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Letter: Public library, Kaibab Forest offer outdoor program for Williams youth. See more education stories here

| June 21, 2017
Letter: Public library, Kaibab Forest offer outdoor program for Williams youth. See more education stories here

The Williams Public Library is partnering with the Kaibab National Forest to present a series of programs to kids more than six years old to introduce them to Williams and its surrounding area. Forest Service intern Griffin Broehm will host the programs Thursday afternoons at 3:30 p.m. in the City Council chambers beginning July 29. This way children attending the summer rec program will have a chance to attend the talks.

The programs will cover different fields put to use by the Forest Service. The first will cover local archaeology, and show the kids some of the cool outdoor spots in and around Williams. The two other talks will discuss wildlife and local botany.

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Grand Canyon High students attend Girls State at University of Arizona. See more education stories here

| June 21, 2017
Grand Canyon High students attend Girls State at University of Arizona. See more education stories here

Nearly 300 high school girls from across Arizona converged on the University of Arizona campus for the 70th session of The American Legion Auxiliary program Arizona Girls State June 4-10.
Grand Canyon participants included Monica Dimas-Gonzalez, Savannah Perkins, Jessica Richardson and Melisha Jeter-Nanacasia.

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Page schools to end late start on Wednesdays

| June 21, 2017
Page schools to end late start on Wednesdays

The Page Unified School District will be doing away with its usual late start Wednesday schedule next school year. Instead, the district will experiment with an early release time on Fridays.
The change comes after the PUSD governing board approved a formal request from a group of teachers and staff. Many of the teachers pushed for the move because they believe it will help improve attendance among students. The idea, they said, is students and families often like to leave for vacations or trips on Fridays. Giving them an earlier window could incentivize parents to keep students in class all day, rather than taking the whole Friday off.

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Girl Scout Intel Maker Camp

| June 17, 2017
Girl Scout Intel Maker Camp

Maker Camp is for girls in middle school, ages 11-14 and will feature various activities to introduce technology and leadership skills, including a maker experience made possible by Intel. The experience will focus on maker fundamentals and creating innovations to share with your peers and solve real world problems to help your community.

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TLC Job Posting

| June 17, 2017
TLC Job Posting

TLC Facilitator will be trained by TLC Program Supervisor to facilitate TLC’s 60-hour family Development Course with teen parents attending Flagstaff Unified School District Summit High School and Teenage Parent Program. TLC Facilitator must demonstrate appreciation for diversity and strong interpersonal skills. Experience working with teen parents preferred.

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Kids Count report: AZ ranks 46th in U.S. in child education, health and family

| June 14, 2017
Kids Count report: AZ ranks 46th in U.S. in child education, health and family

Arizona ranks among the five worst states for children’s well being in education, health, economics and family and community matters, according to the Kids Count annual report.

Arizona was ranked 46th in the country, the Kids Count report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation says.

Nearly 400,000 Arizona children live in “high-poverty” areas. And six out of ten of Arizona’s three- to four-year-olds are not in preschool, with a child psychologist saying that means their learning is delayed.

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Are Arizona’s rural schools in a state of emergency? Please see related story

| June 14, 2017
Are Arizona’s rural schools in a state of emergency? Please see related story

Arizona’s rural students are diverse, poor and many are trailing academically, and a new report finds that the schools they attend have the second highest needs of any state in the nation.

Why Rural Matters, a 50-state report released today by the nonprofit, nonpartisan Rural School and Community Trust, describes inequities in funding and opportunity that are leading to significant gaps in opportunity and achievement. The report urges state and federal leaders to make rural students and their communities a far greater priority. Along with a state snapshot, the report also provides analysis of STEM, early education, English-language learner programs  in rural school districts and offers solutions.

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‘Talk, talk, talk’ is key to avoiding summer ‘brain drain.’ Please see related stories

| June 14, 2017
‘Talk, talk, talk’ is key to avoiding summer ‘brain drain.’ Please see related stories

Summertime is synonymous with fun — no homework, no tests, no essays and no math formulas.

Such fun, though, can prompt what some educational professionals refer to as the “summer brain drain,” a true phenomenon statistics suggest can lead students to forget as much as 20 percent of what they learned during the prior school year.

“People don’t realize how important the summer months are,” said Denise Murphy, the early literacy coordinator for Arizona Reads Now, a program of the Yavapai County Educational Service Agency.

So how do families combat this syndrome? 

With the same fun that children crave on their summer vacations, Murphy sand fellow educators said.

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Arizona business leaders want big tax increase for teacher salaries, education. Please see related stories

| June 14, 2017
Arizona business leaders want big tax increase for teacher salaries, education. Please see related stories

Some of Arizona’s most influential business leaders have a plan to significantly boost education funding, and they’re not waiting for Gov. Doug Ducey and the Legislature to make it happen.

This week, they began a public campaign to convince fellow business leaders to raise the funds to put an expansion of Proposition 301 on the ballot — and sooner rather than later, although they haven’t disclosed exactly when they’d like to see it on the ballot.

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Prescott ranked by national education magazine in top 100 best places for teachers to live

| June 14, 2017
Prescott ranked by national education magazine in top 100 best places for teachers to live

Prescott Unified School District has been ranked by a national educational magazine as one of the top 100 cities where teachers want to live.

Despite the state earning the lowest ranking on teacher salaries in the nation, Prescott is the one city in Arizona reported by Education Week. It is the 82nd most desirable place in the nation for a teacher to reside. The data analysis collected by GoodCall takes into account such things as crime, demographics, educational backgrounds of residents, and natural amenities.

Prescott was just one of 10 cities in the West to be highlighted.

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