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Project WET Water Audit

| September 23, 2017
Project WET Water Audit

Attention 6th to 12th grade teachers in Flagstaff! A new program with the City of Flagstaff geared toward middle or high school teachers has been started. Funding is available to hire someone with Coconino Extension who will assist teachers with implementation of the STEM unit!

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Cost to raise AZ teachers’ salaries to U.S. median is $1 billion

| September 20, 2017
Cost to raise AZ teachers’ salaries to U.S. median is $1 billion

Business, education and nonprofit leaders say that raising Arizona teachers’ salaries to the U.S. median would do more than recruit and retain quality teachers.

Elevating teachers’ salaries has a great potential to improve measures of student success, like reading and math proficiency and the graduation rate, said Dick Foreman, president and chief executive officer of the Arizona Business & Education Coalition.

“Nothing impacts a child’s education more than a qualified teacher, and research exhaustively documents that a stable teaching environment is key,” Foreman said.

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Citizens will be voting on school vouchers. See related stories

| September 20, 2017
Citizens will be voting on school vouchers. See related stories

Arizona’s school voucher program, which would allow all 1.1 million students eligible to apply for tax dollars for private school tuition, submitted enough valid signatures to force the issue to be placed on the ballot in November 2018.

Save Our Schools Arizona, a volunteer group that is against the expansion of the Empowerment Scholarship Account (ESA) program originally presented more than 111,000 signatures to the Arizona Secretary of State Aug. 8 and they were officially approved Sept. 5.

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13 years. Eight ambitious goals. Can Arizona do it?

| September 20, 2017
13 years. Eight ambitious goals. Can Arizona do it?

Arizona business, education and nonprofit leaders say that reaching the new goals they’ve set as part of the Arizona Education Progress Meter will better prepare students for success and boost the state’s long-term economy.

“Arizonans believe that education is one of the most important issues facing our state,” said Erin Hart, interim president and CEO of Expect More Arizona, a nonprofit education advocacy organization that helped develop the meter. “We must close the achievement gap that leaves so many children behind, while increasing educational attainment overall and preparing Arizona with a highly-skilled workforce.”

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Scholarships Available for Northern Arizona Early Childhood Symposium on Nov. 4 in Flagstaff

| September 20, 2017
Scholarships Available for Northern Arizona Early Childhood Symposium on Nov. 4 in Flagstaff

You are invited to apply for a scholarship to attend the Association for Supportive Child Care (ASCC) Northern Arizona Early Childhood Symposium on November 4, 2017. Scholarships are limited, therefor, please return the application as soon as possible.

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Arizona College Access Network provides DACA Resources and Renewals Information. See related stories

| September 20, 2017
Arizona College Access Network provides DACA Resources and Renewals Information. See related stories

Not sure how September 5th’s announcement affects your students? Here are 5 things you should know about DACA. Still have more questions? Here to Stay’s resources and FAQ section informs you on the latest DACA news.

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Leading the way: NAU professor honored for emphasis on multicultural characters in children’s books. See more education stories here

| September 20, 2017
Leading the way: NAU professor honored for emphasis on multicultural characters in children’s books. See more education stories here

Monica Brown remembers the day she was at a family wedding and an outside guest asked her why she and her cousin’s names didn’t match. The guest then speculated on her ethnicity and started referring to the “dark” cousins and the “light” cousins. Where did she fit in, the guest saw fit to wonder.

It stung.

But the children’s author and literature professor is nothing if not resourceful. She used that experience to create Marisol McDonald, the mixed-race heroine of “Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match/Marisol McDonald no combina.”

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FUSD doesn’t have to sign an agreement with FEA. See more education stories here

| September 20, 2017
FUSD doesn’t have to sign an agreement with FEA. See more education stories here

The Flagstaff Unified School District Governing Board is not required to sign a contract or even negotiate with the Flagstaff Education Association. That’s because Arizona is right-to-work state and isn’t considered a “union” state like Ohio or Oregon, FEA President Derek Born said.

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High school football games play important role in Tuba City community. See more education stories here

| September 20, 2017
High school football games play important role in Tuba City community. See more education stories here

All throughout the country and especially in remote reservation areas, high school football teams are an extension of the communities in which they live.

Going to a local high school football game to watch young players put out their best effort under careful mentoring and guidance from local, sometimes alumni, high school football coaches is a great way to show community support and encouragement.

Tuba City High School (TCHS), the Warriors, have been a football team since the 1950s.

With grandparents, parents and friends turning out to cheer them on, share stories, and help celebrate during homecoming week events, the Tuba City Warriors have had some phenomenal gridiron success.

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WHS patriotism questioned at governing board meeting. See more education stories here

| September 20, 2017
WHS patriotism questioned at governing board meeting. See more education stories here

Concerned military veterans converged at the Williams Unified School District (WUSD) Governing Board meeting Sept. 13 over rumors of anti-American teaching at Williams High School (WHS).

Approximately 20 veterans attended the meeting where several addressed the board and Superintendent Rick Honsinger regarding rumors that some teachers were discouraging patriotism and encouraging Islamic beliefs. …

However, WHS world history teacher Kellie O’Toole-Lee, followed the presentation by reading a letter to the board. …

“Arizona State Social Studies standards require that world religions, including Islam, be taught as part of the world history standards,” she said. “As WUSD teachers adhere to state standards, Islam and other world religions are getting equal time in the curriculum for world history. The material is provided factually and provides students with an understanding of other cultures throughout history. There’s no personal opinion and no favoritism involved.”

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