Before she voted on a bill requiring elementary school students in Arizona to receive at least 50 minutes of recess per day, Rep. Michelle Ugenti-Rita faced intense pressure from a team of lobbyists hounding her day and night.Read More »
School books may be closed for the summer but laptops are open. As children spend more time on the Internet, police and parents are working harder to protect them from online predators.Read More »
Foster parents worry that new rules drafted by Arizona’s child safety agency could create a harmful environment for foster children and parents alike.Read More »
A little-known state agency is being given a new name and focus with the ultimate goal of keeping the number of kids in foster care from growing.Read More »
The struggle for legalizing recreational-use marijuana will likely center on the impacts of the drug on Arizona children.
Anti-marijuana forces are arguing that the drug harms the brain and that making it legally available will lead to more children using it, while legalized-marijuana advocates are ready to propose an excise tax that would go to schools.
The new Department of Child Services is asking for an additional $27.6 million for fiscal year 2016 to keep up with growth and replace an antiquated database that keeps track of the state’s abused and neglected kids.Read More »
When Huppenthal addressed the media yesterday to discuss the effects of illegal immigration on education spending, the Fourth Estate was quick to question the timing of the event and voice suspicion that the news conference was a shameless attempt at election pandering.Read More »
Even as many districts and individual schools have ramped up their instruction, this year's implementation of a 2010 state law may mean an estimated 1,500 Arizona third-graders will be denied promotions to fourth grade for not meeting required reading levelsRead More »
Arizona's child-welfare system continues to be strained by increases in reports of abuse and neglect and in placements of children in foster care even as the state makes progress in areas such as reuniting children with families.Read More »
While attempts to bar minors from riding unrestrained in pickup truck beds have failed for years at the Legislature, state leaders have three new reasons to act, a lawmaker said Thursday.Read More »