Education reporter, AZ Republic & - Scottsdale & northeast Valley schools. Penn State grad.

Critter farm keeps Scottsdale Unified science classes supplied — "Do not leave your snails unattended because they WILL crawl off the table!" Teacher Jennie Shirey admonished her fourth-grade science class last week to pay attention to the land snails that were scooting on top of several desks. The excited students were comparing the snails' activity and seeing whether they would pull harnesses made out of paper clips and string.

Counselors to be at Tempe high school after suicide — Mental-health counselors, social workers and psychologists will be at a Tempe high-school campus Wednesday morning to help students and teachers cope after a student committed suicide Tuesday at the school. The 20-plus-member support team will be at Corona del Sol "as long as needed" in response to the death of Marcus Wheeler, 18, who shot himself in a school breezeway, according to Tempe police.

Douglas gets earful on 'listening tour'

Craft beer, school speech: What's on tap at the Capitol — It's shaping up to be a busy week at the Arizona Capitol, as lawmakers push to wrap up this year's legislative session. Today Gov. Doug Ducey is scheduled to sign into law a bill that would help craft breweries grow.

4-day school week still on the table in Peoria — Several Republican lawmakers told the Peoria Unified School District governing board Thursday that the Legislature believes education funding is important and then left before the board members addressed how to close the district's $1.7 million budget gap for next year. The board members are considering a controversial proposal to switch to a four-day school week, which would save $3.9 million.

Ducey wins fight over Arizona Board of Education oversight — Arizona's education chief appears to have lost her bid to have firing authority over employees of the state Board of Education. An amendment tacked on to House Bill 2184 in the Senate Education Committee on Thursday clarifies the board's employees ultimately answer to the board as a whole, not Diane Douglas, the superintendent of public instruction.

Diane Douglas slows her attack on Common Core — Are we on the same page? ... During a three-hour House Education Committee hearing Wednesday, Common-Core haters invoked many of the same slogans schools chief Diane Douglas repeated during her campaign last year: "federal overreach," "fuzzy math" and "harvesting of student data."

Proposed bill could settle Douglas-Ducey spat — Legislation was proposed Friday that could settle the political dispute between the top schools chief and the state Board of Education - leaving power with the board. An amendment was filed by Sen. Kelli Ward, R-Lake Havasu City, that clarifies statutory language about who controls employees of the Board of Education.

Maricopa Community Colleges won't seek tuition increase — Maricopa Community Colleges will not seek a tuition or property-tax increase for 2015-16 despite cutbacks in state aid, according to Debra Thompson, vice chancellor for business services. A tuition discussion was on the agenda of the college board Tuesday night, more than a week after Gov.

Arizona will require students to pass civics test — PHOENIX - Arizona will became the first state to require high school students to pass a civics test to graduate when the governor signs a bill that was fast-tracked Thursday. The measure sailed through the Legislature's committees Thursday morning and was approved by both chambers Thursday afternoon. Daniel Scarpinato, Gov.
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Jul 05, 2015

RT @cherrill_crosby: Former Sereno soccer players Johnson and Leroux on the US Women's World Cup championship team: via @azcentral

Jul 05, 2015

RT @SarahKezele: World Cup trophy aside, today feels big. It's slowly becoming ~cool~ to follow/root for a women's sports team. Really hope this sticks. #USA

Jul 04, 2015

Take note AZ: Cal State system won more funding through social media, engaging legislators & campaign of red socks.

Jul 03, 2015

Girl Scouts reject anti-transgender gift, then triple the money through crowd sourcing.

Jul 03, 2015

Scottsdale teacher explains 'Why I stay - for the miracles' via @azcentral

Jul 03, 2015

Gilbert teacher explains 'Why I left: Respect and teacher pay go together' via @azcentral

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