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Several FUSD teachers receive Teacher Awards for Sustainable Curriculum

| May 17, 2017
Several FUSD teachers receive Teacher Awards for Sustainable Curriculum

The Sustainable Economic Development Initiative (SEDI) (on May 11) awarded several FUSD teachers with their Teacher Awards for Sustainable Curriculum (TASC) awards.

These awards were created by SEDI 8 years ago to encourage and recognize development and implementation of innovative educational approaches in all disciplines that instill in students the importance, value and practicality of local environmental, social and economic aspects of sustainability.

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Arizona’s Top Teachers Review Lawmakers’ Performance On Education. Please see related stories

| May 17, 2017
Arizona’s Top Teachers Review Lawmakers’ Performance On Education. Please see related stories

At the closing of this year’s legislative session, Arizona’s per-student spending rate remained at $4,324. That’s $163 short of what we spent on students more than a decade ago.

It is, in part, why Arizona’s top teachers took a swipe on Monday at lawmakers’ attempts to fund public education this year.

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Arizona broadband project brings rural schools into 21st century. Please see related story

| May 17, 2017
Arizona broadband project brings rural schools into 21st century. Please see related story

At Congress Elementary School in Yavapai County, school administrators say their internet service used to be so bad, it went out entirely every time it rained. When it was working, it would freeze up when multiple classrooms tried to get online. …

The Arizona Broadband for Education Initiative is working to close the digital divide for rural schools. By Arizona fronting $3 million from the state’s general fund and $8 million from the Corporation Commission, the state can leverage about 100 million dollars in federal grants.

Under the program, 106 schools and libraries have submitted their forms to receive broadband. Eligibility is based on a school’s percentage of students receiving free or reduced lunch.

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Arizona’s new school voucher law gets first legal challenge. Please see related story

| May 17, 2017
Arizona’s new school voucher law gets first legal challenge. Please see related story

Formal efforts to ask voters to repeal Arizona’s new school voucher expansion law and two others making it more difficult for citizens to enact laws have been filed.

Separately Thursday, the group working to get the initiative measures repealed filed a court challenge to one of them.

Proponents have 90 days to collect about 75,000 signatures to block the laws until the November 2018 general election.

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Expect More Arizona: Our schools should always be our first priority

| May 17, 2017
Expect More Arizona: Our schools should always be our first priority

Access to education is the fabric upon which this country was built. As a nation, we are going to fail unless we educate the next generation and prepare them to be future leaders, doctors, educators, and more.

As a product of the public education system myself, I know first-hand the opportunities that a quality education can afford. That’s why my three children all attend the same local neighborhood school in Marana, even though each has very unique needs.

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Opinion: Understanding the Importance of Funding Education

| May 17, 2017
Opinion: Understanding the Importance of Funding Education

As your Mayor and a lifelong Flagstaffian, I know firsthand how important Northern Arizona University is to our community. I attended NAU and my daughter is currently a student there. NAU is quite literally my neighbor. Professors, students and employees are my constituents. I believe we are not doing enough to fund education in this state and that NAU desperately needs more funding. With that said, it is very disappointing that the governor’s proposed budget includes a mechanism that would allow NAU to recapture the Transaction Privilege Tax (sales tax) it pays to the state before those monies are distributed to towns and cities.

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FUSD program for disabled has helped 225 students find jobs. See more Arizona Daily Sun education stories here

| May 17, 2017
FUSD program for disabled has helped 225 students find jobs. See more Arizona Daily Sun education stories here

Flagstaff Unified School District’s Transition to Work program has helped numerous high school graduates, like Abel Johnson, with special needs graduate with the skills they need to succeed in life and provide local employers, like Warner’s Nursery & Landscape Co., with loyal, committed employees.

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Native students win National Energy Education Development award. See more Navajo Hopi-Observer education stories here

| May 17, 2017
Native students win National Energy Education Development award. See more Navajo Hopi-Observer education stories here

Seven Native American seniors were selected as winners of Arizona School of the Year and National Special Project of the Year for their energy education project by the National Energy Education Development (NEED) project.

The NEED project will present students’ awards at a conference in late June in Washington D.C. The students are: Courtney Ben, Shayla Naswood, Misty Humeyestewa, Shania Atene, Rachel Yazzie, Kylie Dixon and Aleesha Begay. Their advisor is Vicki Anderson. Their mentors are: Theresa Boone-Schuler, Desi Yazzie, Davilene Yazzie and Adam Clark.

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Upward Bound a stepping stone to college graduation. See more Williams News education stories here

| May 17, 2017
Upward Bound a stepping stone to college graduation. See more Williams News education stories here

Several students at Williams High School are getting a leg up in their college preparatory efforts by participating in the Northern Arizona University (NAU) Upward Bound program.

Upward Bound is a free year-round program that provides educational services and college preparatory assistance to high school students who meet eligibility requirements. Students begin the program their freshman year.

“I wish Upward Bound was available for everyone,” said Williams High School counselor Jim Powers. “They support the students all the way through their high school career with the intent on going to college or going to some sort of higher education institute after high school. The students get a lot of support.”

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Camping out, pitching in: fifth graders “Leave No Trace” at Mather Campground. See more Grand Canyon News education stories here

| May 17, 2017
Camping out, pitching in: fifth graders “Leave No Trace” at Mather Campground. See more Grand Canyon News education stories here

Grand Canyon fifth graders enjoyed a camp out at Mather Campgrounds while doing their part to help keep Grand Canyon National Park trash-free. The campers completed an astronomy unit by studying the night sky over the Canyon. The students also made posters and performed a song for other guests, reminding them to ‘Leave No Trace.’

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