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Business Leaders Push For More Career And Technical Education In Arizona

| March 23, 2016
Business Leaders Push For More Career And Technical Education In Arizona

The Arizona Board of Education, acting in its capacity as the State Board for Vocational and Technological Education, toured West-MEC’s campus in north Phoenix, where Director C.J. Williams ran through programs ranging from automotive repair to veterinary science. …

(Doug) Pruitt’s group asked the board to approve another option for students to earn a high school diploma. They call it the Arizona Career and College Pathway, a road focused on academics, employment and technical skills. The board is expected to take up the issue next month.

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Report Sounds Alarm On Education Gaps, Arizona’s Economic Future

| March 16, 2016
Report Sounds Alarm On Education Gaps, Arizona’s  Economic Future

A report commissioned by the Arizona Minority Education Policy Analysis Center said that failing to address gaps in education could lead to a less qualified workforce and hurt economic development.

The 70-page report lays out the gaps between students of different races. Minority students are more likely to come from low-income families, more likely to be enrolled in special education and more likely to drop out.

“If we don’t pay attention to it we’re going to rue the day,” said Susan Carlson, chair of the Arizona Minority Education Policy Analysis Center (AMEPAC), a group focused on improving educational access and achievement.

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Arizona Nears Goal Restoring Millions In Education Funding

| February 17, 2016
Arizona Nears Goal Restoring Millions In Education Funding

The Arizona Legislature is one step closer to restoring tens of millions of dollars cut last year from high school career and technical education programs.

The Arizona House unanimously passed legislation that restores nearly all $30 million cut last year. The bill was sent back to the Senate, which passed a previous version of the bill last week. That touched off a stand-off between the House and Senate. This newest House version amends the Senate bill, restoring another $1 million in funding.

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Ranked Near Top In Opportunity And Bottom For Readiness, Arizona’s STEM Future Mixed

| January 13, 2016
Ranked Near Top In Opportunity And Bottom For Readiness, Arizona’s STEM Future Mixed

Arizona is recognized as a leader in educational opportunities for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). But the state consistently ranks near the bottom for how it prepares its students in STEM. This has industry and education leaders worried recent STEM investments may be squandered.

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New Arizona Education Advocacy Group Launches

| September 23, 2015
New Arizona Education Advocacy Group Launches

As the future of Arizona’s K-12 education system remains blurred by questions of funding and ongoing political feuds, a group of elected officials want to become a voice for the state’s growing demographic of Latino students. The Arizona Latino School Board Association (ALSBA) officially launched Wednesday night and aims to be a voice for the state’s Hispanic population.

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