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April 22, 2014

April 16, 2014

  • Hungry Minds: Native American Education  |   Video
    • Arizona PBS will air a show called “Hungry Minds,” a documentary about the transformation of several Native American high school students. The film makes a compelling argument for revitalizing Native American education through of creativity and leadership. The project was produced by the Nick Lowery Foundation, which is headed by former NFL kicker Nick Lowery. He will appear on Arizona Horizon to talk about his film.

April 9, 2014

  • Native American Education  |   Video
    • Dr. Heather Shotton, former president of the National Indian Education Association and Dr. Bryan Brayboy, an ASU professor of indigenous education, will discuss Indian education issues, including student retention, graduation and higher education.

March 31, 2014

  • Charter Schools/Budget Battle  |   Video
    • Charter schools are being created by traditional public schools and that results in more money per pupil for the schools. The practice is being contested by some lawmakers as they work on the state budget. Chuck Essigs of the Arizona Association of School Business Officials will discuss how the practice works.
  • AZ Giving and Leading: Joe Foss Institute Dinner  |   Video
    • The Joe Foss Institute is a Scottsdale-based organization that was founded by Medal of Honor Recipient Joe Foss and his wife Didi. It is dedicated to advancing civics education. The "2014 Stars in Service” dinner benefiting the Institute is set for April 6. The event honors some of our Nation’s preeminent heroes, educators, and public servants, and will feature keynote speaker Charles Krauthammer, along with journalist Carl Bernstein and actor Richard Dreyfuss. Local war hero Pat Tillman will be honored posthumously at the event. Event chair Karrin Taylor and Joe Foss Institute executive director Lucian Spataro will discuss the group and its mission.

March 20, 2014

  • Clinton Global Initiative University  |   Video
    • The seventh annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative University will take place this weekend at Arizona State University in Tempe. Former President Bill Clinton, Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Clinton Foundation Vice Chair Chelsea Clinton will meet with more than 1,000 student leaders from around the world. The students will work at developing solutions to human rights abuses, women’s social and economic empowerment, and HIV/AIDS in the United States. Jacqueline Smith, ASU Executive Director of University Initiatives, will talk about the event, along with two of the student participants: ASU students Kathleen Stafanik and Josue Macias.

March 11, 2014

  • Voucher Expansion  |   Video
    • A bill has been proposed that would expand Arizona’s voucher system to pay for private schools and make it available to 73 percent of the state’s students. The bill’s sponsor, Representative Debbie Lesko, will discuss her bill with Representative Eric Meyer, who opposes it.
  • AZ Giving & Leading: Florence Crittenton of Arizona  |   Video
    • Founded in 1896, Florence Crittenton is Arizona’s oldest social services agency. Florence Crittenton provides shelter, counseling, social support and education to nearly 1,200 girls and their families. The young women and girls served by Florence Crittenton have suffered from poverty, abuse, neglect, crime and homelessness. Florence Crittenton CEO Dr. Kellie Warren will discuss her agency’s programs.

March 5, 2014

  • State of Women in Arizona  |   Video
    • A new report will be released on the state of women in Arizona by the Arizona Foundation for Women. It was conducted by the Grand Canyon Institute for the Southern Foundation of Arizona Women and looks at the economic and education conditions of women and families in our state and offers solutions to the problems it outlines. Sara Presler, CEO of the Arizona Foundation for Women, and Grand Canyon Institute Fellow Molly Castelazo, will talk about the report’s findings.

February 20, 2014

  • Arizona’s National Monuments   |   Video
    • The book “Arizona’s National Parks and Monuments” gives details about Arizona’s 20 federally-recognized parks and monuments. Donna and George Hartz will talk about their book.

February 10, 2014

  • Optimal Aging  |   Video
    • The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Arizona State University will hold a forum on “optimal aging.” Six speakers will present information on the latest research on the topic. Richard Knopf, director of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute in the ASU College of Public programs, will talk about the event and optimal aging.
  • Broadband for Schools  |   Video
    • Governor Jan Brewer has proposed expanding the state’s internet broadband infrastructure for schools at a cost of $350 million. However, the plan is meeting some resistance from school officials because it calls for schools to pay for it. Chuck Essigs, director of governmental relations for the Arizona Association of School Business Officials, will talk about the plan.

February 3, 2014

  • Arizona State of Education  |   Video
    • Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal delivers his Arizona State of Education speech, Monday, February 3, and will discuss the status of our education system on Arizona Horizon.

January 23, 2014

  • Arizona Women’s Education and Employment  |   Video
    • Arizona Women’s Education and Employment provides programs and services to women and men who want to improve their current employment opportunities. Marie Sullivan, AWEE president and CEO, will discuss her group’s mission and the most meaningful way to measure the effectiveness of her group’s efforts.

January 22, 2014

  • Author Thomas Moore  |   Video
    • Thomas Moore, author of the bestselling “Care of the Soul,” will talk about his new book, “A Religion of One's Own: A Guide to Creating a Personal Spirituality in a Secular World.” In a Religion of One's Own, Moore looks at the possibilities of creating a personal spiritual style, inside or outside of formal religion.

January 21, 2014

  • Historian/Author Jack August  |   Video
    • Arizona historian and author Jack August will discuss his latest work, “The Norton Trilogy," the story of three generations of Arizona's Norton family and their impact on western water supplies and policies.

January 6, 2014

  • Social Services/Legislature  |   Video
    • Budgets for social services in Arizona have been hard-hit in the past few years. Join social services advocates as they talk about what they would like to see from the Arizona legislature in its upcoming session. Dana Naimark, president and CEO of the Children’s Action Alliance, Andrew Morrill, president of the Arizona Education Association and Tara McCollum Plese of the Arizona Alliance for Community Health Centers will discuss issues important to social services advocates.

December 17, 2013

  • Sustainability: ASU Zero Waste   |   Video
    • Arizona State University commits to minimizing waste through its Zero Waste Campus Initiative. The initiative covers both liquid and solid wastes. Nick Brown, director of university sustainability practices, will discuss the Zero Waste Campus Initiative.

December 16, 2013

  • AZ Technology and Innovation: High Tech Survey  |   Video
    • A new poll shows that high tech company leaders are worried about a lack of tech talent and the quality of education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Steven Zylstra, chair of the Technology Councils of North America, who conducted the survey, will talk about the results.

December 3, 2013

  • Program for International Student Assessment  |   Video
    • The Program for International Student Assessment, otherwise known as PISA, will be released December 3. It will offer results on the 2012 international assessment measuring 15-year-old students' reading, mathematics and science literacy skills. President and CEO of Expect More Arizona Pearl Chang Esau will talk about where Arizona students ranked in the international assessment.
  • The Arizona We Want Grant  |   Video
    • The Center for the Future of Arizona announced today it has raised $1.375 million to fund implementation of The Arizona We Want 2.0: The Case for Action. The plan calls for improving the lives of Arizonans in eight key areas, including education, job creation, environment, water management and healthcare. The Center for the Future of Arizona Chairman and CEO Dr. Lattie Coor will discuss the implementation of the new funds.

December 2, 2013

  • School Funding Lawsuit  |   Video
    • Some charter school students and their families are asking that the Arizona Court of Appeals reverse a Maricopa County Superior Court ruling from last April that upheld the current funding system for K-12 schools. Those filing the suit say that system gives much more money per pupil to traditional public school students. The plantiff’s attorney, Korey Langhofer, and Arizona Education Association President Andrew Morrill, will discuss the case and school funding for charter and traditional public schools.

November 28, 2013

  • Arizona Artbeat: Metal Sculptor  |   Video
    • Phoenix artist Kevin Caron came to art late in his life. In the Navy, he worked as a machinist, and after his discharge, he ran a foreign car repair shop. He started his career as a metal sculptor by building a privacy screen for his shop. Caron will talk about his art work.

November 27, 2013

  • ASU Indian Legal Program  |   Video
    • Arizona State University’s Indian Legal Program is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. The program was established in 1988 to provide legal education, scholarship in the area of Indian law and public service to tribal governments. Regents' Professor of Law and Executive Director of the Indian Legal Program Rebecca Tsosie, and Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community President Diane Enos, an Indian Legal Program alumna, will talk about the program and its impact on both tribes in Arizona and the state as a whole.

November 21, 2013

  • Disruptive Innovation  |   Video
    • Michael Horn is the Co-founder and Executive Director of Education at The Clayton Christensen Institute For Disruptive Innovation, a think tank that applies the theories of “Disruptive Innovation” to problems in social areas. He will talk about how Disruptive Innovation theories, where innovative, simpler and more affordable ideas replace older, more complicated and expensive ideas, can be used to improve education by identifying the root causes of schools’ struggles and suggest ways to customize learning for students.
  • President Kennedy’s Arizona Connection  |   Video
    • The 50th Anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination is November 22nd. His influence was felt in Arizona on the Central Arizona Project and in the political career of former Arizona Governor Raul Castro. Visiting Scholar in Legal History at the law firm of Snell & Wilmer Jack August, will discuss Kennedy’s Arizona connections.

November 14, 2013

  • Arizona ArtBeat: New Arts Funding  |   Video
    • The Arizona Commission on the Arts received a one-time budget allocation of $1 million for fiscal year 2014 from the state legislature. The new money will be used to support the commission’s existing statewide grant-making activities to promote arts education and access to nonprofit art organizations. It will also be used to create a pair of brand new grant programs designed to support innovative art initiatives. Arts Commission Executive Director Robert Booker will discuss the new funding.

November 13, 2013

  • State-of-the-University  |   Video
    • The Arizona Board of Regents is the governing board for Arizona’s three universities. Board President Eileen Klein will give a State-of-the-University address Wednesday, November 13, and will appear on Arizona Horizon to talk about the state of Arizona’s three universities.

November 12, 2013

  • Environmental Plan for Navajo Generating Station  |   Video
    • The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed new rules that will require owners of the Navajo Generating Station to pay $1.1 billion dollars to limit emissions from the plant. Owners of the plant say if approved, that will force them to shut down the power plant. Much of the electricity from the plant is used to pump water uphill in the Central Arizona Project Canal. A technical working group has come up with an alternative plan, and the CAP is asking members of the public to contact the EPA by January 6 to support their plan. CAP General Manager David Modeer will discuss the issue, along with Marshall Johnson of To Nizhoni Ani, a group with a mission to protect and preserve the environment.
  • Heart Ball  |   Video
    • Heart disease and stroke are the number one and four killers in Arizona. Since 1959, the Heart Ball has been held to raise money for education, prevention, research and programs to help fight heart disease. Susan Doria, the chair of the Heart Ball, will discuss the event and the impact of the deadly disease.

