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Judge makes no ruling in TUSD ethnic studies case

TUCSON a�� A federal judge has taken under advisement an argument to strike down a law targeting the Tucson Unified School District's ethnic studies program. The case challenges the constitutionality of the law formerly known as HB 2281. The plaintiffs are two current TUSD students.

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School lunch opt-out bill too much to swallow (access required)

The bill, SB1061, stalled this week in the House after its author, Sen. Rich Crandall, asked for it to be held because he said it became a distraction to other education bills he sees as a priority.

The Mesa Republican asked the House Education Committee chairwoman to kill the bill on March 12, even though Crandall said he believed it had the votes to pass. The measure sailed through the Senate last month, 19-10.

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Group files ballot measure for 1-cent sales tax hike (access required)

A coalition aiming to bolster K-12, higher education, state infrastructure and children’s health care funding filed a ballot measure today for a new 1-cent sales tax hike that would go into effect as soon as Proposition 100 expires in 2013.

The initiative, filed by the group Quality Education and Jobs, would direct about 80 percent of the money it raises to education, with the overwhelming majority going to K-12 schools. The tax would raise about $1 billion a year.

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Arizona bills on teacher conduct advance in Senate

Arizona teachers may find themselves under greater scrutiny if the Legislature continues to advance bills barring educators from partisan instruction, using unapproved course materials or using language in the classroom that violates Federal Communication Commission standards.

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