A Quaker organization and a West Valley advocacy group are making last-minute efforts to stop the state from building private prisons.Read More »
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The long-running political war in Maricopa County will begin to be replayed on Monday when former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas and two of his former deputies begin defending themselves in attorney-discipline proceedings.Read More »
The Department of Corrections has long been out of compliance with a law requiring the director to complete a cost-benefit analysis comparing private and state-run prisons every two years.
DOC Director Charles Ryan, who took over the job in January 2009, said he started working on his analysis a few months ago.
But House Minority Leader Chad Campbell insists that’s not good enough.
The Congressional committee investigating Operation Fast and Furious described the role that the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Arizona played in the gun-running scandal as “striking” and demanded documents from top officials in the office.Read More »
U.S. Attorney for Arizona Dennis Burke resigned today with praise from Washington D.C. and no mention of Operation Fast and Furious, the disastrous and deadly gunrunning scandal that has plagued his office for months.
Burke’s resignation letter was vague in his reasoning to step down and so was his final message to his staff.
Arizona will no longer remove teachers from English-immersion classrooms if they use bad grammar or have heavy accents.Read More »
As Arizona schools are days away from knowing where they stand in the state’s new performance rating system, the Board of Education has drawn up proposals to give the state more authority over low-performing schools.Read More »
Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal will not testify in the hearing to appeal his finding that Tucson Unified School District’s Mexican-American Studies program is breaking state law.Read More »
Mark Stegeman, a Democratic member of the Tucson Unified School District governing board, used to be in favor of the Mexican-American Studies program, but he had an “epiphany” during a visit to one of the classes.Read More »
A judge presiding over the attorney discipline case of Andrew Thomas is not going to allow the former prosecutor to put two county supervisors on trial for their alleged crimes as part of his defense.Read More »