Education

Kay Orzechowicz poses Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020, for a portrait with the family dog Buddy, at her Gr...
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Teacher departures leave schools scrambling for substitutes

With many teachers opting out of returning to the classroom because of the coronavirus, schools around the U.S. are scrambling to find replacements.
2 years ago
Police shut down streets temporarily, with Red For Ed marchers filling them sidewalk to sidewalk as...
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Census: Arizona continued to lag far behind U.S. on school spending

New Census Bureau figures show that per-pupil spending in Arizona’s public schools was fourth-lowest in the nation in 2017
4 years ago
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Griselda Zetino

Arizona Chamber backs bill lowering college tuition for DACA recipients

The Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry is working with state lawmakers on a bill to create a reduced tuition rate for DACA recipients.
4 years ago
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Ali Vetnar

History class important for students who didn’t live through 9/11

High school history teachers are seeing classrooms filled with students who were not yet born or are too young to remember the day the Twin Towers fell.
4 years ago
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KTAR.com

Catalina Foothills, Chandler top rankings of Arizona school districts

Tucson's Catalina Foothills Unified is the No. 1 school district in Arizona for 2018-19, according Niche.com. Chandler Unified was No. 2 in the website's rankings.
4 years ago
In this June 5, 2018, photo, mathematics teacher Heather LaBelle, seated right, shows Roger Baker, ...
KTAR.com

Arizona ballot initiative proponents unfazed by ‘millionaire’s tax’ ruling

Proponents of an Arizona ballot initiative that would raise taxes on the wealthy to fund education weren’t fazed by a Massachusetts court ruling that struck down a “millionaire’s tax.”
5 years ago
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Griselda Zetino

Republican Arizona teacher running for state Senate seat

Scottsdale teacher Kristina Kelly, a state Senate candidate, said the governor’s raises were a “great first step” in providing much-needed funding for public schools.
5 years ago
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KTAR.com

Series wrap-up: ‘The Changing Face of the Arizona Teacher’

KTAR News 92.3 FM took an in-depth look at the aftermath of the teacher uprising and what comes next in a multimedia series called "The Changing Face of the Arizona Teacher."
5 years ago
KTAR.com

Gov. Doug Ducey says state of education in Arizona is ‘on the rise’

A month after teachers throughout the state walked off the job to force increased funding for their profession, Gov. Doug Ducey said things are looking up for education in Arizona.
5 years ago
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Corbin Carson

KTAR Eyes on Education: New tool measures key Arizona education data

There's a new way to measure how Arizona is doing in education.
7 years ago
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KTAR Newsroom

Report: Arizona gets a C- for state teacher policy

A new, unflattering report card for education policy in Arizona is not one to brag about.
7 years ago
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Cooper Rummell

Arizona Hispanic leaders in support of education funding settlement

Hispanic leaders in Arizona have expressed their support for the negotiated settlement in the state’s K-through-12 education funding lawsuit.
7 years ago
Mike Sackley

Now hiring: Arizona turns to Texas to lure teachers

Arizona school districts are looking to Texas in the hopes of filling the state's need for teachers.
7 years ago
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Sharon Mittelman

Community college in Navajo Nation gets top grade

PHOENIX — The Navajo Nation’s Dine College has garnered a top ranking from a personal finance website. WalletHub ranked the school second on a list of 670 community colleges evaluated by the site. Jill Gonzalez with WalletHub said the Arizona school’s in-state tuition of $725 dollars per year is the lowest in the country, putting […]
7 years ago
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Arizona to mull new averages after students bomb state standards test

PHOENIX — The Arizona Department of Education will reconsider what it deems an acceptable score after students performed poorly on a new state standards test. Less than half of Arizona students were considered proficient in two key subjects — English language arts and math — by the Arizona’s Measurement of Educational Readiness to Inform Teaching […]
7 years ago
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Jim Cross

Phoenix-area students head back to school

Vacation is officially over for thousands of Valley children, who returned to school Monday.
7 years ago
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Metro Phoenix charter school system cleans up in international testing

PHOENIX — Two suburban Phoenix schools aced a test and earned recognition as among the top systems in the world. Basis Scottsdale and Chandler took the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Test for Schools, an international assessment-and-comparison tool, in the spring. Both charter schools performed exceptionally well in reading, math and science, besting schools […]
8 years ago
Celia Baker/Deseret News

Test scores might not be telling us the real story about kids

Test-taking as an accountability measure is rampant in U.S. schools, and the results can have a big impact on how teachers and schools are evaluated. But research shows test scores are affected by many subtle factors.
10 years ago
Gretchen Krebs/Deseret News

Smartphones, smarter students

Schools are starting to capitalize on the technology students love to use, including smartphones, tablets, and other personal devices. In one study, test scores improved by 30 percent after smartphones were introduced to low-income students.
10 years ago
Mac & Gaydos

Huppenthal: Funding does not necessarily mean good education

There is no guarantee that improving the funding of Arizona schools will improve the overall standard of education in the state, said Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal.
10 years ago
Karie & Chuck

Arizona torn on school funding-related Proposition 204

In November, Arizonans will have the ability to vote on Proposition 204, which would make a temporary one-cent sales tax increase earmarked for education permanent.
10 years ago
Dr. Tim Ogle, Exec. Director, Ariz. School Boards Assn.

Blog: Your vote for school board will be amongst the most important votes you’ll cast

Hundreds of school board seats in Arizona will be up for election this November. Odds are that many voters don't know who is vying to represent their interests on their local school district governing boards or how critically important the decisions made by those individuals, if elected, will be.
10 years ago
Bruce St. James Show

Virtual school aiding families worldwide

The future of education could be virtual.
10 years ago
Mary Riner/BASIS Education

Blog: What makes BASIS schools different

American K-12 education lags far behind almost every other industrial nation in science, reading and math. According to the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA 2009), the United States ranked 21st in science, 14th in reading, and 30th in math. The October issue of The Atlantic reports that “only 1% of American 4th and 12th-graders […]
10 years ago