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Common Core Readiness: Mesa Unified School District (access required)

Suzan DePrez, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, Mesa Unified School District

The state’s largest school district has been preparing to teach the Common Core standards in much the same way that smaller districts have – with several consecutive years of teacher training, millions of dollars in technology upgrades and parent education. However, despite a successful 2012 bond election, money is still tight.

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Common Core Readiness: Arizona College Prep Academy (access required)

Charlene Mendoza, principal, Arizona College Prep Academy

As a small charter school without the ability to ask voters for bond overrides, Arizona College Prep Academy has to be judicious with its spending decisions. But like every other Arizona school, it still has to train its teachers to implement the state’s Common Core standards and eventually test students on them.

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Obama’s impact (access required)

(Photo by Evan Wyloge / Arizona Capitol Times)

Arizonans find lots to criticize amidst a few glimmers of praise

A huge rise in deportations. Regulatory overreach. Borderlands decimated by off-road vehicles. Operation Fast and Furious. More than four years after Barack Obama became president, liberals and conservatives alike have lots to criticize about what has happened in Arizona during his presidency.

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