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How does Arizona’s education impact the economy? Forum to explore question

| October 14, 2015
How does Arizona’s education impact the economy? Forum to explore question

Innovations and solutions to the business-education disconnect will be discussed by Valley sports executive and business leader Jerry Colangelo and other Valley leaders at IMPACT Forum 2015: Innovative Solutions for Students and Employers from 8 to 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 19 at the Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave, Chandler. The event is open to the public.

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School officials to Gov. Ducey: Caution

| October 14, 2015
School officials to Gov. Ducey: Caution

Rural and northern Arizona education officials told members of Gov. Doug Ducey’s Classrooms First Council this past week to not let education reforms hurt local control of effective school programs.

The Classrooms First Council brought the meeting to Prescott as part of its public engagement plan, and during the group’s Thursday afternoon, Oct. 8, meeting heard from education professionals across the state, including several from northern and rural Arizona.

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State education funds still on hold

| October 14, 2015
State education funds still on hold

Arizona schools will have to wait a little longer to get the hundreds of millions of dollars a trial judge says the state owes them.

Without comment, the state Court of Appeals has agreed not to force the state to start making payments while the judges consider a bid by lawmakers to overturn a trial court ruling that they shorted the schools in inflation dollars. That process could take months — or longer — as neither side has filed formal arguments.

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AZ WEEK: Which Plan Will Work to Boost Arizona Education?

| October 14, 2015
AZ WEEK: Which Plan Will Work to Boost Arizona Education?

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas this month released her master plan for improving Arizona’s K-12 education system.

Gov. Doug Ducey and state legislators have released their own distinct education funding plans.

Arizona Week Friday looks the complexities of improving Arizona education from the perspectives of rural communities, academics and state government.

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Attorney General says parents can’t keep kids from tests

| October 14, 2015
Attorney General says parents can’t keep kids from tests

A new legal opinion says Arizona parents don’t have a right to withdraw their children from standardized tests given at public schools.

The opinion issued Friday by Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich says state parental rights laws don’t contain exemptions for testing.

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Flagstaff Unified high schools take the “E” in STEM to new Levels

| October 7, 2015
Flagstaff Unified high schools take the “E” in STEM to new Levels

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) is an integral part of education in every school in Flagstaff Unified School District and at every grade level.

At the high school level both Coconino and Flagstaff High Schools take the engineering in STEM education to an amazing level.

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Coconino County Education Service Agency publishes regional standards based newsletter

| October 7, 2015
Coconino County Education Service Agency publishes regional standards based newsletter

The Coconino County Education Service Agency has published the Fall edition of a new regional standards based newsletter. Please click here: The SCOOP Fall 2015.

This edition examines the role of purpose in education and technology integration. It also provides information that may assist your staff and parents with providing feedback to the standards.

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NPA students spark cereal box change. See more Arizona Daily Sun education stories here

| October 7, 2015
NPA students spark cereal box change. See more Arizona Daily Sun education stories here

When a student brought in a cereal box with a graphic explaining the cause of seasons, a Northland Preparatory Academy seventh grade teacher knew something was not right, and set out to change it.

“It’s a common misconception that seasons are caused when the Earth is closer to the sun, but that isn’t true,” teacher Susan Brown said. “On the cereal box, it is implying that distance causes seasons.”

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Hopi royalty look to be role models. See more Navajo-Hopi Observer education stories here

| October 7, 2015
Hopi royalty look to be role models. See more Navajo-Hopi Observer education stories here

Hopi Jr./Sr. High School royalty was out in full force on Indian Day Sept. 11 in the Bruin gym.

The top royalty includes Miss Hopi High Jeanine Gaseoma, Mr. Hopi High Kaden Mahle, Miss Hopi Junior High Youiwmana Pooyouma and Mr. Hopi Junior High Leland Pooyouma.

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Sinagua cheerleaders perform at the 2015 Special Olympics World Games

| October 7, 2015
Sinagua cheerleaders perform at the 2015 Special Olympics World Games

Sinagua Middle School Special Olympics Cheer Squad made history this summer. They traveled to California to join over 230 cheerleaders in the world’s largest sports and humanitarian event in the year 2015.

The girls were part of the first ever group of cheerleaders to participate in the Special Olympics World Games as an official organized program.

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