education

State Capitol News
5:00 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Candidates for Schools Chief Clash in Sole Debate of the Campaign

Democrat David Garcia and Republican Diane Douglas debate Thursday night in the race for state superintendent of public instruction, hosted at KAET-TV by Ted Simons.
Credit Capitol Media Services photo by Howard Fischer

On Thursday night, the Republican contender for state schools chief said voters should choose her to protect education from academicians and federal bureaucrats. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
3:43 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

State High School Grads May Have to Pass Civics Test

Lucian Spataro, president of the Joe Foss Institute, details what students would need to know about civics to graduate from high school under a plan his organization is pushing. Rep. Steve Montenegro, right, is going to sponsor the legislation this coming year.
Credit Capitol Media Services photo by Howard Fischer

High schoolers who can’t name at least one branch of government, define the United States as a capitalist country or at least know Phoenix is the state capitol could find themselves denied a diploma. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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State Capitol News
5:00 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Gov. Brewer Reluctant to Support Republican Schools Chief Nominee

Arizona's Republican nominee for superintendent of public instruction, Diane Douglas. A centerpiece of her campaign is the repeal of the federal Common Core standards, a program supported by outgoing governor Jan Brewer.
Credit Patrick Breen/The Republic

Gov. Brewer has been reluctant to endorse the Republican nominee for state schools chief. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
3:30 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Republican Former School Superintendents Backing Democrat in 2014 Race

Credit Cheryl Senter for The New York Times

Two Republican former state school superintendents are backing the Democratic candidate in the race. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains why.

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State Capitol News
4:06 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Huppenthal Requests More Money from Legislature as Arizona Schools Improve

State School Superintendent John Huppenthal boasts Monday of improvements in overall academic performance in Arizona schools despite "stresses" like cuts in state aid. Huppenthal said he wants lawmakers to boost funding or at least settle a lawsuit over withheld inflation funding.
Credit Capitol Media Services photo by Howard Fischer

The state’s top education official said this afternoon lawmakers should provide schools with more money — or at least settle a lawsuit over what they are owed. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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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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