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Arizona ACT scores dip, state ranks near bottom. See more statewide education news here

| October 17, 2018
Arizona ACT scores dip, state ranks near bottom. See more statewide education news here

Arizona high school students graduating in 2018 placed 45th among the 50 states and the District of Columbia in performance on the ACT college-entrance exam. 

The average score of the roughly 45,000 students who took the exam (about 66 percent of the 2018 graduating class) was 19.2 out of 36. The national average was some one-and-a-half points higher, at 20.8.

Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire posted the highest scores, all over 25 points.

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Proposition 305: ESA Program Expansion. See related news here

| October 17, 2018
Proposition 305: ESA Program Expansion. See related news here

In 2011 Arizona lawmakers adopted the Empowerment Scholarship Accounts (ESA) program, commonly known as a school voucher program, which provides state funds to pay for tuition and various educational services offered by private and parochial schools.

Originally, the ESA program gave parents or guardians of students who had disabilities that could not be addressed in public schools the opportunity to turn to private schools, with the state paying part of the bill (amounting to around 90 percent of what it would have spent to send the child to public school). Over the years, the program gradually has been expanded to extend eligibility to students in several other categories, including foster-care children, those residing on American Indian reservations and those attending failing public schools.

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Arizona group says Prop. 126 will hurt education, transporting funding

| October 17, 2018
Arizona group says Prop. 126 will hurt education, transporting funding

A diverse group of opponents is coming out strongly against a ballot measure that would bar the Arizona Legislature from taxing services, saying it will decimate education and transporting funding.

The group pointed to a Wednesday report from the Grand Canyon Institute highlighting what they say are problems with Proposition 126, especially a $250 million hit to the state’s schools starting in 2021 and 33 to 44 percent cuts in regional transportation taxes in Maricopa and Pima counties when they come up for renewal in the next decade.

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One class at time: ‘Dreamers’ find it hard to afford college after court ruling

| October 17, 2018
One class at time: ‘Dreamers’ find it hard to afford college after court ruling

Saray Escobar Gomez dreams of becoming a teacher and is just three courses shy of completing her associate’s degree at Paradise Valley Community College.

However, as a DACA recipient, Gomez said it will take her longer to complete that degree after the Arizona Supreme Court’s April 2018 ruling that DACA recipients – who also are known as Dreamers – are ineligible for in-state tuition, leaving many of them with few options and resources for the school year.

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Arizona Democrats try to ride wave of frustration from #RedForEd to win power at Capitol

| October 17, 2018
Arizona Democrats try to ride wave of frustration from #RedForEd to win power at Capitol

Five months after more than 50,000 teachers and their supporters stormed the Arizona Capitol complex, aftershocks from the #RedForEd protests continue to reverberate in state legislative races.

No campaign between candidates is ever about a single issue, but the red wave has made the 2018 battle for control of the state Legislature as close to a one-issue contest as it gets.

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Twin Arrows Preparing for Travel Center and Education Partnership with Navajo Students. See more education news here

| October 17, 2018
Twin Arrows Preparing for Travel Center and Education Partnership with Navajo Students. See more education news here

The Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise (Navajo Gaming) celebrated a groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 20, to announce its first-class travel center at Twin Arrows Casino. In conjunction with the event, Navajo Gaming launched its first-ever Education Partnership for Navajo college students. Titled “Let’s Build the Business,” the internship program will allow 20 college-aged Navajo interns from a variety of nearby universities and colleges to actively participate in various aspects of business development.

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FUSD to present ‘Keeping Children Safe Online’ on Oct. 22. See more education news here

| October 17, 2018
FUSD to present ‘Keeping Children Safe Online’ on Oct. 22. See more education news here

“Keeping Children Safe Online,” a FREE parent presentation offered by the Flagstaff Unified School District in partnership with the Arizona Attorney General’s Community Outreach and Education Division, will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22 at Coconino High School, 2801 N. Izabel St., Flagstaff.

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Faculty and President Cheng butt heads over faculty governance

| October 17, 2018
Faculty and President Cheng butt heads over faculty governance

Shared governance of Northern Arizona University was once again the topic of conversation at a full faculty meeting Monday, at which president Rita Cheng spoke.

The forum was hosted and organized by the faculty senate and senate president Gioia Woods said it was, in part, a response to a feeling of dissatisfaction from many faculty on the direction of the university.

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Sacred Native Fashion Show wows crowd from the runway. See more education news here

| October 17, 2018
Sacred Native Fashion Show wows crowd from the runway. See more education news here

The Sacred Native Fashion Show celebrated a successful 10th anniversary runway at the Explore Navajo Museum in Tuba City. 

In perfect weather in the front of the museum, a celebrity-filled guest list, over 400 guests in attendance and crowds of passersby enjoying the show, the event proved to be not only a success but an overall milestone in fashion history.

The show’s producer and fellow artist, Troi Whitethorne, has been arranging the show since 2008 when the museum needed an attraction during the fair. It was not known then how the small show would cause a riot of inspiration in Native American fashion — a type of re-imagining of cultural representation. 

Not since the 1970s when the Phoenix Indian School hosted shows for students in the boarding school did Native American fashion get such a reception to celebrate indigenous heritage. 

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Williams High School senior spotlight: Cisco Paredes. See more education news here

| October 17, 2018
Williams High School senior spotlight: Cisco Paredes. See more education news here

Cisco Paredes Jr. has played one year of football at Williams High School. He plays kicker and defensive end and sometimes center.

Cisco recently moved to Williams from New Mexico and this is his first year at the high school.

He said he likes Williams better than New Mexico because the weather isn’t as hot.

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