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

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.

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.

Year in Review 2014: Top 10 Scottsdale stories

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.
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Mar 04, 2015

Amid budget cuts, Apache Junction district to close elementary school, go to 4-day week. via @azcentral

Mar 04, 2015

Men punished for tweets about Curt Schilling's daughter. "In the real world," this only happens with celebrities.

Mar 04, 2015

Anti-Common Core bills killed but critics say the fight is not over via @ClassroomScoop

Mar 03, 2015

"School of Rock": Home on a sick day and still thinking about education.

Mar 02, 2015

RT @ScottsdaleUSD: Congratulations Mrs. Foley, a @CopperRidgeSUSD 7th gr. science teacher, for qualifying for the 2016 Boston Marathon!

Mar 02, 2015

RT @hankdeanlight: The annual public notice fight is on in the AZ House. HB2016 would allow Corp Commission to post public notices, bypassing newspapers #AZLEG

Mar 02, 2015

I was shocked when we moved to AZ & found there were no water restrictions. A look ahead:ā€¦

Mar 02, 2015

And here's more from a Republican on full-day kindergarten: FAQ: 16 education budget questions via @azcentral

Mar 02, 2015

Opinion: GOP legislators promote 4 ways to boost education, including full-day kindergarten. via @azcentral

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