Education

Special interests take note: There’s still time to curry legislative favor

I’m curious to see if the money that the vaping industry pumped into electing legislative Republicans last year will earn its proposal the support of enough Republicans to become law.

Poll: Arizonans want dual-language instruction, support repeal of English-only standards

About 67 percent of respondents agree with the dual-language immersion approach to teaching English to students who don’t already speak it, while 24 percent said they would keep the current Structured English Immersion standard.

Arizona part of national strategy for vape industry

The vaping industry’s push to trade higher age restrictions for looser regulations elsewhere in Arizona law is part of a larger nationwide trend.

Vaping bill opponents say industry is pushing ‘smoke and mirrors’

At a press conference at the Capitol on Monday, Sen. Heather Carter, R-Cave Creek, denounced the vaping-industry-backed bill as “smoke and mirrors” intended to give the impression of a crackdown on youth vaping while leaving massive loopholes that the industry will be able to exploit.

AG can’t prosecute UA students who protested Border Patrol agents

The Arizona Attorney General’s Office has no plans to follow through on the calls from two GOP legislators that it prosecute three University of Arizona students who disrupted an event last month while protesting U.S. Border Patrol agents who were guest speakers.

High stakes for AZ as Supreme Court grapples with census question

For Arizona, the 2020 Census will determine whether the state gets a 10th congressional seat.

Vaping industry, health groups spar over dueling bills

As public health advocates try to curb an epidemic of vaping among teenagers, the vaping industry and its critics are pushing rival pieces of legislation that would change the way e-cigarettes and similar products are regulated.

Yuma school considering ending policy requiring state ID for enrollment, Dept. of Ed says

Update: An earlier version of this story reported information from the Arizona Department of Education stating the Yuma Union High School District ended its unlawful enrollment policy. ADE retracted the information, and clarified YUHSD...

AZ teachers face worst ‘pay penalty’ in the nation

The weekly pay of teachers in Arizona is barely two-thirds what other college-educated workers in the Grand Canyon State are paid, the worst rate in the United States.

Ward defends her legislative record on education funding

As Arizona Republican Party Chairwoman Kelli Ward touted a plan by Sen. Sylvia Allen and Rep. Michelle Udall to raise the sales tax rate to provide more funding for K-12 schools, she glossed over...