November 7, 2013

  • Piper Charitable Trust Encore Career Prize  |   Video
    • The Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust will honor an inspiring encore career leader who is addressing a major social need in Maricopa County with a second career. We will talk Mike McQuaid, winner of the inaugural Piper Trust Encore Career Prize.
  • Arizona Town Hall  |   Video
    • The latest Arizona Town Hall focuses on early childhood education. More than 170 Arizona leaders, businesspeople, educators, elected officials and students hammered out the latest town hall report to lay out ideas to foster improvements in our education system. President of Arizona Town Hall Tara Jackson and President and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce Todd Sanders will discuss the report.

November 4, 2013

  • Education Success Report  |   Video
    • A new report from The Annie E. Casey Foundation, “The First Eight Years: Building a Foundation for Lifetime Success,” addresses how states can help children thrive. The report shows problems children are facing and also points to solutions. Dana Naimark of the Children’s Action Alliance will discuss the report.

October 28, 2013

  • Bob Schieffer  |   Video
    • Bob Schieffer has been a television journalist for CBS News since 1969. He's one of the few journalists to have covered the White House, Congress, the Pentagon and the Department of State. He's moderated presidential debates, including one in 2004 in Tempe. Schieffer, the 2013 recipient of the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism, will join Horizon Host Ted Simons to talk about his career and journalism.

October 23, 2013

  • School Overrides  |   Video
    • More than 30 school districts in Maricopa County will turn to voters this year in school override elections which, if approved, allow schools to override their budget. Some district officials say they need money from local taxpayers to make up for cuts in state funding. Scottsdale Superintendent David Peterson and John Fischer, executive director of Stand for Children in Arizona, will discuss overrides and the reasons schools seek them.

October 22, 2013

  • After School Education  |   Video
    • The Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence is proposing quality standards for out-of-school-time programs. The standards, “School’s Out, Make It Count: Arizona Quality Standards for Out-of-School Programs,” were produced in partnership with the Valley of the Sun United Way. They were based on statewide input from out-of-school time providers, educators, families, business leaders and policymakers. Melanie McClintock, executive director of the Center, will discuss the standards.

October 8, 2013

  • Arizona Wine Learning Center  |   Video
    • A wine education center has been set up at Yavapai College. The Southwest Wine Center, on the Verde Valley campus in Clarkdale, is a premier academic center supporting wine growers throughout the Southwest. Maynard Keenan, a musician for the rock band “Tool” and Jerome Mayor Nikki Check have been instrumental in building the center and will appear on Arizona Horizon to tell us more.

September 23, 2013

  • Raising Children in a Competitive Culture  |   Video
    • Sociologist Hilary Levey Friedman has written a book titled “Playing to Win: Raising Children in a Competitive Culture.” It looks at the role of after-school competitive activities in future life success. Friedman’s book also examines gender roles in competitive activities. Friedman will talk about her book and concepts.

September 19, 2013

  • Rodel Education Forum   |   Video
    • The Rodel Foundation of Arizona, which is committed to helping create a world-class system of public schools in Arizona, is hosting an education forum to foster a conversation about better education. Education leaders will act as “table hosts” to facilitate discussions with leaders from the business and education worlds. Also, a panel will discuss education reform. Jackie Norton, President & CEO of the Rodel Foundation will share details.

September 12, 2013

  • Pension Spiking  |   Video
    • Pension spiking is the practice of adding sick leave, vacation pay and other benefits at the end of a worker’s career to increase their pension. The Goldwater Institute has sued to stop the practice in the city of Phoenix. Arizona Republic columnist Laurie Roberts will discuss the issue.
  • Education Funding  |   Video
    • A new report shows that Arizona had the third-highest state funding cuts per pupil since the recession started. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities shows state funding for school districts has fallen an inflation-adjusted 17-percent since 2008. Education-funding expert Chuck Essigs of the Arizona Association of School Business Officials will talk about education funding in our state.

September 9, 2013

  • AZ Giving & Leading: Fresh Start Women’s Foundation  |   Video
    • Fresh Start Women’s Foundation is a Phoenix organization formed in 1992 by two women as a tribute to the life of their grandmother, who faced financial and emotional hardships. The mission of the foundation is to empower women to transform their lives through engagement and education. Some of the programs offered include career services, self-esteem and mentoring programs, and education services. Fresh Start President and CEO Susan Berman and a former client, Coleen Rossi, will talk about the organization.

August 28, 2013

  • AZ Technology & Innovation: Arizona SciTech Festival Kickoff Conference  |   Video
    • Hundreds of the state’s business, science and education leaders will gather in Scottsdale for the Second Annual Arizona SciTech Festival Kickoff Conference on September 4. The conference will include 16 panel discussions, a keynote address and roughly 50 interactive stations to help those participating in the 2014 Arizona SciTech Festival make the most of their planning. Jeremy Babendure, Executive Director of the Arizona SciTech Festival, and Jeanine Jerkovic, Glendale’s Economic Development Administrator, will discuss the conference and the SciTech Festival.

August 15, 2013

  • Intel Skills-Based Volunteering  |   Video
    • Chip-manufacturer Intel offers free mentoring to non-profit organizations, schools and government agencies in strategic planning, lean principles, risk management, human resources structuring and other business management principles. The Gilbert Fire Department and Northern Arizona University’s extended campuses are among the agencies that have taken advantage of Intel’s free services. Rudy Hacker of Intel, the founder of the program, will discuss the free mentoring.

August 7, 2013

  • Common Core  |   Video
    • New curriculum standards called “Common Core” go into full implementation this year at Arizona public schools. Arizona has joined 46 other states to use the Common Core standards for K-12 math and English. The standards will be tested using the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) test. Schools are facing challenges in implementing the new standards and testing. Denise Birdwell, the superintendent of the Higley Unified School District, will talk about the challenges schools face in implementing the new standards.

August 5, 2013

  • Arizona Schools Report Card  |   Video
    • Letter grades have been issued for Arizona public schools by the Arizona Department of Education. State Superintendent John Huppenthal will talk about the grades, which have shown some improvement.

July 22, 2013

  • Avondale Mayor/Education Secretary  |   Video
    • Avondale Mayor Marie Lopez Rogers met with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, other mayors and school superintendents in Washington, D.C. recently. They discussed partnership opportunities between cities and the U.S. Department of Education to create effective approaches to education reform. Mayor Rogers, the National League of Cities’ President, will talk about what was discussed in that meeting.

July 18, 2013

  • Metal Sculptor Kevin Caron  |   Video
    • Phoenix artist Kevin Caron came to art late in his life. In the Navy, he worked as a machinist, and after his discharge, he ran a foreign car repair shop. He started his career as a metal sculptor by building a privacy screen for his shop. Caron will talk about his art work.

July 17, 2013

  • Janet Napolitano  |   Video
    • Former Arizona governor Janet Napolitano has resigned as Secretary of Homeland Defense to take a post running California’s University System. Arizona State University pollster Bruce Merrill will talk about Napolitano’s latest career move.

June 13, 2013

  • Rural Schools Survey  |   Video
    • More than 3,000 rural superintendents, principals and teachers were asked in a survey what rural schools need to teach math and science by the Arizona Department of Education. Science Foundation Arizona Chief Operating Officer Margaret Mullen will discuss the results of that survey.

June 10, 2013

  • Education Savings Accounts  |   Video
    • The Arizona Court of Appeals denied a request to block Arizona’s education savings account program recently, a ruling expected to be appealed. The program allows families to use money that would have been spent in traditional public schools for private schools, homeschooling or education therapy. Clint Bolick, the lead attorney from the Goldwater Institute, and Don Peters, an attorney representing the Arizona Education Association, will discuss education savings accounts.

June 4, 2013

  • American Indian History/Education  |   Video
    • Arizona State University Professor Donald Fixico will be teaching a new class in the fall that includes American Indian views and values with tools to succeed at the university. Fixico will talk about that and his new book, “Call for Change: The Medicine Way of American Indian History, Ethos & Reality.” His book argues that the current discipline of American Indian history is insensitive to Native people’s view of history.

June 3, 2013

  • Sales Tax End/Education  |   Video
    • A one-cent state sales tax ended at the end of May. Most of the money from the tax went to education. Chuck Essigs, Director of Governmental Relations for the Arizona Association of School Business Officials, will talk about the impact of the end of the sales tax on education.

May 23, 2013

  • Education Town Hall   |   Video
    • The latest Arizona Town Hall dealt with higher education in Arizona. The percentage of Arizonans with college degrees remains below the national average, funding for higher education is declining, and access to postsecondary education remains a challenge for many. Panelists who attended the Arizona Town Hall on higher education will talk about solutions offered at the event.

May 2, 2013

  • Arizona Education Issues  |   Video
    • An Education Nation Summit will be held in Phoenix to discuss Arizona education. Education Nation is an NBC program that looks at local education needs. Paul Luna of the Helios Education Foundation will talk about Arizona's education issues.

May 1, 2013

  • Education Success  |   Video
    • Byron Garrett, a former policy adviser to Arizona Governor Napolitano, has written a book that approaches success in education from a different angle. The newly released book, “The ABC’s of Life,” provides practical advice for success in school and life. Barrett, a former school principal, will talk about his book and success in education.

April 1, 2013

  • Gwen Ifill  |   Video
    • Gwen Ifill is the managing editor and moderator of the PBS show “Washington Week.” She is also a senior correspondent for the PBS NewsHour, an author and has hosted vice presidential debates. Ifill will be at Arizona State University to talk about diversity in the media, and will talk about her career and journalism on “Arizona Horizon.”

March 25, 2013

  • Common Core Education Standards  |   Video
    • A bill being tied into the new “Common Core” education standards is facing strong criticism from those who see it as a national takeover of education. The bill, while not mentioning Common Core, would allow the state to transition from the AIMS test to another as a high school graduation requirement. Representative Heather Carter and Laddie Shane of the Maricopa County Republican Party discuss the pros and cons of the issue.

March 19, 2013

  • Performance Based Education Funding  |   Video
    • A bill has been introduced that would give high performing or improving schools more money. Dale Frost, Governor Brewer’s Education Policy Advisor, and Dr. David Garcia, Associate Professor of Education at Arizona State University, discuss the pros and cons of the idea.

