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Children’s Action Alliance To Arizona Gov. Ducey: Raise Taxes To Pay For Quality Education. See related stories here

| December 6, 2017
Children’s Action Alliance To Arizona Gov. Ducey: Raise Taxes To Pay For Quality Education. See related stories here

Critics of Gov. Doug Ducey’s plans to pay for education costs without tax increases say that mode of thinking has led to a huge shortage of permanent teachers, outdated textbooks and technology, overcrowded classrooms with not enough books and not enough desks.

Dana Wolfe Naimark, president and CEO of Children’s Action Alliance, released a new policy brief this past week, making a case study for higher taxes.

“We can’t turn this around until we restore revenues and reinvest in public schools,” she said. “And simply sitting around waiting to watch the economy grow cannot catch up to the needs of our public schools.”

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Navajo Nation will request full funding for Head Start

| December 6, 2017
Navajo Nation will request full funding for Head Start

The Navajo Nation will continue to ask for its full appropriation for Navajo Head Start, even though the feds are threatening a drastic budget cut.

For the past 10 years, Navajo Head Start has failed continuously to meet federal enrollment quotas, leaving the U.S. Office of Head Start no other option than to consider decreasing its funding, the office stated in a recent letter to President Russell Begaye.

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How Do You Know If Your Child’s School Is High Performing?

| December 6, 2017
How Do You Know If Your Child’s School Is High Performing?

As a parent or a community member, it can be difficult to understand what all the various school labels mean and whether your child’s school or neighborhood school is up to snuff. Below are three different ways that you may see your local school labeled. The distinctions are given by different entities and each mean something a little different.

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LAUNCH Flagstaff update for Nov. 30

| December 6, 2017
LAUNCH Flagstaff update for Nov. 30

Here’s a quick look at three accomplishments of the LAUNCH Flagstaff partnership during the month of November.
• MULTI – LEA COLLABORATION ON KINDERGARTEN READINESS
• FAFSA COMPLETION RISES
• LAUNCH PARTNERS PARTICIPATE IN ARIZONA TOWN HALL

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Should voters continue or expand sales tax for schools?

| December 6, 2017
Should voters continue or expand sales tax for schools?

Talk is already swirling about putting Proposition 301, a 0.6 percent sales tax for education, on the ballot for renewal in 2018. Voters approved the tax increase in 2000, and it is due to expire in 2021. If voters deny a renewal request for Prop 301, it could mean a significant cut in teachers’ pay in Flagstaff and across the state.

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New K-5 Tuba City digital school to open in December

| December 6, 2017
New K-5 Tuba City digital school to open in December

Tuba City Unified School District’s newest K-5 Primary and Elementary digital school will be christened this month, according to Wayne Nez, Construction Manager for the Tuba City District.

The school has been in construction for the past 20 months and is almost complete.

This school is the first of its kind for any tribal reservation in Northern Arizona, and will use both passive and active solar power as well as the latest in fiber optic technology for its students and staff along the western Navajo reservation.

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Forum addresses plan for Sedona-Oak Creek School District’s future

| December 6, 2017
Forum addresses plan for Sedona-Oak Creek School District’s future

Talk about the state of schools in Sedona continued as the Sedona-Oak Creek School District’s strategic planning committee held its second community forum Wednesday, Nov. 29 at West Sedona School.

Don Groves, the education consultant leading the committee, reiterated the group’s goals at the top of the meeting

“Our goal is to develop the goals and objectives for a strategic plan with clear direction and support to best prepare our students to be able to live and thrive in an exponentially changing world.”

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Williams Elementary opens doors for annual Literacy Night. See more education stories here

| December 6, 2017
Williams Elementary opens doors for annual Literacy Night. See more education stories here

Children and families enjoy a night of games, skits and free books at Williams Elementary-Middle School’s annual Literacy Night Nov. 6.

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Canyon carols: students give tradition a twist. See more education stories here

| December 6, 2017
Canyon carols: students give tradition a twist. See more education stories here

From Brighty the Burro to the 12 unique days of a Grand Canyon Christmas, students at Grand Canyon School sang, played, mimed and entertained a packed house at the Grand Canyon Visitor Center Nov. 30.

The quirky take on holiday cheer is a tradition at the Grand Canyon. 

Instead of Frosty the Snowman, children sang about Brighty the Burro and while neither a partridge nor a pear tree are to be found, a raven in a pinyon tree is a mainstay in canyon country.

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‘Get The Scoop:’ Coconino Community College — Page Instructional Center

| December 6, 2017
‘Get The Scoop:’ Coconino Community College — Page Instructional Center

Come find out more about Coconino Community College (Page Instructional Center) and “Get The Scoop” — literally!

From 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15, 475 S. Lake Powell Blvd., Page.
Free Food by the scoop — Chili and Ice Cream
Meet the A’s — Super Instructors teaching CHM 130 and BIO 181 and MAT 088, on a special schedule in Page!

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