Primary day 2014 was a beautiful day for moderation in Arizona politics. A perfect day? Hardly, but disappointments in the Republican field offer opportunities for Arizona Democrats in the general election. Former Mesa Mayor Scott Smith's second place finish to state Treasurer Doug Ducey was ant ... More >>
Arizona Schools Superintendent John Huppenthal has no problemo shilling for private schools in annoying robocalls to unsuspecting citizens, but if you call him at home to ask about recent reports of his commenting on various websites (including ours) under names such as Falcon 9, Thucydides, and Soc ... More >>
Twenty years ago, Arizona became the second state in the nation to allow charter schools to operate in the public education system. In honor of the anniversary, New Times is taking a hard look at charters in Arizona. The first story in the ongoing series examined how charter schools — both nat ... More >>
I spotted Jay Heiler from across a crowded Pei Wei on a hot summer night in 2013. It had been years since I'd seen him last, but Heiler hadn't changed a bit, a head or two taller than the other patrons, a boyish wave in his carefully combed blond hair. I didn't catch his eye, but I knew he'd come o ... More >>
Here's some advice from John Huppenthal, Arizona's Superintendent of Public Instruction: You should find out if you can send your kids to private school on the state's dime.That's what the state's schools chief is saying in robocalls to people in certain areas around Phoenix and Tucson, in which Hup ... More >>
Phoenix's First Lady Nicole Stanton, a staunch anti-bullying advocate, is going to be part of a panel on October 16 to raise awareness among parents about recognizing the warning signs of bullying, and discussing the issue with their children. The free event, The Warning Signs of Bullying, is from ... More >>
The most opinionated person on the planet is not Simon Cowell, Sheriff Joe, the editor of this blog, or any number of insane Arizona politicians. It's someone you and I see every day, who interacts with our children and is often our friend on Facebook. It's the parent of school-aged children. ... More >>
Arizona House Minority Leader, Democrat Chad Campbell, has offered up some legislative proposals that are supposed to target gun violence -- one of the few plans we've heard of around here that doesn't include more guns.As a whole, his plan's chance of becoming law is zero percent, but let's get an ... More >>
To the credit of the Arizona House Minority Leader, Democrat Chad Campbell, he unveiled a pretty wide-ranging plan to change laws related to school safety, mental health, and guns.Unfortunately for Campbell, he's in the blood-red legislature in Arizona, so let's just say it's the thought that counts ... More >>
Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery's big press conference this morning alleged illegal coordination between Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne and an independent expenditure committee during his 2010 campaign. See also: -Attorney General Horne Hired Carmen Chenal to a Highly Paid Top Post -- ... More >>
Nogales charter school teacher Ricardo Siqueiros took a ride on Interstate 10 toward Phoenix Tuesday evening.According to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, he took his 19.5 pounds of meth and 12 pounds of cocaine along for the ride.Siqueiros, 32, was stopped by the cops around 7 p.m. while ... More >>
Today, state Schools Superintendent John Huppenthal ordered that 10 percent of the budget for the Tucson Unified School District be withheld until TUSD eradicates its Mexican American Studies program.The cut is punitive and retroactive to August 15, 2011.No great drama there. Huppenthal announced th ... More >>
As reported in a previous blog, Administrative Law Judge Lewis Kowal recently upheld Arizona Schools' Superintendent John Huppenthal's finding that Tucson Unified School District's Mexican American Studies program violates the state's anti-ethnic studies statute, one drafted and passed with the expr ... More >>
Gilman slams Patterson in his latest. Nice laugh track, Dennis.In the wake of the Olivia Cortes flap in the Legislative District 18 recall race, the right-wing echo chamber has been trying its darnedest to gin up scandals involving Republican Jerry Lewis, state Senate President Russell Pearce's ... More >>
yumamom.comArizona public schools still don't receive satisfactory marks when it comes to standardized test scores, as evident by the recently released results of this spring's Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) test, the state's current barometer for success on the education frontThe ... More >>
