Kevin Abbott-Spitzer greets students as they file in for seventh-grade social studies at Rincon Vista Middle School in the Vail School District, which wants to convert Rincon Vista and two other schools into charters. Vail converted two schools earlier.
Arizona has seen an unprecedented surge in school districts wanting to convert some of their schools to charters, raising concerns over whether districts are unfairly using the law just to generate more money.
Tim Shute, superintendent for Lloyd Construction Co. Inc., in a partially demolished classroom. The former home of the original Tanque Verde Elementary School and of the Lew Sorensen Educational Resource Center is being torn down to make way for the new Emily Gray Junior High School.