Proximity Learning’s Effect on Spring ISD

Three Spring Branch ISD schools plan this year to employ “virtual teachers,” who lecture live through a webcam to students with the aid of an in-class staff member. The teacher will be provided by Proximity Learning, an Austin-based company that operates like a temp agency for school districts. Spring Branch ISD administrators said Proximity Learning’s…

The Arizona Teaching Crisis

It’s no new information that teacher shortages are affecting the nation as a whole, but Arizona has been hit especially bad. (With no help from Republican Gov. Doug Ducey’s new law allowing teachers to be hired with no formal teaching training) In 2014, Arizona ranked 48th in average per pupil spending, and the teacher salaries…

Arizona Representative Believes College Students “Dilute” Elections

Arizona State Rep. Bob Thorpe believes that college students “dilute” elections in districts where they both attend school and live. Thorpe’s proposal would disallow students to use their college addresses when registering to vote, even if they live there year-round. “These students do not influence the elections within their home communities, where their families and…