Flagstaff Unified School District Governing Board Member, Paul Kulpinski resigned his board seat to become the first Partnership Director of LAUNCH Flagstaff.
Along with his letter of resignation, he also filed a voluntary statement of withdraw as a candidate for re-election in the November 8th General Election.
This time of year, stores are filled with seasonal costumes and children excitedly transforming into their favorite superhero or cartoon character.
For young children, the type of play associated with dressing up and pretending to be someone else is an integral part of learning.
“Did you ever stop to watch toddlers or preschoolers imagining themselves as princesses and pirates?” said Ginger Sandweg, First Things First Senior Director for Early Learning. “When children play, they draw on all their past experiences – things they have done, seen others do, or heard stories about – and use those to develop their own situations, stories and scenarios. And they are learning in the process.”
Some incoming college freshman attending Arizona’s state universities are getting a boost from a savings and financial aid program.
When Katrina Verduzco was a senior in high school she saw money as the biggest obstacle to going to college.
Then she learned about the “Earn to Learn” program at the University of Arizona and saw a way over the biggest hurdle standing between her and a college degree.
“I really want to go to college and I’m going to figure out how to get there. And I wasn’t going to take no for an answer,” she said.
Earn to Learn is a savings program that allows students from low-income backgrounds to pay for tuition, books and other school-related expenses. Once they enroll at one of Arizona’s three state universities, they are eligible to receive $8 for every $1 saved, and up to $4,000 in matching funds.
Arizonans want their next president to fix the economy and improve K-12 education …
Pollster Earl de Berge asked 700 adult heads of households to rank the relative importance of 23 issues on a scale of zero to 10. He found improving the economy rated 9.0, followed by improving K-12 education and protecting the United States from terrorism at 8.8.
Other top tier issues — those rating 8.0 or higher — include reducing the national debt, providing more funding for “wounded warriors,” assuring safety in food sold to U.S. consumers, and providing health care to the poor.
The amount of local funding as a percentage of total funding for schools in Arizona has been increasing steadily for the past 22 years and is higher than the national average.
The portion of Arizona’s per pupil revenue from local sources grew from $2,391 in 1992 to $4,246 in 2014, or 77.58 percent, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Yet, the state’s portion of funding for Arizona students increased just 61.60 percent from $2,086 in 1992 to $3,371 in 2014. Meanwhile, money for Arizona students from federal sources grew from $453 in 1992 to $1,168 in 2014, or 157 percent.
Arizona’s funding was following the upward national trend of increases in state funding until 2008 when the Arizona Legislature cut education revenues in response to the Great Recession’s impact on Arizona’s economy.