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Tucson district to begin new cultural studies program (access required)

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All eyes will be on Tucson Unified School District in the next year as it establishes a court-ordered “culturally relevant” classes.

And while most are going to see how the process unfolds, Attorney General Tom Horne is certain the curriculum merely will be a resurrected version of the banned Mexican American Studies program because the new classes are under development by the same person who designed the defunct program.

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Regents vote to end mandatory student fee (access required)

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Tuition bills for students at Arizona’s three universities will no longer include a $2 fee to fund a politically active, non-profit group.

The bills will contain a check box instead allowing students to contribute voluntarily to the Arizona Students Association, a group that advocates on student issues and lobbies at the Legislature.

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State prepares for debate on costly Common Core educational standards (access required)

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Those who support Arizona’s new Common Core standards for math and English education say they help turn students into better thinkers and prepare them for college and the workforce.

Those who question the new standards say they could create added expenses for public schools, including new textbooks, teacher training and the need for new technology. They say the price tag, still undetermined, could be astronomical.

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