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Report: Low salaries, other issues forcing teacher shortage. See related stories here

| November 15, 2017
Report: Low salaries, other issues forcing teacher shortage. See related stories here

More than 1,300 Arizona classrooms are without a permanent teacher this school year, and a new report by the Morrison Institute for Public Policy at ASU blames most of the problem on low salaries.

The national median pay of a secondary school teacher is $55,800, while Arizona’s median is $48,020. That puts Arizona worst in the nation for primary school teacher salaries and 48th for high school teacher salaries, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Arizona Daily Star Opinion: The tale of Arizona schools and too much money

| November 15, 2017
Arizona Daily Star Opinion: The tale of Arizona schools and too much money

Here’s a sentence we never thought we’d write: Some Arizona schools have received too much money …

And now, back to reality, we will finish the sentence: … by mistake.

Over the past several years, the Arizona Department of Education has misallocated millions in federal funding for:

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How can Arizona fund a better education system? Town Hall gathering seeks answers

| November 15, 2017
How can Arizona fund a better education system? Town Hall gathering seeks answers

For 50 years, community members have gathered at Arizona Town Hall forums to find solutions to the state’s most challenging issues, from housing and jobs to water and transportation.

This year, they will focus the power of the statewide brainstorm on Arizona’s pre-K-12 education funding crisis.

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4 Ways to Support an Excellent Education for Every Student in Arizona

| November 15, 2017
4 Ways to Support an Excellent Education for Every Student in Arizona

Expect More Arizona works to provide information about important education issues and create opportunities for every Arizona to support students and teachers. We want to elevate the voices of Arizonans who are committed to the best possible education for every child. People just like you.

Here are four ways you can get involved:

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Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence seeks Congressional support

| November 15, 2017
Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence seeks Congressional support

Please take 3 minutes to read and sign a letter to Congress telling legislators how important sustained funding for afterschool and summer programs are for all of us. The deadline to sign the letter is Nov. 17th. 
 
Children, families, and communities across the nation appreciate your strong voice on their behalf.

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CCC Supporting Community

| November 15, 2017
CCC Supporting Community

The Coconino Community College Fourth Street campus is now being branded the Fourth Street Innovation Center to demonstrate CCC’s commitment to contemporary needs of career and technical education and to share innovative educational offerings on that campus.

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Flagstaff High School students reach out to classmates in need. See more education stories here

| November 15, 2017
Flagstaff High School students reach out to classmates in need. See more education stories here

The Flagstaff High School Student Council is reaching out a hand this year to its own classmates in need.

Tori Noenickx, the community service director for the council, said this year’s annual canned food drive collections are going to Flagstaff Unified School District’s McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Program. The drive started Nov. 1 and the group has already collected nearly a 1,000 items. People interested in donating items can drop food off at the FHS front desk.

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SOCSD starts strategic planning

| November 15, 2017
SOCSD starts strategic planning

The Sedona-Oak Creek School District had one of its first strategic planning committee meetings Nov. 2. The committee, led by education consultant Don Groves, will spend the next months reviewing district data and listening to community input in the first phase of drafting a strategic plan for the school district.

The committee discussed the three main categories of its data gathering efforts: Community input, educational future forecasting and a catchall category for data that doesn’t fit in the other two categories.

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Williams school budget override passes. See more education stories here

| November 15, 2017
Williams school budget override passes. See more education stories here

The Williams Unified School District (WUSD) budget override is headed toward approval, according to the Nov. 7 election results.
As of 11:30 p.m. Nov. 7, the unofficial final tally showed 58.21 percent, or 656 voters, voting “yes” to the override, and 41.79 percent, or 471 voting “no”.

There are still an unknown number of provisional and uncounted ballots that need to be counted, but most likely not enough to change the outcome of that proposition.

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School officials raise concerns over proposed hotel in Page. See more regional education stories here

| November 15, 2017
School officials raise concerns over proposed hotel in Page. See more regional education stories here

School administrators were among a group of Page citizens last week who expressed concern with the proposed construction of a new hotel near the intersection of Lake Powell Boulevard and Elk Road. 

Speaking at a public hearing during a regular Page City Council meeting, Page Unified School District Superintendent Rob Varner and Tse’Yaato’ High School Principal Traci Parker both urged council to consider suggestions to keep students and children in the area safe if construction were to move forward. 

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