Next Gen

Autistic students at Phoenix school have a better shot at success through scholarships

PHOENIX – The Gateway Academy, a private school for high-functioning students with autism, recently was certified as a school tuition organization


U.S., Arizona life expectancy fell, driven by deaths of younger people

WASHINGTON - After decades of increases, life expectancy in the U.S. ticked down slightly over three recent years, a drop blamed on a rise in "cause-specific" deaths like suicides and drug overdoses. The decline was mirrored in Arizona, but life expectancy remained higher than the national average.


Salt River students discover ancestral roots through language, weaving

PHOENIX – Salt River Schools students are learning to speak O’odham and participating in cultural activities founded on traditions.


Turf battle: Hydrogels could help ASU West save water and money

GLENDALE – Potassium-based granules that suck up water and release it when needed are being injected into ASU West soccer fields, which use 11 million gallons a year.


Despite slight uptick, millennials still face homeownership challenges

WASHINGTON - Millennial homeownership rose slightly in 2017, but was still lower than the rate boasted by Generation X and Baby Boomers at the same age, as the recession and student loans have put millennials behind previous generations in their ability to build wealth for the future.


Degrees of difficulty: Millions have some college, no degree to show

WASHINGTON - Arizona had almost 600,000 "noncompleters" last year - those with some higher education but no degree to show for it - and the state is not alone. Up to 36 million Americans are noncompleters, says a report, that says colleges need to do better at working with nontraditional students.


NASA’s search for life on Mars is joined by scientists from Arizona

PHOENIX – Scientists at Arizona State University and the USGS Astrogeology Science Center in Flagstaff are working on a new Mars rover that they hope will be the first to bring samples back to Earth.


Veterans connect with next generation through storytelling

PHOENIX – The Veterans Heritage Project connects the next generation of students to veterans and history through interviews.

Fallen heroes remembered on Memorial Day

FDA’s sudden increase in legal tobacco age catches retailers off-guard

WASHINGTON - Retailers and local leaders said they were "caught with their pants down" by a Food and Drug Administration announcement last week that it had raised the legal age to buy tobacco products from 18 to 21.


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.