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Audit finds classroom spending up in AZ, teacher pay below national average. See more state education news here

| March 5, 2019
Audit finds classroom spending up in AZ, teacher pay below national average. See more state education news here

With some new money coming into the system, classroom spending in Arizona has increased for the second year in a row.
New figures Friday from the Auditor General’s Office has 54 cents of every education dollar spent this past school year on instruction. That largely includes salaries and benefits for teachers and aides and instructional supplies like pencils and paper, instructional software, athletics, band and choir.
That compares with 53.8 cents for the prior year and 53.5 cents the year before that.
But Auditor General Lindsey Perry said the instructional share is still 4.6 percentage points below the high point in 2004. And even after adjusting for inflation, total per pupil spending is $177 less now than it was in 2004 and $861 below the high point in 2008 before the Great Recession.

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The shrinking number of special ed teachers adds to schools’ pressures. See more national education news here

| March 5, 2019
The shrinking number of special ed teachers adds to schools’ pressures. See more national education news here

The number of special education teachers nationally has dropped by more than 17 percent over the past decade, a worrisome trend in a career path that has seen chronic shortages for years.

An analysis of federal data by the Education Week Research Center shows that while the number of special education teachers was dropping, the number of students with disabilities ages 6 to 21 declined by only about 1 percent over the same time period. And as a whole, the number of teachers in all fields has gone up slightly over the past decade, as has overall enrollment.

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FALA, Thomas Elementary teachers take top educator honors at 2019 Viola Awards

| March 5, 2019
FALA, Thomas Elementary teachers take top educator honors at 2019 Viola Awards

Rich Krueger of the Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy (FALA) received the Excellence of Science Award during the 2019 Viola Awards, presented March 2 at the High Country Conference Center. Kathy Marron of Thomas Elementary School in Flagstaff received the Excellence in Arts Education Award. 

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Tynkertopia provides safe, welcoming space for students, others to build STEM / STEAM skills

| March 4, 2019
Tynkertopia provides safe, welcoming space for students, others to build STEM / STEAM skills

Those looking for a place to develop their STEM / STEAM skills need look no further than to drop by Tynkertopia on Fourth Street in Flagstaff.Once stepping through the door, students, teachers, parents, artists, crafters, inventors, makers and tynkerers of any age, will find a space where partners work together to share expertise, resources and responsibility for achieving mutual goals, according to founder Dr. Alice Christie.

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First Things First update for March 4 — Deadline extended to March 8 for 2019 Early Childhood Summit

| March 4, 2019
First Things First update for March 4 — Deadline extended to March 8 for 2019 Early Childhood Summit

First Things First is extending the deadline for submitting proposals for breakout sessions to be presented at the 2019 Early Childhood Summit. The extension runs to Friday, March 8, 2019. Please submit your proposal before this final deadline.

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Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence update for March 4 — 2019 Conference Photo Winner

| March 4, 2019
Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence update for March 4 — 2019 Conference Photo Winner

2019 Conference Photo WinnerICAN Positive Programs for YouthThis year we had 50 photo submissions for the 2019 Conference Photo Contest. The 27th Annual School’s Out, Make It Count conference will feature ICAN’s winning photo.

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Expect More Arizona Excellence Tour

| March 4, 2019
Expect More Arizona Excellence Tour

The Expect More Arizona Excellence Tour Spotlights what schools and communities in Arizona are doing today to make progress toward an excellent education for every student, and celebrates the kind of excellence we expect and believe must be available to all students.

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March 11 — Flagstaff Community STEM Celebration to be held at NAU Dome

| March 4, 2019
March 11 — Flagstaff Community STEM Celebration to be held at NAU Dome

The sixth annual Flagstaff Community STEM Celebration will be held on Monday, March 11 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Walkup Skydome located on the Northern Arizona University campus.  The event is a community event supported by various community partners to bring families together for participatory events promoting Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.  There are currently close to 100 participating organizations for this event.

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March 28 — Family-friend FUNraiser for North Country Health Care

| March 4, 2019
March 28 — Family-friend FUNraiser for North Country Health Care

Come put the FUN in FUNdraising! Paint for North Country HealthCare’s Maternal/Child Health Fund, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 28, Creative Spirits, 605 W. Riordan Road, Flagstaff.

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Apollo 16 astronaut will be keynote speaker for 10-day Flagstaff Festival of Science celebration Sept. 20-29. Applications are open to host a program for the festival now or to provide science education outreach to schools throughout the year

| March 4, 2019
Apollo 16 astronaut will be keynote speaker for 10-day Flagstaff Festival of Science celebration Sept. 20-29. Applications are open to host a program for the festival now or to provide science education outreach to schools throughout the year

Coconino Coalition for Children & Youth’s involvement grows with selection of Executive Director Virginia Watahomigie as a Festival board member

Charlie Duke, the 10th and youngest person to ever walk on the moon, will be the W.L Gore & Associates keynote speaker at the opening of the 10-day Flagstaff Festival of Science. Duke, who served as the Apollo 16 lunar module pilot in 1972, trained in Flagstaff with other Apollo astronauts, maneuvering a lunar rover prototype over rough volcanic terrain and in and out of a simulated crater field north of the city.

… CCC&Y, which will once again present its STEAM-themed Early Childhood Fair during the science festival and will take an active part in the festival planning this year with the addition of Executive Director Virginia Watahomigie as a festival board member.

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