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The Rayos children meet with Rep. Grijalva before President Trump's first address to a joint session of Congress. Left to right: Ernesto Lopes of Puente Movement, Rep. Grijalva, Jaqueline Rayos-Garcia, Angel Rayos-Garcia. Courtesy: office of Rep. Grijalva.

PHOENIX – "We're here for our Mom." That's the message from two Arizona teenagers who attended last night's speech by President Trump. The mother, Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos, made headlines this month when she became one of the first people deported under Trump's more aggressive immigration pol

A new report says fees and fines in the juvenile-justice system only perpetuate poverty.(markrhiggins/iStockphoto)

PHOENIX - Fees and fines within the juvenile-justice system place an unfair burden on low-income families, according to a new report. In some states, the Juvenile Law Center report found, because of failure to pay, young offenders miss out on diversion programs that would allow them to remain at ho

The 2016 Kids Count Data Book for Arizona says the state has seen an 87 percent increase in the number of children entering the foster-care system. (wavebreakmedia/iStockphoto)

PHOENIX - It's getting tougher to be a kid in Arizona, according to a new report. The 2016 Kids Count Data Book for Arizona shows that more children are living in poverty, family incomes are dropping and the number of kids in foster care continues to rise. The data, published every two years by the

The Arizona Federation of Teachers says school districts across the state are starting another year with inadequate funding and a shortage of qualified teachers. (AlexBrylov/iStockphoto)

PHOENIX - Despite an infusion of extra money approved by voters, a teachers' group said Arizona students heading back to classes this week are still being shortchanged. The Arizona Federation of Teachers said deep budget cuts by lawmakers have left the education system with inadequate funding and a

The reinstated KidsCare program provides health insurance at low or no cost to as many as 30,000 Arizona children. (iStockphoto)

PHOENIX - Arizona's KidsCare health insurance program, reinstated earlier this year, is taking applications starting today for coverage that begins September 1st. The program is designed to provide health care coverage for children in families that make too much for Medicaid, also called AHCCCS, bu

Planned Parenthood Arizona is encouraging school districts to develop a local sex education curriculum. (iStockphoto)

PHOENIX – Just last week, one Arizona school board voted to update its sex-education curriculum, with input from parents. Since sex-ed isn't required in Arizona schools, there is inconsistency across the state in how the topic is handled. In the absence of a statewide program, for some years

Arizona voters have approved a measure to provide $3.5 billion in school funds over the next decade, but advocates say much more money is needed to hire teachers, buy books and fix buildings. (iStockphoto)
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PHOENIX - Arizona voters narrowly approved Proposition 123 last week, which will provide inflationary funding for schools for the next decade. The same group that got that $3.5 billion funding package approved say there is a lot more work to do to bring the state's schools up to par. The group wants

The Arizona Legislature reversed an earlier vote and reinstated the KidsCare health insurance program last week. (iStockphoto)

PHOENIX - Under intense political pressure from all directions, the Arizona Legislature reversed itself late last week and reinstated the state's Children's Health Insurance Program. The KidsCare bill, which was signed immediately by Gov. Doug Ducey, passed when 14 Republicans in the House and fiv

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