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It's the dirty work of home life: dusting the shelves, mopping the floors and doing the laundry, load after load. Yet asking kids to help has gotten harder for some parents, caught up in the blur of today's competitive, time-pressed, child-focused world.
A number of strategies put into place over the last year have led to a marked decrease in failing grades for students at Mesquite High School.
Proponents of a voucher-like program are preparing to make them available to more than 400,000 students statewide now that court challenges to the initial program have been rebuffed.
Arizonans looking for ways to divert some of what they owe the state to other causes have a new option this year: foster care.
The Higley Unified School District is fortunate to be in the East Valley, surrounded by municipal leaders who place a high priority on education: Gilbert Mayor John Lewis, Queen Creek Mayor Gail Barney, Chandler Mayor Jay Tibshraeny and Mesa Mayor Scott Smith.
Saying it's really a legal contract between the state and parents, Superintendent of Schools John Huppenthal is urging the Arizona Supreme Court to uphold the legality of what amounts to a voucher program for students.
In the past, exceeding on the AIMS testing meant that Arizona high school students could qualify for free tuition at one of the three Arizona universities. Now that the scholarship has been slashed by about three-fourths the original amount, some East Valley high schools are supplying students with their own incentives to encourage high test scores.
In this Feb. 18, 2013 photo provided by K9s4KIDS, Harris County Sheriff's Deputy John Palermo and his dog Rico meet with children at the TutorVille HUB in Houston. Schools have beefed up security, staged mock drills and added metal detectors, cameras and alarms to prevent violence. Some think teachers should be armed and the National Rifle Association wants armed police in every American school. Kristi Schiller thinks some special dogs might do the trick. She wants her charity, K9s4KIDS, to do for schools what it’s done for police departments in the U.S. - place scores of trained dogs among their ranks through the nonprofit set up in 2009. (AP Photo/K9s4KIDS, Josh Welch)
In this Feb. 18, 2013 photo provided by K9s4KIDS, children share time with canine mascot Johnny Cash at the TutorVille HUB in Houston. Schools have beefed up security, staged mock drills and added metal detectors, cameras and alarms to prevent violence. Some think teachers should be armed and the National Rifle Association wants armed police in every American school. Kristi Schiller thinks some special dogs might do the trick. She wants her charity, K9s4KIDS, to do for schools what it’s done for police departments in the U.S. - place scores of trained dogs among their ranks through the nonprofit set up in 2009. (AP Photo/K9s4KIDS, Josh Welch)
PHOENIX — Education groups are making a last-ditch effort to halt what is now a limited school voucher program before it spreads.
Timmy Hernandez wasn’t always making over-the-shoulder catches in the corner of the end zone.
Smart phones that respond to signals from plants? Laptops that coordinate irrigation at dozens of vineyards? Remote weather stations programmed to text frost alerts?
This Aug. 8, 2013 photo shows a mobile phone displaying Burpee Home Gardens online-based software for horticulture being used at home in Langley, Wash. Burpee Home Gardens has introduced two mobile Web tools, not apps, that make smartphones into just another a gardening tool. One provides online tutoring via a continuing series of texts or email notes while the other dishes up "recipes" for designing flower and vegetable gardens based on the user's customized profile. (AP Photo/Dean Fosdick)
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Parents will find few states that offer families as many schooling options as Arizona. A longtime leader in the national school choice movement, Arizona has an education marketplace with a school for nearly any income, interest or situation.
Small groups, one-on-one learning and weekly assessments are on teacher Karen Meyer’s agenda in order to make sure every one of her third-grade students passes a required reading test this year.
Life for kids is harder today than ever before, and I offer up proof: According to a variety of news reports, many elementary schools are eliminating recess.
Parents looking for before- and after-school options can find information about quality programs Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence (AzCASE) Afterschool Directory.
My son Gideon (age nine) assures me that he will be a good father someday, but will that be an empty accomplishment? In another 20 years or so will there even be a Father's Day?
NEW YORK — Thomas Sohmers, 17, of Hudson, Mass., has been working at a research lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology since he was 13, developing projects ranging from augmented reality eyewear to laser communications systems. This spring, his mom, Penny Mills, let him drop out of 11th grade. She says she "could see how much of the work he was doing at school wasn't relevant to what he wanted to learn."
If you love that mother in your home, get rid of those babes spread out on the coffee table. I’ve had it with them. They’re not good for either soul — male or female! Why do we contemplate airbrushed, digitally altered, Botox laden, breast-enhanced illusions?
Thousands of students in poorly performing public schools could soon get what amounts to a voucher from the state to go elsewhere -- or even get educated at home -- a move that could remove hundreds of millions of dollars a year from public schools.
Arizona is facing a literacy crisis and it begins in early childhood.
MOUNT PROSPECT, Ill. — The four-legged member of the counseling team at the high school in suburban Chicago waits patiently, as a crush of students fills the hallways. Her tail wags with the first pat on the head, then another and another.
It didn't take Jeff Bisgrove very long to realize that helping to transform neighborhoods was transforming him.