Horne says laws in preclearance limbo are now in effect
A law adding two new at-large seats to the Maricopa County Community College District board will go into effect now that Arizona is no longer subject to preclearance under the Voting Rights Act, according to Attorney General Tom Horne.
Common Core Readiness: Washington Elementary School District
Although the Washington Elementary School District began introducing the Common Core teaching standards ahead of the state’s suggested schedule, full implementation at all grade levels has proved to be a bit of a moving target.
Common Core Readiness: Topock Elementary School District
The 141-student, rural, isolated Topock Elementary School District has been preparing for and implementing new and potentially expensive teaching methods and a computer-based assessment. The keys have been collaboration paired with some timely technology grants.
Common Core Readiness: Mesa Unified School District
The state’s largest school district has been preparing to teach the Common Core standards in much the same way that smaller districts have – with several consecutive years of teacher training, millions of dollars in technology upgrades and parent education. However, despite a successful 2012 bond election, money is still tight.
Common Core Readiness: Cave Creek Unified School District
With one wary eye cast down the road at PARCC testing, Cave Creek Unified School District tested its ability a couple of years ago to have a massive amount of students using its computer network all at the same time. And the result was a failure.
Common Core Readiness: Arizona College Prep Academy
As a small charter school without the ability to ask voters for bond overrides, Arizona College Prep Academy has to be judicious with its spending decisions. But like every other Arizona school, it still has to train its teachers to implement the state’s Common Core standards and eventually test students on them.
Pot proponents: DOJ memo clears haze for Arizona
Today’s US DOJ memo on marijuana enforcement indicated that recently-passed laws legalizing marijuana use for adults in Washington and Colorado are less likely to face federal interjection.
Census: Almost one in five Arizonans lacked health insurance in 2011
About one Arizonan in five lacked health insurance in 2011, and the number rose to almost one in four in some counties, according to the most recent Census Bureau estimates.
Common Core Comments: Pro and Con
Comments and opinions on Common Core
Common Core standards are common sense
Common sense, common ground, common good and common standards — why is there such a ruckus about common standards? Common standards make sense — they are the ground level of achievement for good grades across all years of schooling. They will raise the bar and improve the educational experiences and academic achievement for the 1 million Arizona public school students
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