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Valerie Richardson

Valerie Richardson

Valerie Richardson covers politics and the West from Denver. She can be reached at [email protected].

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Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz, looks up while in court for a hearing in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Friday, April 27, 2018. The hearing is expected to deal with several procedural issues possibly including setting an initial trial date. Cruz is charged with 17 counts of murder and 17 counts of attempted murder in the Feb. 14, 2018 school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. (Taimy Alvarez/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP, Pool) ** FILE **

Nikolas Cruz revelation turns up heat on Obama-era soft discipline guidance

Broward County school officials bolstered the case against the Obama-era discipline directive by admitting -- after months of emphatic denials -- that the confessed Parkland shooter was referred to a program designed to keep youths out of the "school-to-prison pipeline." Published May 7, 2018

Teachers camp out as the Arizona legislature debates a budget negotiated by majority Republicans and GOP Gov. Doug Ducey Thursday, May 3, 2018, at the Capitol in Phoenix. The budget gives teachers big raises but falls short of their demands for better school funding. The teachers, in the sixth day of walk outs, have agreed to return to the classroom once the budget has been approved by the legislature.(AP Photo/Matt York) (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Arizona teacher walkout ends with 20 percent pay increase

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed a bill Thursday to give teachers a 20 percent salary increase over three years, ending a six-day walkout that closed most public schools as instructors in red T-shirts converged on the state Legislature. Published May 3, 2018