Tag: Cronkite News

One class at time: ‘Dreamers’ find it hard to afford college after court ruling

| October 17, 2018
One class at time: ‘Dreamers’ find it hard to afford college after court ruling

Saray Escobar Gomez dreams of becoming a teacher and is just three courses shy of completing her associate’s degree at Paradise Valley Community College.

However, as a DACA recipient, Gomez said it will take her longer to complete that degree after the Arizona Supreme Court’s April 2018 ruling that DACA recipients – who also are known as Dreamers – are ineligible for in-state tuition, leaving many of them with few options and resources for the school year.

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Ducey, Garcia debate centers on education. See related news here

| September 26, 2018
Ducey, Garcia debate centers on education. See related news here

In the first gubernatorial debate, Gov. Doug Ducey touted a record of improving the state’s economy and providing 20-percent pay raises to teachers while Democrat David Garcia accused him of breaking promises and leaving Arizona’s education system in crisis. 

While Ducey and Garcia’s hourlong verbal grudge match on KAET-TV, the Phoenix PBS station, centered predominantly on education, the candidates addressed a myriad of other issues such as border security, the economy and a now defunct ballot initiative that would have increased taxes on the rich to better fund K-12 education.

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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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What we’re watching: Grants bring high-speed Internet to rural areas, how teen’s brain development impacts learning. See related story here

| May 16, 2018
What we’re watching: Grants bring high-speed Internet to rural areas, how teen’s brain development impacts learning. See related story here

Teachers at schools in Congress, Ariz., used to start downloading video the night before they’d show it in class because of low Internet speed, but thanks to state and federal grants that Yavapai County schools used to upgrade their broadband connection, a partnership with a small microwave Internet company, and access to a fiber-optic connection, rural schools in the area will soon be able to experience the fast Internet speeds that schools in urban areas are used to, according to a Cronkite News story.

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Arizona Teachers Willing to Set Walkout Date: ‘We Must Do Whatever We Can.’ See related stories here

| April 4, 2018
Arizona Teachers Willing to Set Walkout Date: ‘We Must Do Whatever We Can.’ See related stories here

The Arizona teachers in the grassroots #RedForEd movement are moving closer to a statewide school walkout. Leaders have said that they’re willing to set a walkout date, and they’re framing a school “walk-in” protest next week as a dry run for a walkout.

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Thousands take part in student-led March for Our Lives to protest gun violence (+ Video, Slideshow). See related stories here

| March 28, 2018
Thousands take part in student-led March for Our Lives to protest gun violence (+ Video, Slideshow). See related stories here

Thousands of students and other community members took part Saturday morning in the student-organized March for Our Lives at the Arizona State Capitol in Phoenix to protest gun violence and urge legislators to provide more funding for school counselors and mental health services.

The rally at the Capitol was one of more than hundreds of similar student-led events held across the nation on Saturday in response to the shooting that killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla on Feb. 14, 2018.

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Kindercamp preps next generation of students. See more education stories here

| July 12, 2017
Kindercamp preps next generation of students. See more education stories here

During Kindercamp students learned about where produce comes from, met with firefighters and enjoyed a day at Bearizona, among other activities and lessons.

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Arizona students looked to make some history at National History Day

| June 21, 2017
Arizona students looked to make some history at National History Day

(Group includes Flagstaff seventh-graders Joy Kim and Ella Downard)

It took months of research, but Flagstaff seventh-graders Joy Kim and Ella Downard were finally able to produce a 10-minute documentary on Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl whose courage and determination to get an education won her the Nobel Peace Prize at age 17. 

“Our bibliography had over 4,000 words and about 80 citations,” Joy said as the presented their project. “It is just a really great accomplishment to just be here right now because we did not think we would get this far.”

“Here” was the National History Day competition last week at the University of Maryland, where the Northland Preparatory Academy students joined more than 3,000 other middle and high school students competing in a range of categories.

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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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Why do rural areas of Arizona have a shortage of STEM teachers?

| June 7, 2017
Why do rural areas of Arizona have a shortage of STEM teachers?

STEM education in rural areas of Arizona has been falling behind the curve compared to metropolitan areas, according to Arizona Science Foundation.

We would like to know if this shortage of STEM teachers and other resources such as high speed internet in your rural area affects you.

We would like to know your opinions on the matter and how these topics affect you.

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