Education

Supreme Court’s Prop 207 ruling breaks no new ground, stokes political feuds

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 said shows the state's political system is "rigged" against education.


Superintendent of Public Instruction: Kathy Hoffman would address teacher shortage, bilingual programs

Democratic candidate for superintendent of public instruction Kathy Hoffman said her hands-on experience in the classroom makes her the best prepared for the job. “The real experts of education are educators,” she said.


Superintendent of Public Instruction: Frank Riggs wants best teachers, good pay

Frank Riggs says his executive, educational and political leadership experience make him the perfect person to make changes in Arizona education.


Scottsdale middle schooler takes her science project to Washington

WASHINGTON - Scottsdale eighth-grader Akshaya Venkatesh saw a problem - food waste - and developed what she thinks might be a solution, a phone-based app to connect groups that need food with those who have too much. That work made her one of 30 finalists in a national science fair for middle schoolers.


Proposition 305: Should Arizona expand state’s school voucher program?

PHOENIX – Proposition 305 would expand the state’s school voucher program. Proponents say it would mean more school choice. Opponents say it would redirect public education money to religious and other private schools.


One class at time: ‘Dreamers’ find it hard to afford college after court ruling

PHOENIX – The aftermath of the Arizona Supreme Court ruling that struck down in-state tuition for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients has placed a heavy financial burden to students wanting to continue their college education.


Teen tobacco use down, but e-cig use draws health officials’ concern

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.


Enrollment surge at South Mountain High School could boost athletic programs

PHOENIX – Enrollment at South Mountain High School has suffered in recent years because of competition from charters. The addition of its Academies program has boosted the number of students and could benefit the athletic programs.


Report: Arizona saw biggest post-recession tuition increases in the U.S.

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, says a national survey that blames much of the increase on cuts to state support for higher ed.