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Science Saturday: Birds of a Feather

| May 27, 2017
Science Saturday: Birds of a Feather

Join Willow Bend, Northern Arizona Audubon Society, Rocky Mountain Research Station, AZ Watchable Wildlife Experience, Junior Duck Stamp, and other partners on June 3rd for a Science Saturday event that’s all about birds!

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Arizona educators take the lead in mandated civics education

| May 24, 2017
Arizona educators take the lead in mandated civics education

Arizona educators and civics advocates are taking the lead in teaching a new generation of Arizonans about American government at a time when research finds a lack of civic knowledge and engagement in the United States.

While civics/government requirements have been part of the state’s social studies standards for many years, this is the first year that Arizona high school seniors must pass a 100-question civics test to graduate. Most students will have learned the concepts in the exam by the end of eighth grade, according to a report from the Arizona Department of Education.

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The Arizona Legislature delivered a one-two-three punch to public education this year that will erode schools for decades to come

| May 24, 2017
The Arizona Legislature delivered a one-two-three punch to public education this year that will erode schools for decades to come

Are you outraged at Governor Ducey’s “education budget”? You should be. After Prop. 123 passed, he promised some “next steps” were coming soon, but all we got is an insulting 25-cents-an-hour raise for teachers and a little money sprinkled over a few high-profile programs to make it look like he’s doing something. Watching Ducey quacking and smiling as he dubs himself the “education governor” is infuriating. But push aside your anger over those outrages for a moment. Something far more important happened in the Legislature this year, something which could change the nature of Arizona education irrevocably. It’s the one-two-three punch of vouchers for everyone, results-based funding and lowering of teacher certification requirements. Over time, those changes will lead to an increasingly stratified education system, with more money flowing to education for children of higher income families and less going to everyone else.

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Ducey Veto of Teacher Evaluation Bill Slammed by Union

| May 24, 2017
Ducey Veto of Teacher Evaluation Bill Slammed by Union

PHOENIX (AP) — The union representing Arizona teachers on Tuesday slammed Gov. Doug Ducey for vetoing what they called a sensible change to the evaluation process for classroom instructors and principals.

The bill Ducey vetoed would have lowered the percentage of a teacher’s performance evaluation based on standardized test scores and excluded students who weren’t in a teacher’s class the entire year. It also would have barred use of test scores if the teacher doesn’t teach courses covered by the tests.

Ducey said in a veto letter that the legislation would have diminished the “impact and focus of improving student academic outcomes as a measurement of quality teaching and learning.”

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Expect More Arizona: Show Your Love Through Literacy

| May 24, 2017
Expect More Arizona: Show Your Love Through Literacy

You have heard it said that “parents are their child’s first teachers.” Nothing could be more true. In addition to feeding, sheltering, and clothing a child, literacy is another essential aspect of parenting. There is no one in a better position to do that than parents.

Parents who talk, sing, play, and read to their infants and young children prepare them for success in school and in life. Young children who hear more words spoken and say more words in conversations with others are better prepared to read. A research study showed that some children already have a 30 million (!) word gap by the age of three.

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NPA: First run all the way to National History championships. See more education stories here

| May 24, 2017
NPA: First run all the way to National History championships. See more education stories here

In their first attempt at the National History Day contest, two students from Northland Preparatory Academy have made it all the way to the national challenge in College Park, Maryland. But they need a little help getting to the contest.

Seventh graders Joy Kim and Ella Downard won their school and state competitions for National History Day for their documentary on Malala Yousafzai. Yousafzai is a Pakistani girl and Nobel Peace Prize winner who has fought for the education rights for young women.

“We’re really excited because we didn’t think we could make it this far,” said Kim.

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Flagstaff’s Killip Elementary School wins chess national co-championship title

| May 24, 2017
Flagstaff’s Killip Elementary School wins chess national co-championship title

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Killip Elementary School’s chess club brought home a title of national co-champions for one of the five teams that Killip sent to the Super Nationals in Tennessee May 11-15.

In all, Killip sent 41 players to the tournament. The last time Killip sent players to the tournament, they placed third.

More than 5,500 competed in the championship and Killip players competed against more than 1,600 of them representing 272 teams.

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Williams High School honors athletes at spring awards banquet. See more education stories here

| May 24, 2017
Williams High School honors athletes at spring awards banquet. See more education stories here

Williams High School softball player Jaden Alvarado was recently named to the 2017 Arizona Interscholastic Association 1A All-Conference First Team. Alvarado was also selected as the 1A All-Region Player of the Year.

Alvarado made the All-Conference list and joins several other Vikings on the 1A All-Region teams. Jazlyn Romero, Destinee Pennington and Rylie Heap were selected the 1A All-Region First Team as position players and Carli Grantham was selected to the team as a pitcher.

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Guest Column: after 13 years of memories, senior class becomes a family. See more education stories here

| May 24, 2017
Guest Column: after 13 years of memories, senior class becomes a family. See more education stories here

My name is Kyla Pearce and I am a senior at Grand Canyon High School.

This year, Grand Canyon High School’s graduating class consists of eighteen students. While many have come and gone over the years, there is a small group of seniors who have been together since kindergarten. I am one of those seniors.

Because of the small class size, our class has become less like a class and more like a family. Since kindergarten, we have had countless adventures and made a lifetime of memories.

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Project Graduation offers safe place to celebrate. See more education stories here

| May 24, 2017
Project Graduation offers safe place to celebrate. See more education stories here

In an effort to prevent graduation-related accidents and mischief, the city of Page is opening up the Sports Complex to offer graduates and their friends a safe, drug- and alcohol-free place to celebrate their graduation.
Project Graduation will be held this Friday night from 8 p.m. to midnight. It’s open to students grades nine through twelve. Admission is free for students with a signed permission slip from their parents.
But students can only be admitted once. If they leave, they won’t be allowed back in.
“The idea is to provide a safe, chaperoned spot for students to celebrate graduation,” said Jackie La New, recreation director for the Page Recreation Department.

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