SalonMemo to legislators: son niños. They're children.The Department of Justice mailed out a gentle reminder to school districts across the country over the weekend advising that undocumented students are, in fact, entitled to attend primary and secondary schools in America without being hassled ... More >>
Ethnic studies student Angelica Penaran takes a TUSD board member to the woodshedThe fight against the effort to slowly kill the Tucson Unified School District's embattled Mexican-American ethnic studies program continues today with a TUSD board of governor's meeting scheduled for 5:30 p.m. La ... More >>
John Huppenthal, state schools chief, will have the final say on whether the Raza Studies program in Tucson violates a new state law. The Arizona Department of Education is paying more than $170,000 to a Texas company that will research whether Tucson's Raza Studies program violates a ne ... More >>
www.calculateme.comWe know Sammy Hagar "can't drive 55," and it seems as though Arizona Department of Education Superintendent Tom Horne suffers from the same affliction.In the last 18 months, Horne has been ticketed for speeding six times "that he is aware of," including once while zipping ... More >>
www.tangodiva.com Apparently Arizona teachers need stoic beauty, a golf course, and a pool to be in a proper learning environment. Now let's figure out what Arizona students need. When are they going to get it?In what is becoming a sickening trend, Arizona teachers are now the latest gro ... More >>
South Phoenix's Roosevelt School District, historically one of the Valley's worst-performing districts, made an impressive gain in test scores in 2009. The district announced today that students performed 9 percent better in math and 10 percent better in reading on the AIMS test. That ... More >>
Arizona Department of Education Superintendent Tom Horne If they weren't born here, 96.5 percent of Arizona high school students would not qualify to be United States citizens, according to a study released last week by the Goldwater Institute. The "Freedom From Responsibility" survey shows that o ... More >>
Image: Deanna Dent-- http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/slideshow/Mexico tourists wearing masks The swine flu situation in Arizona hasn't changed much since yesterday's post, except for a stockpiling of antiviral medications.Officials are telling Tucson media that Arizona still hasn't reported any cases ... More >>
The Thomas J. Pappas School gives homeless kids everything they need except a good education
Any way you add it up, kids at one Valley middle school were dealing meth out of their backpacks
Nothing's black and white at Millennium High School
Drums and dance pump up the Jam
Arizona's finally followed Utah's lead and launched serious action to stop abuses by polygamists
Arizona polygamist leaders are using public funds to support religious schools and line their own pockets. The state's done nothing to stop them.
The Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections fails the state's worst kids
Mishandled money adds up to a loss for students at Roosevelt schools
Phoenix Mountains Preserve arrest ignites flurry of speculation
Reforming Arizona's bilingual education system won't be as easy as voters may think
Year after year, Murphy school district officials watched their students die in a hail of violence. They decided to take matters into their own hands.
It takes a report card to keep the Valley's alternative education scene straight
Maricopa County schools chief Sandra Dowling plays to win--of course, as a governing board of one, she doesn't have much competition
The Center for Agribusiness and Equine Science was supposed to help desegregate the Phoenix Union High School District. Now the same lawsuit that created it is shutting it down.
In praise of creative finances
High school student who defended himself fights his suspension
A SCOTTSDALE PARENTS' GROUP WITH TIES TO PAY ROBERTSON IS MAKING SURE THE SEX-ED CURRICULUM DOESN'T GO ALL THE WAY
NEARLY HALF OF ARIZONA'S HISPANIC CHILDREN DROP OUT OF PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOLS. SOME PARENTS THINK THE SOLUTION IS HISPANIC CHARTER SCHOOLS.
AN ESTIMATED $250 MILLION IN TAXES WILL HELP BUILD A DOMED STADIUM. HERE'S WHAT ELSE IT COULD PAY FOR.
FOR ONCE, BIG BUSINESS AND EDUCATORS ARE IN CONCERT. BUT WILL LAWMAKERS FACE THE MUSIC
SLIPSHOD BACKROUND CHEDKS, SCHOOL BOARDS THAT CUT DEALS, AND COLLEAGUES WHO PROTECT THEIR OWN. WHEN IT COMES TO TEACHERS WHO MOLEST, THE BIG PICTURE ISN'T PRETTY.
TWO VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICTS HIRED A CHILD MOLESTER WHO CALLED MOLESTER WHO CALLED HIMSELF "THE GOD OF A'S AND F'S." IT WILL HAPPEN AGAIN.