March 6, 2013

  • Arizona Technology & Innovation: New Tech Degree  |   Video
    • This fall, ASU's College of Technology and Innovation will offer the only Bachelor of Science in Manufacturing Engineering in Arizona. This new program will help to accelerate and advance the transformation of the manufacturing industry in Arizona and nationwide. Ann McKenna of the College of Technology and Innovation will discuss the new degree.

March 5, 2013

  • Guns in Schools  |   Video
    • State Senator Rich Crandall has proposed a bill to allow rural teachers or administrators who meet certain requirements to carry concealed firearms, if approved by the school’s governing board. Senator Crandall and Senator Leah Landrum Taylor will discuss the pros and cons of the measure.

March 4, 2013

  • New ASU Business School Dean  |   Video
    • Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business has a new Dean. She is Amy Hillman, the first female dean of the school. Previously, she was Executive Dean of W.P. Carey, a world-renowned management expert, popular teacher and noted researcher. Hillman will talk about her new role and her goals for the school.

February 28, 2013

  • Arizona ArtBeat: David Hallberg: Boys in Ballet  |   Video
    • The world’s most famous male ballet dancer grew up and trained here in Arizona, and he’s established a scholarship here to get more boys interested in ballet. David Hallberg has established the “David Hallberg Scholarship for Boys.” He will talk about his scholarship, his career, and bullying he faced as a boy while studying ballet.

January 23, 2013

  • Inquiry Based Science Instruction  |   Video
    • The editors of Science magazine selected Kip Hodges, founding director of Arizona State University’s School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE), as one of 15 recipients of the Science Prize for Inquiry Based Instruction. Hodges talks about his inquiry-based approach to science education.

January 15, 2013

  • Common Core Education Standards  |   Video
    • This fall, Arizona schools will implement rigorous new academic standards. Find out more about the Common Core Education Standards from State Board of Education President Jaime Molera and Higley Unified School District Superintendent Denise Birdwell.

January 9, 2013

  • Encore Careers  |   Video
    • Vice President at Encore.org, Marci Alboher, talks about her new book “The Encore Career Handbook: How to Make a Living and a Difference in the Second Half of Life.”
  • Adult Education  |   Video
    • The East Valley Institute of Technology’s career training programs aren’t just for high school students. They’re also for adults making a career change or wanting to acquire skills that will help them compete in today’s competitive job market. EVIT’s Adult Education Consultant and State Senator David Schapira talks about the state of adult education in Arizona.

January 2, 2013

  • Legislative Priorities  |   Video
    • LIVE AT 5:30 p.m. - The state legislature hears from many different types of advocates who express their desires for state funding and legislation. Hear from several of those advocates as they talk about what they would like to see from the upcoming legislative session. Joining us will be Andrew Morrill, President of the Arizona Education Association, Glenn Hamer, President and CEO of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Tara McCollum Plese, Senior Director for External Affairs of the Arizona Association of Community Health Centers and Amy Kobeta, Vice President of the Children's Action Alliance.

December 13, 2012

  • Arizona’s School Choice Policy   |   Video
    • ASU professor David Garcia, director of the Arizona Education Policy Initiative for ASU’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, comments on his research on the effectiveness of Arizona’s school choice policies.

November 29, 2012

November 15, 2012

  • Arizona Health Insurance Exchange  |   Video
    • Arizona Governor Jan Brewer must decide soon Arizona will establish a state-run health insurance exchange or let the federal government be in charge of providing that service to Arizona residents. It’s a key part of the Affordable Care Act, President Obama’s health-reform law. Suzanne Kinney, Executive Director of the Arizona Chamber Foundation, a research and education arm of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, explains how a health insurance exchange works and what happens if Arizona decides not to operate its own exchange.

November 14, 2012

  • Education Funding  |   Video
    • The temporary 1-cent sales tax approved by voters in 2010 to fund public education expires next year. Prop 204, which would have permanently extended that tax, failed at the ballot box this November. We’ll take a look at how that affects the funding of public schools with John Arnold, Director of the Governor’s Budget Office; Chuck Essigs, Director of Governmental Affairs for the Arizona Association of School Business Officials; and Timothy Ogle, Executive Director of the Arizona School Boards Association.

October 24, 2012

September 25, 2012

  • Vote 2012: Prop 204 (Sales Tax Initiative)  |   Video
    • A measure to permanently extend a one-cent state sales tax is on the November ballot. The Quality Education and Jobs initiative would use that money to pay for education and road, rail, transit and other transportation projects. Ann-Eve Pedersen, Chairman of the Quality Education and Jobs initiative, will speak for the initiative. State Treasurer Doug Ducey will talk in opposition to the measure.
  • Focus on Sustainability: Arizona’s First Net Zero School  |   Video
    • Colonel Smith Middle School, on Fort Huachuca in southern Arizona near Sierra Vista, is the State’s first Net Zero Energy school, and only the 12th Net Zero Energy building in the nation. Learn more about the sustainable design of this school from Ronda Frueauff, Superintendent of Fort Huachuca Schools and Tony Wall of 3-W Management, the company that managed the school’s construction.

September 19, 2012

  • Move on When Ready  |   Video
    • More Arizona schools are getting involved in the second year of a national pilot program designed to allow high school students to move on to college or advanced coursework as early as their sophomore year. Dr. Sybil Francis, Executive Director of the Center for the Future of Arizona, provides an update on the Move on When Ready initiative.

September 17, 2012

  • Arizona Giving & Leading: Uniting Education and Business  |   Video
    • The Arizona Educational Foundation is launching the “UnitED” program to establish beneficial partnerships between public schools and businesses. Learn more about the program from Bobbie O’Boyle, Executive Director of the Arizona Educational Foundation, and Alicia Mandel, VP for Organization Effectiveness and Inclusion at the Apollo Group.

September 10, 2012

  • Arizona Common Core Education Standards  |   Video
    • Arizona is implementing new, more rigorous education standards this year. The Common Core Educational Standards have been adopted by 44 states to improve math and language skills among students. Arizona State Superintendent John Huppenthal and Arizona Education Association President Andrew Morrill will discuss the common core standards.

August 14, 2012

  • Major Investment in STEM Education  |   Video
    • The Helios Education Foundation is investing $4 million in the Arizona STEM Network. Led by Science Foundation Arizona, the Network is a statewide plan to improve student achievement in science, technology, engineering and math. Darcy Renfro of SFAz and Paul Luna of Helios explain how the money will be used.

July 26, 2012

  • Education Sales Tax Initiative  |   Video
    • Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett is asking the State Supreme Court if a state sales tax initiative should be placed on the November General election ballot. Bennett explains why he’s appealing a lower court’s ruling that said the initiative should be placed on the ballot.

July 25, 2012

  • Power Knowledge Corridor  |   Video
    • Mesa Vice Mayor Scott Somers explains what’s being done to transform a heavy concentration of educational institutions along Power Road into a knowledge-based economic engine for the city.

July 18, 2012

  • Sales Tax Extension  |   Video
    • Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett rejected petition signatures for the Quality Education and Jobs Initiative, which would extend a one-cent state sales tax. Bennett said wording on petition sheets didn’t match what was given to his office electronically. A court hearing will be held on the rejection of the signatures. Mary Jo Pitzl of the Arizona Republic will tell us what the court decides.

July 11, 2012

July 3, 2012

  • Arizona High School Graduation Rate  |   Video
    • Arizona's high school graduation rate has jumped 24 percent over the past decade, the highest increase in the nation. Part of that growth can be attributed to a ten percent increase in the Latino graduation rate from 2005 to 2011. Bill Hart of ASU's Morrison Institute and Dr. Kent Scribner, Superintendent of the Phoenix Union High School District, will discuss what led to the increase.

June 26, 2012

  • Education Sales Tax Initiative Disqualified  |   Video
    • Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett disqualified a voter initiative from going to the ballot because the petitions were not filed properly. Find out what happened, and what’s next for the initiative that seeks a permanent sales tax increase to pay for education, from Ann-Eve Pedersen Chairman of the Quality Jobs and Education Committee that’s backing the initiative

June 20, 2012

  • Arizona Technology & Innovation: Drone Testing  |   Video
    • President Barack Obama recently signed the National Defense Authorization Act, which allows for the establishment of six testing sites for drones to be used in commercial applications and by the government for other than military use. Arizona is competing to be one of those test sites. Retired Gen. John Regni, a technical adviser with the Arizona Commerce Authority, will discuss the effort.

June 19, 2012

  • Spanish-language Media: SB 1070 Education  |   Video
    • Spanish-language media across Arizona are uniting as “Hoy Somos Arizona” (Today We Are Arizona) to present a 30-minute program designed to educate and prepare Latino viewers for the forthcoming Supreme Court ruling on SB 1070. Abigail Duarte of “Mi Familia Vota” talks about the program that will be shown statewideJune 20th at 5pm .

June 6, 2012

  • Public Education: U.S. vs. China  |   Video
    • After visiting more than 20 public schools in China and India, San Diego school teacher Keith Ballard, a 2003 Milken U.S. National Educator of the Year, launched a public awareness campaign to improve public education. Ballard talks about the campaign and what he’s hoping to accomplish.

June 5, 2012

  • LISC Phoenix   |   Video
    • Executive Director of LISC Phoenix, Teresa Brice, talks about her organization that, for the past 20 years, has been helping Valley residents transform neglected neighborhoods into areas of pride by way of financial aid, technical assistance and advocacy.

May 24, 2012

  • Arizona ArtBeat: Mesa Arts Center’s Festival of Creativity  |   Video
    • A look at the Mesa Arts Center’s recent Festival of Creativity and its mission of community outreach. The event offered festival goers the opportunity to enjoy as well as participate in a variety of arts and performance activities, while also providing artists and performers with a unique opportunity for collaboration.
  • McCain Institute for International Leadership  |   Video
    • Arizona State University is launching the nonprofit McCain Institute for International Leadership. ASU President Michael Crow talks about the mission of the new nonpartisan education and research institute that is funded initially by a $9 million gift from a charitable trust established by Arizona Senator John McCain.
  • AZ Vocational Education in TIME Magazine  |   Video
    • Arizona Superintendent of Public Education John Huppenthal discusses Arizona’s Career and Technical Education programs that were featured in a recent issue of TIME Magazine.

May 8, 2012

May 3, 2012

  • Arizona ArtBeat: Arizona Commission on the Arts  |   Video
    • The State Legislature has reauthorized the Arizona Commission on the Arts for another ten years. The commission’s executive director Robert Booker discusses the commission’s vital role in economic development and public education.

