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President Obama's proposal to resume diplomatic relations with Cuba has elicited mixed reactions from Valley residents with Cuban roots.
Sticky cheeks, dirty hands, and smiling faces.
It’s fair to say that not everyone has the time to create their favorite breakfast classics from scratch each morning, but a team of “Snoozers” will help create a meal to jump-start the day in Tempe beginning Dec. 10.
Valley Metro and Tempe officials reassured residents concerned about the costs and consequences of the city’s planned streetcar system at an occasionally contentious question-and-answer meeting on Monday, Dec. 1, at the Tempe Transportation Center, saying the project would be an economic boon and sometimes defending it to a few sharply skeptical questioners.
A comic book store specializing in graphic novels, gaming and collectables opened in a new and more profitable location in Mesa this month.
Shoppers at the Chandler Fashion Center now have a new place to shop for high-tech items with the opening of the Microsoft Store last week.
An East Valley native-turned-Nashville-singer-and-songwriter plans to celebrate his musical journey in the place where it all started.
Craft beer fans in the East Valley will have another option to taste a wide variety of brews with the grand opening of a new brewery this fall.
A family of four entered a local shelter with tattered clothes and tired eyes, carrying three old garbage bags holding their only belongings. A wave of relief washed over the family as they cautiously walked into the shelter, greeted by barking dogs, a clean playground and an onslaught of accommodating volunteers.
Already being shown the door by voters, state schools chief John Huppenthal is now facing allegations that he improperly used public resources in his unsuccessful reelection bid.
PHOENIX -- Already shown the door by voters, state schools chief John Huppenthal now faces allegations he improperly used public resources in his unsuccessful re-election bid.
The Citizens Clean Elections Commission will decide Thursday whether to investigate whether Huppenthal violated campaign-finance laws by having the Department of Education produce and distribute a video where he sought to clarify his beliefs on the Common Core academic standards. That video, also uploaded to YouTube, was published two weeks before the Aug. 26 Republican primary.
Tom Collins, the commission's executive director, said Huppenthal, as an elected official, does have certain rights to communicate with constituents. But Collins said the video and the message were "indistinguishable from his campaign message.'' And he said the timing also made it suspicious.
"Finally, if there is a significant doubt, (Huppenthal) unequivocally pledged to this constituency that he would undertake a policy initiative in his next term to review the issue,'' Collins said in a memo to commission members. Collins called this an "unambiguous campaign pledge'' made with state resources -- and violation of state law that prohibits Huppenthal, as a publicly funded candidate, from taking this type of in-kind contribution.
Collins, citing the evidence he has, is asking the commission when it meets to let him conduct a full-blown investigation, including the right to subpoena documents.
Any investigation of improper use of state resources is beyond the scope of the commission.
Huppenthal, in a prepared statement, denied any wrongdoing, saying in the last three years on the job he has communicated daily with educators about standards for math and English language arts.
"This communication is a huge part of my job,'' he said.
Huppenthal said as the Common Core standards became more controversial, he was acting to "protect the education system by communicating more, not less.''
"I believe it would have been a dereliction of duty to have done less,'' he said.
Huppenthal declined to be interviewed.
Common Core was the hot-button issue in the Republican primary, as it remains in the general election.
The standards, crafted by the National Governors Association, school officials and business leaders, are designed to spell out what students should know at various points in their education. They were adopted four years ago in Arizona with the support of both Gov. Jan Brewer and Huppenthal.
As recently as February, Huppenthal defended the standards, saying they will "raise the bar for our students and better prepare them to succeed as they move on to college or career pathways.'' But that was before Republican challenger Diane Douglas began attacking the standards as being driven from Washington over the beliefs of Arizona parents.
Huppenthal, in that August video -- and his campaign stance -- took a more nuanced stance to what had since been renamed Arizona College and Career Ready Standards, saying he opposes anything removing responsibility for curriculum and standards from local school boards and promised to work with the next governor and education community to fully review the standards.''
Despite that shift, Douglas handily won the primary. She now faces off in November against Democrat David Garcia.
Collins, in saying there's reason to believe the law was broken, said elected officials have "First Amendment rights in their advocacy of policies.''
But he said none of that overrules restrictions on contributions. And he said Huppenthal, having accepting public funds for his campaign, agreed to the restrictions which come with that.
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The five candidates vying for two empty seats on the Tempe Union High School District governing board are heavily split on the use of the Common Core curriculum in the classroom.
One of the most exciting parts of building a new home is the opportunity to put your own stamp on it. From flooring and lighting to appliances and countertops, there certainly is no shortage of choices available when the time comes to select the perfect balance of colors, textures and finishes that reflect your taste.
