Category: Cronkite News

Leaders look to close Latino education gap

Julia Thatcher Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015 Leaders look to close Latino education gap Only 17 percent of Latinos in Arizona have an associate degree or higher, according to research conducted by the Morrison Institute. Hispanic leaders met Tuesday to discuss how the state’s education funding plan will impact students and what they could do to help close the gap. “It is the Latinos demographic that we need to focus on because of the educational gap between that population and the other population so I think this is a good beginning,” said State Senator Catherine Miranda, (D-District 27). She added that she thought this was a good start but there was a lot still that needs to be done. Joseph Garcia, the director of Morrison Institute, said change needs to start at home. “We need to change expectation in the living room but also in the classroom,” he said. “Teachers need to expect more from students, institutionally we need to expect Latinos to graduate.” .embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; } Officials shared statistics and data from studies, but the overall message was that closing this gap is for more than just the Latino communities. “Latinos need to be a part of the successful future that’s...

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ASU students show appreciation for student veterans

Fan Wang Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015 ASU students show appreciation for student veterans Students at ASU wrote thank you letters and had conversations with veterans to honor those who have served in the military. “It’s a veteran appreciation event and also for the whole student body,” said Maximilian Meza, a student veteran. Meza, senior, was stationed on the USS Albuquerque for four years. The ceremony for the Salute to Service on campus encouraged dialogue between students and veterans. More than 2,000 student veterans attend classes on campus at ASU. For two days, students stopped at booths on the downtown campus and wrote more than 300 thank you letters for veterans. “I think they are underrated. They sacrifice a lot and they do a lot for our country so the least I can do is to write a letter saying thank you,” Cayla Milhon said, a senior student at ASU. “This is great, because then they feel they’re being appreciated, because I know that I appreciate them,” said Frank Median, a first-year graduate student. Median has relatives who have served in the military. The event also included a photo gallery by Devin Mitchell, a photographer and sociologist from California whose 298-photo Veteran Vision Project focuses on the lives of individual veterans. The event brings together campus active duty military, veteran groups, charities, Mission Continues , and staff members from the...

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Arizona’s three earthquakes originated from Black Canyon City

Kendall Bartley Monday, Nov. 2, 2015 Arizona’s three earthquakes originated from Black Canyon City Nov. 2’s earthquakes originated from Black Canyon City and gave Arizonans in the Valley slight rumblings. | StoryMap: Significant seismic activity in Arizona .embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%;...

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Regulators pull one Obamacare option as open enrollment begins

Tom Blanton Monday, Nov. 2, 2015 Regulators pull one Obamacare option as open enrollment begins WASHINGTON – Just as open enrollment for the third round of Obamacare was beginning this weekend, federal officials removed from the marketplace an insurance cooperative that had been providing coverage to about 59,000 Arizona residents. Meritus – made up of Meritus Health Partners and Meritus Mutual Health Partners – was placed under “supervision” Friday by the Arizona Department of Insurance, prohibiting the company from signing new clients but letting it serve existing clients through the end of the year. The federal government also suspended Meritus from offering plans on the federal exchange, which started its third enrollment period Sunday. There are still eight insurance companies operating in the federal marketplace in Arizona, from which Meritus’ current customers will now have to choose their 2016 coverage. See related story: Coalition kicks off information program to help people seeking health insurance Executives at Meritus, the only cooperative operating in the Arizona marketplace, said the move by state and federal regulators caught them by surprise and that they are weighing their options. “We were caught off guard by this extreme request based on our current and projected financial position,” Meritus CEO Tom Zumtobel said in a statement released Saturday. “We have been working closely with the AZ DOI over the past few months to comply with all...

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