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Huppenthal accepts judge’s ruling of illegal on ethnic studies program (access required)

State schools chief John Huppenthal today accepted an administrative law judge’s findings that Tucson Unified School District’s Mexican American Studies program is illegal. The school district’s governing board will now have to decide whether to come into compliance or lose 10 percent of the district’s state funding, which amounts to about $15 million a year, or appeal Huppenthal’s decision in Maricopa County Superior Court.

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CPS to overhaul ‘frustrating’ abuse hotline (access required)

Overhauling the Child Protective Services abuse hotline and adding police officers to work alongside the agency’s social workers are among the most important recommendations of the Governor’s Child Safety Task Force one of the panel’s co-chairs said Dec. 30 after the recommendations were released.

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Expert: Fate of Glendale casino hinges on one legal interpretation

The law has been on the side of the Tohono O’odham Nation so far this year, but the core legal issue the tribe is relying on to build a casino on a plot of land in unincorporated Maricopa County near Glendale is still unsettled by the courts. And an expert on Indian law and gaming law believes that the issue will eventually put an end to the planned casino.

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County attorney wants lobbying laws overhauled after Fiesta Bowl scandal

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, who is wrapping up an eight-month investigation into the Fiesta Bowl scandal, will ask lawmakers to overhaul the state’s lobbying laws, saying financial reporting requirements are confusing and out of touch with what he believes the public demands of its elected officials.

“If it’s too much of a burden for an elected official to keep the public informed … they shouldn’t be in office,” the county’s top prosecutor told the Arizona Capitol Times. “If you don’t want to do this, then go do something else.”

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