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Kyrene School District has scored a major federal grant to implement its social-emotional learning programs that aim to identify and reach troubled grade school and middle school students before they hurt someone or themselves

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Citing “the increasing acrimony in the tone of our community dialogue,” Kyrene Superintendent Jan Vesely at last week’s school board meeting asked for the “end of divisiveness” among audience members.

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Not content with the letter-grade system that the state uses to assess the quality of Arizona schools, Kyrene School District administrators have developed an assessment tool for tracking student performance in a way that enables them to address it more effectively.

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A Phoenix Municipal Court judge on Monday levied $165,000 in fines on The True Life Companies for leaving the defunct Ahwatukee Lakes Golf Course in a deplorable state for months.

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While a criminal case against a drunk driver who killed a couple in a horrific crash last Oct. 21 was resolved last month, little movement appears to have occurred in the case against a woman charged with the traffic death of a Lakewood woman that occurred just a week after that accident.

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A parade of teachers, parents and others lined up last week to ask the state Board of Education to reject efforts by state schools chief Diane Douglas to alter – and they believe dilute – academic standards.



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