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Each year as part of its nationally recognized and highly successful program to manage and conserve bald eagles in the state, the Arizona Game and Fish Department asks outdoor recreationists and aircraft pilots to help protect important eagle breeding areas by honoring the closure of 23 areas across the state.
Fourth- and fifth-grade girls from Higley Centennial Elementary School are improving their long-distance skills through participation in the Girls on the Run program for the second year in a row.
Calling her action “mean spirited” and a “mistake,” Fred DuVal promised Monday if he is elected to rescind the executive order by Gov. Jan Brewer denying driver's licenses to “dreamers.”
PHOENIX -- Calling her action "mean spirited'' and a "mistake,'' Fred DuVal promised Monday if he is elected to rescind the executive order by Gov. Jan Brewer denying driver's licenses to "dreamers.''
"Forty eight states allow dreamers to drive,'' the Democrat gubernatorial candidate said during a debate. "We should join the rest of the nation.''
But Republican Doug Ducey said during the hour-long event broadcast on KAET-TV, the Phoenix PBS affiliate, that he sides with Brewer's 2012 decision to deny licenses to the nearly 21,000 Arizonans who have been accepted into the federal government's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
"I am going to have respect and compassion for everyone,'' Ducey said.
"But I don't think anyone gets the privileges and benefits of hardworking Arizona families that are paid for by hardworking Arizona taxpayers,'' he said. "We're a nation of immigrants and we're a nation of laws.''
Other highlights in the fourth of the five debates the pair have agreed to include:
- Ducey, for the first time, said he would veto any bid by the Republican-controlled Legislature to repeal the expansion of Medicaid pushed through last year by Brewer, at least for the time being. Ducey said while he is opposed to "Obamacare,'' that program will fund Arizona's expansion for at least the next three years and he wants those dollars to keep coming.
- DuVal chided Ducey for refusing to publicly disclose the terms of what happened after he sold Cold Stone Creamery in 2007 and the buyers demanded arbitration because they said the company was worth only a fraction of what he claimed. Ducey has not disputed that the $80 million sales price had to be renegotiated to a fraction of that but said there's no reason to discuss it now because the buyers are now happy.
- Both candidates said they support more "transparency'' in campaign finance laws to require "dark money'' groups to disclose the source of their spending on efforts to influence elections. But neither laid out specific legislation they would support to accomplish that goal.
The issue of the driver's licenses stems from the Obama administration approving DACA. It allows those who arrived as children and were not yet 30 in 2012 to seek permission not only to stay but also to work.
But Brewer directed the state Motor Vehicle Division not to issue licenses to DACA recipients. She said they do not meet the requirements of a 1996 Arizona law which says only people "authorized'' to be in this country can get licenses.
Immigrant rights groups sued, with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals saying the DACA recipients should be licensed while the legal points are debated. But at this point none of that is happening as Brewer and the state have appealed.
DuVal said it's time to end the lawsuit.
"These dreamers are part of our community,'' he said.
"They've been raised here, they've been successful,'' DuVal continued. "They've served in the military or are going to school.''
He said it is in the state's interest to license them so they can contribute to Arizona's economy. And, if nothing else, he said it means they are more likely to have state-mandated liability insurance.
Ducey said he sees the issue from the perspective of "how we got here.''
That, he said, starts with the failure of the federal government to "do its first duty to Arizona'' to secure the border.
Ducey deflected a question by host Ted Simons who questioned whether the governor's move is divisive. Instead, he said the first priority has to be border security.
"And then we can deal with some of the other issues around immigration,'' Ducey said.
Nor would he directly answer the question of whether he thinks "dreamers'' should be deported.
"I'm for opportunity for all in our state and that's the type of governor I want to be,'' Ducey responded.
Libertarian Barry Hess, who has not been in prior debates, said that, like DuVal, he sees the issue in practical terms: A license is needed to get insurance.
"People are still going to drive, except they're going to drive uninsured,'' he said. "That's a big issue these days.''
Hess used his opportunity to interject his views into the ongoing debate about how Arizona should handle court rulings that lawmakers for years illegally ignored a voter-approved mandate to annually boost state aid to schools to account for inflation. DuVal wants to take a deal offered by schools to settle for $317 million increase in the base funding formula while Ducey wants to continue to appeal to look for a better deal.
By contrast, Hess wants to ask voters to repeal the entire funding formula.
"It's not about money,'' he said of education quality, calling the education system "bloated.'' He said a cheaper -- and better -- alternative would be more distance learning.
"You can get a far better education than the brick-and-mortar counterparts without the spreading of disease, without the spreading of bad behavior, without the logistics of security and all the other stuff that comes with these government schools,'' he said.
