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Back-To-School Night

| August 19, 2018
Back-To-School Night

It’s FUSD’s #1 Indian Education Support Program Back to School Night! Featuring: community agencies and organizations; college, career & scholarships; school supplies: first 250 K-12th students will receive school supplies!

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Arguments in education tax on rich comes down to fine (percentage) points. See related news here

| August 15, 2018
Arguments in education tax on rich comes down to fine (percentage) points. See related news here

The question of whether Arizonans get to vote on a tax hike on the wealthy to raise $690 million a year for education could depend on what a judge thinks of a math teacher’s explanation of the difference between “percent” and “percentage point.”
At a hearing Tuesday, both sides agreed that the Invest in Ed initiative would boost the tax rate on earnings above $250,000 a year for individuals and $500,000 from 4.54 percent to 8 percent. And what’s clear is that the mathematical difference between the two figures is 3.46.

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As elections near, interest in schools fades for some campaigns. See related news here

| August 15, 2018
As elections near, interest in schools fades for some campaigns. See related news here

When Arizona teachers walked out of their classrooms in April to demand more funding for schools, it forced the issue of education into the headlines.

Three months later, those headlines appear to be a distant memory to some campaigns.

“There’s a very big disconnect between what voters care about, and what politicians and policymakers are talking about,” said Tamara Hiler, the deputy director for education at the Washington think tank Third Way.

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Counselor crisis: Arizona has highest ratio of students to school counselors in US. See related news here

| August 15, 2018
Counselor crisis: Arizona has highest ratio of students to school counselors in US. See related news here

Arizona’s student to school counselor ratio is the highest in the nation, averaging 903 students to every one counselor in public schools in the 2015-16 school year, according to data from the American School Counselor Association.

Arizona held a 743-1 ratio a decade ago, but climbed as high as 941-1 in the post-recession years before slowly improving, data shows.

The improved ratio — still more than three times the recommended number — has been a sticking point for Arizona’s March for Our Lives student and #RedForEd teacher movements.

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For Growing Number Of Arizona Special Education Students, Private School Is Paid By Public Districts

| August 15, 2018
For Growing Number Of Arizona Special Education Students, Private School Is Paid By Public Districts

In special circumstances, Arizona public school districts pay for special education students to attend private schools.

The number of kids in these placements has almost doubled in the last four years at the Arizona’s largest school district.

Statewide there’s been a steady increase over the same time period.

The situation is called a “private day placement.” It’s the highest level of intervention for a child with developmental, learning or other types of disability. 

“It’s not an easy decision,” said Kathy Minnard, director of special education at the Tempe Union High School District. “It’s a very thoughtful decision very purposeful. A very data-driven decision.”

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First day for Flagstaff schools. See more education news here

| August 15, 2018
First day for Flagstaff schools. See more education news here

On Thursday, about 10,000 students in Flagstaff went to their first day of school for the 2018-19 school year.

It was the opening day for 13 of 15 Flagstaff Unified School District schools, with the exception of modified year-round schools Killip Elementary and Leupp Public School.

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President Begaye signs $6.3 million for Navajo Head Start. See more education news here

| August 15, 2018
President Begaye signs $6.3 million for Navajo Head Start. See more education news here

Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye signed a resolution Aug. 3 approving approximately $6.3 million in supplemental funding for Navajo Head Start.

“The signing of this legislation is saying to every child that we support you, we want you to do well in school,” Begaye said, “even at this young age, we want you to set the foundation for yourself so that you can move on into higher education and whatever field you choose.”

When the federal Office of Head Start announced that it would reduce funding for Navajo Head Start from the original amount of $23 million to $15.7 million, the Navajo Nation undertook an effort to recover the funding. 

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Denny Dearden sets goals for Sedona-Oak Creek School District. See more education news here

| August 15, 2018
Denny Dearden sets goals for Sedona-Oak Creek School District. See more education news here

Nearly all his life, Denny Dearden has wanted to be a teacher and make a difference in kids’ lives. As the new superintendent of Sedona-Oak Creek School District, he’s positioned to do just that for Sedona’s students.

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WUSD to offer incentives for AzMERIT teachers. See more education news here

| August 15, 2018
WUSD to offer incentives for AzMERIT teachers. See more education news here

As districts prepare for another school year, looming spring AzMERIT testing already has school administrators planning ahead.

Last year, the Arizona Department of Education returned to issuing A-F letter grades for schools, with the state’s AzMERIT standardized test results weighing heavily on those grades. 

Williams High School and Williams Elementary-Middle School received B grades.

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Candidates sought to run for school board

| August 15, 2018
Candidates sought to run for school board

There are 11 Coconino County School Districts with governing board vacancies for the Nov. 6 election.

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