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Parents Groups Fighting for More Education Funding

| February 26, 2016
Parents Groups Fighting for More Education Funding

Public education advocates are increasingly forming parent and community groups to push for more state funding for public education in Arizona.

That comes in the face of what one advocate said have been $3 billion cut from public education funding since the recession in 2008, and with no sign that the Republican-controlled Legislature or Republican Gov. Doug Ducey have any intentions of restoring it.

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Marshall Elementary celebrates 29th Annual Science Fair

| February 24, 2016
Marshall Elementary celebrates 29th Annual Science Fair

Marshall’s teachers, parents, students and 25 community judges/interviewers were blown away by the 232 experiments and 17 demonstrations entered into Marshall’s 29th Annual Science Fair this week!

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Hickman to resign as FUSD superintendent. See more Arizona Daily Sun education stories here

| February 24, 2016
Hickman to resign as FUSD superintendent. See more Arizona Daily Sun education stories here

Flagstaff Unified School District officials announced Tuesday night that district superintendent Barbara Hickman will leave her position in FUSD to accept a job at the Colorado Department of Education.

In a press release from the Colorado Department of Education, officials announced Hickman will be the department’s new associate commissioner for quality instruction and leadership beginning March 7.

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New children’s books from Salina Bookshelf focus on Hopi corn and toys

| February 24, 2016
New children’s books from Salina Bookshelf focus on Hopi corn and toys

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Salina Bookshelf recently published two new multi-cultural children’s books focused on Hopi themes.

Both “Celebrate my Hopi Corn” and “Celebrate my Hopi Toys” are examples of cross cultural, collaborative efforts between a Native author, Native illustrator and non-Native publishing house to foster a better understanding of Hopi tribal culture and Hopi tribal language while emphasizing the tribal cultural and language difference importance for readers of all ages.

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Williams School District considers random drug testing policy for students participating in athletics and other extracurricular activities. See other Williams News education stories here

| February 24, 2016
Williams School District considers random drug testing policy for students participating in athletics and other extracurricular activities. See other Williams News education stories here

WILLIAMS, Ariz. – The Williams Unified School District governing board is considering a random drug-testing program for high school students. Athletic Director Phillip Echeverria and Superintendent Rick Honsinger outlined how such a program might work Feb. 20.

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Grand Canyon School marching bands heading to Hollywood, seeking community support

| February 24, 2016
Grand Canyon School marching bands heading to Hollywood, seeking community support

For the last four years Grand Canyon School’s Middle and High School bands have done everything from passing around a broken drum for donations to selling band gear in order to make performing at an out of state venue a reality.

As long as they can raise enough money, on April 29 the crescendo of the Grand Canyon School’s marching bands will be heard by hundreds of people as they perform at Universal Studios in Hollywood, California.

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Arizona lawmakers delay debate on bill to take $200M annually from K-12 schools

| February 24, 2016
Arizona lawmakers delay debate on bill to take $200M annually from K-12 schools

PHOENIX — The House has delayed debate on a measure that would take more than $200 million a year from school districts that receive funding to provide an equal opportunity education to minority students.

The proposal by Rep. Vince Leach of Tucson would dismantle desegregation funding for 18 school districts over five to 10 years.

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Coconino and Flagstaff CyberPatriot team advances to next round

| February 24, 2016
Coconino and Flagstaff CyberPatriot team advances to next round

A team from Coconino High School’s JROTC Program, comprised of students from both Coconino and Flagstaff High Schools, in Flagstaff, AZ recently concluded an exceptional round of competition in the eighth season of CyberPatriot – the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition.

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