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Departing Prescott school board member, veteran educator’s legacy one of championing the best for children

| July 18, 2018
Departing Prescott school board member, veteran educator’s legacy one of championing the best for children

Vivacious, creative and inquisitive, veteran Prescott Unified School District Governing Board member Maureen Erickson is a firm believer the recipe for all children’s success correlates with a menu of choices.

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PUSD superintendent earns high marks

| June 27, 2018
PUSD superintendent earns high marks

Prescott Unified School District Superintendent Joe Howard is heading into his third year as this city’s top educator — and he is just as enthusiastic as ever about living the motto, “Every Child, Every Day.”

The PUSD Governing Board on (June 26) night delivered Howard his official evaluation, one conducted in an almost hourlong, closed-door session. No public document was issued as a result of the session.

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Superintendent’s report: Summer school offers robust criteria. More education news here

| June 13, 2018
Superintendent’s report: Summer school offers robust criteria. More education news here

Welcome to another summer in beautiful Prescott Arizona! While this is a wonderful time for teachers and students to get away, or to have a nice staycation in our beautiful town, the Prescott Schools stay plenty busy with summer school and planning for the year to come. 

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Student-on-Student Hazing: Prescott-area high schools won’t tolerate maltreatment:: Student-Athlete Conduct. See more education news here

| June 5, 2018
Student-on-Student Hazing: Prescott-area high schools won’t tolerate maltreatment:: Student-Athlete Conduct. See more education news here

f you’re a parent and your teenager is enrolled at Prescott, Bradshaw Mountain or Chino Valley high school, student-on-student hazing should be on your radar.

In late April, the Yavapai County Attorney’s Office chose not to file criminal charges against two Mingus Union High School student-athletes in Cottonwood over a sexually related hazing on a team bus.

However, the Mingus Union School District Board suspended the two student-athletes 180 days for their participation in the March incident.

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Prescott High senior finds time for church, nursing home job and fun as graduation approaches

| February 14, 2018
Prescott High senior finds time for church, nursing home job and fun as graduation approaches

Elena Aragon is a Prescott High School senior who thrives on a crowded schedule.

“I’m an expert at juggling a lot of things,” she said on a recent afternoon as she prepared to teach a weekly first-communion class for Spanish-speaking students.

Although her schedule is full, she doesn’t complain.

In her second semester as a high school senior, she is taking a full load of college-level courses and involved in lots of senior activities and attending college-preparatory events. She is also a regular at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, busy there two or three days a week with various ministries, including teaching a first-communion class to Spanish-speaking students, serving as a Eucharistic lay minister and in charge of the altar servers.

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Charter impact: Film highlights how private schools affect public. See related stories

| February 7, 2018
Charter impact: Film highlights how private schools affect public. See related stories

The schools featured in the documentary, “Backpack Full of Cash” — shown Monday, Feb. 5, at Prescott Mile High Middle School — were mainly in Philadelphia and New Jersey. But the film seemed to warn the hundreds who attended the showing locally of the effects that can result to public district schools from state funding of charter and private schools.

About 350 people viewed the film locally, shown by the Prescott Education Advocacy Council (PEAC).

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PUSD to undergo district-wide accreditation process next month

| January 17, 2018
PUSD to undergo district-wide accreditation process next month

Prescott Unified School District will have some special guests touring its schools next month.

The six visitors are national educational professionals who will be chatting with teachers, administrators, parents and students about everything from what they think about the food in the cafeteria to the protocols for college placement courses and teaching little ones to read.

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Charter advocates hail need of educational choice. See related stories here

| January 10, 2018
Charter advocates hail need of educational choice. See related stories here

Some recent state and national criticism of charter schools is deemed by charter leaders and advocates to be an unfair portrayal of an educational choice many families are eager to obtain.

They are adamant their financial and admission practices are well within the law, and records of academic success are not mere boasts.

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New reports criticize Arizona’s charter schools

| January 3, 2018
New reports criticize Arizona’s charter schools

Editor’s Note: This is a three-story package that reviews the history of charter schools in this state and region, and offers district and charter leaders views on how this is impacting education in our areas. The Grand Canyon Institute and American Civil Liberties Union-Arizona have recently released reports that suggest reform is necessary to assure that charters and districts are held to similar financial and admission criteria.

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Column: Give one of these 10 gifts to education, youth

| December 27, 2017
Column: Give one of these 10 gifts to education, youth

… I wish a present for every Arizona, Yavapai County, and Prescott-area student-age child at least one of the following gifts — which our leaders, politicians, administrators, teachers, parents, and neighbors must deliver. This is adapted from a recent essay, “Ten Perfect Gifts,” by Dick Foreman, president and CEO of the Arizona Business and Education Coalition.

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