Education

Arizona high schools forced to seek creative funding solutions for athletics

Perry High School’s badminton team is good.

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Small UA program produces big results in horse racing industry

TUCSON — The well-dressed horse trainer with the signature white hair and dark sunglasses who was the darling of the sports media this spring got his start in the racing industry in the most unlikely of places. Before Bob Baffert trained the first Triple Crown winner in 47 years, he cultivated his tradecraft in Tucson.

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Arizona, other states, get temporary waiver for ‘No Child Left Behind’

WASHINGTON - Arizona was one of seven states granted a temporary waiver Thursday by the U.S. Department of Education from provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act.


Teen ‘senators’ at Capitol to learn, might have some things to teach, too

WASHINGTON - Over the course of three days this week, Arizona teens Kennedy Prock and Lora Delahunt helped draft a platform for their party and debate bills they had written themselves for the Girls Nation Senate that was meeting here.


Arizona posts lowest college completion rate, highest default rate

WASHINGTON - Arizona tied Alaska for the lowest college completion rate in the country in 2013, with just 29 percent of students able to earn a four-year degree in six years or less, a new report says.


School administrators scrambling, again, to hire teachers as school year looms

WASHINGTON - Arizona officials say there are at least 1,000 vacant teacher positions to fill, with just weeks left until the school year starts around the state.


School’s out, need isn’t: Trying to boost summer meals after sharp 2014 drop

WASHINGTON - Arizona had the nation's biggest drop in kids getting free summer meals between 2013 and 2014, a time when most states saw increases in the number of children reached, a recent report says.


Court orders new hearing for Tucson schools’ Mexican-American studies program

WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court on Tuesday ordered a new hearing to determine whether a law banning the Tucson school district's Mexican American Studies program was motivated by an intent to discriminate against minority students.


Report: School achievement gaps show need for ‘No Child’ overhaul

WASHINGTON - Schools across the country have made "remarkable progress" toward closing achievement gaps between different groups of students, but "troubling achievement gaps" remain for the lowest-performing schools, administration officials said Monday.


From desert to sea: Arizonans embark on plebe summer at Naval Academy

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Recent high school graduate Nick Herrera, 17, of Peoria, has one sibling, a passion for wrestling, a messy nest of hair and an earnest manner when he answers questions.

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Federal court upholds Arizona’s process for teaching non-English speakers

WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court Monday upheld a lower court ruling that said Arizona's system for educating English-language learners does not violate the federal Equal Educational Opportunities Act.

English-language learning

Arizona tribes eye plan for flexibility under No Child Left Behind

WASHINGTON - The way Navajo Nation Council Delegate Lee Jack Sr. sees it, "God gave us different ways to speak, God gave us different ways to live."

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