Shockingly, nearly 55 teens become pregnant in Arizona every day and 46 percent of high school students report being sexually active. According to a University of Arizona study, Arizona has the third highest rate of teen pregnancies in the nation. This costs state taxpayers about $300 million a year.Read More »
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A state legislator wants to decrease the high school dropout rate by making sure students stay in school until they're 18 years old.Read More »
Arizona high school graduation rates rose sharply over a 10-year period, but state students still lag behind the national average, according to a new national report.Read More »
As near-daily revelations pour out of the Fiesta Bowl investigation, allegations that lawmakers benefitted from the besmirched bowl game’s largesse may come back to haunt their campaigns.
Among the allegations in a 276-page report — the result of an investigation commissioned by the Fiesta Bowl board of directors — were claims that bowl lobbyists illegally gave football tickets to legislators. In subsequent days, it was learned that Fiesta Bowl trips and gifts that are perfectly legal weren’t listed on many of the lawmakers’ financial disclosure forms.
Rep. Kimberly Yee, R-Phoenix introduced a bill calling for disciplinary action against school employees, from administrators to teachers to janitors, who fail to file detailed reports about bullying. The bill also would allow parents and students to fill out forms to report incidents of bullying. It would require schools to contact emergency services, including police and paramedics, when appropriate.Read More »
Today, one in 10 transfusions in Arizona comes from blood donated by high school students, up from one in 13 transfusions before a 2008 law lowered the minimum age for donors from 17 to 16 with parental consent.Read More »
The Arizona Board of Regents voted 9-1 to scale back the state AIMS scholarship, approving a proposal that would implement stricter academic standards for eligibility and cut the award from 100 percent to 25 percent of tuition.Read More »
The Arizona Board of Regents still are considering making changes to the state's AIMS scholarship.Read More »
Most K-12 schools in Arizona offer students some sort of arts instruction, but the vast majority of those schools spend less than $1 per student per year in supporting those classes, according to a report released in July.Read More »
With early voting starting next week, the three candidates in the Republican primary for state superintendent of public instruction are trying to distinguish themselves from their opponents who hold similar beliefs on improving schools in Arizona.Read More »