Arizona Education


  Common Core Repeal

The State Board of Education has voted to repeal Common Core education standards today, but it is not a complete repeal. The repeal does open the door to a full repeal. Former Superintendent of Public Instruction and former board of education member Jaime Molera will tell us what today’s vote means.


  Arizona Education: Community/Parent involved in Education

Involvement in schools by parents and the community is often cited as critical to the success of students. We’ll show you how one parent is involved in her daughter’s school and then discuss the concept of parental and community involvement with Pendergast School District superintendent Lily Matos DeBlieux, Pendergast Governing Board president Susan Serin and Martha Serrano, a parent and member of the PTA.


  Abriendo Puertas

The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics highlighted 230 programs across the country as Bright Spots for investing in key education priorities affecting the Hispanic community. Abriendo Puertas, a partner of the Helios Education Foundation, was one of the programs recognized. Learn more about Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors, the nation's first evidence-based comprehensive training program designed for Spanish-speaking parents with children ages 0-5 years old.


  Diane Douglas Lawsuit

State Superintendent Diane Douglas has been sued by the State Board of Education. Greg Miller, president of the board, will tell us more.


  Republican Education Funding

Senate President Andy Biggs will explain the plan by Republican legislative leaders to increase funding for education in Arizona.


  Democratic Education Funding

House minority leader Eric Meyer talks about the Democrats’ plan to increase education funding.


  University Preparedness

A new report released by the Arizona Board of Regents, which oversees the state’s universities, finds that nearly half of high school graduates don’t meet the criteria to enter one of Arizona’s three state universities. Board of Regents president Eileen Klein will discuss the report.


  State Land Trust and Arizona Schools

Dana Wolfe Naimark, president and CEO of the Children’s Action Alliance, will talk about what state land trust means for Arizona schools.


  Education Funding

Talks aimed at settling a dispute over funding to cover inflation for K-12 schools in Arizona have fallen apart, with the case headed back to court. Arizona Education Association vice president Joe Thomas will discuss the issue.


  Marijuana Tax for Education Opposition

A group promoting a 2016 ballot measure that would legalize marijuana wants to use tax proceeds from marijuana sales for education. We’ve heard from a backer of the measure on Arizona Horizon, and will hear from an opponent, Seth Leibsohn of Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy.


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