Education

Suspending students for absences, tardies compounds learning loss

BY: and - December 6, 2022

PHOENIX—Guadalupe Hernandez’s attendance problems started in kindergarten. The boy, who has two attention disorders and oppositional defiant disorder, often refused to sit still for circle time. He also experienced separation anxiety while away from his grandmother, Frances Yduarte, who raised him. He’d spend his days distracted from lessons, wishing he was home with her. Guadalupe […]

U.S. Supreme Court to review Biden student debt relief plan in February

BY: - December 2, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court said Thursday it will hear oral arguments in February over a legal challenge by six Republican-led states to the Biden administration student borrower relief plan. Until the arguments are heard and the court issues a ruling, the $400 billion Biden plan is on hold due to a nationwide injunction […]

Lawmakers: Ducey is breaking his promise to protect school funding

BY: - December 2, 2022

Arizona lawmakers are demanding Gov. Doug Ducey call a special session to allow the legislature to waive a spending cap that threatens to cut $1.4 billion in public school funding across the state, accusing him of dragging his feet despite clear lawmaker support and his own promises.  “Governor Ducey, all we’re asking you is to […]

School leaders: Ducey needs to call a special session to lift the school spending cap

BY: - November 29, 2022

More than 50 school boards are calling on Gov. Doug Ducey to take action to head off a funding cliff that would force public schools to cut $1.4 billion from their budgets in the middle of the school year, resulting in widespread layoffs and closures.   “We’re asking the current legislators and Gov. Ducey — the […]

Pandemic accelerated Arizona’s years-long decline in childhood vaccination rates

BY: - November 28, 2022

The impact of missed preventative medical care during the pandemic is beginning to emerge in the form of drastic declines in childhood vaccination rates among Arizona youth, now at lower levels than at any point in the past decade. The plummeting rates follow a years-long decline in immunizations among Arizona students overall—one that has put […]

Student loan repayment pause extended by White House amid legal battles over relief plan

BY: - November 22, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Department of Education announced on Tuesday it is extending the pandemic-era pause on federal student loan repayments until June 30 while legal challenges to the administration’s student debt relief program are fought over in the courts. The agency said if the student debt relief program has not been put in place by […]

Tom Horne wins race for Arizona schools chief, ousting Kathy Hoffman

BY: - November 17, 2022

Republican Tom Horne will be Arizona’s new superintendent of public instruction, emerging victorious from a contest with Democratic incumbent Kathy Hoffman that saw the lead change hands several times since Election Day.  As of Thursday afternoon, Horne had 50.2% of the vote to Hoffman’s 49.8%, with 9,014 votes separating them.  Under a new state law, […]

Arizona tuition Prop 308 election

Arizona says ‘yes’ to in-state tuition rates for undocumented students

BY: - November 16, 2022

Hazel Villatoro has called Arizona her home since she was a toddler, but her undocumented status meant she faced higher tuition rates when she started applying to universities, despite otherwise meeting the same residency requirements as her peers.  But the passage of Proposition 308 this month guarantees in-state tuition and access to state-funded financial aid […]

Biden student debt relief plan thrown out by Texas judge; new applications halted

BY: - November 11, 2022

WASHINGTON — Late Thursday a federal judge in Texas struck down the Biden administration’s student debt relief plan, ruling that the program is unlawful, in a blow to 16 million student debt borrowers already approved for relief. The U.S. Department of Education now is no longer accepting applications for the program, according to the student […]

Voters narrowly are favoring a proposal to give undocumented immigrant students in-state tuition, for now

BY: - November 9, 2022

The fate of a ballot measure that would help undocumented students who graduate from Arizona high schools afford college remained unclear after ballots counted Wednesday left it with 51% in support and 49% opposed. With more than 600,000 ballots across the state yet to be counted, including roughly 360,000 in Maricopa County and another 150,000 […]

COMMENTARY

Why we’re planning to leave Arizona to protect our transgender child

BY: - November 9, 2022

Tucson, with its heat and dryness that mitigate my chronic pain, proximity to the beaches of Mexico, diverse population, and year-round opportunities for hiking and mountain biking, is the perfect city to raise our two children. Yet, like many other families, my husband, Amit, and I plan to leave our dream home to protect our […]

Prop. 308: equal tuition rates for undocumented students

BY: - November 4, 2022

Diego Diaz is a college sophomore studying electrical systems engineering with the hopes of one day designing microchips at a company like Intel or Samsung. But his path to employment at a tech giant has been frustratingly lengthened by his undocumented status.  Since enrolling at Arizona State University, Diaz has been forced to take two […]