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As elections near, interest in schools fades for some campaigns. See related news here

| August 15, 2018
As elections near, interest in schools fades for some campaigns. See related news here

When Arizona teachers walked out of their classrooms in April to demand more funding for schools, it forced the issue of education into the headlines.

Three months later, those headlines appear to be a distant memory to some campaigns.

“There’s a very big disconnect between what voters care about, and what politicians and policymakers are talking about,” said Tamara Hiler, the deputy director for education at the Washington think tank Third Way.

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Arizona teachers collecting signatures for education initiative. See related stories here

| June 5, 2018
Arizona teachers collecting signatures for education initiative. See related stories here

Over 300 teachers hit the streets (June 2) across the state collecting signatures to get an education initiative on the November ballot.

“It wasn’t because we were unhappy with our pay it was because we need to improve public education in Arizona,” said Kelley Fisher.

Fisher is a kindergarten teacher at Las Brisas Elementary where she has taught for 20 years. She was out in Glendale today for several hours braving the hot temperatures for her kids and her school.

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In wake of #RedForEd, first-time candidates flood races for Arizona Legislature. See related stories here

| June 5, 2018
In wake of #RedForEd, first-time candidates flood races for Arizona Legislature. See related stories here

Jennifer Samuels had thought about running for political office before but wasn’t ready to take the plunge until she spent a night at the Arizona Legislature.

She was among the tens of thousands of teachers who stormed the state Capitol this spring during #RedForEd’s six-day school walkout to demand increased funding for education.

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As suicide numbers rise, resources available for troubled teens. See related stories here

| June 5, 2018
As suicide numbers rise, resources available for troubled teens. See related stories here

Youth suicide rates are rising quickly. The National Center for Education Statistics reports that suicides among 5- to 18-year-olds rose almost 23 percent from 2010 to 2015 – the most recent year available in their report.

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Flagstaff father designs bulletproof desk to improve school safety. See more Flagstaff area education news here

| May 16, 2018
Flagstaff father designs bulletproof desk to improve school safety. See more Flagstaff area education news here

Horrified after the recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida, an Arizona father took it upon himself to try and improve safety for kids at schools. 

John Birdsell, who lives in Flagstaff, started a company called School Security Solutions and designed a school desk made with bullet-resistant fiberglass.

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Teen activists to speak out against Ducey school safety plan. See related stories here

| March 21, 2018
Teen activists to speak out against Ducey school safety plan. See related stories here

The student activists behind this weekend’s planned Phoenix march for gun reform are continuing to call on Gov. Doug Ducey to meet with them, even offering him a speaker’s slot at the rally.

The teens, who held a sit-in at Ducey’s office last week, accused him at a news conference Wednesday at the state Capitol of dodging their attempts to have a dialogue.

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Study shows high student-to-school counselor ratio in Arizona. See related stories here

| February 21, 2018
Study shows high student-to-school counselor ratio in Arizona. See related stories here

PHOENIX – A new study shows Arizona has a very high student-to-school-counselor ratio.

The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) recommends a ratio of 250 students per school counselor.

According to the ASCA study, Arizona has 924 students per school counselor.

ASCA says it compiled data from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics.

Corey Harris, Executive Director of Arizona School Counselor Association, thinks the reason for the shortage is two-fold.

One, some districts aren’t hiring in light of budget cuts and two, Arizona doesn’t offer competitive pay.

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Six-figure media campaign paints positive picture of education in Arizona. See related stories here

| January 24, 2018
Six-figure media campaign paints positive picture of education in Arizona. See related stories here

Some Arizona businesses and their lobbying groups are spending money this week in a bid to convince voters that the state’s education situation is not as bad as some would say.

Matthew Benson, spokesman for the newly formed Arizona Education Project, said it has made a “six-figure” buy of TV ads in the Phoenix area this week to counter what he called the “negative voices” in education. He would not identify who they are.

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Douglas renews call for tax hike to fund teacher raises. See related stories here

| January 24, 2018
Douglas renews call for tax hike to fund teacher raises. See related stories here

State schools chief Diane Douglas is renewing her call for a tax hike to provide a meaningful pay raise for teachers even as fellow Republican Gov. Doug Ducey insists it’s not necessary.

In her annual State of Education speech Monday, Douglas cited statistics showing that more than one out of every five teaching vacancies at the beginning of this school year still remained unfilled four months later.

“While teacher pay is not the only factor leading to the shortage, it is a big factor,” she told members of the House Education Committee.

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Schools cite incorrect data, construction, school threats in letter grade appeals. Please see related stories

| October 18, 2017
Schools cite incorrect data, construction, school threats in letter grade appeals. Please see related stories

Seventy-three schools are appealing the letter grades they’ve been given by state school officials, citing a variety of reasons that their grade should be improved.

For about two-thirds of those appealing, school officials say either that the Arizona Department of Education used incorrect data to calculate their letter grade or that the formula the Arizona State Board of Education used to grade schools is flawed. …

A small number of schools cited unusual conditions.
• Flagstaff High School received threats of “Columbine-style” violence, resulting in a spike of absences while parents kept their kids at home.

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