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Fredonia Elementary School Christmas Concert

| December 27, 2018
Fredonia Elementary School Christmas Concert

Under the direction of the talented Nancy Guymon, students of Fredonia Elementary School (FES) presented a wonderful Christmas program to the public on the evening of December 17. FES students delighted the packed auditorium with renditions of Christmas classics such as Here Comes Santa Claus, Jingle Bells, and Mary, Did You Know.

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Using the Arizona Education Progress Meter to improve early literacy in Flagstaff. See more education news here

| December 27, 2018
Using the Arizona Education Progress Meter to improve early literacy in Flagstaff. See more education news here

LAUNCH Flagstaff was created to improve educational outcomes for local students. LAUNCH (Learn, Advocate, Unite, Network, Contribute, Help) is working toward improving five key metrics, including: kindergarten readiness, third-grade reading, eighth-grade math, high school graduation and postsecondary attainment. …

LAUNCH is currently focused on tackling early literacy, with an eye toward improving third grade reading levels. To do that, they’ll work to improve literacy in early years, from birth through age eight.

Recently, LAUNCH Flagstaff was awarded Acceleration Zone status by Read On Arizona, which will allow them to closely monitor literacy data and identify strategies for improving reading skills.

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Arizona Fails to Allocate Early Childhood Education Funds Efficiently, Report Finds. See other state education news here

| December 20, 2018
Arizona Fails to Allocate Early Childhood Education Funds Efficiently, Report Finds. See other state education news here

By Candace Manriquez Wrenn • Arizona Public Media  Arizona scored near the bottom in a report ranking how efficiently states distribute money for early childhood education. The Bipartisan Policy Center ranked Arizona 42nd in the nation. The report found that there are just too many agencies in charge of federal dollars and conflicting age and income […]

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Charter school series: History of Arizona charter schools: ‘I don’t think we realized what we’d done’ See related news here

| December 20, 2018
Charter school series: History of Arizona charter schools: ‘I don’t think we realized what we’d done’ See related news here

The Charter Gamble: In this series, we examine how Arizona committed 25 years ago to the then-untested concept of charter schools, and what the program has meant for the state. Today, Part 1, how it all began.

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Opinion — How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation

| December 20, 2018
Opinion — How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation

“Caring for Kids will benefit Child Crisis Arizona and Arizona Helping Hands, two organizations whose mission is helping support foster families in Arizona.”

As business leaders here in Arizona, we have a responsibility to help grow the next generation of leaders. And school-based organizations play a key role. During this holiday season teens are finding ways to serve through a variety of groups.

Student government, National Honor Society and Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) all help tweens and teens look beyond themselves and into the needs of their community. At Canyon State Credit Union, we are deeply involved with FBLA, and this year, their State Service Project is dedicated to a cause close to our hearts, Caring For Kids collection drive.

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Expect More Arizona’s New Community Engagement Manager – 10 Things to Know. See more education news here

| December 20, 2018
Expect More Arizona’s New Community Engagement Manager – 10 Things to Know. See more education news here

At Expect More Arizona, our relationships with partners in communities throughout the state are essential to ensuring the diverse needs and voices within education are represented in our work. Our Community Engagement Managers play a critical role in building those relationships by serving as the primary representative of Expect More Arizona in all corners of Arizona.

We would like to take a moment to introduce Liz Salazar as our new Community Engagement Manager for Central Arizona. Liz is new to the role but not the organization, having served as the Executive Assistant & Operations Coordinator for over two years.

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Electrical apprenticeship wins exemplary program award. See more education news here

| December 20, 2018
Electrical apprenticeship wins exemplary program award. See more education news here

Ten years after it was established, the Northern Arizona Electrical Contractors Association (NAECA) has been awarded the Exemplary Program Award by the Arizona Department of Economic Security’s Apprenticeship Advisory Committee in the construction category. A recent graduate of the program, Ricardo Baca Jr., was also named one of Arizona’s 2018 Outstanding Apprentices.

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Challenges to law could redefine Native American foster care, adoption. See more education news here

| December 20, 2018
Challenges to law could redefine Native American foster care, adoption. See more education news here

Gilbert resident Mimi Condon calls the struggle to make her oldest son part of her family her “39-month labor.”

That’s how long it took to adopt David because he’s a Native American and the Condons are not — which meant the 40-year-old Indian Child Welfare Act came into play during the adoption, adding layers of complexity to the process.

The Condons did not set out to adopt Native American children, but three of their four adopted kids — David, now 11, Tommy, 7, and Isaac, 4 — are Native American. Condon tries to keep them connected to their roots, but said she adopted the boys to get them out of foster care and into a loving home.

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Retired couple donates scholarship to district in honor of late Sen. McCain

| December 20, 2018
Retired couple donates scholarship to district in honor of late Sen. McCain

On Tuesday, Dec. 11, Sedona-Oak Creek School District Superintendent Dennis Dearden accepted a large donation on behalf of the newly-founded Sedona Education Foundation — $20,000 from one retired couple.

William and Cheryl Geffon, New York transplants to Sedona, presented the inaugural seed of their philanthropic vision for education — the John McCain Memorial Scholarship.

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Photo highlights: Students spread cheer at annual holiday concert. See more education news here

| December 20, 2018
Photo highlights: Students spread cheer at annual holiday concert. See more education news here

Williams Unified School District band and choir members perform at the holiday concert Dec. 5.

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