State Superintendent of Public Education John Huppenthal has made mixed statements about his stance on Common Core. Today, the incumbent may have flip-flopped still again.
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 >>
The Arizona House of Representatives voted down a bill that would have expanded the taxpayer-funded private school scholarships known as Empowerment Scholarship Accounts.The ESA program is similar to a voucher program, but has been held up in court because it's not quite a voucher program -- the tax ... More >>
Although Arizona's Senate Bill 1062 ultimately did not become law, there's more where that came from.While we've detailed how the Center for Arizona Policy hasn't skipped a beat in pushing its Christian-right agenda at the state capitol, with bills promoting tighter abortion restrictions, and additi ... 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 >>
Eric Twist, headmaster of Archway Classical Academy Veritas, issued an apology to parents for using his office, along with the school's e-mail contact list and its office manager, to blast Proposition 204, a school funding measure. In his apology (posted in full after the jump), he wrote that he is ... 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 >>
Without music education, it's safe to say there would be no Bears of Manitou. To help foster the local talent of the future, the band is pairing with Ear Candy Charity, a local nonprofit that seeks monetary and musical instrument donations to help with Arizona's dismal arts education funding, for ... 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 >>
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 >>
Phoenixs oldest gallery keeps things edgy
Brian Willner is accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl with special needs.The Avondale Police Department -- after a two week investigation -- has arrested the director of the Aqua Fria High School's special education program after a 15-year-old student with special needs told her moth ... More >>
Rembrandt reveals what you don't know
Here comes six days of foodie bliss
Here comes six days of foodie bliss
www.kyouzo.comThere's no shortage of discouraging news for Arizona today. In a prior post, we told you about Maricopa County's dismal national ranking in terms of job loss, and the latest news on the education front isn't any better.According to the annual report from Editorial Projects in ... More >>
Public schools send some disabled kids to private schools -- but parents can't do the same thing with state money, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled today. The state's high court struck down two voucher programs that intended to give a combined $5 million in taxpayer funds t ... More >>
Tomorrow's Last Try
The Thomas J. Pappas School gives homeless kids everything they need except a good education
Pretty but useless, like a Prada with a broken heel
The Morgan Quitno report? That smarts.
New Deer Valley charter raises questions and a possible recall effort
From the week of February 8, 2001
13-year-old reveals strange double life as grade school math instructor
Russky business focus of USSR propaganda poster exhibition
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.
A NEW ARIZONA LAW DENIES PRESCHOOL SERVICES TO THE CHILDREN OF UNDOCUMENTED RESIDENTS--EVEN IF THE KIDS ARE U.S. CITIZENS
NEARLY HALF OF ARIZONA'S HISPANIC CHILDREN DROP OUT OF PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOLS. SOME PARENTS THINK THE SOLUTION IS HISPANIC CHARTER SCHOOLS.
FOR ONCE, BIG BUSINESS AND EDUCATORS ARE IN CONCERT. BUT WILL LAWMAKERS FACE THE MUSIC