Thursday, 13 December 2018 09:27


For years there has been a growing concern that students, especially at the elementary and middle school level are being given too much homework. According to the Wall Street Journal in the most recent study available (2016) high school students spend an average of 7.5 hours a week on homework while grades K-8 averaged 4.7 hours. Some school districts, like Ridgefield Public Schools in Ridgefield, Connecticut and Wayne Township Public Schools in Wayne, New Jersey, are saying that it is just too much time and are restricting the amount of homework teachers can assign or banning it all together. However, the response from parents has been conflicted. Some parents feel that the ban and restrictions are necessary; schools have invaded their home with relentless amounts of work that cut into family time and extracurricular activities. Other parents don't like the ban because they feel that homework allows them to take part in their child's education and helps students learn the material. Arizona it seems has yet to take a stand one way or the other but as the idea continues to spread to other states (New York, Louisiana, Florida, Texas), what may have once been a students dream may one day become a reality.
Wednesday, 05 December 2018 14:01


It's snow season and that brings all the fun that comes along with it; sledding, skiing, snowboarding and of course the infamous snowball fights! But if you are going to enjoy the snow be sure that you travel a little further than your emergency pull off or roadside. Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) reminds us that while this may seem like an easy quick solution to get some snowy fun in it could also cause some serious problems "Highway shoulders are for emergencies only. Stopping there puts you and your loved ones at risk of a crash. It blocks first responders and snowplows en route to emergencies or to help stranded motorists. It also contributes to backups and delays." Don't worry there are tons of other free places to play that don't jeopardize your roadside safety such as local parks and free sledding attractions like Oak Hill Snow Play Area. Have fun playing in the snow and stay off the roadsides.
Wednesday, 21 November 2018 11:25


This Friday is seen as the official start of the holiday shopping season, even with the start of Black Friday on Thanksgiving Day and the latest trend of Black Friday week; but as you start looking at holiday deals have you thought about how you are going to pay for them? I don't mean if you are going to pay cash or dipping into your savings account, I'm talking about the new trend of using a tap and pay device. This is where your card information, or your parent's credit card information, is saved on your phone or smart device and used instead of the actual card. It's easy, and convenient but is it safe? To learn more about read Tap and Pay Credit and Debit Cards here.
Friday, 16 November 2018 13:52


From the time a person is born to the time they die a person is classified by their gender. It is notated on your birth certificate and death certificate and hundreds of other legal documents including your passport and driver license. Until recently there were only two markers that a person could chose from on a legal document, "M" for male and "F" for female; however, a handful of other states have started providing a third option "X" for Gender X. According to an excerpt of Newsweek Gender X is "a gender that is not exclusively male or female, including, but not limited to, intersex, agender, amalgagender, androgynous, bigender, demigender, female-to-male, genderfluid, genderqueer, male-to-female, neutrois, nonbinary, pangender, third sex, transgender, transsexual, Two Spirit, and unspecified." Currently five places, California, Washington D.C, Maine, Minnesota, Oregon and as of November Colorado will allow an "X" designation on their driver license and five states, California, Washington, New Jersey, Oregon and just recently New York, allow for it on their birth certificates. Should Arizona be next? Let us know at What do you think?  
Wednesday, 07 November 2018 12:06


November 6th was Election Day, and everyone was able to get out and vote including the youth thanks to Kids Voting. While we will still have to wait to get the official results of this election the Kids Voting Arizona ballots have been tallied and your results are in. Here are some of the Kids Voting Arizona results: David Garcia received 49.93% of the votes would be elected Governor over Doug Ducey (43.31%) and Angel Torres (6.75%). Krysten Sinema received 41.53% of the votes and would be elected AZ US Senator over Martha McSally (34.97%) and Angela Green (23.52%). Lastly, January Contreras would be the Arizona Attorney General with 56.72% of the votes over Mark Brnovich (43.28%).   Follow this link for the full Kids Voting Arizona results. For current status on the real Arizona election click here.
Friday, 26 October 2018 10:10


Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman on the United States Supreme Court, wrote a letter to the public not only to inform it of her diagnosis but also to remind us that, “It’s not enough to understand, you got to do something.” Those are the words she lives by and  told her own three sons countless times. For her, “There is no more important work than deepening young people’s engagement in our nation.” So, after retiring from the U.S. Supreme Court, she continued to effect change through the creation of iCivics; a website created to help youth better understand the core principals of civics and government through interactive games and curricula. As she leaves public life to battle the early stages of dementia and Alzheimer’s, she reminds us again how important it is to help, “young people understand their crucial role as informed, active citizens in our nation.” Sandra Day O'Conner was just a "young cowgirl from the deserts of Arizona" who believes you have to do something and she became the first woman U.S. Supreme Court Justice. If a young person from Arizona can do that, imagine what you can do? To read her full letter click here or visit ICivics here.     
Friday, 12 October 2018 14:12


Have you ever heard of a position in government and wondered, what does that person really do? Well wonder no more, The Citizens Clean Elections Commission has you covered under their How Government Works section of their website. This site breaks things down between Federal, State, Countywide and City/Town Offices. If you click on a particular office, like Mine Inspector, it will provide you with a general description of the office. In case you are curious it says, "The Arizona Mine Inspector is in charge of inspecting the safety and conditions of mines in the state to ensure the safety of the mine workers and the general public." The website will also tell you the basics of the position and the detailed rules and responsibilities. They even have a neat tool called, Find My Officials, that allows you to see all your elected officials if you enter your address. (Don't worry they don't keep your information.) So, check it out and get informed. Then tell your parents. They may not know what a Mine Inspector does either. 
Wednesday, 03 October 2018 11:19


At 11:18 p.m. today Arizona time a Presidential Alert went out across the nation to each and every cell phone in America. Don't worry there isn't an emergency, it is only a test. However, if there was an emergency this new system is how they would tell you. The system is called the National Wireless Emergency Alert System and is from the Federal Emergency Management Agency better known as FEMA. (Not actually the President) The system was created to notify everyone in case of a national emergency, attack, or disaster and no one is able to opt out of the message. This system is the most recent way the government is trying to keep its citizens informed and has previously used similar services over T.V.s and radios. The law, the Warning, Alert and Response Network Act, requires FEMA to run a test of the system every three years. So, you will be seeing this alert again and hopefully with the exact same message, THIS IS A TEST.
Wednesday, 26 September 2018 23:41


Are you 16? Do you love democracy? Would you like to make a little extra money? If you answered yes to all of those questions than you may be great applicant to work as a student election assistant for the Step UP program at the polls during this  election. "The Step UP program allows 16 and 17 year old high school students to work at a polling place on Election Day. The students will be working together with registered voters of Maricopa County to run the polling place". Student election assistance must meet all the requirements, such as being a U.S. citizen, filling out an application and attending training to qualify. See a full list of requirements here. Those who qualify and are able to work the whole election day, from 5:30 a.m. to approximately 8:00 p.m. will be paid $125 on Election Day. To apply fill out the application located on the Maricopa County Recorders' website.
Friday, 14 September 2018 17:01


Today is the International Day of Peace! Each year since 1982, this day has been recognized as "a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples" by the General Assembly of the United Nations. Each year the United Nations, an international organization tasked to promote international co-operation and maintain international order, chooses a theme and this year it is celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is the most translated document in the world and is a document "which recognizes the inherent dignity and equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human race". Article 3 of this document states that “everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person" similar to our own Declaration of Independence. However, there is no "Peace Clause" in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and instead the U.N. is asking, "what does “The Right to Peace” mean to you?"