Charter schools will be looking for ways to obtain buildings in the next legislative session through laws that would give them more favorable financing and preference when public school districts sell property.Read More »
Superintendent of Public Instruction-elect Diane Douglas isn’t planning on immediately overhauling the state’s learning standards, her new chief of staff said.Read More »
The U.S. Supreme Court is going to decide Friday whether to hear a dispute over Arizona’s requirement for doctors to use federal standards in administering medication abortions.Read More »
The struggle for legalizing recreational-use marijuana will likely center on the impacts of the drug on Arizona children.
Anti-marijuana forces are arguing that the drug harms the brain and that making it legally available will lead to more children using it, while legalized-marijuana advocates are ready to propose an excise tax that would go to schools.
A Tucson-area teacher filed suit today claiming high-ranking Department of Education staffers called him an offensive name, documented their misgivings in his file and blackballed him for a public tirade against Common Core.Read More »
A Quaker group is testing the waters for reducing Arizona’s mandatory minimum sentences as a way to save money.Read More »
The state has agreed not to execute anyone until after a judge has ruled on a lawsuit asking for the Department of Corrections to release information on drugs used to execute a prisoner who snorted and gasped for two hours before dying.Read More »
The finding by the U.S. Attorney for Arizona that cleared the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System of wrongdoing vindicated employees and beneficiaries and set the stage for the pension system’s next phase: fixing the finances.Read More »
The gay rights movement is going to try to parlay 2014 successes in the courts and Legislature into outlawing discrimination statewide.Read More »
The Arizona Department of Corrections is changing its marriage policy to conform to state law allowing same-sex partners to tie the knot. The only catch: The policy will still ban inmates of any sexual orientation from getting married to each other in prison.Read More »