April 24, 2012

  • Doctor Residencies Report  |   Video
    • A new report highlighting physician residency programs and the role they play in economic development, ensuring Arizona’s health care workforce is robust enough to meet the State’s health care needs. Guests include: Suzanne Taylor, Senior Vice President of Public Policy for the Arizona Chamber of Commerce; Dr. Michael Grossman, Director of Medical Education for Maricopa Integrated Health System; and Dr. Michael Whitcomb, a Flinn Foundation Medical Innovation Visiting Scholar at the UA College of Medicine – Phoenix.

April 17, 2012

  • Charter Schools vs. Traditional Public Schools  |   Video
    • Join Arizona Horizon for a conversation about charter schools & traditional public schools’ differences, similarities, advantages, disadvantages and shared challenges with Eileen Sigmund, Executive Director of the Arizona Charter Schools Association and Jeff Smith, Superintendent of the Balsz Elementary School District in Phoenix.

April 3, 2012

  • Autism Increase  |   Video
    • New Numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate more children than previously thought have autism. The increase is attributed to wider screening. Dr. Bryan Davey of the Arizona Autism Coalition Board and Director of Behavioral Services at ACCEL (Arizona Centers for Comprehensive Education and Life Skills) will discuss the new numbers.

March 26, 2012

  • Government Employees  |   Video
    • Government workers talk about how their jobs and the public services they provide would be impacted by legislative efforts to change the state’s personnel and public union laws.

March 21, 2012

  • Education Excellence   |   Video
    • Marc Tucker, President and CEO of the National Center on Education and the Economy, talks about Arizona’s participation in the “Excellence for All” pilot program that’s sponsored by the NCEE.

March 14, 2012

  • Improving Public Education  |   Video
    • As Arizona joins other states in seeking federal approval to opt-out of certain requirements of No Child Left Behind, Horizon takes a look at what Arizona is doing right, what it’s doing wrong, and what it must start doing to improve public education. Guests are: State Representative Heather Carter and AEA President Andrew Morrill.

February 27, 2012

  • Legislative Budget  |   Video
    • Republican Representative John Kavanagh, Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee; and Democratic Representative Chad Campbell, the House Minority Leader; debate the merits of the legislature’s budget plan for next fiscal year.

February 15, 2012

  • Arizona’s Science Standards  |   Video
    • Science Standards for Arizona’s public schools recently received a “D” grade from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, a Washington-based education think tank. Darcy Renfro of Science Foundation Arizona comments on the findings.

February 1, 2012

  • Justice Michael Ryan  |   Video
    • Retired Arizona Supreme Court Justice Michael Ryan passed away this week at the age of 66. During his career as a trial judge, he presided over some of the most high profile cases in Arizona history. In this 2010 interview, one of his last interviews on “Horizon”, Justice Ryan talks about his career.

January 17, 2012

January 12, 2012

  • Tucson School District Ethnic Studies  |   Video
    • Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal discusses his final ruling that the Tucson Unified School District’s Mexican American Studies Program violates state law.
  • Storing Nuclear Waste to Fund Education  |   Video
    • State Senator Al Melvin, Tucson Republican and Chair of the House Commerce and Energy Commission, explains his plan to raise money for public education by storing nuclear waste in Arizona.

January 2, 2012

  • 2012 Education Priorities  |   Video
    • Education advocates share their views on the state of public education in Arizona and what state lawmakers should focus on in 2012. Guests include Arizona Education Association President Andrew Morrill, Arizona School Administrators Executive Director Dr. Debra Duvall and Arizona Business and Education Coalition Executive Director Susan Carlson.

December 19, 2011

  • Arizona Technology and Innovation Special: Science and Math Club
    • One of the problems often cited with American education is that we lag behind other countries in math and science. An after-school program at a Chandler elementary school is aimed at helping younger students in those areas. Teacher Eileen Carey of Hartford Sylvia Encinas School in Chandler talks about the club.

December 15, 2011

  • Move on When Ready  |   Video
    • 14 Arizona schools are participating in the Move on When Ready initiative designed to prepare students for college and careers as early as their sophomore year of high school. It’s part of a national pilot program that seeks to make American high schools more globally competitive and more responsive to students' individual needs. Learn more about the program from Center for the Future of Arizona Executive Director Dr. Sybil Francis, Yuma Union High School District Superintendent Toni Badone and Helios Education Foundation President and CEO Paul Luna.

December 12, 2011

  • 2012 Education Priorities  |   Video
    • Education advocates share their views on the state of public education in Arizona and what state lawmakers should focus on in 2012. Guests include Arizona Education Association (AEA) President Andrew Morrill, Arizona School Administrators (ASA) Executive Director Dr. Debra Duvall, and Arizona Business and Education Coalition (ABEC) Executive Director Susan Carlson.

November 29, 2011

  • Education Empowerment Savings Accounts  |   Video
    • Attorneys on opposite sides of a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Arizona’s education empowerment savings accounts make their cases for and against the program.

November 28, 2011

  • State Parks   |   Video
    • Arizona State Parks Director Renee Bahl is leaving the agency next month to pursue other career opportunities. Before she leaves, we ask her about the current state of Arizona’s Parks System.

November 16, 2011

  • Education and Economic Growth  |   Video
    • The relationship between education, jobs and economic growth is the focus of the Developing Human Capital Conference taking place November 17 and 18 in Phoenix. Conference speaker Dr. Michael Mandelbaum discusses his recently published book titled “That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back”, and what it says about the ties between education and economic security.

November 11, 2011

November 10, 2011

  • Teaching Patriotism  |   Video
    • Lucian Spataro, President and CEO of the Scottsdale-based Joe Foss Institute talks about how the organization is teaming-up with veterans to teach elementary students about the values of patriotism and public service.
  • Legislative Arts Appropriations  |   Video
    • State funding for the arts has gone from little to nothing in recent years according to a policy briefing from ASU’s Morrison Institute for Public Policy. Hear from the author of the report Rhonda Phillips, Associate Dean of ASU’s Barrett Honors College Downtown Campus

November 3, 2011

  • Arizona ArtBeat: Phoenix Symphony & Music Education  |   Video
    • Symphony for the Schools and Classroom Concerts are two programs The Phoenix Symphony sponsors to instill an appreciation for music in a new generation of concert-goers. Learn more about the Symphony’s music education and outreach efforts with Resident Conductor Joseph Young.

October 26, 2011

  • Saving for College  |   Video
    • Dr. April Osborn, Executive Director of the Arizona Commission for Postsecondary Education, talks about the value and affordability of a college education and programs that help families pay for college.

October 12, 2011

  • Teacher Quality Documentary   |   Video
    • “Mitchell20: Teacher Quality is the Answer”, a new documentary that explores issues of teacher quality, was filmed at Mitchell School in Phoenix’ Isaac Elementary District. Executive Producer Kathy Wiebke, who also serves as Executive Director of the Arizona K12 Center, and Barnett Berry, the Founder and President of the Center for Teaching Quality discuss some of the issues the film brings to light.

September 29, 2011

  • ASU and Mayo Clinic  |   Video
    • The latest news on the partnership between ASU and the Mayo Clinic with ASU President Dr. Michael Crow and Dr. Wyatt Decker, CEO of the Mayo Clinic in Arizona.

September 28, 2011

  • Civic Leadership Academy  |   Video
    • The Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy is designed for individuals who are interested in becoming elected officials, policy advisors and government leaders. Learn more about the program from Nancy Welch, Director of the Flinn Foundation’s Arizona Center for Civic Leadership and David Martinez, a graduate of the leadership academy.
  • Digital Learning Seminar  |   Video
    • Dr. Sybil Francis, Executive Director of the Center for the Future of Arizona and State Senator Rich Crandall, Chairman of the Senate Education Committee, discuss the Southwest Digital Learning Seminar that focused on the use of technology in education.

September 7, 2011

  • Grand Canyon Musical Festival  |   Video
    • Now in its 28th season, the Grand Canyon Music Festival some of the world’s finest musicians as well as music education and outreach programs in rural Arizona. Dorothy Lawson and Cornelius Duffalo of the string quartet ETHEL talk about their music and their work with Native American composers through one of the festival’s outreach programs.

August 30, 2011

  • Science and Math Club  |   Video
    • One of the problems often cited with American education isthat we lag behind other countries in math and science. An after-school programat a Chandler elementary school is aimed at helping younger students in those areas. Teacher Eileen Carey of Hartford Sylvia Encinas School in Chandler talks about the club.

August 29, 2011

  • Arizona School Nutrition   |   Video
    • Mary Szafranski, Deputy Associate Superintendent in charge of Health and Nutrition Services for the Arizona Department of Education talks about school nutrition in Arizona.

July 27, 2011

  • Consolidating Arizona School Districts  |   Video
    • A special legislative committee has started looking at possible ways to consolidate Arizona school districts. Hear from members of that committee, Senator Rich Crandall and Superintendent of the Tolleson Union High School District Margo Seck.

July 20, 2011

  • Excess State Revenue  |   Video
    • The State of Arizona is on track to collect more tax revenues than projected when lawmakers passed the 2012 budget. State Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-Phoenix) and State Representative Justin Olson (R-Mesa) debate what the State should do with any extra money it collects.

June 30, 2011

  • Higher Education Funding  |   Video
    • Incoming Chairman of the Arizona Board of Regents Fred DuVal talks about his priorities which include a one-year tuition freeze and predictable levels of state funding at Arizona’s public universities.

June 28, 2011

  • Grand Canyon Institute  |   Video
    • Board members of the new think tank explain how it’s nonpartisan, centrist approach to research and education will help guide Arizona’s economic future.

June 22, 2011

June 20, 2011

  • TUSD Mexican American Studies  |   Video
    • Tucson Unified School District’s Governing Board President, Mark Stegeman, discusses the ruling by State Schools Chief John Huppenthal that the district’s Mexican American Studies program violates a new state law.

June 15, 2011

  • Mexican American Studies  |   Video
    • State Superintendent of Schools John Huppenthal discusses his determination that Tucson Unified School District’s Mexican American Studies program violates a new state law.

