Mar 4, 2022

Bill mandating parental oversight of school library books gets Senate panel OK

A bill requiring public review of all school library books has passed its first hearing in the Arizona Senate.  House Bill 2439 would establish parental review for books that are approved for school libraries, requiring schools to post the list of newly purchased books on their websites for at least 60 days after approval. The […]

Jan 20, 2022

Pandemic offers fresh look at education 

Three years ago, the education conversation in Arizona was sinking into firm trench lines between the #REDforED movement and education reform advocates. When the coronavirus pandemic struck, it brought not just disruption but also a fresh look at the necessity of K-12 options. The gratitude that families — including mine — feel for school choice […]

Volunteers along with students in the Roosevelt School District work together with United Way on school beautification projects such as playground repainting, creating U.S. maps on the playground and school murals.
Aug 28, 2017

Valley of the Sun United Way targets hunger, homelessness, kids, families

Valley of the Sun United Way has been investing in local communities for nearly a century with a unique model of bringing together public services, businesses, other nonprofits, and faith-based organizations.

Feb 22, 2017

Lobbied by her own kids, Scottsdale Republican says yes to 50-minute recess bill

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.

Jul 11, 2016

Risk to children’s online safety increases during summer

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.

Oct 2, 2015

Foster parents question new DCS rules

Foster parents worry that new rules drafted by Arizona’s child safety agency could create a harmful environment for foster children and parents alike.

Jun 18, 2015

State agency gets new name, adds emphasis on working with faith-based community

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.

Dec 4, 2014

Teenagers at ground zero in Arizona’s marijuana battlefield

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.

Sep 9, 2014

New child assistance agency seeks funding to replace old database

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.

Aug 21, 2014

¡Ay Caramba!

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.

Arizona charter schools oppose more state regulation
Oct 16, 2013

Arizona law on third-grade reading mandate goes live

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 levels

Aug 9, 2013

Strains continue for Arizona child-welfare agency

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.