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Arrest of medical marijuana patient on campus illegal, court rules, a victory for patients, says Laura Bianchi, director Medical Cannabis Department

Posted by   /  May 23, 2018  /  Courts/Law, Education, Medical Marijuana  /  No Comments

By  Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Arizona Capitol Times Medical marijuana patients are free to have their drug on college and university campuses without having to fear arrest, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled this morning. The justices said the 2010 Arizona Medical Marijuana Act gave those who have certain medical conditions permission to […]

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Schools boss creates a big bang with evolution policy proposal

Posted by   /  May 22, 2018  /  Education  /  No Comments

By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Arizona Capitol Times The state’s top school official is trying to downplay – and in some cases remove entirely – references to evolution in the standards of what students are supposed to be taught in Arizona high schools. Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas is proposing to […]

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College campus expanding in Surprise

Posted by   /  May 16, 2018  /  Education, Real Estate  /  No Comments

By Matt Roy | YourValley.net The local university is already bursting at the seams on their property next to Surprise City Hall. Ottawa University officials inked a 65-year lease with the city last month and are busy advancing plans to add an athletic complex and other facilities as part of a development project originally announced late […]

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Scottsdale schools’ ex-CFO indicted on 11 felony charges of fraud, conflicts of interest

Posted by   /  May 14, 2018  /  Courts/Law, Education  /  No Comments

By Yihyun Jeong | The Republic Scottsdale Unified School District’s ex-chief financial officer faces 11 felony charges, two involving fraud and nine involving conflicts of interest tied to a consulting company she previously led and co-owned, according to the Arizona Attorney General’s Office. A grand jury indicted Laura Smith on May 8. She is accused […]

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Emails reveal close ties between construction firms, top school officials

Posted by   /  May 14, 2018  /  Education, Featured News  /  No Comments

By Evan Wyloge | Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting Emails obtained by AZCIR from four school districts show the depth of the relationships construction company executives have cultivated with school district administrators. For instance, builders and school officials took trips together to Mexico and French Polynesia. The emails also show numerous invitations to golf outings […]

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Deconstructed: Arizona upends school procurement laws in effort to cool cozy relationships with builders

Posted by   /  May 14, 2018  /  Education, Government and Politics, Real Estate  /  No Comments

By Evan Wyloge and Jim Small | Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting, and Mariana Dale | KJZZ (Editor’s note:This article is a collaboration between Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting and KJZZ. It is eligible for republication by partner news organizations only with express permission.) Included in the $10.4 billion budget passed by Arizona lawmakers and […]

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Goldwater loses fight with Peoria over Huntington University subsidies

Posted by   /  May 11, 2018  /  Courts/Law, Education  /  No Comments

By Laura Gómez | The Republic Peoria didn’t err in offering up to $2.6 million in subsidies to Huntington University and its landlord, a county judge ruled last week. Lawyers for the Goldwater Institute, which sued Peoria in 2016, called the funds illegal handouts because Peoria taxpayers are not served by the private university — […]

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Rio Salado College vice president denies allegations of sexual harassment

Posted by   /  May 11, 2018  /  Education  /  No Comments

By Anne Ryman | The Republic A senior manager at Rio Salado College has denied allegations that he sexually harassed, inappropriately touched or stared at several women. “I’m a husband and a father. I would never objectify women in that way,” LeRodrick Terry, Rio Salado’s vice president of student affairs, said in an interview with […]

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[OPINION] Your Turn: Let’s clarify why BASIS charter schools asks parents for donations

Posted by   /  May 10, 2018  /  Education  /  No Comments

Disclosure: Rose Law Group represents BASIS By Craig Barrett and DeAnna Rowe, opinion contributors | The Republic Your Turn: Basis teachers are paid competitively, despite what you may have read, in part due to the generosity of our parents and founders Michael and Olga Block. Arizona teachers should be paid more. Virtually everyone agrees. At Basis Charter […]

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‘U.S. News & World Report’ ranks BASIS Scottsdale number one charter school in the nation

Posted by   /  May 9, 2018  /  Education  /  No Comments

U.S. News & World Report Charter high schools are public high schools that operate under charters and have been released from some of the regulations governing traditional public schools. Charter schools tend to have limited enrollment and usually accept students through an application process. The following are the nation’s top charter schools, as calculated by […]

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