Tag: Arizona Public Media

State Bill Aims to Reduce Teen Vaping. See related news here

| January 14, 2019
State Bill Aims to Reduce Teen Vaping. See related news here

Arizona Sen.-elect Heather Carter is proposing a bill to clear up the law so it is more difficult for teens to buy tobacco products, especially e-cigarettes.

Nearly 12 percent of U.S. high school students and 3 percent of middle school students use e-cigarettes, according to the 2017 National Youth Tobacco Survey.

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Arizona schools win big as state racks up $330M in land sales. See more state education news here

| January 8, 2019
Arizona schools win big as state racks up $330M in land sales. See more state education news here

Earlier this year, a piece of state-owned land in north Phoenix sparked an hourlong bidding war. The winner? Arizona school.

The 269-acre parcel in Desert Ridge sold for $79 million, about $25 million more than its appraised value. Since then, the Arizona State Land Department has been on a selling spree.

The agency charged with managing 9.2 million acres across Arizona sold more than $330 million in land during 2018. That’s up from $44 million in 2017.

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Arizona teen suicide prevention hotline calls increase before holidays. See related news here

| December 27, 2018
Arizona teen suicide prevention hotline calls increase before holidays. See related news here

While many teens count down the days until their holiday breaks, some aren’t so excited.

“There’s a lot of misconception about holidays and even breaks being a time that kids are happy about being on vacation, that kids are happy about not being at school,” Nikki Kontz, clinical director for Teen Lifeline, told KTAR News 92.3 FM on Tuesday.

Teen Lifeline is a nonprofit dedicated to teen suicide prevention that was founded in Phoenix in 1986.

Calls to the group’s crisis hotline typically increase in the weeks leading up to holiday breaks, Kontz said in a blog post.

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Arizona Fails to Allocate Early Childhood Education Funds Efficiently, Report Finds. See other state education news here

| December 20, 2018
Arizona Fails to Allocate Early Childhood Education Funds Efficiently, Report Finds. See other state education news here

By Candace Manriquez Wrenn • Arizona Public Media  Arizona scored near the bottom in a report ranking how efficiently states distribute money for early childhood education. The Bipartisan Policy Center ranked Arizona 42nd in the nation. The report found that there are just too many agencies in charge of federal dollars and conflicting age and income […]

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Arizona’s New Schools Superintendent on Challenges to Education Policy Change

| December 5, 2018
Arizona’s New Schools Superintendent on Challenges to Education Policy Change

For the first time in more than two decades, Arizonans elected a Democrat to the role of Superintendent of Public Instruction. Kathy Hoffman won a tight race against Republican Frank Riggs. Hoffman discussed some of her top priorities, how she plans to work across the aisle and some of the challenges she foresees.

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Democrat Hoffman to take over as Arizona Schools Superintendent. See related news here

| November 15, 2018
Democrat Hoffman to take over as Arizona Schools Superintendent. See related news here

Democrat special education teacher and political novice Kathy Hoffman has won the race for Arizona superintendent of public instruction, beating an experienced Republican politician.

Hoffman was declared the winner Monday night as her lead over Frank Riggs grew insurmountable during Arizona’s lengthy vote count.

Hoffman was one of hundreds of current and former educator-activists on general election ballots across the nation following this year’s #RedForEd protests. Demonstrators called for support of higher teacher pay and increased public school funding.

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Teachers Defiant After Educator Loses Bid for Arizona Governor. See related news here

| November 7, 2018
Teachers Defiant After Educator Loses Bid for Arizona Governor. See related news here

David Garcia, a Democratic college of education professor who galvanized teachers, school administrators, and parents behind an ambitious bid to pump more than $1 billion back into Arizona’s public school system, lost Tuesday to incumbent Republican Gov. Doug Ducey in the race for Arizona governor. 

It was a significant blow for public school advocates across the country who drew inspiration from the #redfored movement sparked here after thousands of teachers staged a week-long strike last spring over stagnant wages and stringent work conditions.

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Ducey, Garcia debate centers on education. See related news here

| September 26, 2018
Ducey, Garcia debate centers on education. See related news here

In the first gubernatorial debate, Gov. Doug Ducey touted a record of improving the state’s economy and providing 20-percent pay raises to teachers while Democrat David Garcia accused him of breaking promises and leaving Arizona’s education system in crisis. 

While Ducey and Garcia’s hourlong verbal grudge match on KAET-TV, the Phoenix PBS station, centered predominantly on education, the candidates addressed a myriad of other issues such as border security, the economy and a now defunct ballot initiative that would have increased taxes on the rich to better fund K-12 education.

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Invest in Ed ballot initiative turns in voter signatures. See related news here

| July 4, 2018
Invest in Ed ballot initiative turns in voter signatures. See related news here

Arizona Educators United was hoping to write more history Thursday (July 5) with an announcement of signatures it had collected to get an initiative on the November ballot.

“Right now we are continuing the effort we started at the Capitol with Red for Ed,” Red for Ed organizer and elementary school music teacher Noah Karvelis told KTAR News 92.3 FM on Tuesday.

The Invest In Ed campaign needed to collect more than 150,000 valid signatures by July 5.

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Arizona teachers collecting signatures for education initiative. See related stories here

| June 5, 2018
Arizona teachers collecting signatures for education initiative. See related stories here

Over 300 teachers hit the streets (June 2) across the state collecting signatures to get an education initiative on the November ballot.

“It wasn’t because we were unhappy with our pay it was because we need to improve public education in Arizona,” said Kelley Fisher.

Fisher is a kindergarten teacher at Las Brisas Elementary where she has taught for 20 years. She was out in Glendale today for several hours braving the hot temperatures for her kids and her school.

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