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What we’re following: Judge throws out AZ voucher backers’ lawsuit and teens create prosthesis to help disabled first-grader


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  • Lisa Irish/Arizona Education News Service

Students In A Classroom Taking Items Out Of Paper Bags And Describing Them. Photo Courtesy Flickr And The U.S Department Of Education.

A Maricopa County Superior Court judge threw out a lawsuit seeking to invalidate a voter referendum for the November ballot that is preventing the new expansion of Arizona’s school voucher law from taking effect, saying that voucher backers have no right to sue the grassroots group of parents and teachers who collected signatures to block the law, reports The Associated Press.

The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that students in a high school STEM program created a specially fitted bike handlebar that helps a first-grader whose arm stops where her wrist would be to better steer her bike.

Flagstaff High School’s culinary arts team competed against students from Payson, Chinle and Ganado high schools in making a standing, molded cucumber salad with vinaigrette and a French rolled omelet to get ready for their competition season that starts in February and runs through April, according to the Arizona Daily Sun. These competitions can help students earn full-ride scholarships to some of the most prestigious culinary schools in the U.S.

The [Re] Build America’s School Infrastructure Coalition is asking President Donald Trump to commit to spending $100 billion over the next 10 years to repair crumbling K-12 public school buildings across the nation while creating 1.8 million jobs in rural urban and suburban communities, reports Education Week.

Cronkite News reports that dance therapy at the Innerdancer Performing Arts program is helping a Phoenix teenager with dyspraxia, a disorder affecting movement and coordination, develop the motor skills she needs to perform in The Nutcracker as well as the dexterity needed to pick up a cup, button a jacket or maintain her balance while walking.

A Tennessee teen whose antibullying video reached a half-million viewers in a week was told by her principal she faced two days of in-school suspension for breaking school rules in the process of making a video after a fellow student took her life earlier this school year, according to the International Business Times.

Arizona high school students may get some online help to prepare to take the SAT or ACT tests, but the measure passed without dissent by the Arizona Legislature’s House Education Committee faces an uncertain future because of it’s $800,000 price tag, said Capitol Media Services.

Half of today’s college students report taking no personal finance education in high school and less than half plan to take such a course in college, which may contribute to the 4.5 million Americans in default on more than $75 billion in federal student loans, according to an article in The Hill.

When Slow Food Prescott, high school culinary arts students, several organizations and students at Mountain Oak Charter School created a meal of corn-and-squash tamales, Tohono O’Odham traditional tepary bean stew and cushaw squash pudding cake, they showed how making meals based on local foods can become learning opportunity, according to the Prescott Valley Tribune.

Baltimore Polytechnic Institute high school students are learning more about STEM while nurturing plants in the schools aquaponic lab and raising fish, according to  The Baltimore Sun.