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Lawmakers seek to extend Arizona’s education sales tax with new bill

| February 14, 2018
Lawmakers seek to extend Arizona’s education sales tax with new bill

A bill making its way through the Arizona State Legislature seeks to protect funding for public schools.

House Bill 2158 would continue the education sales tax for another eight years. Currently, it generates $643 million a year for Arizona’s K-12 public schools as well as for the state’s public colleges and universities.

State Rep. Doug Coleman, R-Apache Junction, said his bill is designed to “get rid of the fiscal cliff that’s approaching due to the expiration of the education sales tax.” He noted the education sales tax is set to expire in three years, and that’s creating uncertainty among schools.

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Children’s Action Alliance legislation update on top bills to promote children’s health, education and security

| February 14, 2018
Children’s Action Alliance legislation update on top bills to promote children’s health, education and security

The legislative session is in full swing and Children’s Action Alliance invites you to join us in supporting these key legislative proposals:

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Will Arizona Legislature rein in private-school tax credits?

| February 14, 2018
Will Arizona Legislature rein in private-school tax credits?

Arizona Senate President Steve Yarbrough, who for years ran a private-school tax-credit organization of his own, is pushing legislation that he says will rein in the cost of the state’s ballooning tax-credit program. …

But opponents of Senate Bill 1467 have expressed skepticism over provisions that would expand aspects of a program they say already siphons too much state money away from Arizona’s financially-strained public schools.

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Award-winning documentary on NAU professor to show at Arizona film festivals

| February 14, 2018
Award-winning documentary on NAU professor to show at Arizona film festivals

The documentary “My Dad Matthew,” about the life of Northern Arizona University disability studiesprofessor Matthew Wangeman, will appear in Flagstaff and Sedona film festivals.

Since premiering last year at NAU, the documentary received an honorable mention at the Picture this… Film Festival, won the 2017 Cinema Touching Disability Short Film Competition and was selected to show in various film festivals throughout the United States and Canada.

“I am very proud of the documentary,” Wangeman said. “John Schaffer did a fantastic in making this short film. My son, Elijah, did a wonderful job as well. It was really a team effort to make a short documentary that challenges how people think about disability and life.”

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FALA unrolling fundraising plan to keep school on track. See more education stories here

| February 14, 2018
FALA unrolling fundraising plan to keep school on track. See more education stories here

Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy is enlisting the help of students, staff and parent volunteers to make a fundraising plan that will hopefully smooth out the school’s finances.

The academy finances have always been relatively cyclical because they depend on the number of students enrolled in the school, but recently a number of financial problems have come to a head, leaving the school facing the possibility of a shortfall of about $160,000 at the end of June, said FALA Executive Director Larry Wallen.

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STAR School creates solutions for staying cool in off-grid housing. See more education stories here

| February 14, 2018
STAR School creates solutions for staying cool in off-grid housing. See more education stories here

STAR School students recently won $25,000 from Samsung for their solution to cooling needs on the reservation by designing an evaporative cooler bucket that is low-cost and can be used on and off the grid.

Eighth grade science and service project teacher Kylie Morris entered the project in Samsung’s Solve for Tomorrow project, which is a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) project in which students come up with a STEM solution for a problem in their community.

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Sedona-Oak Creek School District freezes board travel

| February 14, 2018
Sedona-Oak Creek School District freezes board travel

It was business as usual at the Sedona-Oak Creek School District Governing Board’s regular meeting Tuesday, 
Feb. 6. …

… a point of contention came when board President Randy Hawley suggested freezing board travel expenditures for the rest of the school year.

“It’s only a couple thousand dollars, but if everyone else is asked to find ways to reduce spending, I don’t see any reason why we shouldn’t, too,” Hawley said. He suggested if board members want to go to professional development activities that they pay out of their own pockets.

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Williams’ Izzy Rushing places third at Coconino County Spelling Bee. See more education stories here

| February 14, 2018
Williams’ Izzy Rushing places third at Coconino County Spelling Bee. See more education stories here

The county’s top-spellers battled for spelling supremacy Feb. 11 at Coconino High School at the annual Coconino County Spelling Bee.

Williams Unified School District fifth grader, Iscariot “Izzy” Rushing made his second trip to the Coconino County Spelling Bee, where he took third place.

Rushing placed second at the bee last year.

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Prescott High senior finds time for church, nursing home job and fun as graduation approaches

| February 14, 2018
Prescott High senior finds time for church, nursing home job and fun as graduation approaches

Elena Aragon is a Prescott High School senior who thrives on a crowded schedule.

“I’m an expert at juggling a lot of things,” she said on a recent afternoon as she prepared to teach a weekly first-communion class for Spanish-speaking students.

Although her schedule is full, she doesn’t complain.

In her second semester as a high school senior, she is taking a full load of college-level courses and involved in lots of senior activities and attending college-preparatory events. She is also a regular at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, busy there two or three days a week with various ministries, including teaching a first-communion class to Spanish-speaking students, serving as a Eucharistic lay minister and in charge of the altar servers.

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Save the Date – Annual Child Abuse Prevention Conference on March 29

| February 14, 2018
Save the Date – Annual Child Abuse Prevention Conference on March 29

Coconino Coalition for Children & Youth to present Annual Child Abuse Prevention Conference: Honoring Legacy, Empowering Future SAVE THE DATE: March 29, 2018, 8am – 5pm; Little America, Flagstaff Featuring Keynote Speaker: National Hero and Olympic Gold Medalist – Billy Mills! Conference – Includes morning Keynote and Plenary sessions, full luncheon program (which can be […]

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