This month, the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule on affirmative action in school admissions in Fisher v. University of Texas. While affirmative action was adopted with the long overdue intention of instituting justice and righting innumerable wrongs, it was poorly designed.Read More »
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Arizona lawmakers have slashed $1 billion from public education dollars in recent years and gone to court to avoid mandatory increases in school funding. Now they want taxpayers to directly cover the costs of new construction, repairs, equipment and school buses.Read More »
Gov. Jan Brewer signed a bill into law Wednesday requiring parental consent for unruly school children to be placed in isolation rooms.
Brewer said in a letter to the Legislature’s leaders and bill’s sponsor that the new law, passed as HB2476, is just the starting point in deciding policy on the use of the rooms.
An Arizona sheriff has announced plans to deploy an armed volunteer posse to protect Phoenix-area students in the wake of the mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school.Read More »
Supporters of the initiative to make permanent a temporary one-cent sales tax increase claimed today that its failure at the ballot in November would have dire repercussions, including the closure of schools, teacher layoffs and increases in class sizes. They also pushed back against opponents’ assertion that revenues from the tax won’t reach the classroom.Read More »
A fund fed by selling and leasing state trust land is supposed to provide contributions each year to public schools and a dozen lesser beneficiaries. But the results of late have been far from reliable, including no contribution in fiscal 2010.Read More »
Arizona legislators have approved a bill to prohibit use or possession of medical marijuana at public universities, community colleges or child-care facilities.Read More »
Federal laws generally prohibit weapons within a thousand feet from school grounds.
But a panel of legislators this week advanced a proposal to let most Arizona residents carry firearms up to a school’s property line.
A state report says Arizona's school districts spend less of their operating fund in the classroom than the national average.Read More »
The state Department of Education in May 2010 released an audit, charging that 105 students, some of whom are U.S. citizens, are attending schools in Ajo but are actually living across the border in Mexico and not entitled to a free education in Arizona schools. The state fined the Ajo Unified $1.2 million, the amount the state claims was spent to educate those students.Read More »