EDUCATION | Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting
The Arizona Department of Education physically removed an AZCIR reporter out of its Capitol Mall offices today in response to a request to inspect the latest school letter grade records.read more
The state’s two largest public universities have for years been represented at the state Capitol by powerful lobbying firms, though neither Arizona State University or the University of Arizona has records of hiring a contract lobbyist.
Instead, each school’s nonprofit foundation has contracted directly with outside lobbyists to advocate at the Legislature on behalf of the schools. Neither university foundation responded to detailed questions about the nature of the relationship between it and the lobbying firms, and neither would provide a copy of its contract with the lobbyists hired to represent a public body.
As a result, it is impossible for the public to know how much lobbying firms are being paid to represent the interests of public universities.read more
Arizona’s university budgets were slashed when the “great recession” hit. With a billion-dollar infrastructure plan in the pipeline, the University of Arizona has committed nearly half of its portion of the funds to address the maintenance costs that were pushed off for the past decade.read more
The mountain town that Northern Arizona University calls home is bursting at the seams. Housing costs are on a tear, parking is at a premium and locals protest new housing developments, even as the university expects to see the student population continue to balloon.read more
ASU’s nonprofit foundation helps support the school and attract donors, but vague tax filings leave unclear how it’s “lobbying” expenditures were actually spent. They also don’t explain the relationship with the university president’s wife, who was paid more than $800,000 by the nonprofit.read more
(Percentages represented 0-1) The Arizona Department of Education provides enrollment data every year, which includes ethnicity breakdowns. The Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting analysis of ethnicity in schools began with this data,...read more
Two decades after Arizona helped pioneer the charter school movement, enrollment data show the schools don’t match the school age demographics of the state and, in many cases, their neighborhoods. White – and especially Asian – students attend charter schools at a higher rate than Hispanics, who now make up the the greatest portion of Arizona’s school age population.read more
The Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting has partnered with the Public Insight Network Bureau to experiment with community engagement following AZCIR original investigations. We're testing this comment-based map to engage readers about important topics, which...read more