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

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.

Fountain Hills voters decide school override, board seats — Voters in the Fountain Hills Unified School District are considering a capital override proposal today, along with filling school-board seats. The vote is to renew the property tax that funds the capital override, which voters last approved in 2007. Because it's a renewal, taxes would not increase.

2 bond questions passing in Cave Creek Unified School District — Voters in the Cave Creek Unified School District headed to polls Tuesday to decide the fate of two bond questions and fill school board seats. The district hasn't passed a bond since 2000. The first question is to repurpose $10.2 million bond money left over from 2000.

Douglas holds narrow lead in school superintendent race — Republican Diane Douglas and Democrat David Garcia were locked in a tight race Tuesday evening as they battled to be Arizona's next public schools' chief. Douglas had a very narrow lead over Garcia Tuesday evening, and was leading 51 to 49 percent.

Scottsdale district makes 3rd try at override — Voters in the Scottsdale Unified School District headed to the polls for the third straight year on Tuesday to decide whether to increase their property taxes in order to allow a district budget override. Voters had rejected the budget override each of the past two years - with last year's margin of 237 votes.
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