June 2, 2011

  • Cronkite News Service Washington, D.C. Bureau  |   Video
    • This week, the Cronkite News Service launched a bureau in Washington, D.C. giving ASU journalism students an opportunity to cover news and politics in the Nation’s capital. Find out more about it from Chris Callahan, the Dean of ASU’s Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

May 25, 2011

  • Arizona Technology & Innovation: STEM club  |   Video
    • Hartford Sylvia Encinas Elementary School in Chandler is getting kids interested in learning about math and science in an afternoon STEM club. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education. The school is taking part in the 21st Century Learning Centers. That’s a program approved by Congress that provides support for learning opportunities outside school hours. Hartford Sylvia Encinas teacher Eileen Carey will tell us more how the science club is helping kids learn.

April 26, 2011

  • Legislative Wrap-up: Education  |   Video
    • We take a look at the impact of budget cuts and other legislation on public education with Senator Rich Crandall, Chair of the Senate Education Committee; Ann-Eve Pedersen, president of the Arizona Education Network; and Chuck Essigs of the Arizona Association of School Business Officials.

April 18, 2011

  • Career and Technical Education  |   Video
    • The FY2012 state budget eliminates career and technical education funding for 9th grade students. Find out how that impacts Arizona’s efforts to prepare high school students for the workforce. Guests include Carolyn Warner, co-chair of the Arizona Skill Standards Commission; Jac Heiss, superintendent of the Coconino Association for Vocations, Industry and Technology; and Brandon Ames, CEO of ABLE Information Technologies.

April 13, 2011

  • Technology and Innovation: Intel Science Talent Search  |   Video
    • Some of the nation’s most promising high school seniors in math and science were recently honored at the 2011 Intel Science Talent Search. Meet a Chandler student who finished in the top 10. And learn about Intel’s efforts to encourage kids to pursue careers in math and science.

April 11, 2011

  • Five Communities Project  |   Video
    • The Center for the Future of Arizona has launched the Five Communities Project, an effort to help communities secure funding to implement their action plans in areas such as job creation, education, the environment and civic engagement. CFA Chairman and CEO Dr. Lattie Coor discusses the project’s goals.

April 7, 2011

  • Tuition Tax Credit Ruling  |   Video
    • Jeremy Tedesco, an attorney for the Alliance Defense Fund which was on the winning side of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Arizona’s tuition tax credit law, discusses the Court’s decision.

March 31, 2011

March 24, 2011

  • Arizona ArtBeat: Ear Candy Charity  |   Video
    • When schools are short on funding, arts education is often the first to get cut. The Phoenix non-profit Ear Candy Charity is helping to ensure that Arizona’s youth have access to a music education. The organization’s founder Nate Anderson discusses its work and how it is making a difference.

March 2, 2011

March 1, 2011

  • State Audit: Classroom Spending  |   Video
    • According to a new audit, the percentage of education spending that makes it into Arizona classrooms is the lowest it's been in ten years of tracking that data. Tara Lennon of the Arizona Auditor General's office discusses the findings.

February 28, 2011

February 10, 2011

  • African American Legislative Days  |   Video
    • State Senator Leah Landrum Taylor discusses the African American Legislative Days event which is focusing on education, economic development and the justice system.

January 24, 2011

  • School Choice  |   Video
    • We kick-off National School Choice Week with a discussion about Arizona’s experience with school choice. Guests include Lisa Graham Keegan, a former Arizona Schools Superintendent and Founder of the Education Breakthrough Network, and ASU Professor David Garcia, director of the Arizona Education Policy Initiative for the Mary Lou Fulton Teacher’s College.

January 20, 2011

  • Proposed Budget Cuts to Higher Education  |   Video
    • Governor Brewer's plans to deal with the huge budget shortfall includes substantial cuts to higher education. Chairman of the Arizona Board of Regents Anne Mariucci and Arizona State University President Michael Crow talk about the proposed cuts.

January 12, 2011

  • Bob Boze Bell  |   Video
    • His artwork has appeared in comic books and history books; on beer cans, in newspapers, and even on TV. He’s painted the west with his colorful commentary and striking illustrations of history’s most notorious outlaws and legendary lawmen. We’ll take a look at the art and career of Bob Boze Bell, Executive Editor of True West Magazine.

January 3, 2011

  • State Budget/Public Education  |   Video
    • A look at the fiscal challenges facing public education. Guests include State Representative John Kavanagh and Chuck Essigs of the Arizona Association of School Business Officials.

December 31, 2010

  • State Budget/Public Education  |   Video
    • A look at the fiscal challenges facing public education. Guests include State Representative John Kavanagh and Chuck Essigs of the Arizona Association of School Business Officials.

December 15, 2010

  • Influential Lobbyist  |   Video
    • Longtime APS lobbyist Marty Shultz is retiring after 32 years. He’s been an influential player in Arizona’s policy arena for more than three decades. We’ll talk with Shultz about some of his greatest successes and most disappointing failures during his career as a business and community leader.

November 4, 2010

  • For-profit Universities  |   Video
    • Grand Canyon University’s Brian Mueller discusses the role and economic impact of Arizona’s private, for-profit institutions of higher education.

September 30, 2010

September 27, 2010

  • Higher Education  |   Video
    • New York Times writer Claudia Dreifus discusses Higher Education?, a new book she co-authored about the rising costs of higher education and the value students receive in return.

September 20, 2010

  • Prop 107: Banning Affirmative Action Programs  |   Video
    • Prop 107 is debated. It’s a measure, referred to the ballot by the legislature, that bans affirmative action programs in the operation of public employment, public education and public contracting. Guests include Representative Steve Montenegro who sponsored and is for the measure, and Representative Kyrsten Sinema who’s opposed to it.

September 14, 2010

  • Federal Education Fund  |   Video
    • Arizona Education Association President Andrew Morrill discusses the nearly $212 million Arizona has been awarded from the federal government to help keep teachers employed.

September 13, 2010

  • English Learner Lawsuit  |   Video
    • The legal challenge to Arizona’s program for educating English learners is back in federal district court in Tucson. Meanwhile, the U.S. Department of Education has issued a determination that parts of the program violate federal law. We’ll hear from Tim Hogan, the attorney representing plaintiffs’ in the ELL lawsuit, and Tom Horne, one of the defendants.

August 16, 2010

  • Race to the Top  |   Video
    • Arizona is in the running to win nearly $250 million for public education in the federal Race to the Top competition. As one of 19 finalists, the state recently defended its application in Washington, D.C. Now, it waits to find out if it’s a winner. Eileen Klein, the Governor’s Chief of Staff, and Paul Koehler of WestEd discuss the state’s application.

August 9, 2010

  • Arizona Supreme Court Justice Michael Ryan  |   Video
    • Justice Michael Ryan recently retired from the state’s High Court after a judicial career that spans more than two decades. During that time, he presided over the criminal trial of former Governor Evan Mecham, the AzScam political corruption trial, and the Phoenix Suns drug case. Hear what Justice Ryan has to say about his career and the state of Arizona’s judiciary.

May 6, 2010

  • Move on When Ready  |   Video
    • State lawmakers passed a bill that allows high school students to advance academically and move on to college or career and technical study when they prove they’re capable of doing so. Learn more about “Move on When Ready” with program advocate Sybil Francis, executive director of the Center for the Future of Arizona.

April 28, 2010

  • Rep. Jack Brown Retirement  |   Video
    • After 36 years in the legislature, Representative Jack Brown of St. Johns is retiring. We’ll talk with the Arizona Democrat about his decision to retire and his long legislative career.

April 7, 2010

  • First Things First  |   Video
    • State lawmakers have referred a measure to the 2010 general election ballot asking Arizona voters to repeal First Things First, an early childhood development and education program, funded by a tax on cigarettes, that was passed by voters in 2006. If approved, the measure would redirect tax money collected for First Things First to the state general fund. Rhian Evans Allvin, Executive Director of First Things First, discusses the referendum.

April 5, 2010

  • Race to the Top  |   Video
    • Arizona didn’t exactly race to the top in its effort to win federal education funding in round one of the national “Race to the Top” grant competition. In fact, Arizona’s grant application was very near the bottom. Find out what went wrong, and what Arizona must do to become more competitive in round two.

March 22, 2010

  • Tax Increase Debate  |   Video
    • Voters will be deciding this May whether to increase the state sales tax by one-cent for three years. State Senator Thayer Verschoor of “Ax The Tax,” a group which opposes the increase, will discuss the proposal with John Wright of the Arizona Education Association, who supports the tax increase.

March 2, 2010

  • Women’s Safety, Health and Economic Security  |   Video
    • The economic recession and state budget cuts may be having a disproportionately negative impact on women. Leading advocates for women talk about how the current economic climate is threatening the safety, health and economic security of Arizona women. Guests include: Allie Bones, of the Arizona Coalition Against Domestic Violence; Jodi Liggett, Arizona Foundation for Women; and Marie Sullivan of Arizona Women’s Education and Employment.

February 18, 2010

  • Educating Like Florida  |   Video
    • Improvements on test scores for Florida’s K-12 students are linked to education reforms enacted in that state more than a decade ago. But, can Florida’s success be exported to the Grand Canyon State? Some Arizona lawmakers think so. We’ll take a look at bills they’re considering that follow Florida’s lead.

February 4, 2010

  • Education Solutions  |   Video
    • An exchange of ideas to improve public education with Chairman of the House Education Committee Representative Rich Crandall; Jack Lunsford, President and CEO of Westmarc; and John Wright of the Arizona Education Association.

February 1, 2010

  • ASU Teacher Education  |   Video
    • Dr. Mari Koerner, Dean of ASU’s College of Teacher Education and Leadership talks about the College’s efforts to improve teacher education, including a new partnership with Teach for America.

January 4, 2010

  • Justice Sandra Day O'Connor  |   Video
    • Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor is the first guest on HORIZON’s new set in Eight’s new downtown Phoenix studios. O’Connor will discuss her Arizona heritage, political and judicial career , and her current efforts to improve civic education and return civility to government.

December 31, 2009

  • Special Eight programming
    • Hats Off
      Mimi Weddell began her acting career at 65. She lived her dream by starring in television shows, movies and commercials.

December 22, 2009

  • Green Building – PART ONE  |   Video
    • The first of a two-part series on green building. See how three Arizona communities (Scottsdale, Chandler and Coconino County) are creating a more sustainable Arizona by building green. We’ll take a look at some of the green building principles used to create Audubon Arizona’s new education center in Phoenix. And we’ll show you how Arizona State University is transforming itself into a model of sustainability.

November 24, 2009

  • Teacher Lawsuit  |   Video
    • The Arizona Education Association has filed a special action with the Arizona Supreme Court against Governor Jan Brewer and the Arizona State Legislature over policy changes approved in special session that impact teacher’s salaries, contracts and their involvement in professional association activities. AEA President John Wright talks about the lawsuit.

