David Garcia Endorsed by Three Former AZ Schools Chiefs in Bid for State Superintendent

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Three former schools chiefs--including a Republican--have endorsed Democrat David Garcia in his bid for State Superintendent of Public Instruction.

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Race for Schools Chief: Huppenthal and Thomas Out, Garcia and Douglas In

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Ashley Cusick
Huppenthal and family at last night's Republican primaries gathering.
After a spring marred by his controversial blog posts and accusations of racism, State Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal lost his bid for reelection in last night's Republican primary.

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Douglas Defeats Huppenthal in Republican Primary; Garcia Is Democrats' Nominee

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Ashley Cusick
John Huppenthal and family at tonight's Republican primary results event.
Incumbent State Superintendent of Public Education John Huppenthal lost his bid for reelection in tonight's Republican primary.

With almost 70 percent of precincts reporting, results show Huppenthal with about 41 percent of the vote and opponent Diane Douglas with about 57 percent.

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Huppenthal Asks Feds to Pay for Education of Unaccompanied Minors Bused to Arizona

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Ashley Cusick
John Huppenthal at yesterday's press conference.
Arizona schools chief John Huppenthal is asking the federal government to pay the costs associated with educating unaccompanied immigrant minors here in what Latino activists say is brazen political posturing.

At a press conference, Huppenthal released a letter he penned to Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education, asking for the funding.

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Did Huppenthal Flip-Flop on Common Core Yet Again?

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Matthew Hendley

State Superintendent of Public Education John Huppenthal has made mixed statements about his stance on Common Core.

Today, the incumbent may have flip-flopped still again.

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Superintendent Race Heats Up: Garcia Accuses Huppenthal of Flip-Flopping on Common Core

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Matthew Hendley

The debate over Common Core has been central to the race for State Superintendent of Public Education, and one challenger of incumbent John Huppenthal's claims that his opponent is sending mixed signals on exactly where he stands.


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Teach for America Trains 500 New Teachers in Phoenix, Places 125 in Area Schools

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Ashley Cusick
Teach for America volunteers attend a training session at Phoenix Collegiate Academy High School in July.
Teach for America, the non-profit organization that trains volunteers to teach in public schools, will launch 125 newly-trained teachers into Valley schools beginning as soon as this month. This new batch of teachers will bring the total number of local volunteers in the two-year program up to 250.

For some, the Peace Corps-esque program is a lifesaver for public schools. Others see it as a crash course in one of the most important professions there is -- and a risky proposition that places potentially ill-prepared young people in tough teaching jobs.

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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

Categories: Education
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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

Categories: Education

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City of Phoenix
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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