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Lyfting up AZ in the ride against Uber regulation

Consider it the annual tease: Ducey today unveiled his priorities for the year, but while he sprinkled his state of the state speech with some details, the public will have to wait until he releases his budget on Friday for more meat. He struck a hopeful note, saying Arizona is “on the rise,” and vowed to keep the state on that trajectory with lower taxes, reduced regulations and improved education.

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Tribes, governments move to reverse struggles of state’s Native American students

Patty Talahongva, the granddaughter of Rosalie Lalo: “Look at the legacy of the boarding schools. Separation of child from family and community. How would your family survive that? How do generations of that recover?” (Photo by Clarissa Cooper/Cronkite News)

Arizona has the third-highest population of American Indians in the country and is home to 22 federally recognized tribes. And though it has the second-largest Native American student population in the country, children and teens are failing standardized tests and dropping out of school at higher rates than any other group, according to the Arizona Department of Education’s 2014 Indian Education Annual Report.

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Douglas recall effort fails

Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas (Photo by Howard Fischer, Capitol Media Services)

A highly publicized effort to recall state schools chief Diane Douglas is folding this morning after gathering fewer than 10 percent of the signatures realistically needed to force an election.

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