Education

Tolleson opens new high school with state facilities funds

PHOENIX – The Arizona School Facilities Board helps fund new school constructions and building renovations for schools across Arizona. West Point High School in Tolleson district is one of more than 320 new schools built with the help of state money.


Childhelp center places help for abused children under one roof

PHOENIX – Police, prosecutors, mental-health counselors and medical-services employees work together to help abused children at the Childhelp Children’s Center in Phoenix.


Arizona school districts can’t find enough bus drivers

PHOENIX – On any given school day, Mesa Public Schools, the largest school district in Arizona, is short about 80 bus drivers. Glendale, Payson and Prescott school districts have confirmed shortages as well.


Cyberbully solutions: Target becomes an activist; ASU researchers develop Instagram app

PHOENIX – Cyberbullies targeted Grace Martinez, tormenting her on social media. Now she uses her voice to stand up against bullies while ASU researchers develop an Instagram app for parents, teens.


K-12 teachers learn ways to bring Native American history and traditions to the classroom

PHOENIX – Native American history, culture and art were the focus of the Heard Museum’s second annual Teacher Institute.


Hawaii at their fingertips: Middle-school students take virtual field trips

PHOENIX – Virtual technology that is 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.


Board of Education declines changes to sex education policy

PHOENIX – No further changes will be made to Arizona’s sex education classes, the Board of Education decided Monday.


Arizona ranks 46th for childhood well-being, Kids Count report says

PHOENIX – The annual Kids Count report ranks Arizona 46th in the nation for childhood well-being, 43rd for economic well-being, with lack of affordable housing as a key factor.


Spellbound: Eight Arizona schoolkids compete in National Spelling Bee

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md., - Eight Arizona elementary and middle school students went to Washington to compete against almost 600 other students in the 92nd Scripps National Spelling Bee, but only one, from Fort Defiance, still had a shot at the finals after the first three rounds of competition.


Census: Arizona continued to lag far behind U.S. on school spending

WASHINGTON - New Census Bureau figures show that per-pupil spending in Arizona's public schools was fourth-lowest in the nation in 2017, still mired at the back of the pack even though spending rose faster that year in the state than it did in the rest of the country.


Kitchen-inspection reports for day cares and schools are available – if you look

PHOENIX – Maricopa County restaurant inspectors include day care services and school kitchens in their assessments, but schools are not required to notify parents of violations


In Indian Country, potholes can be a bump in the road to an education

WASHINGTON - Of all the problems facing tribal schools, impassable roads are not the biggest problem, "but it is the most annoying one." With three-fourths of Bureau of Indian Affairs roads unpaved, students are often stranded and districts are forced to spend precious resources on bus repairs.