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Photo highlights: Kaibab Learning Center holds annual Western Night

| November 20, 2018
Photo highlights: Kaibab Learning Center holds annual Western Night

Kaibab Learning Center held its annual Western Night auction and fundraiser at Big E’s Steakhouse and Saloon Nov. 2. All proceeds from the event go toward’s the center’s operating expenses.

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NAU one of 130 universities to help launch national effort to increase college access, equity, postsecondary attainment

| November 20, 2018
NAU one of 130 universities to help launch national effort to increase college access, equity, postsecondary attainment

Northern Arizona University announced recently that it is participating in a massive new effort with 130 public universities and systems to increase college access, close the achievement gap and award hundreds of thousands more degrees by 2025.

The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), which is organizing the collaborative effort, announced the Powered by Publics: Scaling Student Success at its 131st annual conference in New Orleans.

The participating institutions will work within “clusters” of four to 12 institutions as they concurrently implement innovative and effective practices to advance student success on their campuses. Collectively, the institutions enroll 3 million students, including 1 million students who receive Pell Grants.

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Democrat Hoffman to take over as Arizona Schools Superintendent. See related news here

| November 15, 2018
Democrat Hoffman to take over as Arizona Schools Superintendent. See related news here

Democrat special education teacher and political novice Kathy Hoffman has won the race for Arizona superintendent of public instruction, beating an experienced Republican politician.

Hoffman was declared the winner Monday night as her lead over Frank Riggs grew insurmountable during Arizona’s lengthy vote count.

Hoffman was one of hundreds of current and former educator-activists on general election ballots across the nation following this year’s #RedForEd protests. Demonstrators called for support of higher teacher pay and increased public school funding.

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Arizona schools chief says student safety goes beyond armed officer

| November 15, 2018
Arizona schools chief says student safety goes beyond armed officer

Kathy Hoffman, Arizona’s newly elected superintendent of public instruction, said she believes keeping students safe goes beyond having armed officers present in schools.

Ensuring school safety, according to Hoffman, has as much to do with students’ mental health as their physical health.

“I think that student resource officers have a place in our schools but it shouldn’t be the solution in every school,” Hoffman, who was elected to the position on Monday, told KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Arizona’s Morning News on Wednesday.

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Report: AZ Kids Need Support as They Age Out of Foster Care

| November 15, 2018
Report: AZ Kids Need Support as They Age Out of Foster Care

A study out this week looks at challenges faced by foster children in Arizona and across the country, when they turn 18 and “age out” of the system.

The Annie E. Casey Foundation data found that overall, young people transitioning from foster care are falling behind others in completing high school, finding jobs and acquiring basic life skills.

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Opinion: Whether they meant to or not, voters just cut K-12 funding. See other related election news here

| November 15, 2018
Opinion: Whether they meant to or not, voters just cut K-12 funding. See other related election news here

Voters on (Nov. 6) resoundingly approved Proposition 126, which amends the state Constitution to bar lawmakers (and voters) from imposing any new taxes on services –  things ranging from haircuts to health care, from accountants to attorneys. 

The question now is, how long will it be before they regret it?

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Prop. 305 defeat doesn’t end fight over voucher expansion. See related news here

| November 15, 2018
Prop. 305 defeat doesn’t end fight over voucher expansion. See related news here

More than 1 million voters rejected lawmakers’ attempt to allow every public school student in Arizona to attend private or parochial schools on taxpayer dollars – but the fight isn’t over.

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NAU seeks ABOR approval for Fourth Street purchase. See more education news here

| November 15, 2018
NAU seeks ABOR approval for Fourth Street purchase. See more education news here

Northern Arizona University will submit a plan to purchase a 120-acre parcel of land at 1301 S. Fourth St. to the Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR) for approval Thursday.

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Hopi High students take home awards at state journalism conference

| November 15, 2018
Hopi High students take home awards at state journalism conference

Hopi High School won nine awards at the Arizona Interscholastic Press Association Conference Nov. 6 at Arizona State University in Tempe. 

About 750 students from throughout the state attended the conference. 

Hopi High was the only reservation school to win media awards and was one of the smallest schools represented. 

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You’re in Viking country: Students and city collaborate on new welcome signs. See more education news here

| November 15, 2018
You’re in Viking country: Students and city collaborate on new welcome signs. See more education news here

Visitors to Williams will have no doubt they are entering Viking country when they turn off the interstate.

Williams High School welders recently collaborated with the city of Williams to create three welcome signs that were placed at the entrances to Williams.

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