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FUSD to present ‘Keeping Children Safe Online’ on Oct. 22. See more education news here

| October 17, 2018
FUSD to present ‘Keeping Children Safe Online’ on Oct. 22. See more education news here

“Keeping Children Safe Online,” a FREE parent presentation offered by the Flagstaff Unified School District in partnership with the Arizona Attorney General’s Community Outreach and Education Division, will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22 at Coconino High School, 2801 N. Izabel St., Flagstaff.

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Faculty and President Cheng butt heads over faculty governance

| October 17, 2018
Faculty and President Cheng butt heads over faculty governance

Shared governance of Northern Arizona University was once again the topic of conversation at a full faculty meeting Monday, at which president Rita Cheng spoke.

The forum was hosted and organized by the faculty senate and senate president Gioia Woods said it was, in part, a response to a feeling of dissatisfaction from many faculty on the direction of the university.

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Sacred Native Fashion Show wows crowd from the runway. See more education news here

| October 17, 2018
Sacred Native Fashion Show wows crowd from the runway. See more education news here

The Sacred Native Fashion Show celebrated a successful 10th anniversary runway at the Explore Navajo Museum in Tuba City. 

In perfect weather in the front of the museum, a celebrity-filled guest list, over 400 guests in attendance and crowds of passersby enjoying the show, the event proved to be not only a success but an overall milestone in fashion history.

The show’s producer and fellow artist, Troi Whitethorne, has been arranging the show since 2008 when the museum needed an attraction during the fair. It was not known then how the small show would cause a riot of inspiration in Native American fashion — a type of re-imagining of cultural representation. 

Not since the 1970s when the Phoenix Indian School hosted shows for students in the boarding school did Native American fashion get such a reception to celebrate indigenous heritage. 

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Williams High School senior spotlight: Cisco Paredes. See more education news here

| October 17, 2018
Williams High School senior spotlight: Cisco Paredes. See more education news here

Cisco Paredes Jr. has played one year of football at Williams High School. He plays kicker and defensive end and sometimes center.

Cisco recently moved to Williams from New Mexico and this is his first year at the high school.

He said he likes Williams better than New Mexico because the weather isn’t as hot.

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Northern Arizona College Night to be held at Flagstaff High School on Oct. 25

| October 9, 2018
Northern Arizona College Night to be held at Flagstaff High School on Oct. 25

Flagstaff High School will once again present the Northern Arizona Region College Night from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25 at the FHS Commons.

This is the 14th year for this informative event that is open to the entire Northern Arizona area and all grade levels.

Learn about the various post-secondary options available, including 4-year, 2-year, trade school, military, scholarships and financial aid.

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Arizona seeks to increase number of students filling out FAFSA

| October 9, 2018
Arizona seeks to increase number of students filling out FAFSA

It would seem a no-brainer for any Arizona students who needs a college scholarship to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which streamlines the process of applying for almost any scholarship.

However, fewer than half do.

The FAFSA has become the almost universally used application that helps schools and the government determine if a student qualifies for a Pell Grant, a loan or scholarships.

The application process launches Oct. 1 every year.

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New school letter grades: How is your school rated? See related news here

| October 9, 2018
New school letter grades: How is your school rated? See related news here

Arizona’s State Board of Education released 2017-18 letter grades today, with more schools receiving both “A” and “F” grades than last year. 

The letter grades, using data from the last school year, are preliminary. …

Here’s the breakdown of grades assigned to Arizona schools, according to an analysis by The Arizona Republic of the data: 

According to the state board’s definitions, “D” schools are deemed minimally performing while “F” schools are considered failing. Arizona law requires school boards of districts with ‘D’ and ‘F’ schools to develop improvement plans. Seventy-one schools were not graded.

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Commentary: With 8 Clear Goals and a Public Progress Meter, Arizona Is Improving Education for All the State’s Students

| October 9, 2018
Commentary: With 8 Clear Goals and a Public Progress Meter, Arizona Is Improving Education for All the State’s Students

In a state that ranks near the bottom in teacher pay, with thousands of vacant teaching positions, dwindling enrollment in teacher training programs, lagging test scores, and a stubborn achievement gap, it can be hard to envision how to move forward. …

To that end, Expect More Arizona and the Center for the Future of Arizonalaunched the Arizona Education Progress Meter in 2016 to serve as a nonpartisan, shared source of information and to provide a guidepost for the future.

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Poll Shows That Proposition 305 Confuses Voters. See related stories here

| October 9, 2018
Poll Shows That Proposition 305 Confuses Voters. See related stories here

A new Suffolk University/Arizona Republic poll shows that the ballot language of Proposition 305 has led to a great deal of confusion among Arizona voters. With the proposition to help decide the state’s future in the expanded universal voucher program, the confusion would result in the November election’s outcome being affected. 

41 percent of the poll’s 500 registered voters were in support of expanding the voucher program that provides public money to parents in order to send their children to private school. 32 percent were opposed and 27 percent remain undecided on the subject.

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After Arizona’s #RedForEd protests, teachers in drive to win offices across U.S. See related story here

| October 9, 2018
After Arizona’s #RedForEd protests, teachers in drive to win offices across U.S. See related story here

Last September, school speech therapist Kathy Hoffman was settling into the new academic year, working with youngsters in her small classroom behind a playground at Sahuaro Ranch Elementary School in a blue-collar neighborhood outside Phoenix.

This year, the political novice is gone from her classroom and on the campaign trail across Arizona full time as the Democrats’ choice in the race to become superintendent of public education, overseeing the state’s schools.

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