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Garrecht Gassen: No more 'the children are our future'

Whitney Houston lyrics are not an education policy.

September 24, 2014 7:15 pmLoading…

Fewer Tucson children in poverty, census finds

Plenty of debate about why the figures have budged.

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St. Louis area schools: How poverty relates to performance

In metro area Missouri public schools, a strong correlation exists between student performance on state exams and the share of a school's population that receives federally subsidized lunches, an indicator of poverty. Myriad factors influence academic performance, but the charts below demon…

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Tucson's aging mobile homes: Rent-to-own abuse common

Tucson's aging mobile homes: Rent-to-own abuse common

From her father’s beige-stuccoed mobile home, Genesis Hollman has watched two families move into the trailer next door on a rent-to-own contract.

May 05, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Brewer vetoes aggressive panhandling bill

Brewer vetoes aggressive panhandling bill

PHOENIX — Arizona is going to be without a legally enforceable begging law for perhaps another year.

April 17, 2014 5:12 pmLoading…
Kelly Fryer and Laura Penny: Investing in women is good for business

Kelly Fryer and Laura Penny: Investing in women is good for business

We all know Tucson has been ranked among the poorest cities of its size in the nation. But now we also know that, if poverty had a face, it would be the face of a single mom.

March 16, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Steller: Tucson must avoid Forum Fatigue, start to act

You can’t blame Tucsonans who are suffering from Forum Fatigue.

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Forum, moderated by NPR's Neal Conan, to address poverty in Tucson

Tucson needs to find solutions to its most dire, complex problem: poverty.

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Volunteers canvass Tucson to measure homelessness

Volunteers canvass Tucson to measure homelessness

Kathy Blevins, who has been homeless for the past four years, has carefully set up her campsite on a floodplain in north Tucson. Under the canopy of an old saltcedar tree, her site is marked by a fence of wooden pallets, adorned with a fake flower and a “private property” sign. A dream catc…

January 24, 2014 4:00 pm Photos

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City sets new rules for homeless encampment downtown

City sets new rules for homeless encampment downtown

The city has set up some new rules for the homeless camp at Veinte de Agosto Park downtown.

January 24, 2014 2:00 pmLoading…
With fewer federal dollars, Meals on Wheels relies on donations

With fewer federal dollars, Meals on Wheels relies on donations

There are fewer federal dollars for the local Meals on Wheels program, but the need is greater than ever.

January 02, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Heads of controversial defunct charity back with similar organization

A Tucson charity that shut down after an Arizona Daily Star investigation has re-emerged — but its questionable business practices haven’t changed, two homeless clients say.

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New apartments add to downtown Tucson's "urban village"

New apartments add to downtown Tucson's "urban village"

Tucsonans seeking urban living now have more options.

October 11, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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We've met our goal - but local kids still need your support

Thank you, Tucson.

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We've met our goal - but we can't stop now

We’ve surpassed our goal of finding 500 new reading coaches, but plenty more children still need tutors — and more donations are needed to train and support the volunteers.

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Wanted: Volunteers and donations to help kids read

We’re nearing our goal of 500 new reading coaches for children in kindergarten through third grade, but we still need your help.

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Reading coaches and donations are rolling in, but more of both are needed to teach Tucson kids to read

Reading coaches and donations are rolling in, but more of both are needed to teach Tucson kids to read

At the end of the second week of our campaign to recruit 500 reading coaches for children in kindergarten through third grade, we’re closer to reaching our goal.

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Response to poverty: invest in the building blocks of a better economy

The series on poverty the Arizona Daily Star just finished running struck a chord with me, and I’d like to share what I think the federal government is doing right and wrong to address the issue.

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Needed: 352 volunteer reading coaches

Needed: 352 volunteer reading coaches

At the end of the first week of our campaign to recruit 500 reading coaches for children in kindergarten through third grade, we have good news to share: 148 Southern Arizonans have answered the call.

August 18, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Steller: Working-class males are key to solving Tucson's poverty problem

Steller: Working-class males are key to solving Tucson's poverty problem

Three months after getting out of prison, Rene Varelas is trying to do the right thing.

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