Former Mesa Mayor Scott Smith, the runner-up in this year's Republican primary for governor, announced his support of Democrat David Garcia for the state's schools superintendent. "David Garcia isn't only the most qualified candidate -- he's the only qualified candidate, and that's why I'm supporti ... More >>
Matt Bourne spent his spring break knocking over furniture. One day, he broke a dresser in his sister's room and pulled down a flat-screen television. He punched himself in the face, hit his older sister, and hit his mom. The family dealt with it as they normally did, taking turns cornering the 10- ... 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 >>
Arizona State University is one of 55 higher-education institutions nationwide that's being investigated for possible improper handling of sexual violence and harassment complaints.The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights today released the list of all the schools under investigati ... More >>
Tea party activists are celebrating as one of their own successfully got a book banned from a southern Arizona school district.Debbie Stoner, a tea party organizer in the small community of Palominas, near Sierra Vista, alleged that her son, a sophomore at Buena High School in Sierra Vista, was told ... More >>
State Senator Rich Crandall of Legislative District 16, a non-wacko conservative and one of the Republicans who backed Medicaid expansion this year, has been appointed by Governor Matt Mead of Wyoming to lead that state's Department of Education. Mead's office made the announcement in a press relea ... More >>
Phoenix civil-rights leader Reverend Jarrett Maupin is moving forward with a complaint to the Department of Education about Queen Creek High School's "Redneck Day."Maupin has shared with New Times some of the correspdonance he's had with the Department of Education, and the department's Office of Ci ... More >>
Out of all 50 states, there's no state where kids are dropping out of high school at a higher rate than Arizona.That's according to a report on graduation and dropout rates released today by the National Center for Education Statistics, which is part of the U.S. Department of Education.See also:-Ari ... More >>
In 2002, Arizona State University was named Playboy's top party school in the nation, dethroning Chico State -- which held the top spot in the nation for 15 years after becoming the first party school crowned by Playboy.ASU's reign among the party schools ended in 2006, when it dropped to third in P ... More >>
Hupp goes all Hannibal on the MAS crowd, 6:34 onWhat I like about Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal is his consistency. You know when he opens his mouth, he's bound to say something stupid. It's just a matter of how stupid.His latest round of revelatory idiocies -- at leas ... More >>
It's been a while since I first wrote about Attorney General Tom Horne's close friend Carmen Chenal's problems with the State Bar of Arizona and her being hired by the Arizona Attorney General's Office as an attorney in the criminal division, at a salary of $108,000.Chenal is one of many cronie ... More >>
Flickr via KellBailey Gone are the days of cupcakes in the classroom. By now most parents know that. But are Pop-Tarts acceptable? What about a few Oreos? Snack Time became Headache Time this semester for one Tempe mom left shaking her head over just what's okay to serve kids in public school ... More >>
Uriel GarciaHuppenthal, contradicting the findings of his own reportI've just finished reading the Cambium report on Tucson Unified School District's much-maligned Mexican American Studies Department. It's a shocker.Know why? Because the report itself concludes that "no observable evidence was prese ... More >>
Horne: He's against, like, overthrowing the government, and stuffHundreds of demonstrators protested Arizona Schools Superintendent Tom Horne in Tucson today over his backing of Sand Land's new ethnic studies ban. The new law forbids classes that teach "ethnic solidarity," promote the overthrow of t ... More >>
Finding the real problem
Sophie Fisher is autistic. Her mother isn't so sure she wants you to know
The system that serves tiny children with disabilities is nowhere near fixed, after years of trying on the governor's watch
The Thomas J. Pappas School gives homeless kids everything they need except a good education
Arizona launches a probe into alleged improper spending by the Colorado City school district
Deep cuts proposed to state budget set up bleak future for Arizonans
'Indian School Days' revisits a past to which no native should return
Federal ruling in bilingual-education lawsuit goes unheeded by state officials
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.
This is not the way your grandfather learned English
Attorney goes to war over state agency's shoddy treatment of veterans
The state's unabashed enthusiasm for charter schools stops at the borders of Indian reservations
The court has spoken; lawmakers stand in defiance. But if the state Legislature doesn't come up with a constitutional school finance plan by July, school's out forever.
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
State Board of Education censures former principal who failed to report molestation complaints
Stop the presses: Here's some rare good news about public schools
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.
PHOENIX UNION'S DESEGREGATION PROGRAM PASSED WITH FLYING COLORS. BUT THE SCHOOL SYSTEM FLUNKED OUT WHEN IT CAME TO EDUCATING KIDS.
YEAR AFTER YEAR, DEBBIE MCQUEEN MAKES NEWS BY FORCING THE GOVERNMENT TO DEAL WITH A CHEMICAL SENSITIVITY SYNDROME THAT SHE CLAIMS AFFLICTS HER CHILDREN. THERE IS REASON TO WONDER HOW SICK THOSE KIDS ACTUALLY ARE.
SYMINGTON PLEDGED TO IDENTIFY AND FIX "URGENT" PROBLEMS IN THE STATE'S POOREST SCHOOLS. BUT HE NEVER EXPECTED A $103 MILLION TAB.
SCHOOL-BOARD ELECTIONS ARE IMPORTANT. VICIOUS, GOOFY AND CONFUSING, TOO.
INVESTORS WANT WESTERN INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY TO CASH IN ON THE MBA CRAZE. BUT THE SCHOOL HAS YET TO MASTER ITS OWN BUSINESS PROBLEMS