News

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Reuters News Service reported that U.S. teacher demonstrations are likely to spread as more educators hit the streets to take on states that they claim are choosing tax cuts over the education of students in elementary and secondary public schools.

...Read More
Wednesday, April 4, 2018

U.S. News & World Report featured Arizona's 2015 "Teacher of the Year," John-David Bowman, who considers himself lucky, doing the job he loves without worrying about supporting his family.

"I decided to teach because I felt it would be a job I could do for a couple of years and I could give back to my community," Bowman said. "But I fell in love with the profession."

...Read More
Thursday, March 29, 2018

Cronkite News reported that thousands of Arizona teachers angry about pay rallied as part of the Red for Ed movement at the state Capitol on Wednesday and demanded a 20 percent raise, but organizers stopped short of calling for a statewide education strike.

Organizers from Arizona Educators United, the three-week-old grassroots organization behind the Red for Ed movement in the state, called on Gov. Doug Ducey and the Legislature to meet a list of demands that included the pay increase for teachers and the restoration of education funding to 2008 levels.

...Read More
Tuesday, March 27, 2018

The White Mountain Independent reported that teacher sick-outs closed nine schools last week to participate in a grassroots movement for higher teacher pay. #WearRedforEd sponsored the march earlier this month as teachers who left the classroom jammed a state Senate hearing in which lawmakers were considering cuts to capital gains and business property taxes — funds teachers say they need in their classrooms and their pocketbooks.

...Read More
Thursday, March 22, 2018

KPNX 12 News reported Some West Valley teachers held a “sick out” on Wednesday, March 21, forcing nine schools in the Pendergast Elementary School District to close for the day. Many of those teachers then headed to the Capitol, where they held a #RedForEd rally to get more school funding.

It is the first time since the #RedForEd campaign started that teachers didn’t show up to teach. Hundreds of other teachers were also at the Capitol, sitting in on several special sessions and meeting with legislators.

...Read More
Wednesday, March 21, 2018

The Slate reported that with billions in investment funding, the driverless future being unleashed by companies like Waymo, Lyft, and Uber still raises more questions than answers for the city planners who will be responsible for incorporating the technology into existing urban-transit infrastructures.

How driverless cars will reshape our cities drove debate at an event hosted by Future Tense at the Arizona State University Barrett and O’Connor Center in Washington, D.C.

...Read More
Friday, March 16, 2018

In an opinion editorial for Arizona Capitol Times, Kurt Altman, Arizona state director for Right on Crime, compares Phoenix to Tucson by size and asking "Isn’t bigger always better?"

"Phoenix is the heart of Maricopa County, one of the biggest counties in the nation — with a jail to match" he writes. "According to ASU’s Morrison Institute for Public Policy, at its peak, Maricopa County Jail housed almost 10,000 inmates a day in 2006. By 2015, that leveled off, but still hovered near 8,000 a day. I bet Tucson, the heart of Pima County, cannot top that.

...Read More
Thursday, March 15, 2018

AZCentral.com reported that amid a nationwide debate about teacher salaries, Elisabeth Milich, a Phoenix-area teacher, shared her salary, and her frustration, on social media by posting a photo of her pay stub on Facebook.

"This is my new pay after taking a few professional development classes," stated Milich in the post. "I actually laughed when I saw the old salary vs. the new one. I mean really, I need a college degree to make this? I paid 80,000 for a college degree, I then paid several hundred more to transfer my certification to Az."

...Read More
Wednesday, March 14, 2018

ASU's State Press presented a feature on the history of Gammage Auditorium, the iconic ASU landmark that continues to make up the cultural bedrock of Tempe.

Grady Gammage, the former ASU president and namesake of the building, had a vision for ASU and enlisted his long-time friend, internationally known architect Frank Lloyd Wright, to bring it to fruition.

...Read More
Monday, March 12, 2018

The Arizona Republic reported that state political leaders say they already are on track to give Arizona teachers raises through the governor’s 2019 budget. The raise would be 1 percent, or about $500 per year. But the growing movement of teachers demanding more could increase pressure at the Capitol to go further.

There may be room for negotiation: State revenues are nearly $275 million above what was expected so far this year, though Gov. Doug Ducey's office says that extra money already is accounted for in his budget proposal.

...Read More