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Rebooting education: Federal and state funds bring high-speed internet to rural areas

A $1.8-million award, the result of a state and federal funding initiative, was granted to a group of schools and libraries in Yavapai County to improve broadband access for entire communities.


Feds no longer collect school shooting data, advocates left to scramble

WASHINGTON - As students walk out of classes to protest gun violence, the federal agency that had collected data on school shootings quietly stopped gathering it last year, leaving advocates scrambling to make sense of varied and sometimes conflicting private records.


#RedForEd: Teachers, legislators skeptical of Ducey’s plan for raising teacher salaries

Educators and lawmakers expressed skepticism about Gov. Doug Ducey’s plan to increase teacher salaries over the next three years, saying there is no indication of where that money will come from.


School resource officers called a key safety tool, but critics fear discrimination

After the Parkland shooting, school resource officers have come under the public spotlight. Arizona has more than 100 officers at schools from Paradise Valley to Tolleson and Gov. Doug Ducey has pushed for more funding for officers on school campuses, while activists question the role of police at schools.


Vegan grocery store opens in Glendale, a first for Arizona

Owners of a vegan grocery store in Glendale hope the store, which offers groceries completely free of animal products, will attract customers from the Phoenix area.


#RedForEd: Teachers call in sick over low pay, protest state proposal on tax cuts for wealthy

Over 300 teachers from the Pendergast Elementary School District protested low education salaries in a #Redfored demonstration at the Arizona Capitol.


Finalists hope Native American vets memorial is place of honor, healing

WASHINGTON - The charge for the National Native American Veterans Memorial was daunting: Design a memorial that honors the contributions of every tribe to every war fought for the U.S. More than 100 took up the challenge, and five design finalists have been chosen.


Virtual reality arcades entertain with immersive games

Virtual reality arcades are coming to the Phoenix area as the technology and industry grow.


Schools’ chief Diane Douglas remains lukewarm about AzMERIT test

PHOENIX – Diane Douglas, Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction, discussed her lukewarm attitude toward the AzMERIT test and seemed puzzled when asked about Proposition 305, a ballot measure asking voters to stop the expansion of school vouchers in Arizona. Recent AzMERIT results showed a slight improvement over the previous year.

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Officials: Summer meals program rebounding after years of decline

WASHINGTON - Advocates and Arizona education officials say they are confident the summer meal program for low-income children will start to climb this summer, after five years of steady declines that saw meals served drop more than 50 percent.


Teachers speak out about working conditions, and they’re not happy

WASHINGTON - For the past decade, the vast majority of Arizona counties have faced a teacher shortage at the beginning of the school year, and as school districts head into the summer many teachers expect more of the same.


Hill offices juggle high demand, scant supply of inaugural tickets

WASHINGTON - With 198 inaugural tickets to hand out and requests from 500 constituents, Rep. Martha McSally, R-Tucson, turned to an expert to handle the distribution - Lady Luck.