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Marijuana legalization could boost education funding

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Proposition 205, the Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act, could be a boon for the state’s public education system, with the potential of bringing in $55 million a year should it win at the ballot box on Nov. 8 Sen. Martin Quezada said, on the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol website, Arizona schools are in desperate… Read More →

Arizona official says proposed school regulations need tweaking

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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 →

Goldschmidt, University of Phoenix ‘teaming up’ to lead scholarship program

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After bouncing around the minor leagues for more than a decade, Michael Carter was looking for a way to get back into the game of baseball. He applied for several different coaching positions throughout Arizona, but one thing seemed to be missing. “There were a couple college coaching jobs available and high school jobs available,… 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?

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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

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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?

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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

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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 →

Tempe-based SaaS firm matches students with right school

Quality Education and Jobs Initiative

Finding the perfect school, and program can be tough for students looking to get a post-secondary education that’s right for them. Higher Ed Growth‘s call-center platform, EduMaximizer, uses an algorithm that hopes to match students with an appropriate school and program to help them succeed. “We think it’s very important, really, to get a prospect… Read More →

Helios initiative aims to boost college admission rates

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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

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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 →

Author of Phoenix ‘brain drain’ revises numbers

Bennett Dwosh, a recent Arizona State University graduate, said being at the bottom of a list of cities to work after graduation would cause concern. (Photo courtesy of Bennett Dwosh)

A study analyzing which metropolitan areas retain their university graduates the most has come under fire after the Phoenix metro area landed in the basement of the rankings. Officials with the Maricopa Association of Governments and the Arizona Commerce Authority fought back, and the study’s author has revised the numbers. Jonathan Rothwell, a fellow at… Read More →

Cardinals, SRP host ‘Marquee Math Competition’

University of Phoenix Stadium, Photo: Flickr, Ken Lund

The Arizona Cardinals and SRP will host the seventh annual “Marquee Math Competition” for students from 10 Valley high schools at University of Phoenix Stadium on Friday, April 1 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Students from Valley high schools including Highland, Campo Verde, Mesquite, Mountain Pointe, Red Mountain, Tolleson, Westwood, Gilbert Classic Academy, University and Williams… Read More →