October 29, 2009

  • State Land Department Self-funding Challenge  |   Video
    • The State Land Department sells and leases State Trust Lands to raise money for public schools. Now, a new state law allows the Department to keep up to ten percent of those earnings to manage those lands. That’s illegal, according to the Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest which is asking the Attorney General to stop those payments from continuing. Hear from former State Land Commissioner Mark Winkleman who helped establish the law and Arizona Education Association President John Wright who is supporting the legal challenge.

October 15, 2009

  • University Presidents  |   Video
    • The Arizona Board of Regents has challenged university presidents to come up with ways to make higher education more affordable. Arizona State University President Michael Crow, University of Arizona President Robert Shelton, and Northern Arizona University President John Haeger share their ideas for lower cost alternatives to the traditional 4-year university degree.

October 6, 2009

  • Audubon New Building  |   Video
    • Audubon Arizona has a new education center in South Phoenix that’s built on the latest “green” principles. Find out more from Sarah Porter of Audubon Arizona.

September 21, 2009

  • Tuition Tax Credits  |   Video
    • A legislative panel is searching for ways to stop reported abuses in Arizona’s tuition tax credit law. Meanwhile, there are those who say the law cannot be fixed because it’s unconstitutional. Hear what Institute for Justice attorney Tim Keller and AEA President John Wright have to say about the issue.

September 17, 2009

  • Civic Education  |   Video
    • Director of ASU’s Center for Civic Education and Leadership, Sherman Elliott, talks about the center’s mission to enhance civics education in Arizona’s public schools. He’ll comment on the Center’s Study of Civic Education in Arizona which indicates that civic education has been pushed to the back burner and is not being effectively delivered in Arizona.

September 16, 2009

  • Race to the Top  |   Video
    • Find out what Arizona’s doing to get a slice of more than $4 billion in federal “Race to the Top” money that will be awarded to states that implement educational reform and bring innovation into the classroom. Representative Rich Crandall, Chair of the House Education Committee, and Debra Duvall, a Special Advisor to the Governor, back from a trip to Washington, D.C. to meet with “Race to the Top” officials, discuss Arizona’s effort to compete for the money.

August 6, 2009

  • A Lower-Cost University Education  |   Video
    • The Arizona Board of Regents has challenged university presidents to come up with ways to make higher education more affordable. Arizona State University President Michael Crow, University of Arizona President Robert Shelton, and Northern Arizona University President John Haeger share their ideas for lower cost alternatives to the traditional 4-year university degree.

July 29, 2009

  • Education Roundtable  |   Video
    • Education experts discuss the state of public education in Arizona and President Obama’s “Race to the Top” education reform initiative that provides more than $4 billion in incentives for states and schools that meet certain requirements. Guests Eileen Sigmund, President of the Arizona Charter Schools Association; John Wright, President of the Arizona Education Association; and Dr. Marjorie Kaplan, Director of the “Beat the Odds Institute” for the Center for the Future of Arizona.

July 21, 2009

  • Dr. Bernard Harris  |   Video
    • Ted Simons talks with Dr. Bernard Harris, the first African-American to walk in space. Dr. Harris is also the founder of the Harris Foundation, a nonprofit organization that supports math and science education and crime prevention programs for children. The Foundation is co-sponsor of the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp taking place at ASU.

July 20, 2009

July 7, 2009

  • Special Session Update  |   Video
    • Arizona Capitol Times reporter Jim Small talks about a productive first day of the special session that culminated in a bipartisan effort to restore $3.2 billion in funding to K-12 education.
  • Education Funding  |   Video
    • Chuck Essigs of the Arizona Association of School Business Officials talks about the budget challenges that continue for public education even after lawmakers restored K-12 funding.

July 1, 2009

  • Lower-cost College Education  |   Video
    • Arizona Board of Regents President Ernest Calderon discusses ideas for a cheaper alternative to the traditional four-year degree from one of Arizona’s three state universities.

May 28, 2009

  • Arizona Education Funding  |   Video
    • How much does Arizona spend on public education? It depends on how you do the math. Comparisons of how much states spend, per pupil, on K-12 education often list Arizona at, or near, the bottom. Typically, Arizona is shown to spend around $6,000 per student compared to a national average of more than $9,000, but the Goldwater Institute is reporting that Arizona spends more than $9,500 per student.

May 21, 2009

  • Special Session: Corporate Tax Credits  |   Video
    • Governor Jan Brewer called a special session to expand Arizona’s corporate tax credit law to benefit disabled and foster kids. Already, corporations that owe state income tax can choose to give some, or all, of that money to a school tuition organization which uses the money to help low income kids attend private and religious schools. The special session seeks to create a similar program for foster and disabled kids.

May 11, 2009

  • Lower-cost College Degrees  |   Video
    • Budget cuts and tuition hikes have prompted the Arizona Board of Regents to take a closer look at the affordability of higher education. The President-elect of the Arizona Board of Regents talks about one idea to provide students with lower cost options for earning a college degree.
  • AIMS Task Force Recommendations  |   Video
    • Passing the AIMS test should continue to be a high school graduation requirement according to newly released recommendations by the AIMS Task Force. The Chairman of the task force talks about the recommendations which include a new exam for eleventh graders that measures college and career readiness. AIMS Task Force final recommendations

May 7, 2009

  • STEM Education  |   Video
    • The director of Science Foundation Arizona’s STEM Education Center (STEMAz) and a representative of one of the center’s major corporate sponsors talk about the importance of preparing Arizona students for careers in science, technology, engineering and math. Science Foundation Arizona

April 27, 2009

  • A Conversation with Jim Lehrer  |   Video
    • Jim Lehrer, Executive Editor and Anchor of The NewsHour on PBS, talks with Ted Simons about his journalism career, his passion for writing, and his thoughts about the state of broadcast news.

April 22, 2009

  • Education Legislators  |   Video
    • Members of the House Education Committee discuss the outlook for public education as legislators try to balance the 2010 state budget while facing a $3 billion dollar shortfall.

April 21, 2009

  • Arizona Cases in Federal Court  |   Video
    • ASU Law Professor talks about actions by the U.S. Supreme court on several cases that originated in Arizona, including a challenge to how the state funds education for English language learners. Bender also talks about a recent Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling on Arizona’s private school scholarship tax credit program. Ninth Circuit Decision
  • Arizona Education Funding  |   Video
    • How much does Arizona spend on public education? It depends on how you do the math. Comparisons of how much States spend, per-pupil, on K-12 education often list Arizona at, or near, the bottom. Typically, Arizona is shown to spend around $6,000 per student compared to a national average of more than $9,000, but the Goldwater Institute is reporting that Arizona spends more than $9,500 per student. We’ll take a look at what may account for the differences.

April 13, 2009

  • State Schools Superintendent  |   Video
    • Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne talks about the state budget crisis’ affect on education. He also addresses the lawsuit over the state’s English Language Learner spending, which is heading to the U.S. Supreme Court.

March 25, 2009

February 12, 2009

  • State of Education  |   Video
    • Arizona K-12 schools were hit hard by budget cuts. Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne addresses the state of K-12 education.

February 4, 2009

  • Education  |   Video
    • Dr. Jim Zaharis, Vice President for Education for Greater Phoenix Leadership, a CEO business group whose mission is to improve economic vitality and the quality of life in our state, talks about investing in public education in light of recent state budget cuts.

January 27, 2009

  • Legislature A to Z: Education  |   Video
    • With a $1.6 billion budget shortfall this year and a deficit as high as $3 billion in 2010, state lawmakers are considering cutting K-12 and higher education by as much as $1.5 billion over the next 18 months. Education Committee Chairman, Rep. Rich Crandall and Rep. David Schapira, a former teacher, talk about how the budget may affect education.

January 26, 2009

  • Legislature A to Z: Budget  |   Video
    • Arizona's budget is $1.6 billion in the red, and that's just for this fiscal year. In the first of our four-part series on important issues before lawmakers, two state lawmakers debate over the best way to solve the budget deficit.

January 6, 2009

  • Journalists Roundtable
    • Because of the state's budget deficit, the legislature could hit the education community with budget cuts. Hear from three education advocates about what they expect from the legislature during its upcoming session.

December 18, 2008

  • A Conversation with Jim Lehrer  |   Video
    • PBS news anchor Jim Lehrer talks with Ted Simons about his journalism career, his passion for writing, and his thoughts about the state of broadcast news. Lehrer and former co-anchor Robert MacNeil received the 2008 Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism which is awarded annually by the Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at ASU.

December 11, 2008

  • The State of Education in Arizona  |   Video
    • As a follow-up to the PBS documentary Where We Stand: America's Schools in the 21st Century, HORIZON asks John Wright, president of the Arizona Education Association; Eugene Garcia, VP of Education Partnerships at ASU; and Michael Block, co-founder of BASIS charter schools how to improve public education in Arizona.

November 19, 2008

  • The State of Education in Arizona  |   Video
    • As a follow-up to the PBS documentary Where We Stand: America's Schools in the 21st Century, HORIZON asks John Wright, president of the Arizona Education Association; Eugene Garcia, VP of Education Partnerships at ASU; and Michael Block, co-founder of BASIS charter schools how to improve public education in Arizona.

September 17, 2008

  • The State of Education in Arizona  |   Video
    • As a follow-up to the PBS documentary Where We Stand: America's Schools in the 21st Century, HORIZON asks John Wright, president of the Arizona Education Association; Eugene Garcia, VP of Education Partnerships at ASU; and Michael Block, co-founder of BASIS charter schools how to improve public education in Arizona.

August 13, 2008

July 30, 2008

  • e-Learning  |   Video
    • Because of the Internet, students don�t have to sit in a traditional classroom to get an education. We examine the variety of e-Learning opportunities that exist in Arizona.

July 23, 2008

  • Teach for America  |   Video
    • More than 600 recent college graduates � with plans to become everything from doctors to lawyers to engineers to architects � were in Phoenix this summer preparing to put their careers on hold in order to teach at economically disadvantaged schools for two years. It was all part of Teach for America's first training institute held in Phoenix. We�ll take a look at this rigorous five-week training program and Teach for America's efforts to improve public education.

May 22, 2008

  • school Vouchers  |   Video
    • The Arizona Court of Appeals ruled that Arizonas school voucher programs violate a provision of the state constitution that prohibits tax dollars from being appropriated to aid private or religious schools. The affected programs provide public grants and scholarships to foster and disabled children allowing them to attend a school of their choice. Well talk with an Institute for Justice attorney representing families who use these vouchers, and a representative of the Arizona Education Association, a plaintiff in the case. Read the Appeals Court Opinion in the school vouchers case.

