An outdated and inefficient information technology system through which schools provide data to the state wastes staff time and creates roadblocks for those seeking to use the information, Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal said Monday.Read More »
Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal announced today that the state will seek a waiver from No Child Left Behind, the federal law that sets education standards.Read More »
Sex, money, the Bible and the U.S. Constitution are some of the subjects lawmakers are proposing this session to be taught in Arizona classrooms.
Most of the bills come from Republicans inspired by personal experiences, and they manage to reconcile their proposed classroom mandates with the principles of small government and local control of curriculum.
Arizona schools were ranked in the bottom 10 states in a national report Thursday that gave the state a below–average grade in student achievement, teacher requirements and state spending, among other areas.Read More »
The state will no longer be mired in litigation over Tucson Unified School District’s Mexican American Studies program. TUSD’s governing board and a federal judge made sure of that Jan. 10 when they respectively disbanded the program and dismissed 11 teachers as plaintiffs in a constitutional challenge to the 2010 law that restricts the teaching of ethnic studies in the state, which was passed as HB2281.Read More »
A school district in Tucson voted to dismantle its ethnic studies program after more than $1 million of monthly state funding was to be cut off in response to conclusions by Arizona's public schools chief and a judge that the program violated the law.Read More »
TUCSON — Tucson Unified School District officials plan to hold a closed-door session Tuesday to discuss an administrative law judge's ruling that district's ethnic studies program violates state law. The district said in a statement Wednesday that it is reviewing the ruling.Read More »
Attorneys for Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal say that the words of board members and brass of Tucson Unified School District make the case that the district violates the state’s restrictions on ethnic studies programs.Read More »
A new school accountability system based on letter grades and taking into account students’ academic improvement in addition to test scores offers a clearer view of how schools perform, Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal said Wednesday.Read More »
Groups representing teachers and public school districts filed suit on Monday against a new state voucher-style system for disabled students, alleging that the program violates constitutional bans on state aid for private and religious schools.Read More »