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

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.

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.
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Dec 17, 2014

Teen dies of injuries in police officer shooting near Tatum & Deer Valley. via @azcentral

Dec 17, 2014

RT @azcsports: Christian Kirk picks Texas A&M over ASU, UCLA, Ohio State, Auburn. The latest from @azc_obert:

Dec 15, 2014

Congrats to you both! "@azc_obert: My daughter Jessica graduating tonight from ASU Journalism school

Dec 15, 2014

Yay Analise! "@Cronkite_ASU: Cronkite Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award Winners: @LavinskyStrib, @analiseortiz and Herminia Rincon.

Dec 14, 2014

RT @AZCardinals: For the 1st time since the '09 season, the #AZCardinals are going to the @nfl Playoffs! This is only the beginning.

Dec 14, 2014

The $1.1-trillion spending bill eases whole-grain & low-sodium requirements for school lunches, via AP.…

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