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Schools cite incorrect data, construction, school threats in letter grade appeals

Posted by   /  October 16, 2017  /  Education  /  No Comments

By Evan Wyloge | Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting Seventy-three schools are appealing the letter grades they’ve been given by state school officials, citing a variety of reasons that their grade should be improved. For about two-thirds of those appealing, school officials say either that the Arizona Department of Education used incorrect data to calculate […]

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Low-rated, failing schools risk loss of money, have hoops to jump through

Posted by   /  October 14, 2017  /  Education  /  No Comments

By Katie Campbell | Arizona Capitol Times Nearly 200 schools statewide received either a D or F grade under the state’s new school rating system. Traditional K-8 schools accounted for the majority of schools on notice with 153 receiving D grades and 31 receiving Fs. Meanwhile, a dozen 9-12 schools received Ds and four others […]

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Investigating the 10 best journalism schools for undergrads; where is ASU?

Posted by   /  October 14, 2017  /  Education  /  No Comments

Testiv More Americans are attending college than ever before, which means wonderful things for our nation’s prosperity and future generations’ quality of life. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, “between 2004 and 2014, enrollment increased 17 percent, from 17.3 million to 20.2 million.” Yet for recent college graduates, navigating the job market has […]

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Campus Chaos: Daily shout-downs for a week

Posted by   /  October 12, 2017  /  Courts/Law, Education  /  No Comments

Goldwater-inspired policy faced its first test on Tuesday, when Second Amendment supporter and conservative author Katie Pavlich spoke at the UW Madison By Stanley Kurtz | National Review The campus free-speech crisis is escalating. Last night’s disruption of Charles Murray’s speech at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor means that every working day for the […]

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[IN-DEPTH] Schools cover tab for lawmakers’ failure to fund special education

Posted by   /  October 9, 2017  /  Education, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Katie Campbell | Arizona Capitol Times rizona lawmakers have not adjusted the additional dollars allocated for students with special needs in at least a decade, and public schools have been left to make up the difference. District and charter schools are federally mandated to provide services to those students, and a lack of funding does […]

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College attorney argues for in-state tuition for ‘dreamers’

Posted by   /  October 7, 2017  /  Courts/Law, Education  /  No Comments

By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Pinal Central The Arizona Court of Appeals got it wrong in concluding “dreamers” are not entitled to in-state tuition, the lawyer for the state’s second-largest community college system contends. In a new legal brief, Eileen GilBride, attorney for the Pima community colleges, told the Arizona Supreme Court […]

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Arizona Department of Education releases school letter grade records

Posted by   /  October 6, 2017  /  Education, Featured News, Government and Politics, Media and Entertainment  /  No Comments

  By Evan Wyloge | Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting After refusing to release school letter grade records distributed to Arizona public schools and claiming that no list of all scores existed, the Arizona Department of Education has reversed course and released the school letter grades to media outlets who sought them. The release of […]

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Arizona Department of Education forcibly removes reporter asking to inspect records

Posted by   /  October 5, 2017  /  Education, Featured News, Media and Entertainment  /  No Comments

By Evan Wyloge and Jim Small | Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting The Arizona Department of Education [ADE] physically removed an Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting [AZCIR] reporter out of its Capitol Mall offices today in response to a request to inspect the latest school letter grade records. The agency’s security guard told AZCIR’s reporter […]

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Judge can’t tell lawmakers how much money to give schools, attorney says

Posted by   /  October 5, 2017  /  Courts/Law, Education  /  No Comments

By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Arizona Capitol Times An attorney for the state is telling a judge she has no legal right to tell the Legislature it isn’t providing enough money for school construction and repair. In new court filings, Brett Johnson acknowledged that the Arizona Supreme Court ruled more than two […]

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ASU, UA shield lobbying expenses via foundations

Posted by   /  September 29, 2017  /  Education, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Jim Small | Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting The state’s two largest public universities have for years been represented at the state Capitol by powerful lobbying firms, though neither Arizona State University or the University of Arizona has records of hiring a contract lobbyist. Instead, each school’s nonprofit foundation has contracted directly with outside […]

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