Q: Would you say your district is delivering quality services now and what, if any, changes would you make?
Q: Would you say your district is delivering quality services now and what, if any, changes would you make?
A: I attended a Tempe Union high school and have served the district as a community member. I can attest that we have an exemplary school district with fantastic educators but there is always room for improvement.
Young people are facing increased competition to succeed in the global economy. When I speak to college students and business leaders, both groups tell me that most graduates aren’t adequately prepared when they leave high school. That is why I’m particularly focused on better preparing our students to receive a relevant, 21st-century education that prepares them for college, career and life.
The skills that students will need in the 21st century include those that I have experience teaching in and out of the classroom like business skills, creativity, critical thinking and problem solving. By expanding opportunities to hone these skills in core classes, electives and extracurricular activities, we will better prepare our graduates to succeed.
Q: What is a school board’s role in terms of a district’s operation?
A: Much like a corporate board of directors, a school board should allow the superintendent and staff to oversee the day-to-day operations of the district. As a board member, my responsibility will be to establish a vision for 21st-century schools and broad policy framework that supports this objective.
My background managing financial databases will allow me to approve budgets that maximize student achievement while maintaining accountability with taxpayer dollars. I will focus on making strategic, long-term investments in technology, staff and infrastructure, and will pursue closer financial partnerships with the cities and other districts to save the taxpayers money.
I am also focused on creating compensation structures that attract and retain the highest-quality teachers, promoting a safe, healthy and inclusive academic community, and reducing ballooning class sizes throughout the district.
Q: With the decision to back away from the PARCC exam, what direction should the state take to monitor student achievement, and what can districts do to prepare for whatever comes from the state level?
A: To be clear, Arizona still may end up choosing the PARCC exam to replace AIMS testing. We withdrew from the consortium developing the test because state law requires that those determining which exam should be used are unbiased. I still believe that PARCC is the best available test because it was designed using evidence-based procedures to focus more on testing 21st-century skills like critical thinking rather than rote memorization. The associated costs are covered by the state Legislature and grants so they will not be passed down to the school districts.
Significant changes in schools require that the administration communicate with staff, students and parents in an open and clear manner. We also must provide adequate training and support during the transition process. Regardless of which test Arizona chooses, the Tempe Union will have to address these changes effectively.
Q: Given the recent funding cuts for school districts, what can districts do to save money and maintain academic standards?
A: We must make data-driven decisions that prioritize positive student outcomes when making budgetary decisions. We should not cut programs and classes that develop 21st-century skills that our graduates will need in college, career and life.
We are in a financial position to make strategic, long-term investments in technology and infrastructure. Tempe Union’s partnership with Chevron Energy Solutions, for example, gives us greater energy efficiency while providing 21st-century learning opportunities for our students.
We should also pursue partnerships with Kyrene and Tempe Elementary school districts to coordinate with transportation, warehousing and waste management instead of duplicating efforts. This will require the deep commitment to collaboration that I have practiced throughout my life.
Q: As state cuts become more steep, one area that can be affected is extracurricular activities, in particular athletics. Do you foresee cuts to athletics if these budget cuts continue?
A: World-class schools provide opportunities for students with diverse interests and talents to develop relevant, 21st-century skills.
For that reason, I do not foresee cuts to athletics. As a former high school swimmer and volleyball player, I know that participation in sports develops skills like teamwork, leadership and resilience, all of which serve our graduates well in college, career and life.
With that, the district must also ensure that we protect and promote other high-quality academic programs and extracurricular activities that develop students’ 21st-century skills. When I was a student at McClintock High School, the arts program and debate team made education relevant to my life and interests. I have also worked with young people and I have seen firsthand how their participation in robotics clubs and business clubs help them grow in their desired interest areas. This strengthens my belief that the extracurricular activities offered by our schools are integral in preparing students for their futures and must be responsibly protected in our budget.
Maricopa County residents will decide next month the role the county should play in Arizona’s health care system, which is already affected by state and federal health care programs.
The Ahwatukee Foothills Chamber of Commerce has announced the nominees for the 2014 Palo Verde Women in Business Award.
I grew up during the era of the video game. I had the good fortune to be a kid at the time Nintendo hit the market. This was long before the Xbox and PlayStation. This was when controllers were rectangles and buttons were few. My experience was unique to what my parents had growing up. Most games were shockingly simple, especially by today’s standards. But one game in particular stands out to me all these years later.
Tempe Elementary School District parents who represent a variety of languages can take a free class to learn English.