Education

He was a robber, she sold drugs; only one can get help with school

WASHINGTON - The American Opportunity Tax Credit lets people, including former inmates, claim a credit for college education expenses - unless they were convicted of a drug crime. Lawmakers are trying to lift that ban, saying someone jailed for drugs should not be denied benefits a murder can get.


Arizona saw some of deepest cuts, biggest tuition hikes since recession

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 increase in student tuition at the same time, a new report shows.


Officials: State making gains on teacher vacancies, still has way to go

WASHINGTON - Arizona school officials told a Washington forum Tuesday that the state has made strides in teacher recruiting and retention, but there is still a long way to go to fixing a problem that saw 21% of teacher jobs vacant at the start of this school year.


‘We’ve got to keep going’: Mountain Pointe determined to move forward after scandal

TEMPE – Mountain Pointe coach Rich Wellbrock is determined that his players move forward and not focus on the scandal surrounding a former assistant coach.


Yee, in Washington, backs $5 billion tax credit plan for school choice

WASHINGTON - Arizona has long been at the forefront of the school choice movement, but State Treasurer Kimberly Yee told a Washington audience more can be be, as she joined others to support the Trump administration's proposed $5 billion Education Freedom Scholarship program.


Despite ‘modest gains,’ schools continue to see severe teacher shortage

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, according to a new report. And that was an improvement from last year.


Forgone forgiveness: New try at student loan repayment shows few gains

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.


March for Our Lives Arizona steps into gun violence fray in communities of color

PHOENIX – Congressional candidates and members of the Arizona Legislature spoke at a town hall about gun reform organized by 17-year-old Genesis Rivas, director of special projects for March for Our Lives Arizona.


Experts: $20 million for school suicide prevention welcome, more needed

WASHINGTON - Education and government officials called a $20 million grant for suicide prevention programs in Arizona schools an important first step to deal with a growing problem, even as they said much more needs to be done.


‘Sport Is Your Gang”: Thai boxing program appeals to impoverished young people

PHOENIX – Thailand’s version of boxing has become a force for change in underserved communities worldwide.


Phoenix’s Champion schools reimagine the relationship between sports and education

PHOENIX – One Phoenix charter school is using involvement in sports and physical training to build up students in and out of class.


Resource centers nourish parents, young children with food and education

PHOENIX – Maricopa County family resource centers take a holistic approach to child development in a state where education markers like reading ability rank consistently low compared to other states.