The Boys and Girls Clubs of the East Valley is the first organization in Arizona to be awarded a free after-school sports-based youth development program created by the U.S. Soccer Foundation that uses soccer as a tool to improve the health and behavioral outcomes for children in underserved, urban communities.
Two Maricopa Community Colleges have been named to the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. Chandler-Gilbert (CGCC) and Mesa Community College (MCC) were selected among only 766 higher education institutions nationwide, and among only four in the state of Arizona. The recognition highlights the role colleges and universities play in solving community challenges, and helps students pursue a lifelong path of civic engagement.
South Mountain Community College (SMCC) was selected as a finalist for 2015 Bellwether Award finalist in the area of Instructional Programs and Services. This category represents programs or activities that have been designed and successfully implemented to foster or support teaching and learning in the community college. In addition to SMCC, the Maricopa County Community College District was also selected as a finalist in this category for its Maricopa “Millions OER Project: Scaling Use of ExtraOERdinary Materials.”
All Arizona children deserve consistency, quality and experience in the classroom. As a state, we need effective policies and sufficient funding to attract, retain and develop high-quality educators for every student.
Dr. Don Covey, Maricopa County Superintendent of Schools, was selected by the U.S. Department of Education as one of 100 top school leaders from across America. He was invited to participate in the first National Connected Superintendents Summit on Nov. 19 at the White House.
The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) is misleading the public by neglecting to mention dangerous aspects of the proposed South Mountain Freeway. Creating a truck route along Pecos Road will be disastrous for the air quality of the adjacent neighborhoods and schools. As a family nurse practitioner I am well aware of the prevalence of severe asthma and allergies among the Valley’s population. Asthma is the number one reason for school absences. Building another freeway near schools and homes will increase the pollution, escalating rates of asthma and other cardiopulmonary illnesses, thus impacting the health of all and education of our children.
Arizona 811 (formerly Arizona Blue Stake, Inc.) announced the appointment of Ahwatukee resident Kimberly Noetzel to the position of public services manager to oversee communications, marketing, public and media relations, as well as outreach and educational programs statewide.
Despite making strides in reducing the number of teen driver deaths in recent years, the sad fact is that motor vehicle crashes remain a leading cause of death for teenagers. The statistics remain sobering. According to data from the Arizona Department of Transportation, over three teen lives were lost every month over the last seven years.
Members of the non-profit group PARC (Protecting Arizona Resources and Children) will make a series of three-minute presentations to the Phoenix City Council at the Oct. 1 meeting during the time for Citizen Comments, starting at 2:45 p.m.
As the father of an Arizona State University student, former ASU police officer and former member of the Tempe Police Citizen’s Review Board, I read the Sunday front-page Arizona Republic story, “ASU PD staffing trails campus growth,” with considerable interest.
The foundation of a bridge rests on strong and solid footings. A strong bridge from graduation to the job’s market needs to be built by the Arizona Legislature in order to have a successful Arizona economy. You can’t have one without the other.
In the opinion pages of the Aug. 29 Arizona Republic, readers were told for the second time in August about the growing gang problems in the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Community, problems that have spread beyond Salt River and into the East Valley and beyond. Gangs have long been a problem there and continue to grow in boldness. Last May gangsters murdered a Salt River police officer across the street from an upscale Scottsdale neighborhood. Attacks on police and community members are all too common.
I’ve been seeing campaign commercials lately about increased tuition by political candidates stating that Arizona universities are become less affordable. As a father of a recent Mountain Pointe High School grad and now a student at Arizona State University, the process of choosing the college that was best for our child was based on financial affordability for our family. I am also a believer that higher education is the best investment a parent can make for their child, ensuring much success as they enter the workforce.
Like many middle-class parents, we promised our kids that we would pay for their college education, a reasonable promise in the 1980s from two parents who were teachers. We are still paying off their college loans in 2014, yet we feel lucky compared to students and families who are paying off college loans accrued between 2008 and 2014.