Next Gen

Creating a SPARK: Tempe school employs VR, robots and other innovative techniques

TEMPE – Green screens, robots, 3-D printers and virtual reality are being used at a new elementary school in Tempe to take traditional learning to the next step.


Art of the seal: Arizona honors high school graduates in music, dance, theater and more

PHOENIX – The Arts Education Proficiency Seal gives high school students a chance to show their mastery of the arts.


ALL In launches initiative to help Latinx students bridge education gap

PHOENIX - Education activist Luis Avila, after working in education reform for more than 20 years, launched Arizona Latinos in Education on Monday, creating the ALL In initiative to help Latinx students have a fair shot at school.


To ease teacher shortage, pilot program in Tucson offers free tuition, $1,000 a month

TUCSON – The University of Arizona’s “Pathways to Teaching” program helps people who have already taken 60 hours toward a college degree finish studies that will lead to teaching certificates. Supporters say the pilot program is one small step to decrease teacher shortages and increase retention.


Skeletal spectacle: Victoria, the world’s largest touring T. rex, debuts in Phoenix

PHOENIX – Victoria, one of the most complete Tyrannosaurus rex skeletons ever uncovered, is making its world debut at the Arizona Science Center.


Preterm births inched up in Arizona, but 2018 rate still beat nation

WASHINGTON - Rising rates of preterm births in 30 states - Arizona included - are a sign that health care providers are "failing our many mothers and babies," say advocates, as the release a report showing premature births hit 9.5% in Arizona and 10% nationally last year.


Star students: ASU team watches as its project is launched into orbit

WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. - A concussive boom radiated out from the launch pad as nine Arizona State University students watched a rocket carry their "nanosatellite" - and four years of their work - into the sky Saturday on its way to the International Space Station.


No falling back: Why does Arizona opt out of daylight saving?

PHOENIX – When most people throughout the county adjust their watches, Arizona doesn’t. Why doesn’t Arizona participate in daylight saving time?


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.


New Scottsdale production company hopes to change landscape of esports in Arizona

SCOTTSDALE – A new production company dedicated to esports has opened in Scottsdale and hopes to put Arizona on the esports map.