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Schools cite incorrect data, construction, school threats in letter grade appeals. Please see related stories

| October 18, 2017
Schools cite incorrect data, construction, school threats in letter grade appeals. Please see related stories

Seventy-three schools are appealing the letter grades they’ve been given by state school officials, citing a variety of reasons that their grade should be improved.

For about two-thirds of those appealing, school officials say either that the Arizona Department of Education used incorrect data to calculate their letter grade or that the formula the Arizona State Board of Education used to grade schools is flawed. …

A small number of schools cited unusual conditions.
• Flagstaff High School received threats of “Columbine-style” violence, resulting in a spike of absences while parents kept their kids at home.

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Special education funding gap squeezes Arizona classrooms (+ Infographic)

| October 18, 2017
Special education funding gap squeezes Arizona classrooms (+ Infographic)

Underfunding of federally mandated special education services for public school students, coupled with a growing number of students with more severe disabilities, is straining general classroom spending in Arizona’s public schools.

The state’s formula funding for special education is now $79 million less than what district and charter schools spend to provide the services required under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, according to a recent analysis by Dr. Anabel Aportela, director of research for Arizona Association of School Business Officials and Arizona School Boards Association.

Statewide, special education expenditures exceed $1 billion and have increased 8 percent since 2013, Aportela said.

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Steve Wozniak wants to revolutionize tech education, starting in Arizona

| October 18, 2017
Steve Wozniak wants to revolutionize tech education, starting in Arizona

Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Wozniak announced Thursday the launch of a digital institute that aims to reprogram tech education and to inspire the next generation of innovators.

And he wants to do it from Arizona. It will be called Woz U.

The icon of innovation who helped shape the computing industry with his design of Apple’s first line of products now wants to revamp the education process and address the skill gap for high-paying technology jobs across the country.

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Flagstaff schools appeal state letter grades. See more education stories here

| October 18, 2017
Flagstaff schools appeal state letter grades. See more education stories here

Six out of the 276 schools that have pending letter grades by the Arizona Department of Education are in the Flagstaff area.

Those six schools include two schools from Flagstaff Unified School District, Flagstaff High School and Sinagua Middle School. The remaining four schools are charters including Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy, Flagstaff Junior Academy, Basis and Northland Preparatory Academy.

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Education, economics and substance abuse debated by Hopi chairman candidates. See more education stories here

| October 18, 2017
Education, economics and substance abuse debated by Hopi chairman candidates. See more education stories here

Hopi chairman frontrunner David Talayumptewa focused on his experience while Tim Nuvangyaoma emphasized community involvement during the first chairman/vice chairman debate since the primary election.

The debate was held Oct. 11 at Hopi Jr/Sr High School (HJSHS) with about 45 people in attendance. The event was also streamed live on Facebook.

The forum was sponsored by Future of the Hopi Forum, a grassroots group. Bruce Talaswaima and Jennifer Himel served as moderators.

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Lawsuit strikes at skyrocketing college tuition

| October 18, 2017
Lawsuit strikes at skyrocketing college tuition

Last month, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich filed a lawsuit against the Arizona Board of Regents, which governs the state’s three public universities, claiming the board has been “dramatically and unconstitutionally increasing the price of base tuition and mandatory fees at Arizona’s public universities by more than 300 percent since 2003.” …

While Sedona families can hope that Brnovich’s prosecution may mean their kids could have lower tuition come this May, the probability of that is far from secure

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Making the grade: Williams schools go from D to B. See more education stories here

| October 18, 2017
Making the grade: Williams schools go from D to B. See more education stories here

Arizona school letter grades have been released by the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) for the 2016-2017 school year, and administrators at Williams Unified School District are pleased with the results.

Both Williams High School (WHS) and Williams Elementary-Middle School (WEMS) received B grades from the Arizona Department of Education. The last time the grades came out — 2014 — WHS received a C and WEMS received a D.

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Grand Canyon School discusses Title 1 funding, closing the education gap. See more education stories here

| October 18, 2017
Grand Canyon School discusses Title 1 funding, closing the education gap. See more education stories here

Grand Canyon School held a Title 1 finding meeting Oct. 10 to discuss what the district is doing to narrow the education gap in the community.

Title 1 funding is part of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965. Title 1 provides financial assistance to schools with high numbers or high percentages of children from low-income families to help ensure that all children have the same opportunities to meet education standards set forth by the states.

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Drama takes center stage at halftime of Page football game. See more education stories here

| October 18, 2017
Drama takes center stage at halftime of Page football game. See more education stories here

Brylie Fisher and Dorian Daw were named this year’s Homecoming Queen and King.

During halftime at last Friday’s homecoming football game, Ty Bennett , who was alumni king, proposed to Braedyn Bolden, the alumni queen. The two have been dating for about a year. “I’ve never been so nervous in my life,” said Bennet. “My hands were shaking.” “It was a surprise,” said Bolden. “A good surprise!” She said, Yes.

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Prescott High School senior remains focused on his future: Bradley Stalnaker is also independent and takes nothing for granted

| October 18, 2017
Prescott High School senior remains focused on his future: Bradley Stalnaker is also independent and takes nothing for granted

Two months into his senior year, Prescott High Class of 2018 member Bradley Stalnaker is clear-eyed about what he needs to do to move forward with his plans after graduation.

On Oct. 19, Bradley will be sitting for an exam that packs a big punch: it will determine his eligibility to enlist in the United States Air Force and dictate what job he will likely be assigned to perform.

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