Education

State gives new license for Southwest Key to re-open shuttered central Phoenix shelter

The Arizona Department of Health Services has issued a new license for Southwest Key to reopen the state’s largest privately run shelter for unaccompanied and separated migrant children and teens.

Driverless semis in Arizona navigate open roads, vague statutes, tumultuous industry

Self-driving commercial trucks face a host of challenges, but the industry isn't going anywhere -- in Arizona or nationwide.

Arizona’s ESA school voucher program shares problems California’s Medicaid system

What do California’s Medicaid program and Arizona’s Empowerment Scholarship Accounts school vouchers have in common? The California state auditor flagged $4 billion in questionable payments made by that state’s Medi-Cal program (their version of Medicaid)...

The biggest fight over education funding isn’t who gets the money, it’s who benefits most

If there’s one thing a majority of Arizona voters seem to agree on, it’s that our state does a poor job of funding its public schools.

ASU took more money from Epstein than previously reported

Arizona State University claimed last month to have received $250,000 from alleged sex-trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, but a new report details additional donations to the school totalling more than $2 million.

Regents reduce tuition for immigrant students, AZ high school grads

Effective immediately, students who graduated from an Arizona high school but don’t qualify for in-state tuition will pay between $9,000 to $18,000 less in annual tuition at the state’s three public universities, regardless of their immigration status.

School vouchers awarded up 33% this year, but oversight funding unchanged

The Arizona Department of Education says a record 8,200 students are expected to receive $110 million in school vouchers this school year.

Ducey may seek ESA changes due to recent controversies

Gov. Doug Ducey is signalling that he’ll push for changes next year to Arizona’s K-12 school voucher program.

Records show history of long ESA delays at Dept of Education

Records obtained by Arizona Mirror show that missed deadlines in approving applications for the state’s school voucher program were a common occurrence under former state schools Superintendent Diane Douglas, though the Republican didn’t face the sort of outcry that her Democratic successor is hearing from GOP lawmakers and school choice advocates.

Colorado City family losing ESA voucher after school moves across state lines

A family in the polygamous enclave of Colorado City appears likely to lose the vouchers it was using to send three children to private school because that school has moved across the state line and now is in Hilldale, Utah.
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