Public-private partnerships are helping more preschool teachers in Tucson, Ariz., obtain more training and earn degrees in early-childhood education. The programs include offering scholarships and financial assistance to individuals working on associate, bachelor's and master's degrees, and has doubled in five years the number of individuals earning associate degrees in early education.
An elementary school in Arizona will pilot a "cluster" model for gifted education. In each grade, one class will include a group of six to nine students identified as gifted, and the classroom teachers will receive training on differentiating instruction for the students.
A group of 200 fourth- and fifth-graders from Elvira Elementary School in Tucson, Ariz., recently attended a presentation to mark the 72nd anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Participating students viewed artifacts from the sunken battleship USS Arizona, shared by their school's music teacher Andrew Desautels.
The Governing Board of Arizona's Tucson Unified School District has approved a policy that, as of this fall, sets specific benchmarks students must achieve to advance to the next grade. While high-school requirements are unchanged, elementary students are required to meet standards in English and math, and middle-school students must pass English, math, science or social studies and one other course to advance.
A proposal announced Friday in a decades-long desegregation case in an Arizona district appears to have support from the various parties involved, though public comment will not be heard until later this month. Under the plan, a "culturally relevant" curriculum would be adopted for black and Hispanic students in the Tucson Unified School District, and schools and programs would increase their racial and ethnic diversity. Diversity of administrators and disparities in the disciplining of students also would be addressed.