May 15, 2008

  • Arizona Town Hall: Teachers  |   Video
  • Jewish News  |   Video
    • For 60 years, The Jewish News has served the Valley's Jewish community, reporting the latest news about the community and events from around the world. Rabbi Maynard Bell and Vicki Cabot, former president of the Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix and longtime Jewish News writer, will talk about the impact of the paper and the impact of the Jewish community on our Valley and state.

April 23, 2008

  • Teacher Shortage  |   Video
    • Ron Marx, Dean of the University of Arizona College of Education, talks about the report his college has prepared for the upcoming Arizona Town Hall. He also discusses some of the challenges Town Hall participants face as they try to recommend ways Arizona can best recruit and retain quality teachers.

April 9, 2008

  • AIMS Test  |   Video
    • State Superintendent of Schools Tom Horne and Matthew Ladner of the Goldwater Institute talk about the AIMS Test and other education issues.

March 27, 2008

  • No Child Left Behind  |   Video
    • state lawmakers have a bill that would make Arizona the first state to opt out of No Child Left Behind. If the bill is successful, Arizona would lose $600 million dollars in federal education funds. State Representative David Schapira will be on to talk about his bill.

March 26, 2008

  • school to Work Program  |   Video
    • students considering a career in theater take a tour of Arizona State University�s Gammage Theater and learn what it takes to put on a play. HORIZON takes you behind the scenes of Gammage�s �School to Work� program.

February 21, 2008

February 14, 2008

  • Improving Education  |   Video
    • What must be done to improve education in Arizona? Join our panel of education leaders as they discuss options and opportunities to make the state more responsive to the needs of its students. Guests include former Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Lisa Graham Keegan, Arizona Business and Education Coalition Executive Director Susan Carlson and Arizona Board of Regents Vice President Ernest Calderon.

February 6, 2008

  • Career and Technical Education  |   Video
    • HORIZON examines how high schools are teaching students the latest technical skills to prepare them for career opportunities related to the growing needs of Arizonas industry and business. Guests are: Rep. Mark Anderson, Chair, House Education Committee Gregory Donovan, Superintendent, Western Maricopa Education Center (West-MEC)

January 30, 2008

  • state of Education  |   Video
    • Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne talks about key issues affecting public education.

January 24, 2008

  • Improving Education  |   Video
    • What must be done to improve education in Arizona? Join our panel of education leaders as they discuss options and opportunities to make the state more responsive to the needs of its students. Scheduled guests include former Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Lisa Graham Keegan, Arizona Business and Education Coalition Executive Director Susan Carlson and Arizona Board of Regents Vice President Ernest Calderon.

January 22, 2008

  • Mortgage Seller Licensing  |   Video
    • Did you know that people who sell mortgages in Arizona don't have to be licensed? State Senator Jay Tibshraeny has introduced a bill that would require licensing, education and regulation for those who sell mortgages.

November 29, 2007

  • Proposed High School Graduation Requirements
    • The Arizona State Board of Education is considering a plan to increase the number of math and science credits required to earn a high school diploma. Its also considering a new rule that establishes a dual diploma system. The Board President and a Marana Unified School District official talk about the proposals. Proposed Board of Education rules
  • Nixon and Elvis
    • Egil Bud Krogh was the man President Richard Nixon placed in charge of the Special Investigations Unit, or plumbers. During a recent visit to ASU, he sat down with us to tell the amazing story of Elvis Presleys visit with Nixon at the White House, asking for a badge to be a special narcotics agent.
  • French Fry Trucks
    • An Arizona Carls Jr. franchisee has converted his company's trucks to run on french fry oil.

October 31, 2007

  • Career Ladder Lawsuit
    • Career Ladder is Arizonas performance-based pay program for teachers. Twenty-eight Arizona school districts participate in the program while more than 200 others do not. They couldnt participate if they wanted to because the State legislature hasnt approved new Career Ladder funding since 1994. Gilbert Public Schools, a nonparticipating district, has filed a lawsuit claiming the program violates the State Constitutions general and uniform requirement for public education. A Gilbert Public Schools representative and the President of the Arizona Education Association discuss the lawsuit. Read the lawsuit. [pdf file] 598 KB Arizona Education Association Web site
  • scott Ritter
    • A conversation with the former U.N. weapons inspector who contradicted the Bush Administrations claim that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction. Ritter says the Bush Administration is trying to make a similar case for war against Iran.

October 30, 2007

  • Breast Health
    • strides have been made in the area of breast cancer awareness and diagnostic tools. Still, there is a need for more information and education about the best possible treatment for breast cancer. We look at how digital mammograms differ from conventional film. Christine Lessard, Executive Director of the Arizona Institute for Breast Health and 11-year breast cancer survivor joins us in the studio. Learn more. Visit the Arizona Institute for Breast Health Web site.

September 13, 2007

  • Ambassador Dennis Ross
    • Dennis Ross has served four presidential administrations in various capacities, all involving foreign relations. Most recently, he was ambassador to the Middle East during the Clinton administration and helped broker a peace plan between Israel and the Palestinians, and Israel and Jordan. Ambassador Ross will talk about his career and his new book.

August 30, 2007

  • sen. McCain
    • senator John McCain was in town Thursday for a campaign stop in his home state. Hear what the senator had to say.
  • Hot Weather
    • This has been the hottest summer on record in Phoenix. National Weather Service Meteorologist Tony Haffer tells us why it was so hot.
  • The Cost of Teaching English Part 4
    • A panel is working on a model to instruct ELLs in Arizona. Find out more about the model and how close the panel is to completing this project.

August 28, 2007

  • The Cost of Teaching English Part 2
    • state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne and Tim Hogan, executive director of the Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest, revisit Flores v. Arizonathe original court case that questioned the adequacy of the states education of English Language Learners. They discuss the primary points of contention and how the state has addressed the problem.

August 27, 2007

August 15, 2007

  • Education Special
    • This HORIZON special takes a look at several issues facing Arizonas students and schools. Learn about plans to reduce the number of school districts in the state. Find out how a school can be labeled as both passing and failing, plus the latest results of the AIMS test, and one schools efforts to help its students learn English.

July 24, 2007

July 10, 2007

  • Legislative Wrap-up: Republican Leaders
    • Legislative leaders talk about their accomplishments and disappointments from the recently wrapped up session. Lawmakers passed a state budget and measures dealing with taxes, immigration, education and other issues. House Speaker Jim Weiers and Senate Majority Leader Thayer Verschoor join us to wrap up the session.

May 22, 2007

  • Arizona Stories: Ernest McFarland
    • A look back at the career and accomplishments of the only politician in Arizona who was a senator, governor and chief justice of the State Supreme Court. Ernest McFarland was the man who got the G.I. Bill passed, which increased educational opportunities for U.S. veterans. He was also instrumental, with Senator Carl Hayden, in obtaining water for Arizona with the Central Arizona Project.

May 16, 2007

May 15, 2007

  • Doctor shortage
    • Arizona is the fastest growing state in the nation---- and ranks among the lowest for physicians to care for its population. We look at our doctor shortage and efforts to solve the problem.
  • Arizona Stories Tovrea Castle
    • Tovrea Castle was born out of the vision of Italian immigrant Alessio Carraro. Carraro came to Phoenix in 1928 with a dream to build a resort hotel castle surrounded by an exotic cactus garden and a subdivision of deluxe homes. While Carraros dream of a hotel-resort never came to be, he still built the castle, which was purchased by stockyard mogul E.A. Tovrea in 1931. We tell the story of the unique home and how it became the historic Arizona icon that it is today.

May 9, 2007

May 2, 2007

February 20, 2007

  • school Vouchers
    • A group of education and political organizations filed a lawsuit Tuesday to stop state scholarships, which pay for some children to attend private or religious schools. We hear both sides of the school voucher issue from John Wright, President of the Arizona Education Association which supports the lawsuit filed against school vouchers. Also joining us is Tim Keller, Executive Director of the Institute for Justice, which plans to intervene in the suit on behalf of parents and children to defent the voucher programs.
  • Iraqi Refugees
    • There is hope for hundreds of Iraq war refugees here in Arizona. The United Nations is screening and registering refugees this month. Joining HORIZON is Jamal Al-Fakhouri, Regional Director from the Tucson area of the International Rescue Committee, which works with placing refugees in our state.
  • Transporation Legislation
    • The way Arizona funds our highway construction projects continues to fall behind the state's needs. Lawmakers are working to seek funding options for highway expansion projects. Senator Jay Tibshraeny, (R) Chandler, joins us to talk about current legislation dealing with transportation.

February 14, 2007

  • Black History Month: Calvin Goode
    • We continue our Black History month series with Calvin Goode. Goode grew up in a Phoenix, where African-Americans were not allowed to eat in many restaurants, and were restricted in housing. But Goode went on to earn business and education degrees from Arizona State University. For 22 years, he served on the Phoenix City Council. Learn more about Goode's life and the obstacles he faced growing up as an African-American in the Valley.

February 7, 2007

  • Prop 207 Waivers
    • Private property activists are crying foul as valley cities hand out waivers to prop 207 to development planners and others seeking zoning changes. Ken Strobeck, Executive Director of the League of Arizona Cities and Towns, and Lori Klein, the Executive Director of Arizona Homeowner Protection Effort are guests.
  • south American Art
    • Arizona is playing host to a rare look at the old masters of South America. This is the first North American exhibition to focus exclusively on the paintings of South America's Visceregal period.
  • Phoenix Firefighter's go back to the classroom
    • Phoenix Firefighters are going back to the classroom to become bilingual.
  • M.C.C. Resignations

January 30, 2007

  • 50 Years of State Parks
    • Kartchner Caverns State Park gears up for its big Cave Fest celebraton as Arizona State Parks commemorates fifty years of public recreation, education and natural beauty. Ellen Bilbrey of Arizona State Parks joins Jose Cardenas in the studio.

January 24, 2007

  • state of the Education
    • Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne gives his State of Education speech to the Arizona Senate, and he appears on HORIZON to discuss his agenda.

