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Legislature sends millions to 'freedom schools' at ASU, UA

Thu, May 10, 2018

Education

Arizona lawmakers this session provided $2 million to two state universities for “freedom schools” designed to teach conservative values.Since 2016, legislators have appropriated $12 million to Arizona State University and the University of Arizona for the ideologically driven centers, which previously had been funded by the Charles Koch Foundation.An AZCIR

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Tags: Arizona, 2018 Legislature, Freedom Schools, Budget

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Johnson Utilities hearing concludes with questions remaining

Thu, May 10, 2018

Pinal County

PHOENIX — The Johnson Utilities evidentiary hearing with the Arizona Corporation Commission ended Wednesday, yet after almost four weeks of testimony there are still critical questions that remain unanswered.

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Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, San Tan Valley, Johnson Utilities

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EV had strong presence in teacher, voucher dramas

Mon, May 7, 2018

Education

East Valley legislators and activists played key roles in two of the biggest political dramas involving public education last week – passage of Gov. Doug Ducey’s funding plan for better teacher pay and the proposed expansion of the state-funded voucher system to send children to private and parochial schools.

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Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, East Valley#redfored, Education walkout

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Opinion: Elect more Democrats

Mon, May 7, 2018

Election 2018

Editor, Casa Grande Dispatch:In 1776, Thomas Paine wrote "Common Sense," in which he explained that it was only common sense that the colonists should break away from British rule to establish the new American nation. He soon followed with "The American Crisis," to inspire the colonists in their battles against

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Tags: Pinal County, 2018 Election, Letter to the Editor

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Future uncertain for CUSD after teachers vote to walk out

Sat, Apr 21, 2018

Education

COOLIDGE — With 78 percent of Arizona educators voting to strike beginning Thursday, schools in the Coolidge Unified School District face an uncertain future as the district attempts to assess how many teachers will walk out. 

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Supervisors' resolution would deny San Tan incorporation petitions

Fri, Apr 20, 2018

Pinal County

FLORENCE — A persistent effort to allow residents of San Tan Valley to vote on whether to incorporate into a city could be facing a death blow. The Pinal County Board of Supervisors, in a special meeting Monday, is set to vote on a resolution that would reject petitions submitted by

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Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, San Tan Valley, Incorporation

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Wide disparity in Pinal classroom spending, report shows

Mon, Mar 12, 2018

Education

CASA GRANDE — When it comes to classroom spending, huge disparities are found around the nation, and, according to a recent report, even right here in Pinal County. The Arizona Auditor General‘s Office, the governmental agency entrusted with ensuring public money is spent appropriately, recently released data on classroom spending for all

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Tags: Arizona, Pinal County Schools

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Queen Creek approves annexation of Pinal subdivision

Fri, Mar 9, 2018

Pinal County

QUEEN CREEK — Some San Tan Valley residents got their wish Wednesday to be on their way to becoming part of an incorporated town. The Queen Creek Town Council voted unanimously to approve the annexation of Ironwood Crossing, located in the northeastern part of San Tan Valley off Ironwood and Pima

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Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, San Tan Valley, Incorporation, Queen Creek Annexation

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San Tan incorporation effort 'shattered' by Shea Homes

Wed, Mar 7, 2018

Pinal County

SAN TAN VALLEY — The incorporation effort, in its current form, is over in San Tan Valley. Shea Homes sent a letter to Pinal County and the steering committee of Vote San Tan Valley certifying that Shea would not give permission to parties seeking to submit the petition for the community’s

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Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, San Tan Valley, Incorporation

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Pinal lawmaker fails to get stricter regulations on medical marijuana

Sat, Feb 24, 2018

Pinal County

PHOENIX — Sometime next year medical marijuana users will get a guarantee of sorts that the drugs they are buying are as good as they’ve been promised. And they’ll know if it’s got mold, disease-causing bacteria or other adulterants. With only three lawmakers in dissent, the Senate voted Thursday to require the

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Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, Arizona State Legislature, Vince Leach, HB066

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