Education

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.


New law changes how English Language learners are taught. But what comes next?

MESA – A new law aims to help students who don’t speak English natively succeed, but how will educators implement it?


Plan to forgive public-service workers’ student loans off to rocky start

WASHINGTON - The government promised college students in 2007 that if they took their degrees into a public-service profession, they could apply to have their remaining student debt forgiven after 10 years. But in the first year, just 0.33 percent of 29,000 loan forgiveness applications were approved.


Elevating hope: Program offers support to Phoenix’s struggling students

PHOENIX – Targeting individual students, Elevate Phoenix provides curriculum and support to help students who are at risk of dropping out of school.


University of Arizona researchers revel as photo of black hole unveiled

WASHINGTON - University of Arizona researchers were part of a team of scientists that said it had "seen the unseeable" when it unveiled first-ever images of a black hole deep in space, an image that capped years of work and a global effort to see what had been theoretical.


Buckle up, Arizona: Students promote back seat safety belts

BUCKEYE – Verrado High School students began a campaign to promote seat belt safety amongst their peers. They plan to introduce it as a bill in the next legislative session.


Napolitano questions need for Trump order to enforce campus free speech

WASJHINGTON - Former Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano, now president of the University of California System, said 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."