January 18, 2007

  • Legislature A to Z: Immigration
    • Republican lawmakers promise that immigration will be a big issue again this session. Republican Representative Russell Pearce and Democratic Representative Kyrsten Sinema will discuss immigration bills being considered this session.
  • HORIZON 25th Anniversary
    • As we continue our look back at the big stories Horizon has covered during it's 25 years, the effort to get a Martin Luther King Junior holiday in Arizona was a big part of our coverage for many years.
  • Education Issues
    • susan Carlson of The Arizona Business and Education Coalition will talk about the governor's plans for education.

December 13, 2006

  • Innovation America
    • The National Governors Association, chaired by Governor Janet Napolitano, announced a 17-member task force to guide the Innovation America initiative. The task force will discuss strategies, policies and programs centered around K-12 science, technology, engineering and mathematics education and the role of postsecondary education as an engine of innovation. Innovation America brings together a bipartisan group of governors and members of the academic and business communities to support private sector innovation and strengthen the competitive position of the United States in the global economy.

November 15, 2006

  • Voucher lawsuit
    • Last session, two laws were passed creating $5,000,000 in education vouchers for disabled students and students who are foster children. The voucher laws are being challenged in court on the grounds that they violate Arizona's constitution. State Representative Rich Murphy, who sponsored on the bills, and Don Peters, a lawyer for those suing, debate the issue.

October 16, 2006

  • Education Special
    • From All Day Kindergarten and the AIMS test to the cost of a college education today, experts discuss our children's current education environment and what they'll face in the future.

October 5, 2006

September 28, 2006

  • Proposition 300
    • Proposition 300 was put on the ballot by the legislature to expand proposition 200 which was passed 2 years ago to deny government services to illegal aliens. It would ban illegal immigrants from taking adult education classes offered by the Arizona Department of Education. It would not allow illegal immigrants to pay instate tuition at colleges. It would ban illegal immigrants from getting state financial aid or child care subsidies and requires that the measure be administered, discrimination-free.

September 19, 2006

  • IFESH 25th Anniversary
    • The International Foundation for Education and Self-Help (IFESH), based in Scottsdale, was founded twenty-five years ago by the Reverend Leon H. Sullivan, a visionary leader and Baptist minister. The organization helps Africans reduce hunger and poverty, empower local communities, raise the standard of literacy and foster cultural, social and economic relations between Americans and Africans. IFESH is gearing up for a 25th anniversary celebration on September 25 with speakers and a workshop on Corporate Social Responsibility: Advancing Education in Africa through Public & Private Partnerships. Dr. Julie Sullivan, President and CEO of IFESH, joins HORIZON.

September 12, 2006

  • Arizona Arts Commission
    • While arts organizations work to enrich our community with beauty and culture, funding for the arts faces challenges. Robert Booker, executive director of the Arizona Commission on the Arts, joins HORIZON to talk about funding for the arts, arts education, cultural tourism and other issues.

August 31, 2006

August 30, 2006

August 29, 2006

  • Arizona Education Update: Arts Education Part two of four
    • Few will argue against arts education as a way to develop imaginative, higher-level thinking skills. But what are the standards for arts education in public schools? How widely does funding and program framework for arts education vary from district to district and school to school? Vivian Wessel, executive director of the Arizona Alliance for Arts Education and Darcy Olsen, president of the Goldwater Institute join the studio discussion.

August 28, 2006

  • Arizona Education Update: All Day K Part one of four
    • In June, the governor signed legislation making money available to expand the availability of all day kindergarten across the state. Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Horne, joins HORIZON to discuss the issue.
  • school Redistricting
    • During the 2005 legislative session, a bill established a 13-person School District Redistricting Commission. The commission meets on Monday to continue its work on crafting K-12 unification redistricting plans that will be placed on the November 2008 ballot. Commission Chair Marty Schultz and Commission member Rita Leyva of the Yavapai County Education Service Agency join the studio discussion.

August 16, 2006

  • AIMS Test
    • The Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) is designed to provide educators with information about students knowledge and understanding of various subjects, including math, reading and writing. While many support such standardized testing programs, others say the AIMS test is neither fair nor accurate in determining a student's potential. James Middleton, Division Director of Curriculum and Instruction at ASU College of Education and David Berliner, Regents Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at ASU College of Education will discuss the issue.

August 3, 2006

  • A Decade of Education and Innovation
    • Dr. Peter Likins, retired president of the University of Arizona, visits HORIZON for a look back at his decade-long tenure at the university and his future plans.

July 17, 2006

  • Dem. Supt. of Public Instruction Debate
    • Democratic candidates for State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Slade Mead and Jason Williams, explain their views on Arizona education in this official Clean Elections Commission debate.

June 27, 2006

  • A Decade of Education and Innovation
    • Dr. Peter Likins, president of the University of Arizona will be retiring soon from the post he's held for nearly 10 years. Likins offers a look back at his time at the UofA and talks about his future plans.

June 7, 2006

  • Everything you know is wrong
    • John Stossel, ABC News 20/20 co-anchor discusses his recent book Myths, Lies, and Downright Stupidity: Get Out the ShovelWhy Everything You Know is Wrong, his investigation of America's public education system

March 22, 2006

  • Women and Work
    • For 25 years, Arizona Womens Education and Employment Incorporated has helped women move into the workforce. Dr. Clara Lovett, President Emerita of Northern Arizona University, will talk about an upcoming AWEE symposium on the future of women in the work force.
  • K-12 Education
    • senator Toni Hellon and Representative Linda Lopez will join Michael Grant to talk about the debate taking place at the legislature over Arizona's K-12 education program. Among the topics are the English Language Learners and gifted programs, and teacher pay raises.

March 10, 2006

  • Education legislation
    • A proposed bill would allow high school seniors to earn more bonus points for good grades on core classes and electives.

February 14, 2006

  • Phoenix Bond 101
    • HORIZON examines Proposition 3 - For building small high schools, higher education and health science facilities; Proposition 4 - For new parks and open spaces. and Proposition 5 - For libraries and youth, senior and cultural centers Find out more, visit the companion Web site.

January 24, 2006

  • Legislature 2006: Education
    • Education issues will be at the forefront during the 2006 legislative session. Full-day kindergarten, English language learners and salary increases and professional development programs for teachers will be among hotly debated topics. Senator Toni Hellon, Chair of the Senate K-12 Education Committee and Rep. Mark Anderson, Chair of the House K-12 Education Committee join the discussion.

January 4, 2006

  • state of Education
    • state School Superintendent Tom Horne delivered his "State of Education in Arizona" speech today. Horne joins us to talk about some new initiatives he is proposing.

November 9, 2005

November 8, 2005

  • Western Governor's meeting
    • Governors of the western states meet in Arizona to talk about disaster preparedness, jobs, education, and other issues.

September 1, 2005

  • First Thursday: The Governor on HORIZON
    • Governor Janet Napolitano talks about her decision to declare an emergency in Arizona due to illegal immigration and her plans to reform the nation's education system.

August 3, 2005

  • Arizona Education Report Card
    • A report on some of the latest changes in Arizona's education system, from kindergarten through universities and charter schools.

July 25, 2005

  • Land Initiative
    • HORIZON examines the Arizona State Land Conservation Initiative voters will be asked to consider on the general election ballot next year. Arizona Education Association President John Wright and Andy Laurenzi, the Sonoran Institute's State Trust Lands Program Director will discuss the details.

June 21, 2005

  • Arizona's Border Crisis: A HORIZON Specia
    • How much does illegal immigration cost Arizonans? Costs associated with illegal immigration include health care, criminal justice and education. Horizon examines the various ways illegal immigrants benefit consumers, but cost taxpayers.

May 31, 2005

  • school district controversies
    • An investigation conducted by the Arizona Department of Education has turned up video apparently showing children crossing the Mexican border to attend school in Arizona.
  • Native American education
    • For over a century, attempts to meet the educational needs of Native American students have been unsuccessful and despite legislation and numerous government programs, much still needs to be done. We'll look back at Native American education and what some educational facilities are doing now.
  • Native American education
    • A look at the history of Native-American education in Arizona and a discussion of current education issues affecting Native Americans.

May 18, 2005

  • AIMS changes
    • Passing the AIMS Test just might have gotten a little easier because of a vote by the State Board of Education, as well as a bill passed by state lawmakers.
  • Motorcycle safety
    • May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. Find out how you can be safer on the road whether you are on a motorcycle or driving next to one.

April 21, 2005

April 20, 2005

  • Arizona Education Report Card: Universities
    • Continuing our education series, ASU, the City of Phoenix, working together on a 15,000 student campus for ASU in downtown Phoenix. That agreement that will make it possible is announced today. And another approach to preparing for future university growth, the Board of Regents project to redesign the university system.

April 19, 2005

  • Arizona Education Report Card: Community Colleges
    • Community colleges serve more students than the state's three public universities. But how will they keep up with a growing population? And should they be allowed to offer four-year degrees? We'll take a look at the role community colleges play and the challenges they face.

April 18, 2005

  • Arizona Education Report Card: K-12
    • We start a series on the challenges affecting education in our state. Arizona Education Report Card - tonight K-through-12. From all day kindergarten to classroom dollars, where do school officials stand on the issues?
  • Arizona Stories: The Biltmore
    • The Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa has uniquely impacted the history and style of the Valley. We'll take a look at its remarkable story.

April 7, 2005

  • First Thursday: The Governor on HORIZON
    • Budget negotiations between the Governor and state lawmakers continue. Lots of action in bills that deal with education, including the conversion of a previous opponent of all day kindergarten? And the minuteman project continues its patrols. All issues Horizon discusses with the Governor.

March 29, 2005

  • Illegal Immigrant Benefits
    • Adult education classes, college scholarships and child care subsidies would all be denied to illegal aliens, under a bill working its way through the legislature.

February 24, 2005

  • Tuition tax credits
    • A couple of bills that would allow corporations to make donations to school tuition organizations and receive a tax credit are making their way through the legislature.
  • same-sex marriage
    • A bill has been passed by the House, a "postcard" to Congress from the legislature calling for a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.
  • Black Board of Directors
    • For more than 20 years, the Black Board of Directors has been helping African-Americans get on boards like the State Board of Education.

February 9, 2005

  • school Nutrition
    • Will removing soda and candy from vending machines and school sales have a negative fiscal impact on school budgets?
  • Chinese New Year
    • On the Chinese calendar, 4703 is the year of the rooster. Find out about the Chinese new year festival and how to celebrate this year of courage and good luck.

January 4, 2005

  • State of Education
    • Help is on the way for Arizona high school students who fail the AIMS test. The state board of education approved $10 million for tutoring. Superintendent of public instruction, Tom Horne will talk about that and other education issues.

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