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 >>
Jaime Castellano, a former school district superintendent in Apache County, resigned as the executive director at a Pennsylvania charter school, after the charter school disclosed why he'd left the Arizona job.A local paper near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, reports that Castellano "resigned suddenly" l ... More >>
Teabagger and state Senator Don Shooter has been charged with three misdemeanors for barging into a charter school while yelling his name and scolding a teacher. A city prosecutor in Yuma charged the senator with disorderly conduct, disruption of an educational institution, and criminal trespass.
Word on the street is, Yuma police are recommending misdemeanor charges against Republican State Senator Don Shooter, for his recent episode at a Yuma school.According to a Yuma PD report, Shooter barged in to his grandson's classroom at a charter school and started shouting at the teacher, only aft ... More >>
Erik Twist, the headmaster of a Phoenix charter school, blasted an e-mail to school parents outlining the reasons to vote against Proposition 204, an initiative estimated to generate about $1 billion a year mostly for education funding -- including for charter schools. It's causing a stir among som ... More >>
The former charter school bus driver who liked to be called "Mr. Bill" pleaded guilty this morning to charges related to luring a 9-year-old girl to his car and molesting her."Mr. Bill," known to the court system as Billy Bryant, pleaded guilty this morning to three counts child molestation and one ... 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 >>
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 >>
Qikai "Ben" Chen has been indicted for felony child abuse. He's also lost his job as a math teacher at Scottsdale's Basis Charter School.Qikai "Ben" Chen, a former math teacher at Scottsdale's Basis Charter School, pleaded not guilty today to a felony charge of child abuse. The arr ... More >>
Image: Maricopa County Sheriff's OfficeQikai "Ben" Chen, a math teacher at Basis Charter School in Scottsdale, admitted to police that he bashed his boyfriend's daughter's face into a wall, court records state. A Scottsdale charter school teacher was arrested on Tuesday and accused of bashing ... More >>
A Mesa native has discovered a new dinosaur. Sterling Nesbitt was featured in an article in Science magazine last month, which detailed his team's discovery of a new dinosaur species during a four-year dig in New Mexico. The new species may fill in evolutionary gaps between early dinosaurs and tw ... More >>
New Deer Valley charter raises questions and a possible recall effort
13-year-old reveals strange double life as grade school math instructor
It takes a report card to keep the Valley's alternative education scene straight
Barry Goldwater's widow says the conservative institute that bears his name is twisting his legacy
The state's unabashed enthusiasm for charter schools stops at the borders of Indian reservations
Maricopa County schools chief's foes hope to wing Sandy Dowling's latest power play
The free market alone was supposed to control charter schools, but the state is stepping in to clean up Gail Battistella's mess at Dragonfleye Charter School
In praise of creative finances
The Symington administration touts market-based reform as a cure for Arizona's educational ills. Behind that rhetoric, state policies are driving public schools toward financial collapse.
NEARLY HALF OF ARIZONA'S HISPANIC CHILDREN DROP OUT OF PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOLS. SOME PARENTS THINK THE SOLUTION IS HISPANIC CHARTER SCHOOLS.