Education

Arizona Legislature scales back private school tax credits

The Arizona Legislature is finishing its yearly work and just approved a plan that phases out 20 percent growth increases to a corporate tax credit that funds private school scholarships

Class of 2019: Southern Arizona high school graduations

Southern Arizona school districts participate in 2019 Summer Food Program

Bittersweet day at Thornydale as school shuts its doors

  1st ever Amphi H.S. Graduate Walk hopes to inspire younger students to graduate

  Restrictions for Tucson High Magnet School graduation on new turf

SC school district considering a four-day school week

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J.O. Combs Unified School District May Students of the Month

  Red For Ed demonstrations planned at Tucson schools

Student arrested in connection to shooting threat at Tortolita Middle School

  Strong Start Tucson returns with new proposal for preschool funding

  Cienega High students pull together to build tiny house for teachers

  UA graduate Mariajose Franco turns tragedy into passion for cancer research

How to watch the University of Arizona commencement; all the information you need for the big event

Friday, May 10 is a big day for the University of Arizona as it holds its 155th commencement, with 4,500 graduates and 40,000 guests expected.

Former Tucson-area coach gets probation in sex crime case

Robert Forman II was an assistant volleyball coach at Ironwood Ridge High when a student claimed she was in a sexual relationship with him.

With student mental health in mind, Cincinnati-area school ditches valedictorian, salutatorian honors

The change comes after a year-long study and focus groups with students, staff, and families.

  Hero students highlight shift in school shooting guidance

A majority of school districts have now embraced such an approach, with experts saying educators need to give staff and students as many options as possible in the worst-case scenario.

  Graduation day at U of A

Mountain View H.S. FBLA members medal in 8 events at State, qualify for Nationals

Brooke’s Bargains: Showing teachers some love with savings

New law requires teachers to get suicide prevention training

  Tucson-made documentary looks at teacher struggles in AZ

  TUSD students with disabilities learn real-world job skills at internships

The U.S. News Best High Schools rankings are in, see which AZ schools ranked this year

Charter school, Basis Scottsdale, held the top spot last year, but now it’s number three.

  KOLD INVESTIGATES: School lunch debt causing problems for southern Arizona’s biggest district

"You don't want to take food away from a child," said Lindsay Aguilar, RD, SNS, and Administrative Dietitian-Coordinator for Food Services at Tucson Unified School District.

  Suicides on rise on college campuses

Active Minds tours the country with its Send Silence Packing display. They use 1,100 backpacks to represent to number of college students who commit suicide each year.

Southern AZ facing a shortage of STEM teachers

“I know here in Arizona we have a huge teacher turn over rate. For a variety of reasons. But it’s especially hard to find people trained in STEM.” said Yewell.

New Orleans student accepted to 115 colleges, offered $3.7 million in scholarships

An 18-year-old New Orleans high school senior has been accepted into 115 colleges and has been offered more than $3.7 million in scholarships.

  Downtown rally planned one year after historic teacher walkout

Educators plan to push for more funding.

  MCAT High School expanding programs in construction, computer networking, robotics

The classes are more centered around one-on-one interactions.

Charges dropped against University of Arizona students for incident with border patrol agents

The students could still face discipline as the school continues its investigation.

Pima County School Superintendent Williams receives Distinguished Alumni Award

The award recognizes a graduate of an Amphitheater high school who has achieved the pinnacle of success in his or her chosen field as a professional or volunteer and is presented by The Volpe Team at Nova Home Loans.

J.O. Combs Unified School District April Students of the Month

The J.O. Combs Unified School District continues to partner with Banner Ironwood in a Student of the Month program, which recognizes one student every month from each of our schools.

U of A to hold forum to address First Amendment rights

The forum will address free speech, expression and the law.

Nash Elementary School locked down because of nearby police activity

Police officers are in the area trying to apprehend a wanted person near the school.

  Louisiana teen takes senior photos at Chick-fil-A, internet goes wild

When taking senior portraits, Khloe, who’s a senior at Deridder High school decided to take her love for Chick-fil-A to a whole new level.

  New fence around outdoor learning program to help keep homeless out

However, for the past two years, there’s been less learning and more clean up. That’s due to an increased homeless population in the area, who have decided to use B.E.L.L as a place to set up camp.

ABOR raises tuition yet again for 2019-20 academic year

New UA undergrad students will see the least financial tuition increase.

  Autism Academy opening soon, will help tackle resource shortage

Things like smaller class sizes and specifically trained teachers automatically appealed to the Nattrass family, something that isn’t available at a typical school.

  Protesters remain silent at free speech demonstration

Wednesday’s protesters, many of whom wore yellow tape over their mouths, marched in silence in single file, from the Main Gate to the office of Dr. Robert Robbins, the University of Arizona President.

  UA astronomers help snap first picture of black hole in space

A black hole in the M87 galaxy, invisible to the human eye, has been photographed.

TUSD 2019 Young Entrepreneurs Academy graduates

YEA is a groundbreaking educational program that takes middle and high school students through the process of starting and running a business.

Event Horizon Telescope project announces groundbreaking results

The EHT project captured the first ever image of a black hole.

New buses on the way for four Cochise County school districts

The $5 million grant will pay for 45 new vehicles for the rural school districts and charter schools across Arizona, including four in Cochise County - Valley Union High School District, San Simon Unified School District, Pomerene Elementary School District, and Benson Unified School District.

  UA Student Media has to find new home after 15 years

But now the students who work every day to get the paper to press, songs on the radio, and news on the air, feel pushed aside.

Raytheon, AIA partner to bolster robotics in southern AZ high schools

Raytheon will donate $2,000 to the winning school to support the program start-up.

