Hank Stephenson, Arizona Daily Star

Hank Stephenson

Arizona Daily Star

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Past articles by Hank:

Plummeting enrollment costing TUSD millions of dollars it doesn’t have

Numbers provided by the Arizona Department of Education show enrollment is falling faster than expected, and the actual loss of students is likely to be much worse than projected. → Read More

Hackers: Rep. Todd Clodfelter had account on website that caters to extramarital affairs

Clodfelter, a representative from Tucson who was first elected in 2016, is owning up to creating the profile, but says his personal sex life is nobody’s business and has nothing → Read More

Tucson schools won't be responsible for Education Department funding mistakes

In total, nearly $100 million of federal funding was misallocated by the Arizona Department of Education. → Read More

Tucson teacher being investigated over use of explicit rap song for sixth-grade homework

The song, Ice Cube's "It Was A Good Day," depicts drugs, sex, gambling and violence. → Read More

After 40 years, TUSD closer to ending desegregation case, judge says

Federal court says TUSD is in partial compliance with the longstanding court order but still has work to do on discipline disparities, advanced learning opportunities. → Read More

Candidate is ousted from Sunnyside school board race over invalid petition signatures

The candidate's signatures were challenged in court. → Read More

Marana teacher accused of inappropriate contact with teens loses wrongful termination suit

The high school Spanish teacher lodged a $5 million lawsuit against the Marana School District. → Read More

Republican write-in candidate Randy Fleenor qualifies for November ballot in Tucson's LD9

Randy Fleenor pulled off an unlikely victory on election night, earning enough write-in votes to land himself on the November ballot. → Read More

Hicks can stay on Tucson Unified ballot; Chew bumped in Amphi

Another school board candidate seeking a seat in the Amphitheater School District wasn't so lucky. → Read More

Despite checkered past, David Gowan leads in Arizona's LD14 Senate race

David Gowan, who was dogged by allegations that he used state vehicles to boost his failed congressional campaign, led Republican Rep. Drew John in the GOP primary for the Senate → Read More

Incumbent Diane Douglas falls behind in GOP primary for Arizona schools chief

The tight race had Bob Branch leading the Republic race slightly. Democrat David Schapira was trailing Kathy Hoffman. → Read More

Legal challenges, lack of interest limit choices on local school boards

Several local school board candidates are facing legal challenges and some smaller and rural school districts can’t even find enough candidates to fill the offices. → Read More

Legal challenges, lack of interest limits choice on local school boards

Several local school board candidates are facing legal challenges and some smaller and rural school districts can’t even find enough candidates to fill the offices. → Read More

With the November election fast approaching, Tucsonans support #RedForEd, poll finds

Community members sound off on education funding, teacher pay and charter school regulation. → Read More

Political Notebook: Election season begins in TUSD

PAC launches fight against longtime TUSD Board Member Adelita Grijalva; Ann Kirkpatrick vs. Matt Heinz. → Read More

Animal rights activists push TUSD to consider renaming "rodeo break"

The activists argue that the rodeo is tantamount to animal abuse and that the longstanding Tucson tradition of Rodeo Break should be renamed. → Read More

TUSD superintendent: Child migrant detention facility lacks educational resources

Tucson's largest school district is seeking options to educate the detained children. → Read More

Puerto Rican exodus seen as possible solution to Arizona's teacher shortage

An Arizona company is actively recruiting Puerto Ricans to teach in Arizona schools following a deadly hurricane. → Read More

Despite pay raises, teacher vacancies remain a problem for Tucson schools

While filling vacancies has become easier, hundreds of Tucson-area classrooms continue to be led by people without the proper training. → Read More

Race, income-based achievement gaps remain as Arizona kids make small gains on AzMerit

Despite slight increases in scores, only 41 percent of students statewide passed the math and English tests. → Read More