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Kindergarten: A mandate we must support

Kindergarten: A mandate we must support

As school superintendents we would never propose eliminating fifth grade to save money. Yet such a far-fetched policy would hold much more water than short-changing those students representing the greatest return for our education dollar: kindergartners.

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New energy regulators take oath

New energy regulators take oath

The state’s two newest energy regulators took their oath of office today. And for their first official act, Doug Little and Tom Forese helped to elect incumbent Susan Bitter Smith as the Arizona Corporation Commission’s new chairwoman.

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Sit tight, the end is nigh

Some of Brewer’s agency heads and others have been fidgeting over whether they’ll still have jobs under Ducey’s new administration. Last Wednesday, Ducey’s transition team told them to wait a little bit more, although it also looks like they – and those who are seeking jobs in the new administration – will have their answers soon.

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Dem compares immigrant proposal to Nazi Germany (access required)

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Sen. Robert Meza was one of several activists who said Friday that Rep.-elect Jay Lawrence’s proposal to add the words “non citizen” to Dreamers’ driver’s licenses was comparable to Nazi Germany’s efforts to require Jews to wear yellow badges and armbands.

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New state schools chief Douglas says Common Core changes will be gradual

New state schools chief Douglas says Common Core changes will be gradual

The state’s new top education official is promising to use her position to push for more money for public schools. But Diane Douglas won’t demand that lawmakers and incoming Gov. Doug Ducey give the schools the $317 million a court has said they’re owed right now, much less than $1 billion they may be owed for the years that schools were shorted.

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