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

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.

Season for Sharing: Changing lives, minute by minute — It's 8:02 a.m. at Palo Verde Hyde Mobile Home Park in Phoenix. Barbara Harvey, 82, rubs her eyes and peers through the sliding glass door at the commotion on the other side. Harvey, though she doesn't like to admit it, has some trouble getting up and down the stairs into her place.

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Groups give Scottsdale teens running start in life — It's 7:30 a.m. at Coronado High School in the Scottsdale Unified School District and two dozen sleepy seniors wear their Jobs for Arizona's Graduates T-shirts as they file into class. These are students who might not have an adult in their lives who can tell them how to set up a study schedule or that you need to show up on time for your job.

Season for Sharing: Changing lives, minute by minute — It's 9:15 a.m. at Phoenix Crisis Nursery and a 3-week-old baby girl who weighs just 6 pounds slumbers in a crib. Five toddlers play in an adjoining room. A staff member washes sippy cups and another puts away snacks.

Cave Creek bonds will fund school repairs — Voters in the Cave Creek Unified School District passed two bond proposals this week, the first bonds approved in the district since 2000. Voters also filled governing-board seats in the Nov. 4 election. The bonds - a $30 million new bond and a $10 million repurposed bond - will be used to replace roofs and air-conditioners at the seven schools, the district office and the transportation center.

Scottsdale parents will see lower class sizes with new override — Parents in the Scottsdale Unified School District can expect lower class sizes and more art and music classes next year, now that voters have approved the budget override. The override, funded with a property-tax increase, passed 54 percent to 46 percent on Nov. 4.

Schools chief race remains up in air, but Douglas' strong showing draw attention — Republican Diane Douglas maintained a narrow lead in the race for state superintendent of public instruction Wednesday as the contest remained too close to call, but political observers already were speculating on what stirred her strong showing and what it may mean going forward.

Conservative trio prevails in Maricopa college board race — Three conservative candidates who campaigned together have won seats on the Maricopa County Community College District board. The three, John Heep, who was running for one of the two at-large seats; Johanna Haver, District 3, and Jean McGrath, District 4, ran on a campaign to reduce tuition and cut spending and property taxes.
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Jan 31, 2015

RT @FallonTonight: In PHX getting ready for our LIVE show after the Super Bowl this Sunday! So excited to be here! #FallonTonightLive

Jan 30, 2015

Here's hoping @JohnnyGWeir & @taralipinski are enjoying Phx so much that they help bring the @USFigureSkating championships here!

Jan 30, 2015

RT @DavidWallce: As I heard someone say "This is what golf is meant to be played in. It was invented in Scotland." #PhoenixOpen

Jan 29, 2015

RT @maryjpitzl: Details soon on plan to put high-performing schools in vacant schools, @dougducey says after choice rally at Capitol

Jan 29, 2015

The wheels on the bus didn't go round & round. "@12News: Sky 12 over bus that dropped an axle at 7th St. & Greenway.

Jan 29, 2015

RT @falleraz: Katy Perry takes the stage for her #sb49 halftime show news conference: "nothing in my show will be deflated"

Jan 29, 2015

RT @falleraz: Idina Menzel about performing national anthem at #sb49 -- "it's the pinnacle of my career"

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