, registered to vote and observed 17 minutes of silence for the 14 students and three teachers shot to death one month ago in Parkland, Florida. National Walkout Day offered a connected, collective moment of anger and sorrow to.
DAYTON, Ohio — Arizona State coach Bobby Hurley and his three senior guards have often talked about how the last three seasons have laid the foundation for a renaissance of the basketball program. The Sun Devils accomplished their goal of reaching the NCAA Tournament, as they will face off with the Syracuse Orange in the.
PHOENIX – The shooting that killed 17 students and teachers in Parkland, Florida, has sparked student walkouts, launched angry debates on Facebook and Twitter and spurred gun-restriction policies from the White House to statehouses across the country. Teachers have been drawn into the conversations, cast into roles as student protectors – possibly armed. President Donald.
PHOENIX – High-school student Jordan Harb, flanked by Arizona lawmakers and a representative for the state school board, delivered a gun control message on Monday: “We want our lives taken into account.” Harb, a junior at Mountain View High School in Mesa, urged the Legislature to enact gun control measures in the wake of the.
TEMPE — Tra Holder cried. Kodi Justice found Bobby Hurley and gave him a hug. The Arizona State men’s basketball team jumped into their head coach’s pool in elation. For the first time since the 2013-14 season, the Sun Devils are going to the NCAA Tournament. On Sunday, it was announced that ASU earned a.
SCOTTSDALE – Parents and their children sat in a classroom at the Scottsdale Gun Club, just past rows of rifles, ammo and novelty T-shirts, including one with a picture of a T-rex and the caption “Small Arms Dealer.” Elementary school-age children fidgeted in their seats, next to mothers and fathers, listening to the instructor. In.
QUEEN CREEK – A suicide prevention group rallied Friday in front of Queen Creek High School to show support for students, who have lost five classmates to suicide since May. The fifth death was reported just this week. The event was hosted by Project Connect Four, created by mothers in the Valley concerned about rising.
PHOENIX — The University of Arizona put on a proverbial full-court press Thursday, discrediting allegations made in a report about Sean Miller’s recruitment of a star player and saying it will retain the men’s basketball coach. Beginning with a statement in Tucson, Miller insisted he “never knowingly violated NCAA rules,” calling an ESPN report that.
PHOENIX – A report that an FBI wiretap intercepted University of Arizona coach Sean Miller discussing payments to a star basketball player has raised questions about the past and future of college basketball, but many observers say the current firestorm is no surprise. “I saw it; it happened in front of us,” said former agent.
WASHINGTON – Minutes after a gunman opened fire at a Florida High School last week, live images of the attack were being streamed into the phones of students across the country through social media. Within hours, those same social media accounts were being used by students to express grief, to send condolences and to rally.
MESA – The captain of the Mesa High School basketball team started the protest on Snapchat. A 15-year-old sophomore merged the social media brainstorming into a solid plan. At noon Wednesday, 300 students streamed out of their classes, met at a flagpole and walked half a mile to a nearby park to rally in support.
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.
Every college experience is unique. That’s why we want to hear from you. What was your experience like as a college student in Arizona? Did you transfer from a community college? What was the workload like for your major? We will not publish your response without your permission. A journalist from Cronkite News or the.
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,.