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Guest column: Education dollars should be a priority

| August 16, 2017
Guest column: Education dollars should be a priority

Elections in Arizona from now until 2018 midterms must become referendums on education funding, not on the president.

Nearly every candidate in Arizona running for office publishes their stance on education on their website, and multiple organizations have stated goals and deep war chests put to use to push candidates and the electorate in one direction or the other on this very issue.

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CCC&Y calendar highlights upcoming Community Events for Families

| August 16, 2017
CCC&Y calendar highlights upcoming Community Events for Families

By the Coconino Coalition for Children & Youth CCC&Y has launched a new Community Events for Families calendar with details on upcoming family events throughout Coconino County. Events include upcoming back-to-school fairs, school open houses, free movie nights and other activities. Please click on the image to download a PDF of the calendar. Please send information for inclusion in the […]

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Early Learning Institute at Yavapai College

| August 12, 2017
Early Learning Institute at Yavapai College

Attend workshops such as Best Books for Storytime Success to discover the best books that work for storytime, Finding Your Teacher Voice to discover how quality language can support relationships and development, or Building Resilience in Yourself and Others to learn everyday ways to help get yourself and others through challenging times.

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Yuma region collaborates to bring “community school” pilot to local elementary school

| August 12, 2017
Yuma region collaborates to bring “community school” pilot to local elementary school

For many families of school-age children, the local school becomes almost like a second home. But what if that critical connection started even earlier – before their children started kindergarten? That’s the concept behind the community school model, which integrates academics, health and social services, youth and community development and community engagement with the goal of improved student learning, stronger families and healthier communities.

A year ago, the concept of a community school in Yuma was just a faint dream for the First Things First Yuma Regional Partnership Council as part of their efforts to ensure more children enter kindergarten ready for success. Now, as the school year begins, the regional council is looking forward to the culmination of months of hard work with the opening of a community school pilot at O.C. Johnson School.

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Organizations share upcoming events, ongoing programs in Page region

| August 11, 2017
Organizations share upcoming events, ongoing programs in Page region

A variety of organizations shared upcoming events and program information at the monthly Page Community Resource Partners Networking Meeting, held Aug. 10 at Encompass Behavioral Health Services Building, 463 S. Lake Powell Blvd., Page.

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Group submits petitions to halt expanded school-voucher program. Please see related stories

| August 9, 2017
Group submits petitions to halt expanded school-voucher program. Please see related stories

Foes of giving out more vouchers of tax dollars to let children go to private and parochial schools filed petitions Tuesday with more than 111,000 signatures to force the issue to a public vote.

The group Save Our Schools contends that SB 1431 will drain dollars from an already underfunded public school system.

“Class sizes have swelled to almost 40 children per teacher,” said Beth Lewis, a fifth-grade teacher in the Tempe Elementary School District.

“Many schools no longer have tutoring, school nurses, summer school or field trips,” she said at a press conference after the petitions were delivered to the Secretary of State’s Office. “What more can be cut?”

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New school year starts with same teacher challenges. Please see related stories

| August 9, 2017
New school year starts with same teacher challenges. Please see related stories

It’s back to school, and back to the same challenges in education Arizona has faced for years.

Monday was the first day of school for many youngsters, but it’s too soon to know if there will be a teacher shortage this year. That’s because, according to superintendent of public instruction Diane Douglas, each school district makes its own hiring decisions.

To ease the shortage, she said, the state legislature has helped in attracting teachers by changing the way teachers get certified.

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Voting records reveal legislators’ levels of support for public education

| August 9, 2017
Voting records reveal legislators’ levels of support for public education

Just as students are getting back to their studies, education advocacy groups are hoping parents and community members will be doing some studying of their own, not of English and math, but of how Arizona legislators voted in 2017 on key bills impacting public schools and the students they serve.

AZ Schools Now, a coalition of organizations focused on school funding, and Friends of ASBA, a non-profit organization focused on providing access to information and resources on high-priority education issues, both released voting records this month for all 90 members of the Arizona Legislature.

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Missing School Matters: Why You Should Keep Absences to a Minimum

| August 9, 2017
Missing School Matters: Why You Should Keep Absences to a Minimum

How do you know if your child is missing too much school? It only takes two lost days per month to be considered chronically absent. That’s about 10 percent of the school year in Arizona, and while two days per month doesn’t seem like much, it can have a big impact on learning.

In fact, students who are are chronically absent in kindergarten and first-grade score lower on third-grade reading tests and are more likely to repeat a grade. By the time a student gets to sixth grade, attendance rates are a key predictor of whether they’ll graduate from high school.

Missing a few days a year for illness or travel is inevitable, but how can you minimize the impact of lost class time for your child? Here are some ideas:

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NAU program receives $1.3M grant to continue changing lives, one storybook at a time (VIDEO)

| August 9, 2017
NAU program receives $1.3M grant to continue changing lives, one storybook at a time (VIDEO)

Sometimes it’s as simple as going on a walk. Other times, it requires reading a story book or tutoring students in math. Whatever the task at hand may be, thanks to a recent grant of more than $1.3 million, these volunteers will continue to change lives—others and their own.

Northern Arizona University’s Civic Service Institute has sponsored the Senior Companion and Foster Grandparent Programs for nearly three decades—providing opportunities for people 55 and over to serve throughout the state.

“The programs are invaluable in the communities they serve because they engage volunteers to help people—homebound elders and young children—who are struggling and need support to thrive,” said Erin Kruse, senior corps programs project director.

The volunteers, who can choose from a variety of programs, dedicate at least 15 hours a week to serve people of all ages in Maricopa, Yavapai, Coconino, Navajo and Mohave counties. Last year, 242 volunteers served more than 1,100 people between the Senior Companion and Foster Grandparent Programs.

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