Arizona Superintendent Diane Douglas visited schools in Southern Arizona this week. She dropped in on a history class in Tucson with district superintendent H.T. Sanchez. This is the second time the two officials have met to discuss the district’s violation of a state law that bans ethnic studies.
On Wednesday, Arizona’s Senate Finance Committee heard arguments on a bill that would phase out desegregation funding in schools. The funding was put in place in the 1980s to ensure equal education opportunities for minority students.
On Monday, Arizona’s 2010 ban on ethnic studies went before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. The federal court is considering the constitutionality of the entire law, as well as one of its provisions that was struck down by a federal judge in 2013.
One case is the state’s 2010 ban on ethnic studies. The court will also hear arguments on a decades-old civil rights lawsuit, addressing how Arizona teaches English Language Learners.
The new school superintendents of Arizona and the Tucson Unified School District met Wednesday to discuss the fate of ethnic studies in the city’s public schools. It has been a controversial issue between the state and school district for several years.
Police officers haven’t been stationed at public schools in Tucson since the economic downturn in 2008. Starting Tuesday they’ll be back, but officers will follow a new policy regarding immigration enforcement on school grounds.
President Barack Obama announced Wednesday a program to help Native American youth. More than one-third live in poverty and about two-thirds graduate from high school.
About 200 immigrant children held at a family detention center in Artesia attend classes in math, science and physical education. They also recieve English language courses.
Astronomer Dr. Taft Armandroff describes his role in a Dark Energy experiment being followed worldwide and the threat to dark skies his research relies on.
Ten years ago, an unlikely group of immigrant students from a poor Phoenix high school beat out MIT students in an underwater robotics competition. Their inspiring David-versus-Goliath story is the subject of a new documentary called "Underwater Dreams."