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Superintendent announces members of group to de-regulate education

| June 24, 2015
Superintendent announces members of group to de-regulate education

By Charles Tack • Arizona Department of Education • Arizona Education News Service On (June 18), the members of the Title 15 Working Group (Working Group) were announced. Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas sought the creation of an annual independent group to propose legislative changes to reduce unnecessary burdens and outdated statutory provisions affecting Arizona’s public […]

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‘We Are Listening Tour’ comes to Northern Arizona

| June 17, 2015
‘We Are Listening Tour’ comes to Northern Arizona

Arizona Superintendent of Education Diane Douglas and other officials had the opportunity to learn first-hand about the challenges and opportunities facing education in Northern Arizona when the “We Are Listening Tour” arrived on June 13 at Coconino High School.

A crowd of about 50 parents, teachers, school administrators and members of the public came out early on Saturday morning for the presentation.

Sitting on the panel with Douglas were Rep. Bob Thorp (R-District 6) and Carol Lippert, associate superintendent of the AZ ASCD (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development).

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Nationally-proven strategies in use to turn around AZ graduation rate

| June 17, 2015
Nationally-proven strategies in use to turn around AZ graduation rate

By Lisa Irish • Arizona Education News Service Arizona school districts and nonprofit organizations are using nationally proven strategies and innovative practices in their efforts to turnaround a high school graduation rate that has declined in Arizona for three years in a row, notably among low-income and minority students, who a majority of the state’s […]

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Seven Tuba City High students are awarded Gates Millenium Scholarships

| June 17, 2015
Seven Tuba City High students are awarded Gates Millenium Scholarships

By Rosanda Suetopka • Navajo-Hopi Observer TUBA CITY, Ariz. – Nationwide, 1,000 students are awarded Gates Millenium Scholarships each year. Tuba City High School students earned seven of those this year. Tristan Begay, Joshua Anderson, Adrian Sixkiller, Chad Barlow, Alonzon Wauneka, Thomasina Dinehdeal and Tressica Johnson are recipients of the coveted Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation scholarship, […]

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Tribes eye plan for flexibility under No Child Left Behind

| June 17, 2015
Tribes eye plan for flexibility under No Child Left Behind

By Aubrey Rumore • Cronkite News • Navajo-Hopi Observer WASHINGTON – The way Navajo Nation Council Delegate Lee Jack Sr. sees it, “God gave us different ways to speak, God gave us different ways to live.” It stands to reason, then, that we should have different ways to teach, he said. “The Native kids need […]

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Williams Elementary KinderCamp kicks off summer learning program

| June 17, 2015
Williams Elementary KinderCamp kicks off summer learning program

By Wendy Howell • Williams News WILLIAMS, Ariz. – Coconino County Public Health Employee Sharon Stifling hands out strawberry seeds, cups and soil to a legion of four and five-year olds. Seeds need soil, water and light. The four and five-year-old students aren’t kindergarteners yet. They’re part of KinderCamp, a program designed to help students […]

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AZ WEEK: Will Ducey’s Funding Plan Raise Arizona Education?

| June 17, 2015
AZ WEEK: Will Ducey’s Funding Plan Raise Arizona Education?

By Arizona Public Media Arizona Week Friday analyzes Gov. Doug Ducey’s plan to infuse Arizona K-12 education with $1.8 billion in the next five years from the State Land Trust Fund. It would break down to an additional $300 per student. In recent years, local schools, even high performing ones, have said shrinking state funding makes […]

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Your Questions Answered about the Governor’s Education Funding Proposal

| June 17, 2015
Your Questions Answered about the Governor’s Education Funding Proposal

By Expect More Arizona Governor Ducey recently proposed to increase funding to K-12 education by increasing the money from the State Land Trust that goes to public district and charter schools. Here are some of the top questions we’re hearing about the proposal. Let us know in the comments section if you have other questions you’d […]

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Recession, Politics and Policy Stretch Arizona School Budgets

| June 17, 2015
Recession, Politics and Policy Stretch Arizona School Budgets

By Fernanda Santos and Motoko Rich • The New York Times PHOENIX — In the rural Saddle Mountain Unified School District 50 miles west of Phoenix, three new libraries have been locked since last year. In a neighboring county, an elementary school closed last month because there was no money to keep it open, even […]

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Opinion: Solving Latino achievement gap critical for Arizona’s future

| June 17, 2015
Opinion: Solving Latino achievement gap critical for Arizona’s future

By Lea Marquez Peterson and Eileen Klein • Special to the Arizona Daily Star Hispanic students today represent nearly 42 percent of total enrollment in our K-12 system. By 2035, the U.S. Census estimates that a majority of Arizona will be Hispanic. Yet Hispanic students are less likely than the general population to enroll in […]

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