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

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.

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.
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Mar 31, 2015

RT @ClassroomScoop: Over in Mesa some employees are wearing red t shirts to protest possibility of no raises and insurance cost increases

Mar 31, 2015

RT @ScottsdaleUSD: Arizona's top high school football prospects: 2016 class. No. 1 Byron Murphy, Scottsdale @SaguaroSUSD via @azcentral

Mar 31, 2015

RT @azcentral: Arizona bill to restrict school employees' political participation put on hold after outcry

Mar 31, 2015

Senate kills HB2246 to let parents opt out of standardized test. Could have risked losing fed $$ but other states also face anti-test moves.

Mar 31, 2015

Bill to let speeders attend driving school every 12 months rather than 2 yrs goes to Ducey. I will not confirm that this ever applied to me.

Mar 31, 2015

RT @LaurieRoberts: SB 1172, school gag bill, held today in House. Seems they who OK'd it last week are shy about finalizing it now.

Mar 31, 2015

RT @maryjpitzl: Tim Carter, @dougducey"s appointee to Ed Board, withheld from confirmation by @kelliwardaz

Mar 31, 2015

SB1459 advances, which would require schools to same-day report to parents when they use restraint/seclusion on students.

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