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Back to School Bash

| July 22, 2017
Back to School Bash

CollegeAmerica is hosting a Community Back to School Bash on Saturday, July 29th from 11am – 2pm. We will be giving away school supplies to the first 100 families. There will be fun, games, and activities for the whole family!

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Kids Squared

| July 22, 2017
Kids Squared

Kids Squared is a free, fun and educational program for children ranging from 2-12. Our events will take place every Wednesday from 10-11am from June 7 through August 9. Some programs will be more appropriate for younger children and some for older, so please read the event description to decide if the event will be right for your child. All events are weather dependent.

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AzCentral Our View: AzMERIT scores aren’t great, but don’t freak out yet. Please see related stories

| July 19, 2017
AzCentral Our View: AzMERIT scores aren’t great, but don’t freak out yet. Please see related stories

Learning is a process. So is improving Arizona’s public education system.

That’s how Arizonans should view the unofficial statewide results that show continual – but gradual – improvement in AzMERIT test scores.

The results aren’t stellar. They don’t show dramatic gains. In fact, they are another reminder of the need to support public education.

But three years into testing based on tougher new academic standards, these unofficial results are in keeping with expectations. Experts told us this was going to take patience.

Arizona has committed time and resources to this process. We have to stick with it.

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Arizona Department of Education Launches New Website Theme

| July 19, 2017
Arizona Department of Education Launches New Website Theme

The Arizona Department of Education (ADE) launched a new website theme. The site aims to streamline communications between ADE, schools and education professionals, and the public. In addition, the new style provides a user-friendly look including the addition of a mobile layout.

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Anti-school-voucher group hires paid signature-gatherers in effort to repeal law

| July 19, 2017
Anti-school-voucher group hires paid signature-gatherers in effort to repeal law

The group behind an effort to repeal Arizona’s school-voucher expansion is hiring paid circulators as part of a final push to ensure they have enough signatures to qualify for the ballot, its spokeswoman said.

Save our Schools Arizona launched a referendum campaign to halt the controversial expansion of the Empowerment Scholarship Account program that opens it to all public- and charter-school students. The expansion is scheduled to take effect in August.

Save our Schools Arizona needs an estimated 75,000 signatures to qualify for the November 2018 ballot.  

Dawn Penich-Thacker, spokeswoman for Save Our Schools, said the group is on track to gather 75,000 signatures from an all-volunteer network. However, the group is contracting “with a handful” of paid circulators as an “insurance policy” — to ensure the group has enough signatures in the event some signatures are thrown out. 

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CCC&Y launches Community Events for Families calendar

| July 19, 2017
CCC&Y launches Community Events for Families calendar

Families looking for information on upcoming back-to-school fairs, school open houses, free movie nights and other events and activities for their children now have a new resource.

CCC&Y has recently launched a new Community Events for Families calendar with details on upcoming family events throughout Coconino County.

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Transformative Learning Center to present free 12-week Family Development Course in English/Spanish

| July 19, 2017
Transformative Learning Center to present free 12-week Family Development Course in English/Spanish

Are you parenting a child 0-5 years old?

Come meet other parents and get some support!

Our FREE 12-week course starts August 8th

All classes are offered on Tuesday evenings from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Killip Elementary School.

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Flagstaff AzMERIT scores in the mail. See more education stories here

| July 19, 2017
Flagstaff AzMERIT scores in the mail. See more education stories here

Parents of Flagstaff Unified School District students will be getting AzMERIT assessment on their student in the mail soon.

The Flagstaff Unified School District Director of Research and Assessment Robert Hagstrom told the FUSD Governing Board Tuesday evening that some of the district’s school AzMERIT reports are starting to trickle in and student reports should be going out to parents before the end of the month. The official results are embargoed by the Arizona Department of Education from the general public and the media until the end of August, he said.

This is the first year that schools will be graded under the new A-F Accountability Plan. Arizona students have been taking the AzMERIT tests for the last three years but because the test is so new, the state has held off on the school grading portion.

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New children’s book talks about history of Native boarding schools. More education stories here

| July 19, 2017
New children’s book talks about history of Native boarding schools. More education stories here

“Fall in Line, Holden,” a new children’s book by Daniel W. Vandever, follows a Navajo boy through his day at boarding school and seeks to start a discussion about how that history still affects Native people today.

Vandever, who wrote and illustrated the book, is from Haystack, New Mexico, and is the communication director for Navajo Technical University where he also serves as an adjunct instructor.

He volunteers for the Crownpoint Rug Auction, providing technical support and helping local weavers sell their rugs. He comes from a long line of educators and is the grandson of Navajo Code Talker Joe Vandever Sr.

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AzMerit scores to be released to parents

| July 19, 2017
AzMerit scores to be released to parents

Parents of Williams Unified School District students will get the AzMERIT assessment at student registration July 18-19 or by mail.

Williams Unified School District Superintendent Rick Honsinger advises that the district’s school AzMERIT reports are starting to trickle in and student reports are going out to parents. The official results are embargoed by the Arizona Department of Education from the general public and the media until the end of August, he said.

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