  TUSD hoping online enrollment helps with declining student numbers

The district lost 1,400 students from last year to this year

  TUSD program puts Narcan in high schools

The only people trained currently to administer Narcan are school nurses and health assistants

New program manager at Las Artes Arts & Education Center

Now, she hopes to be the guiding influence on the lives of the youth age 17 to 22 who are coming to Las Artes, often after unsuccessful stints at traditional high schools.

Tucson Values Teachers seeking video nominations from students

According to a news release from TVT, they will be surprising five K-12 southern Arizona teachers with the award based on nominations submitted by students.

Ninth Circuit extends deadline for entries in 2019 high school civics contest

Students may enter both the essay and video competitions.

Bill would require suicide prevention training in AZ schools

Districts would have flexibility in terms of meeting the mandate

Father of Sandy Hook shooting victim who died of apparent suicide was UA graduate

Jeremy Richman, the father of one of the children killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary mass shooting in 2012, was found dead Monday morning.

University presidents release tuition proposals

The proposal for the University of Arizona continues the Tuition Guarantee Program.

  Gov. Ducey emphasizes state’s relationship with Mexico, economic boom it provides

"Mexico is our number one trading partner times four," AZ Governor Doug Ducey said. "We've tended to the relationships."

UA student-led CatSat Mission selected by NASA

The selections are part of the 10th round of NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative.

J.O. Combs Unified School District March Students of the Month

The J.O. Combs Unified School District continues to partner with Banner Ironwood in a Student of the Month program, which recognizes one student every month from each of our schools.

Earn to Learn recognized and awarded by the Friends of Oro Valley Public Library

Earn to Learn is a financial literacy fund matching program that assists students in state universities with completing their degrees while limiting their financial burden.

  Coaches and parents in college admissions scheme find jobs in danger

At a brief court appearance Wednesday, a judge allowed Lori Loughlin to be released on $1 million bond and travel to the area around Vancouver, Canada, to work but otherwise imposed strict travel restrictions.

  Safford Police requesting charges for CDO wrestler who assaulted Salpointe coach

Detectives are requesting charges against the 18-year-old CDO wrestler who attacked a Salpointe coach last month.

School lunches will go ‘meatless’ on Mondays in New York

All breakfasts and lunches served in the city's public-school cafeterias will be vegetarian the first day of the school week.

  ‘It is extremely infuriating:’ Arizona students react to nationwide admissions scam

"Operation Varsity Blues:" The FBI announced an investigation into a scheme aimed at securing admission to prestigious universities.

Four of the best spellers in southern AZ are heading to the AZ State Spelling Bee

The best speller on March 23 will then represent Arizona in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C. later this spring.

Tucson school bus involved in crash in midtown

A school bus was involved in a crash in midtown Tucson Tuesday, March 12

  PCC mulls options for suspect in threat incident, considers changing alert system

Suspect is registered for one class at the college

  TUSD superintendent talks AIA punishment, magnet schools

The head of southern Arizona's largest school district is not proud of the fact a Tucson Unified school violated an AIA policy, but Superintendent Gabriel Trujillo is pleased with the way Sabino High School administrators handled the investigation.

Board of Supervisors moves forward with process to fill District 1 vacancy

At a Special Meeting on February 19, the Board of Supervisors agreed to accept applications from interested candidates up until noon on Monday, February 25.

School bus driver crashed into tree while under influence of drugs, NJ police say

First responders found the bus driver unconscious at the crash site and used Narcan to revive her.

Applications sought for Bisbee school district board vacancy

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply. To be eligible to hold a seat on this board, candidates must be registered to vote, a citizen of the United States, at least 18 years of age, and have continually resided in the school district for at least one year prior to taking office.

  UPDATE: AIA places Sabino HS girls basketball on probation

This removes Sabino from the 3A postseason.

Teacher cuts waist-length hair to support 5-year-old girl bullied for short haircut

After a 5-year-old in Texas got her hair cut, her friends started calling her a boy, and she began wearing a hat to school. But her teacher’s kind gesture changed everything.

TUSD Instructional Coordinator honored as ‘Illuminator of the Year’

The honor, bestowed by leading K-12 student achievement solution Illuminate Education, is awarded to a select group of educators and administrators committed to increasing the power of teaching and the delight of learning.

J.O. Combs Unified School District February Students of the Month

The J.O. Combs Unified School District continues to partner with Banner Ironwood in a Student of the Month program, which recognizes one student every month from each of our schools.

Schools closed in Sonoita, Patagonia districts because of power outage

Schools expected to reopen next week

Two new career programs starting for southern AZ kids

TUSD is breaking ground Friday at Santa Rita High School on a new facility that will house the districts new dental and diesel CTE programs.

  Capitol Action: Gov. Ducey signs SB 1014

It is slated to change the state’s approach to teaching English to immigrant students, while leaving a lot more power in the hands of the teacher.

  KOLD HEROES: Local teacher honors student with musical

Students at the Academy of Math and Science on Prince say they are ready to pay tribute to a former student who was taken too soon.

  Fifth annual Career and Technical Education Letter of Intent Signing Day for PCC

A record number of students from area high schools, as well as new students at PCC, signed their national college letters of intent, similar to a “signing day” for athletes, and don a PCC baseball cap.

  Mesa Verde kindergartners marry the letters ‘Q’ and ‘U’ for V-Day

Students were able to practice their social skills and phonics

Pima County School Superintendent Dustin Williams honored with Gifted Award

Superintendent Williams was presented with the award at the 45th Annual AAGT Conference in Phoenix on Feb. 7.

  University in Arizona helping create smarter robots for your life

Researchers at an Arizona university are creating robots that can be taught the same way you teach a child; from completing simple tasks, like throwing a ball in a hoop, to learning how to walk or clean a kitchen.