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Superintendent’s Report: Argument for early childhood education

| September 20, 2017
Superintendent’s Report: Argument for early childhood education

In the world of education, early childhood education (ECE) is a hot topic that many people are discussing. ECE serves children ages 3 and 4 with the goal of improving children’s cognitive and behavioral development. Ninety percent of a child’s brain develops by the age of 5 and the belief is that ECE provides the boost to prepare children to be better learners in the future.

Quality ECE programs are required to focus on reading and number skills, cognitive development and motor skills. Programs can also supplement instruction with recreation, meals, health care, parent education and social services.

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Gov. Ducey gets word of his opponents’ school-voucher referendum win

| September 13, 2017
Gov. Ducey gets word of his opponents’ school-voucher referendum win

Gov. Doug Ducey was notified (Sept. 8) that foes of his school-voucher expansion law had qualified their referendum for the November 2018 ballot, where they will seek to undo the expansion. 

The state elections director announced the news on Twitter, and through an email to Beth Lewis, chairwoman of Save Our Schools Arizona. That group, a coalition of parents and public-school advocates, seeks to undo legislation that made all public school kids eligible for the school-voucher program, capping it at 30,000 by 2022.

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Donations fill school district gaps: Prescott Unified leaders grateful for donations as lean budgets continue to be Arizona’s educational legacy. More education stories here

| July 26, 2017
Donations fill school district gaps: Prescott Unified leaders grateful for donations as lean budgets continue to be Arizona’s educational legacy. More education stories here

The only way Prescott High School will have a full-time school resource officer on its campus next year is if a community benefactor opts to cover the cost of the contract that is about $83,000 for the year.

Prescott Unified Schools Superintendent Joe Howard would love to have someone save that position because he knows it is needed. He commends the city of Prescott for picking up the expense for more than a dozen years.

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New grant helps Discovery Gardens Preschool grow

| July 12, 2017
New grant helps Discovery Gardens Preschool grow

Prescott Unified School District’s Discovery Gardens Preschool was recently awarded a $143,000 grant by the Arizona Department of Education. This grant will help the District’s Quality First accredited preschool grow by 30 more four-year-old students this coming school year.

According to Discovery Gardens’ Director, Stacy Williams, the grant helps pay for staff and supplies to provide free preschool to qualifying students.

“We are thrilled to have been awarded this funding and provide quality preschool for more students,” said Williams.

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‘Talk, talk, talk’ is key to avoiding summer ‘brain drain.’ Please see related stories

| June 14, 2017
‘Talk, talk, talk’ is key to avoiding summer ‘brain drain.’ Please see related stories

Summertime is synonymous with fun — no homework, no tests, no essays and no math formulas.

Such fun, though, can prompt what some educational professionals refer to as the “summer brain drain,” a true phenomenon statistics suggest can lead students to forget as much as 20 percent of what they learned during the prior school year.

“People don’t realize how important the summer months are,” said Denise Murphy, the early literacy coordinator for Arizona Reads Now, a program of the Yavapai County Educational Service Agency.

So how do families combat this syndrome? 

With the same fun that children crave on their summer vacations, Murphy sand fellow educators said.

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Prescott ranked by national education magazine in top 100 best places for teachers to live

| June 14, 2017
Prescott ranked by national education magazine in top 100 best places for teachers to live

Prescott Unified School District has been ranked by a national educational magazine as one of the top 100 cities where teachers want to live.

Despite the state earning the lowest ranking on teacher salaries in the nation, Prescott is the one city in Arizona reported by Education Week. It is the 82nd most desirable place in the nation for a teacher to reside. The data analysis collected by GoodCall takes into account such things as crime, demographics, educational backgrounds of residents, and natural amenities.

Prescott was just one of 10 cities in the West to be highlighted.

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Prescott Unified’s Joe Howard tapped top superintendent

| May 10, 2017
Prescott Unified’s Joe Howard tapped top superintendent

Arizona School Administrators has selected Prescott Unified School District Superintendent Joe Howard to honor with its Distinguished Administrator award in its superintendent division.

The association will honor Howard with the award at its Summer Conference Awards Luncheon in Tucson on Monday, June 12.

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Dyslexia bill, Arizona schools await Gov. Ducey’s signature

| April 26, 2017
Dyslexia bill, Arizona schools await Gov. Ducey’s signature

PHOENIX — Arizona is on the verge of requiring schools to do more to identify students with dyslexia and giving them the guidelines for how to deal with them.

The Senate on Monday gave final unanimous approval to legislation allowing the state Board of Education to create a handbook for for schools. That already appears to be accomplished, with Rep. Jill Norgaard, R-Phoenix, telling board members earlier in the day one has been prepared and is ready for adoption. But the potentially more significant part of HB2202, which now goes to the governor is redefining dyslexia in a way Norgaard said more accurately reflects the condition. She said that by itself should help students get identified earlier and get them the help they need before they fall behind.

Norgaard said Arizona will be the 15th state in the nation to create such a handbook.

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The top 3 issues facing Arizona in 2017: Local legislators share their views

| January 4, 2017
The top 3 issues facing Arizona in 2017: Local legislators share their views

State Sen. Karen Fann and Representatives Noel Campbell and David Stringer offer their thoughts on what top three issues Arizona is facing. …

Sen. Karen Fann … Education. We were fortunate in passing Prop 123 to get immediate funding into our education system. But this was only a first step. We need to come up with a permanent funding source for all education including public, charter, private, full-day kindergarten, higher ed and JTED training.

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Column: Understanding how your vote impacts education

| November 2, 2016
Column: Understanding how your vote impacts education

You may not be volunteering in local classrooms or sending your kids on the bus every morning, but you can still have a big impact on education. Here are the five most important ways that your ballot has the potential to change the education landscape at your neighborhood school and all over Arizona.

Election of school district board members: Within your school district, governing board members have a number of important responsibilities, including: hiring the district superintendent, determining salaries for faculty and staff, setting disciplinary policies, and managing district budgets and property. Members of this board are also tasked with selecting the curriculum that will be used in their schools (this specifies how educators teach the state-determined standards).

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