Education

‘Hockey Scholars’ learn science, math from hockey models

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.


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

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.


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

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."


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

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.


Higher education leaders stress degrees as important for Arizona economy

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.


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

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.


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

SCOTTSDALE — In frigid Huron, South Dakota, Dale Balvin realized he loved golf at age 10.


Hundreds of middle schoolers gather for MLK March on West

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.


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

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.


Arizona charters excited by DeVos nomination, public schools wary

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.


Teaching the teachers to stay in Arizona

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 broken pipeline.


Arizona programs prioritize education for refugee children

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.