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Families will spend up to $1,355 per child on back to school, Backpack Index shows. See related news here

| August 7, 2018
Families will spend up to $1,355 per child on back to school, Backpack Index shows. See related news here

Back-to-school supply lists can be long — folders, glue sticks, pencils, notebooks. Not to mention new school uniforms and items needed for baseball practice, cheerleading or glee club. Shopping carts brim with goods this time of year, and they often come with a hefty price tag.

Although families across the nation can still expect to pay several hundred dollars per student for school supplies and activities this year, there’s some good news.

According to the 2018 Backpack Index, a study that tracks classroom supply and fee costs, the cost of outfitting a child for back to school fell slightly this year.

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Arizona teachers hope to move from the classroom to the Capitol. See related news here

| August 7, 2018
Arizona teachers hope to move from the classroom to the Capitol. See related news here

Months after a massive teacher walkout over low school funding, at least 20 Arizona teachers are running for seats in the state Legislature.

“It’s so very important right now,” Jennifer Samuels, a seventh- and eighth-grade English teacher in the Paradise Valley Unified School District, said. “Our elected leaders have failed to fund our schools for a decade or more. We have to stand up for our children and colleagues and classrooms.”

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Race, income-based achievement gaps remain as Arizona kids make small gains on AzMerit. See related education news here

| August 7, 2018
Race, income-based achievement gaps remain as Arizona kids make small gains on AzMerit. See related education news here

Arizona public school children showed small gains on this year’s AzMerit tests, as the number of students passing the annual English and math test grew by one and two percentage points respectively.

Still, only 41 percent of students statewide passed either portion of the test, which was administered last school year.

AzMerit, like many standardized tests, has been criticized by scholars and policymakers as being overly reflective of a student’s socioeconomic status.

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Educators learn more ways to develop trauma-sensitive schools (+ Slideshow)

| August 7, 2018
Educators learn more ways to develop trauma-sensitive schools (+ Slideshow)

Nearly 300 educators and community members learned how building supportive relationships and restorative justice practices can build a nurturing environment that helps children exposed to trauma during a recent symposium in Phoenix.

When a child is exposed to trauma such as extreme poverty, abuse, exposure to violence, substance abuse or mental illness, the stress caused by these adverse childhood experiences can lead to behavioral and health issues.

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Plan in place to fix millions in misallocated school funds

| August 7, 2018
Plan in place to fix millions in misallocated school funds

Nine months after the Arizona Department of Education notified schools it had misallocated millions in funding for special education programs, the federal government has approved a plan to correct the error. 

A plan to remedy similar issues with Title I allocations has also been drafted but will not be finalized until at least next week during a phone call with state representatives.

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Volunteers needed for FUSD Teacher Supply Drive on Aug. 10-12. See related and more education news here

| August 7, 2018
Volunteers needed for FUSD Teacher Supply Drive on Aug. 10-12. See related and more education news here

We’re looking for volunteers to help with the Teacher Supply Drive on August 10, 11 & 12!

Click the link below to sign up!

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FUSD asks for $75 million bond and override on November ballot. See more education news here

| August 7, 2018
FUSD asks for $75 million bond and override on November ballot. See more education news here

Voters will be asked to consider two local, school-related measures on the ballot in November, a school bond and the renewal of a budget override.

Together, the measures could provide the Flagstaff Unified School District continued and additional funding for the next five to six years, said FUSD superintendent Mike Penca.

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Adult English classes offered at WEMS. See more education news here

| August 7, 2018
Adult English classes offered at WEMS. See more education news here

Williams Unified School District is sponsoring an English class for parents of Williams Unified School District (WUSD) students.

WUSD resource teacher Anna Torrez will cover English vocabulary, grammar and conversational skills.

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Page Unified School District August 2018 Newsletter. See more education news here

| August 7, 2018
Page Unified School District August 2018 Newsletter. See more education news here

• Our mission
• Summer break is coming to an end
• A conversation with Rob Varner
• A new leader at MMHS

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New Resource Officer for PUSD

| August 7, 2018
New Resource Officer for PUSD

The Page Police Department has appointed Officer Bill Schuldies to the position of School Resource Officer for the Page Unified School District.

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