Tag: Payson Roundup

Proposition 305: ESA Program Expansion. See related news here

| October 17, 2018
Proposition 305: ESA Program Expansion. See related news here

In 2011 Arizona lawmakers adopted the Empowerment Scholarship Accounts (ESA) program, commonly known as a school voucher program, which provides state funds to pay for tuition and various educational services offered by private and parochial schools.

Originally, the ESA program gave parents or guardians of students who had disabilities that could not be addressed in public schools the opportunity to turn to private schools, with the state paying part of the bill (amounting to around 90 percent of what it would have spent to send the child to public school). Over the years, the program gradually has been expanded to extend eligibility to students in several other categories, including foster-care children, those residing on American Indian reservations and those attending failing public schools.

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Arizona seeks to increase number of students filling out FAFSA

| October 9, 2018
Arizona seeks to increase number of students filling out FAFSA

It would seem a no-brainer for any Arizona students who needs a college scholarship to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which streamlines the process of applying for almost any scholarship.

However, fewer than half do.

The FAFSA has become the almost universally used application that helps schools and the government determine if a student qualifies for a Pell Grant, a loan or scholarships.

The application process launches Oct. 1 every year.

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Advocates help foster kids reach independence

| July 25, 2018
Advocates help foster kids reach independence

Hundreds of kids in Arizona’s foster care system are trying to build a life without the guidance and direction that traditionally comes from parents.

Teens who enter the foster care system are at a disadvantage when it comes to independence. They are more likely than younger children to be placed in a group home or shelter situation with up to a dozen other youth and limited opportunities for personal growth. This hits hard at a time when most other kids their age are getting ready to drive, graduate high school and date.

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School starts soon, remember basic safety

| July 4, 2018
School starts soon, remember basic safety

In the midst of the flurry of activity that accompanies heading back to school, it’s worthwhile to take a few moments to review some basic safety tips for grown-ups and children.

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Agreement on school funding ends at whether more is needed. See related education funding news here

| May 30, 2018
Agreement on school funding ends at whether more is needed. See related education funding news here

Arizona’s public education system could use more money– a point few argue against. The disagreement comes when elected officials and education advocates start talking about how to get there.

Arizona School Boards Association lobbyist Chris Kotterman made that observation as he reflected on a proposal to increase personal income taxes for the wealthiest Arizonans.

He recalled a roomful of the education community’s representatives discussing the idea and his own trepidation about it..

An income tax hike would draw too much well-funded opposition to be successful, he said, but don’t expect ASBA to lobby against the proposal.

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Children Struggle To Master Reading – Study: 34% of kindergartners not ‘ready to read’

| October 2, 2015
Children Struggle To Master Reading – Study: 34% of kindergartners not ‘ready to read’

In Payson, 34 percent of kindergarten children are not prepared to read when they start school, according to statistics from Read On Arizona, a statewide public/private partnership to improve language and literacy for children birth through age 8. Students who don’t get enough stimulation as children lack the basic skills needed to start learning. This happens for a variety of reasons, including parents failing to read or even talk with their children and not attending preschool…

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