John Mealer, the candidate of the Americans Elect Party, used the opportunity to promote legalizing hemp -- a non psychoactive version of marijuana -- as a replacement for rubber and fiberglass and to create biofuels. But Mealer also said that, as far as he's concerned, Arizona should also legalize recreational use of marijuana and "tax it as we do alcohol.''
John G. Sperling, who overcame learning problems early in life and went on to found the for-profit University of Phoenix, has died, company officials said Sunday. He was 93.
Date: Aug. 4, 2014
Across the Oglala Grasslands of Nebraska: One of Best Short Hikes in America
The signs in front of local schools do not carry a message that most kids want to hear — “School Begins in Early August.” In spite of protests, our kids are now making the usual preparations: buying school supplies, school clothes and often a new backpack. Whether old or new, some guidelines for using backpacks will come in handy for both youth and their parents.
The implementation of Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards is making a difference in student success beyond the classroom. Using these standards, learners are required to think more critically and become more involved in justifying their responses when answering higher-level questions. I am spending less time lecturing and more time teaching critical thinking skills so that my students have the ability to discover the correct answer, but can also explain the process that they took to work through the problem. Students take a more active role by acquiring ownership of their learning. This builds self-confidence and allows for higher levels of success.
Welcome family, friends, and graduates, as we come together on this momentous occasion to celebrate all the achievements that have led us to where we are sitting today.
Congratulations, seniors. After a long 13-year voyage across a proverbial sea of knowledge, we have arrived, and are ready to leave port. We are now more mature, more learned, more worldly, due to the efforts of our teachers, parents, and friends that have taught us to navigate the educational waters. We have learned so much from Mountain View, and our futures seem as vast and as open as the sea. But that is just the surface — underneath the passive waves is a turbulent mystery. We know nothing of our oceans in comparison to our knowledge of interstellar space, just as we know nothing of our lives in comparison to where we will be in our future. Our English teachers told us to scuba dive to find meaning in our essays. We must swim deeper as well to discover meaning in ourselves and our surroundings.
Spring has sprung in Arizona, the weather is beautiful and the desert is a fun place to play. But when you spend your free time in the Valley of the Sun, you should know what sorts of animals to look out for and how to behave around them.
So we approach Schoolaggedon. Otherwise known as Common Core. Or, here in Arizona, the College and Career Readiness Standards.
So we approach School-aggedon, otherwise known as Common Core. Or, here in Arizona, the College and Career Readiness Standards.
BOSTON — The city of Boston is known for its "wicked" rich history, to use a term the locals love, going back to the Boston Tea Party and roots of the American Revolution. But pride is not limited to the past: The city is also home to the World Series champion Red Sox team.
The Town of Queen Creek was once considered the far reaching outskirts of Phoenix, but this small town oasis – now a thriving east valley community – embraces its farming heritage while carefully watching over its growth and development. Business and town leaders seek to preserve the Town’s family-friendly, small-town spirit while providing economic opportunities and a high quality of life for residents.
“I couldn’t give them the help they need.”
NEW YORK — He's the toddler who always bites. She's the 6-year-old drama queen prone to "it's mine" fits and hair-pulling. The problem, for you anyway, is they belong to your best friend, your neighbor or your exceedingly lenient big sister.
DALLAS — Today's kids can't keep up with their parents. An analysis of studies on millions of children around the world finds they don't run as fast or as far as their parents did when they were young.
Years of hard work, preparation and planning in Mesa will fall into place in a matter of weeks as the city’s newest colleges and universities welcome students.
Although miles apart in distance, BASIS’ two newest Arizona campuses in Mesa and Ahwatukee have similar visions about what they want to accomplish in their first year as they try to live up to the organization’s sterling reputation.
With the school year approaching, many local school districts are flaunting success with online schooling for today’s busy, on-the-go, technology wielding student.
CINCINNATI — Berry bushes and squash vines, apple and pear saplings, and inches-high corn plants growing now are envisioned to blossom into an "edible forest garden" in urban Cincinnati for the benefit of joggers, bicyclists, hikers and those who simply want to relax along a waterway.
Prolific documentary-maker Alex Gibney delivers a gripping account of the wins and losses of hard-charging idealism on the front lines of the information wars in "We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks." Exhaustively researched and balanced in its view of the controversial key player, the film slips in ahead of DreamWorks' dramatic take on the exploits of Julian Assange, "The Fifth Estate," which is currently shooting.
College students have spoken and lecture-based learning is prehistoric. An emerging trend on which colleges are reporting solid success rates is lecture-free classes. This approach to learning is being designed to promote deeper student learning, collaborative learning, skilled communication, self-managed learning, and cross-disciplinary and technology-enhanced coursework. Lecture-free classes are a response to growing criticism of the traditional, often passive lecture-based college classes which some educators say are a turn-off to students, leading to aggravation and poor grades.