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Proposed bill could cut desegregation funding from Arizona schools

Sydnee Scofield Friday, Feb. 26, 2016 Proposed bill could cut desegregation funding from Arizona schools New bills moving through the Arizona House and Senate will cut more than $200 million from 19 Arizona school districts. SB-1125 and HB-2401 are identical bills that would phase out desegregation and Office for Civil Rights funding that has been in place for more than 30 years. According to the Arizona Tax Research Association, districts like Phoenix Union High School District and Phoenix Elementary District could see a 17 percent decrease in overall property taxes over the 10-year phase-out period. The schools initially began receiving this funding in the 1970s and 1980s after complaints alleging segregation and racial inequality were filed against Arizona school districts. “The legislature back then allowed those school districts that had received complaints to go out to their local taxpayers and charge them an extra tax,” said Sen. Debbie Lesko (R-21), the Senate bill’s sponsor. “It never went to a vote of the public.” Lesko said segregation in Arizona schools is not still an issue, but Dr. Chad Gestson, Superintendent of Phoenix Union High School District does not agree. .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%; } With many students that aren’t native English speakers, districts like...

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Cronkite News: Black History Month special

Staff Friday, Feb. 26, 2016 Cronkite News: Black History Month special This episode of Cronkite News is a collection of our Black History Month stories from February 2016..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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Soccer helps Arizona refugees adapt

Anthony Marroquin/Cronkite News Friday, Feb. 26, 2016 Soccer helps Arizona refugees adapt Akili Edmond started playing soccer with his friends in his home country Tanzania when he was just six years old, and soon enough he was in love with it. “The feeling of playing soccer is like the world to me,” Edmond, 15, said. “When I’m playing soccer, I just feel happier than ever.” For Edmond’s soccer was the one constant in his troubled world. His parents are refugees who fled the Congo over 15 years ago, after his grandparents were killed. They feared they would be next. A little over two years ago, Edmond’s family gained refugee status in the U.S. and moved to Arizona. “When I first got here, like, I was all shy, and I didn’t know what to do. I didn’t know anybody,” Edmond said. For a while, Edmond felt lost so he would go out to the park to play the game of his childhood back in Tanzania. And he finally started to feel more at home. “I’m happy because the players that I met here, started talking to me, and [I started] making friends,” Edmond said. Edmond’s story is not alone. In 2015 the United States took in 69,993 refugees from 70 different countries, across four continents, according to the U.S. Department of State. When they arrive in the U.S., most have...

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Arizona’s public universities working to diversify their athletic departments

Danielle Eurich Friday, Feb. 26, 2016 Arizona’s public universities working to diversify their athletic departments TEMPE – Before he was Arizona State University’s vice president for university athletics, Ray Anderson helped make strides toward diversity in the NFL. Anderson served as the NFL’s executive vice president of football operations for eight seasons and helped contribute to the creation of the Rooney Rule. The rule requires NFL teams to interview at least one minority candidate for executive and head-coaching positions. Anderson, who is one of only 12 African-American athletic directors at a Division I school, has brought the spirit of the rule to ASU, making sure a diverse slate is included in every coaching search at the university. “It’s not a mandate that you have to hire, but rather a strong, strong encouragement to at least take the time to listen and educate yourself and be open-minded to the fact that the world is a great place with a whole bunch of skillsets and all of them don’t necessarily have to look like you, the person doing the hiring,” Anderson said. It is an effort that may become more formalized across college sports soon. The National Association for Coaching Equity and Development, National Consortium for Academics and Sports and The No Hate Zone have proposed the Eddie Robinson rule to the NCAA. Named for the legendary Grambling State football coach...

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Friday fact check: Feb. 26, 2016

Taylor Nelson Friday, Feb. 26, 2016 Friday fact check: Feb. 26, 2016 It’s been a busy week in the newsroom, and we want to know how well you’ve been keeping up with the week’s top stories. Take the weekly news quiz and find out how well you know what’s been happening this week. Tweet us your results...

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