Arizona schools chief set to address Legislature

Arizona schools chief set to address Legislature

PHOENIX (AP) – Arizona schools chief Diane Douglas is set to present her take on the state of education to an Arizona House committee.

Wednesday‘s planned speech comes a year after the Republican Superintendent of Public Instruction called on the Legislature to ditch a new statewide assessment. The test went ahead as planned.

Douglas last year called the state of education in Arizona poor and cited the state’s 47th overall ranking in national rankings. A lawsuit settlement is now set to pump $3.5 billion over 10 years into schools if voters approve.

Douglas also sparred with the board of Education, a fight that is ongoing.

But she’s likely to tout the board’s October decision to cut ties with the Common Core standards as a win. The standards remain in place during a review.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.

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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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