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State Capitol News
4:00 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Huppenthal Distances Himself from Controversial Blog Comments

Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal at Wednesday's press conference.
Credit Capitol Media Services photo by Howard Fischer

The state’s top school official this afternoon distanced himself from comments he made anonymously online about welfare recipients and use of the Spanish language. But Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports John Huppenthal said he’s not going to resign.

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KNAU and Arizona News
9:59 am
Fri April 18, 2014

High Stakes For Third Graders Taking AIMS Test

Credit State of Arizona Education Dept.

This month, students across Arizona are taking the AIMS test for the very last time. Beginning next school year, the state will use a new exam that’s more in line with common core standards, like reading. As Arizona Public Radio’s Aaron Granillo reports, the stakes are particularly high for third graders.

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State Capitol News
5:00 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Arizona Public Schools Willing to Settle Prop 301 Lawsuit

State schools chief John Huppenthal
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Public schools are willing to settle a lawsuit over state funding for a fraction of what they say they're owed. But, Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports there’s some balking.

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KNAU and Arizona News
10:12 am
Thu March 13, 2014

State Senate Moves to Let Schools Opt Out of Common Core

Senate President Andy Biggs
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Unable to kill outright the Common Core standards they dislike, state senators now are moving to let schools opt out. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
8:27 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Legislation Doing Away with the Common Core Killed in State Senate

Senate President Andy Biggs
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The state’s education standards will remain as is for now. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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State Capitol News
8:23 am
Wed March 5, 2014

State Senate Votes to Scrap Common Core But Faces a Likely Veto

Sen. Al Melvin has led the effort to rid the state of the Common Core, but Gov. Jan Brewer could veto the legislation.
Credit Capitol Media Services file photo by Howard Fischer

The state Senate voted Tuesday to scrap the Common Core education standards the state and schools started putting in place just four years earlier. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
8:44 am
Fri February 21, 2014

State Senate Committee Votes to Block Common Core

Sen. Al Melvin
Credit Capitol Media Services file photo by Howard Fischer

Ignoring pleas from business leaders, the Senate Education Committee voted along party lines Thursday to block the state from implementing the Common Core standards adopted just four years earlier. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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KNAU and Arizona News
4:26 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Ganado Schools to Bolster English Instruction After Settlement with Federal Government

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Students who speak mostly Navajo will receive a boost in English-language instruction. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the changes bring the Ganado Unified School District into compliance with federal law.

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State Capitol News
9:25 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Top Public School Official’s Robocall Encourages Parents to Look at Private Education

Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal
Credit Capitol Media Services photo by Howard Fischer

The state’s top school official is defending his efforts to tell parents they can use tax dollars to send their children to private and parochial schools. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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KNAU and Arizona News
12:13 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

NO AZ Solar School: One Of the Coolest Schools In America

One of the many solar panels at The STAR School east of Flagstaff
Credit Justin Regan/KNAU

Parent and Child Magazine recently named a school in northern Arizona one of the top 25 coolest schools in America. The STAR School, near Flagstaff and the edge of the Navajo Nation, is the first completely solar powered public charter school in the country. From making its own power, to growing its own food, the school's mission is to be as sustainable as possible. But, as Arizona Public Radio's Justin Regan reports, being off the grid has its challenges.

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