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.
Jun 09, 2015

Science curriculum specialist Janey Kaufmann is retiring from SUSD. I wrote about the 'critter farm' she launched.…

Jun 09, 2015

RT @MaryBethFaller: Science curriculum specialist Janey Kaufmann is retiring from SUSD. I wrote about the 'critter farm' she launched.…

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'

May 08, 2015

A roundup of tweets on tonight's 'listening tour' by Diane Douglas in Scottsdale. Funding & testing were hot topics.…

May 08, 2015

ICYMI: Diane Douglas heard about funding & testing & funding & testing on 'listening tour'… via @marybethfaller

May 11, 2015

RT @MaryBethFaller: ICYMI: Diane Douglas heard about funding & testing & funding & testing on 'listening tour'… via …

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.
Mar 31, 2015

Your legislature at work this week: craft beer, school speech, more campaign money, reversible abortions @azcentral

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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.
Mar 29, 2015

Four-day school week is still on the table in @PeoriaUnified11 as district works to solve budget gap.….

Mar 27, 2015

4-day school week still on the table in Peoria

Mar 27, 2015

Lawmakers tell @PeoriaUnified11 crowd that they care about schools, then leave before talk on how to solve budget gap…

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 31, 2015

RT @ScottsdaleSPC: Teachers Bussed Between Schools As Dysart School District Deals With Budget Cuts | KJZZ…

Jul 31, 2015

RT @robodellaz: Fitting on your last day @MatthewCasey3, your story on front page: 1 in 5 killed in AZ police chases are bystanders

Jul 31, 2015

For the best in education reporting, you need to follow Cathryn Creno at @ClassroomScoop.

Jul 30, 2015

RT @mpsaz: #ThrowbackThursday to last week, when singing cowboy Gary Sprague surprised principals at a district meeting.

Jul 30, 2015

Alabama governor appoints home-schooled opponent of public schools to state board of education.…

Jul 30, 2015

Doubts about the push for free community college. Will it help those who need it most?…

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