teachers, teacher pay, tiny houses, Horne, Chino Valley Unified School District, Arizona
Jul 31, 2023

With pay lagging, school districts try other enticements to get teachers

Chino Valley is trying tiny houses as an inducement for teachers. The district is not alone. From tiny houses to alternative teacher certification programs to hiring teachers from overseas, school districts around Arizona are scrambling for ways to attract teachers to a state that offers some of the lowest salaries in the nation.

microschools, homeschooling, online learning, ESAs
May 26, 2023

ESA expansion sparks wave of microschools

The universal expansion of the Empowerment Scholarship Account program, and the public policy push toward school choice in Arizona have ushered in a wave of microschools, an education approach situated somewhere between homeschooling and online learning.

Critical Race Theory, Tom Horne, schools, hotline, social emotional growth
Mar 13, 2023

Arizona schools chief sets up critical race theory hotline

The Arizona Department of Education has launched a hotline for people to report classroom lessons that use critical race theory or emotional support curriculum, concepts that have been the target of conservative outrage in recent years.

Fontes, Hobbs, Mayes, election, inauguration, governor, secretary of state, attorney general, superintendent of schools,
Jan 5, 2023

Fontes at inauguration calls for prosecution of those who harass election workers

Arizona's new secretary of state called for the prosecution of people who harass those involved in running elections. In his inaugural address Thursday, Adrian Fontes spoke of the lessons he learned as a boy in Nogales about honor.

summer camp, Ducey, test scores, Covid, Covid relief funds
Oct 25, 2022

Ducey to use federal funds for second year of ‘summer camp’

Citing newly released test scores, Gov. Doug Ducey is setting aside $100 million in federal funds to conduct a second year of "summer camp'' to help youngsters catch up on what they missed in school due to Covid.

Feb 24, 2022

Higher standards give students more opportunities to succeed

By raising expectations, rather than lowering them, we can give all students the opportunities they need to succeed—in school and in life.

Feb 22, 2019

Arizona must invest today in our STEM workforce of tomorrow

The idea of spanning generations with these types of public-private educational partnerships is incredibly rewarding for me – a woman who was enabled to pursue a successful career in aerospace that has allowed me to engage in challenging work which is even more exciting than what I ever imagined as a student. Investment in Arizona’s developing minds represents investment in America’s technol[...]

Paul Bentz (Photo by Ellen O'Brien/Arizona Capitol Times)
Oct 30, 2017

Paul Bentz: Math major, pollster crunches politics

Paul Bentz, vice president of research and strategy at HighGround, thought he’d be a teacher. But he realized there’s a whole world of people who do nothing else but politics.

Jul 28, 2017

Charter group: Excluding advanced math 8th graders skews test results

The exclusion of nearly 20 percent of eighth graders from the state’s public schools achievement test drove down math results in 2016, according to the Arizona Charter Schools Association.

Jul 20, 2017

Missing 8th grade advanced math scores skew test results

One in five Arizona eighth-graders is not included in state reported figures of the AzMERIT math exam, a required test for all public school students – district and charter, according to newly released data analysis by the Center for Student Achievement.

Dec 9, 2013

School freeze – Educators push for delay in test repercussions

Arizona public schools would get a one-year freeze on consequences from a new high-stakes learning test under legislation the state Department of Education plans to offer during the next session.

Oct 23, 2013

Senator Yee: Personal finance instruction will lead to better choices

When Mitch Ruttenberg teaches economics at Trevor G. Browne High School, he ends each semester with lessons on credit cards, taxes, budgeting and other aspects of personal finance.