Arizona's Education Poor, and the Future's Not Bright, According to Report

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Less than half of Arizona students meet the standards for attending Arizona universities, according to a recent report.

The "Arizona Minority Student Progress Report 2013" prepared by the University of Arizona's Center for Education also cites a warning from Arizona State University's Morrison Institute: "Arizona is at risk of becoming a second-tier state, educationally and economically."

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Ex-Arizona School Administrator Accused of Accessing Porn on Computer Quits New Job

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By Matthew Hendley


Jaime Castellano, a former school district superintendent in Apache County, resigned as executive director at a Pennsylvania charter school after the school disclosed why he'd left his job in Arizona.

A local paper near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, reports that Castellano "resigned suddenly" last month, and it's now been disclosed that Castellano gave up his credentials in Arizona after alleged computer misuse.

Castellano stepped down from his position as a superintendent of the Ganado Unified School District on the Navajo Nation in December 2012, after Arizona's State Board of Education alleged that he accessed "adult websites" and had "sexually explicit images on his district issued laptop," according to a document from an Arizona Board of Education meeting.

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Phoenix Mayor Urges Residents to Make Tax-Credit Donations for Cash-Strapped Schools

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Map displays which districts are most in need of education tax-credit donations

Santa Clause is long gone, and that means the Tax Man is right around the corner.

Time is running out for taxpayers to take advantage of the state's dollar-for-dollar education tax credit, and Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton is urging residents to funnel extra money to local schools.

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Glendale Elementary School Accused of Keeping Boy in Windowless Room and Giving Him Sugar; Parents Say Kid's Allergic to Sugar

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Some kid eating chocolate.
A Glendale couple is suing the Deer Valley Unified School District, claiming staff at the boy's elementary school fed him sugar, and often kept him in a small, windowless room due to his behavior.

The boy's parents contend that the school kept giving their boy sugar -- which the boy is "severely allergic" to -- which caused behavioral issues, and ultimately, caused the boy to be locked in the small room all the time.

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Tempe Ranked Second-Worst College Town in America (By Online Education Peddlers)

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At least the scenery's nice...
According to a new survey, Tempe, the home of Arizona State University's largest campus, is the second-worst college town in America -- worse even than places like Waco, Texas, Ruston, Louisiana, and Poughkeepsie, New York.

However, the survey was conducted by a group urging people to get an online education, rather than a traditional, booze-filled campus experience.

In its list of the worst college towns in the country, the website AccreditedOnlineColleges explains that "these college campuses are so bad that they might even convince you to apply to an online college or visit universities in larger, urban centers."

Regardless of the survey's apparent agenda, below is what it had to say about Sun Devil-ville:

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Is Suspension Too Harsh For Eighth Graders Who Threatened to Set Teacher on Fire (Or Cut Out her Tongue, Drown Her, Or Run Her Over With Truck)?

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This is a copy of the "death plan" a few Chandler junior high students had for their teacher.
The Chandler Unified School District decided yesterday to uphold a semester-long suspension for five eighth grade students who threatened to kill their teacher by -- among other methods -- setting her on fire, cutting out her tongue, drowning her, or running her over with a truck.

See our post on the students' death threats here.

The students, four girls and one boy, ages 12 and 13, aren't allowed to go back to Santan Junior High School until next semester, and some -- their parents, especially -- are concerned the punishment is too harsh.

"I, as many others, sincerely believe the long-term suspension extending through the end of the semester is beyond unjust and severe," Kim Thomas, the mother of one of the girls, wrote in a letter to district administrators last month. "In no way is this punishment fitting of the actions demonstrated by the students."


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Chandler Student Who Planned to Set Teacher on Fire (Or Cut Out her Tongue, Drown Her, Or Run Her Over With Truck) Gets Lengthy Suspension

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A junior high school student in Chandler will have to sit out the entire semester after she and a few friends jotted down some plans about how to best murder their language arts teacher earlier this year.

Some of the ideas that made the students' list (which you can see below) include cutting out the teacher's tongue, tying a brick around her neck and dropping her in a pool, and setting her on fire.

The Santan Junior High students, four girls and one boy, ages 12 and 13, eqach face criminal charges of threatening and intimidating for the threats against the teacher.

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Michael Lamonica, Former Mesa Elementary School Teacher, Pleads Guilty to Child Molestation Charges

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A former teacher at a Mesa elementary school pleaded guilty today to charges that he attempted to molest a 7-year-old girl in the band room of the school where he worked and the girl was a student. 

Michael Lamonica, a former music teacher at Mesa's Brinton Elementary School, pleaded guilty this morning to four counts of attempted child molestation.

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Prescott High School Students' Graduation Prank: Steal a Formerly Pink Car

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Walker, Arizona's "Pink Car" is no longer pink -- it's covered in profanity.
Six Prescott High School students were so excited to graduate that they didn't bother with traditional graduation pranks like writing something in shaving cream on the front door of their school. Rather, they stole a car.

Yavapai County sheriff's deputies arrested the six soon-to-be grads after the "Pink Car," which is apparently the pride and joy of rural Walker, Arizona, turned up in the high school's parking lot covered in spray paint-written profanity.

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