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.Read More »
Robes and gavels were a large part of Arizona’s political scene in 2011. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on a landmark election law case that came out of the state and agreed to hear SB1070. The state Supreme Court resolved conflicts involving the Independent Redistricting Commission and trial courts were busy with lawsuits contesting cuts to Medicaid and the candidacy of a Mesa woman in the recall election of former Senate President Russell Pearce.Read More »
A death row prisoner who is next in line for execution asked the Arizona Supreme Court Dec. 30 to either reject the state’s motion for his death warrant or postpone its decision until after a federal civil rights lawsuit involving other condemned inmates is resolved.Read More »
TUCSON — Tucson Unified School District officials plan to hold a closed-door session Tuesday to discuss an administrative law judge's ruling that district's ethnic studies program violates state law. The district said in a statement Wednesday that it is reviewing the ruling.Read More »
An administrative law judge today upheld findings by Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal that controversial courses taught in the Tucson Unified School District violate a 2010 law aimed at ending the district’s ethnic studies program.Read More »
A one-time prison visitor fee that goes toward maintaining state-run lockups does not amount to a tax and is constitutional, a Maricopa County judge ruled in a lawsuit challenging the fee.Read More »
The Arizona Supreme Court will decide on Feb. 15 whether to hear a case challenging $1.6 billion in cuts to the state Medicaid system.Read More »
Attorneys seeking the disbarment of former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas and one of his deputies say in written closing arguments filed today that no other penalty for the former prosecutors will repair the damage they caused.
“About a year after Thomas assumed office as County Attorney, it became clear that he had lost all objectivity about his role as a lawyer and as County Attorney,” Gleason wrote.
In another attempt to halt the investigation against him, Sen. Scott Bundgaard filed a lawsuit against members of the Senate Ethics Committee.Read More »
Gov. Jan Brewer is confident that the U.S. Supreme Court will uphold Arizona’s landmark illegal immigration law.
The Supreme Court today announced that it would hear Arizona’s appeal of a 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruling that SB1070 is unconstitutional because it is preempted by federal law.