arizona education Archives

Arizona charters sweep top spots in ‘best high schools’ report

best high schools

A U.S. News and World Report ranking of the best high schools in the country gave the top spot to Basis Scottsdale, one of four Basis charter schools in Arizona that finished in the report’s top five. U.S. News and RTI National, a research firm, looked at more than 22,000 public high schools in the… Read More →

Teaching the teachers to stay in Arizona

teachers

In a poorly-financed education system, Arizona teachers are battling low salaries, the pressures of mandatory testing and a lack of respect for their profession, making it harder for the state to entice and retain teachers, advocates say. One Paradise Valley mentoring program is trying to grow teachers at home and repair a broken pipeline. Volunteers… Read More →

Arizona official says proposed school regulations need tweaking

school regulations

An Arizona school superintendent testified Thursday that, without changes, proposed regulations implementing the law to replace No Child Left Behind could throw the state back into an “unfortunate” debate like the one over Common Core. Dysart Unified School District Superintendent Gail Pletnick was part of a panel of local education officials who told the Senate… Read More →

Maricopa Community Colleges Chancellor looks ahead at challenges

Maricopa Community Colleges

Maricopa Community Colleges’ newly appointed chancellor is set on leading the community college system forward in a sustainable way as the system faces financial challenges. State aide for the community college district was cut in this year’s budget, as Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick takes over the community college district as chancellor after Rufus Glasper’s retirement. The community… Read More →

Is ed-tech the key to growing Arizona’s knowledge-based economy?

Enterprise Bank

The Valley’s educational technology (ed-tech) scene has been growing critical mass for decades and odds are it’s not going to stop anytime soon. John Sperling was ahead of the curve in 1976 when he founded for-profit University of Phoenix with the mission to educate working adults. In 1989, the university launched its online program, which… Read More →

Education leaders call Prop 123 first step, still not enough

PROP 123

Education advocates Monday applauded the approval of Proposition 123 but said Arizona education is still being shorted billions of dollars. Leaders for the Arizona PTA and the Arizona Education Association for teachers, said at a news conference at the Capitol that the measure to provide $3.5 billion over a decade is only a first step… Read More →

Ducey declares Prop. 123 a win, but what’s next?

Ducey

Thursday night, Gov. Doug Ducey celebrated the passing of the ballot measure that will inject $3.5 billion into the state’s education system through an increase of state land trust withdrawals over the next 10 years without raising taxes. The special election for Prop. 123 was a close one that was initially reported as too close… Read More →

Scottsdale Charros award $25K to middle school

Scottsdale Charros

The Scottsdale Charros presented Supai Middle School staff, faculty and students with $25,000 for two education grants from The Charro Foundation. The grants, each worth $12,500, will help the middle school update its weight room equipment, which is currently donated goods, and make technology more accessible in classrooms. “The Charros have a long history of supporting Scottsdale… Read More →

White House honors Arizona education professional

White House

On Wednesday, May 11th, the White House recognized Cynthia Tercero-Sandoval of Peoria, Ariz. as one of 12 education support professionals across the country as a “School Support White House Champion of Change.”  These individuals were selected by the White House for their leadership and tireless work to ensure that students in our nation’s schools receive… Read More →

Debate over Prop. 123 rages on as election nears

Prop 123

A special election in which Arizona voters will decide whether to approve $3.5 billion to fund education over the next 10 years has drawn scrutiny over the plan to take money out of the state land trust. Gov. Doug Ducey is using his political capital to back Proposition 123, working with other supporters to convince… Read More →

Intel Science Fair needs judges and volunteers

Intel Corporation Headquarters in Santa Clara, CA

Supported by over 30 organizations including the Arizona Technology Council, the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), is currently seeking judges and volunteers for this year’s event. Approximately 1,700 high school students from over 75 countries, regions, and territories will gather Sunday, May 8, 2016 to Friday, May 13, 2016, to showcase their independent… Read More →

Helios initiative aims to boost college admission rates

FlexJobs

In an effort to close the achievement gap, and boost college admission rates in Arizona, the Helios Education Foundation launched an initiative that will provide 145,000 students college application assistance and access to the ACT Test. Over the next five years, the Helios Foundation, along with College Success Arizona, AzCAN and the ACT, will invest… Read More →

Arizona SciTech launches STEM education initiative

Blood Systems Inc

Arizona SciTech, the state’s leading innovator and proponent of STEM education, announces the launch of a joint initiative between hi-tech businesses, community members, educators, students and parents to create the first ever AZ STEM School Community of Practice. A Community of Practice is based upon the latest business strategy, where various stakeholders come together; they understand that knowledge… Read More →

Grand Canyon University’s nonprofit bid halted

Brian Mueller

An 18-month bid to transition Grand Canyon University from a for-profit university into a nonprofit ended Friday, after the university’s accreditor denied the school’s bid. University President Brian Mueller held a news conference, expressing his disappointment in the Higher Learning Commission’s decision to not allow the school to convert back into a nonprofit entity. Grand Canyon University… Read More →