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Joe Cornett honored as Sixth Annual Coconino County Teacher of the Year

| April 20, 2018
Joe Cornett honored as Sixth Annual Coconino County Teacher of the Year

Joe Cornett, a photography teacher at Flagstaff High School, was honored as the 2018 Coconino County Teacher of the Year. …

Catherine Kowalski, a teacher and coach at Williams High School, was named the inaugural Rookie Teacher of the Year, who received a $1,000 cash award.

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#RedForEd organizers: Arizona teachers will vote on walkout. See related stories here

| April 18, 2018
#RedForEd organizers: Arizona teachers will vote on walkout. See related stories here

Teachers across the state will vote this week on whether to walk out for more education funding, according to Arizona Educators United, the grassroots group coordinating the #RedForEd movement.

Organizers late Sunday said educators would vote in person Tuesday through Thursday to determine whether they would follow the lead of teachers in West Virginia, Oklahoma and Kentucky.

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House leaders offer teacher pay raise plan. See related stories here

| April 18, 2018
House leaders offer teacher pay raise plan. See related stories here

Republican House leadership is backing a plan to give teachers a 6-percent pay bump next year at the expense of Gov. Doug Ducey’s proposal to restore cuts to K-12 school capital funding.

Buffeted by protesting teachers, who have threatened to strike if the Legislature doesn’t provide a sizable increase in funding for Arizona public schools to bankroll salary hikes, Republican lawmakers see the proposal as a means of changing the narrative that state legislators have failed to provide teachers a decent wage.

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School safety plan finally introduced in Arizona Senate. See related stories here

| April 18, 2018
School safety plan finally introduced in Arizona Senate. See related stories here

Legislation implementing Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey’s wide-ranging school safety proposal by the Feb. 14 school shooting in Florida that left 17 dead has been introduced in the state Senate after nearly a month of delay.

The proposal introduced (April 11) comes after major opposition from some majority Republicans led to some changes.

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Governor Ducey’s Teacher Pay Proposal – What you need to know. See more education news here

| April 18, 2018
Governor Ducey’s Teacher Pay Proposal – What you need to know. See more education news here

At a press conference last week, Governor Ducey outlined a plan to increase teacher pay by 20 percent over the next three years. This proposal is a big step in the right direction and better positions the state to address the long-term investments needed to meet the broadly supported Arizona Education Progress Meter goals.

Arizona Education Progress Meter Teacher Pay Goal Within Reach

In particular, this proposal represents significant progress toward the goal of reaching the national median for teacher pay by 2022. Based on today’s median elementary teacher pay, a 20 percent increase could move Arizona from 49th in the nation to 36th. To reach 25th in the rankings would require an additional investment of approximately 7 percent.

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18th Annual Marshall Magnet Elementary School Suzuki Violin Performance at Heritage Square on May 3. See more FUSD education news here

| April 18, 2018
18th Annual Marshall Magnet Elementary School Suzuki Violin Performance at Heritage Square on May 3. See more FUSD education news here

It’s springtime in Flagstaff and that means it’s time for the 18th Annual Marshall Magnet School Suzuki Violin concert at Heritage Square downtown. This year’s performance, featuring hundreds of Marshall Kindergarten, first, and second graders, will take place on Thursday, May 3rd, at 12:00 PM. 

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Flagstaff teachers pan Ducey plan as walkout vote begins. See more education news here

| April 18, 2018
Flagstaff teachers pan Ducey plan as walkout vote begins. See more education news here

Teachers in Flagstaff Unified School District and Flagstaff charter schools are voting with their cohorts across the state on whether they will walk out in support of more funding for education in the state.

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Tuba City senior receives full ride scholarship to Dartmouth. See more education news here

| April 18, 2018
Tuba City senior receives full ride scholarship to Dartmouth. See more education news here

Kayleigh Paddock, a senior at Tuba City High School (TCHS), received a full ride scholarship to Dartmouth University, located in Hanover, New Hampshire; she is also a finalist for the Wells Fargo Academic Leadership Fellowship Scholarship.

Paddock, a member of the Navajo Nation, is the daughter of Alverna and Augustine Paddock.

Each year TCHS produces a number of high school seniors who receive full academic and sport scholarships to a variety of universities including Ivy League colleges, which are seen as the most difficult to enter.

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Girl Scout cookie sales bring in $14,542 to finance troop activities. See more education news here

| April 18, 2018
Girl Scout cookie sales bring in $14,542 to finance troop activities. See more education news here

It’s more than a fundraiser, it’s a business, the business of selling cookies and Williams Girl Scout Troop 2616 are savvy business women. 

This year the troop sold a total of $14,542 in Girl Scout cookies. 

“People see it as a fundraiser but it actually is a business for girls,” said Karin Little, a troop leader in Williams. “So we’ll analyze what we sold and we’ll talk about what we should order next year and how we should sell our product. So, this really is a tremendous fundraiser or business for the girls.”

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Employers inform, hire Grand Canyon students at annual job fair

| April 18, 2018
Employers inform, hire Grand Canyon students at annual job fair

Grand Canyon students had an opportunity to meet with potential employers and learn about available positions at the school’s annual job fair April 11.

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