Published By: 13News
Author: Andres Rendon
TUCSON, Ariz. (13 News) - Students meet with elected officials and candidates on the issues that matter most to them.
The roundtable discussion was hosted by the Arizona Students’ Association. A non-partisan organization that helps to empower the student voice, a rather strong group in the country when it comes to voting.
Young voters were a crucial part of Arizona’s last governor race, with fewer than 20,000 votes deciding the outcome.
With races coming down to a slim margin, young voters say getting out to vote is more important than ever.
Published By: KVOA
Author: Erik Fink
TUCSON (KVOA) - Just days after the Arizona State Supreme Court gathered to hear a case that could take abortion law in Arizona back more than a century, pro-choice supporters gathered Monday night on Tucson's westside to get to work protecting abortion access.
Published By: Cronkite News
Author: Lillie Boudreaux
WASHINGTON – Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema joined two Democrats and all Senate Republicans Thursday to narrowly approve a bill overturning a federal program that would provide student debt relief to 16 million people, including more than 300,000 in Arizona.
The vote is largely symbolic – President Joe Biden has vowed to veto the bill to protect one of his campaign promises and the Supreme Court is expected to rule this month on a challenge to the debt-forgiveness plan.
Biden has said the plan benefits the middle class, since 90% of relief would go to people earning less than $75,000 a year. But Sinema joined other critics who said it penalizes those who were responsible with their debt and paid off their loans.
Published By: The State Press
Author: Phineas Hogan
Sun Devils Against Sexual Assault, a non-University affiliated group dedicated to fighting rape culture and supporting survivors of sexual assault at ASU, held a protest Friday in conjunction with other student groups to show support for survivors and to continue demanding for funding to back their Campus Assault Advocacy, Resources and Education proposal.
Members of SDASA, Arizona Students Association, MEChA de ASU and the National Council of Negro Women ASU gathered with other students on Hayden Lawn on the Tempe campus.
Published By: Campaign Legal Center
Author: Mannal Haddad
Campaign Legal Center (CLC) and Barton Mendez Soto PLLC filed a lawsuit in federal court on behalf of Living United for Change in Arizona (LUCHA), League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), Arizona Students’ Association (ASA) and the Arizona Democracy Resource Center (ADRC) challenging H.B. 2492, an anti-voter law which undermines the freedom to vote in Arizona.
H.B. 2492, which Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed into law earlier this week, denies Arizonans the right to vote based on the form they use to register and whether they can obtain, copy and submit paperwork that proves their U.S. citizenship status.
Published By: KJZZ
Authors: Rocio Hernandez
When Shayna Stevens was a student at Northern Arizona University. the cost of college weighed heavily on her mind. NAU offers students a pledge program which locks in new students' tuition rate for four years after enrollment. But even with that guarantee, as a financially independent, first-generation student, Stevens said figuring out how to pay for college was stressful and she questioned whether it was worth it.
“I already knew the answer and it remains the same today, of course the debt is worth it," she said. "But is it necessary? No, especially not in a state that requires that our higher education system be as nearly free as possible.”
Stevens is referencing the Arizona Constitution which states that instruction at state universities and all other state educational institutions "shall be as nearly free as possible.
Article Published By: The State Press
Author: Reagan Priest
Republican lawmakers have introduced a bill to the state legislature that would make absentee voting more difficult in future elections.
House Bill 2369, sponsored by Rep. Kevin Payne, R-Peoria, would require signatures on early ballots be notarized in order to be accepted.
The bill would affect ASU students who choose to vote as Arizona absentees. The National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement found that 48.2% of ASU students voted early and 14.6% of ASU students voted by mail in 2018, numbers that will likely increase in the 2020 report due to a boost in absentee and early voting during the 2020 presidential election because of the pandemic.
Published By: The Arizona Republic
Author: Daniel Perle
WASHINGTON — Arizona universities have posted the largest tuition increases in the nation since the start of the recession, with the $5,355 increase per student more than twice the national average, a recent national survey shows.
One of the authors of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities report said the increase was not surprising in Arizona, a state that's "a bit notorious for how many tax cuts they've passed," leading to reduced support for higher education and higher tuition costs for students.
Published By: Arizona Republic
AUTHOR: Dustin Gardiner
A coalition of non-profit groups have filed a lawsuit alleging the Arizona Secretary of State's Office is unconstitutionally blocking tens of thousands of people from voting with its registration rules.
The lawsuit, filed on behalf of the League of United Latin American Citizens Arizona and Arizona Students’ Association, focuses on the state's practice of treating federal and state voter-registration forms differently.
Published by: Cronkite News
Autor: Xi Chen
PHOENIX – Arizona’s four-year public universities had the nation’s largest in-state tuition and fees increase over the past five years, according the nonprofit organization that oversees the SAT.
The College Board’s report said in-state tuition and fees in Arizona increased 70 percent when adjusted for inflation from academic year 2008-09 to 2013-14. The national average was 27 percent.