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Most kids don’t do drugs, but half have witnessed violence

| December 12, 2018
Most kids don’t do drugs, but half have witnessed violence

Worried about the kids?

Well, we’ve got good news and we’ve got bad news.

The overwhelming majority of teenagers in Arizona don’t smoke cigarettes, drink alcohol or use marijuana. …

Now the bad news.

An awful lot of kids are still doing things that can derail their lives and lead to years of trouble down the road. On the whole, Arizona kids have slightly more risk factors than kids nationally.

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CollegeAmerica campuses in Phoenix and Flagstaff placed on probation

| December 12, 2018
CollegeAmerica campuses in Phoenix and Flagstaff placed on probation

CollegeAmerica campuses in Phoenix and Flagstaff are on probation with their accrediting body because the schools focused more on adding students than on providing a quality education, the accreditor said.

The schools focus on career education, with programs in health care, business, technology and graphic arts.

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Cigarette use by Arizona youth on the decline as e-cigarette use surges

| December 12, 2018
Cigarette use by Arizona youth on the decline as e-cigarette use surges

Cigarette smoking by Arizona youth is on the decline, but the number of middle- and high-school students using e-cigarettes has increased at an alarming rate over the past two years, according to a newly released report.

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Pulling no punches: 14-year-old girl aspires to be first Navajo boxer to win Olympics

| December 12, 2018
Pulling no punches: 14-year-old girl aspires to be first Navajo boxer to win Olympics

Even with modern technology, it’s nearly impossible to find the homemade boxing gym identified by a tattered wooden sign that reads, “Damon-Bahe Boxing Gym.” …

The modest gym, which was built on a patch of land once dedicated to raising goats, now is dedicated to the Olympic-size dreams of a 14-year-old Navajo girl, Mariah Bahe.

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Loven Contracting creates scholarship for CCC construction students

| December 12, 2018
Loven Contracting creates scholarship for CCC construction students

Flagstaff-based Loven Contracting has established a $2,000 scholarship at Coconino Community College for students studying the construction trades.

“We at Loven Contracting are passionate supporters of Coconino Community College’s mission to provide accessible and innovative educational opportunities within our community, and we are proud to sponsor the Building Relationships Scholarship in the field of Construction Technology,” said Michael Loven, President of Loven Contracting. “This is an exciting time in our industry, and we are eager to support a hard-working student’s efforts to successfully complete a program and begin a career.”

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Basis high school students teach fitness to second graders. See more education news here

| December 12, 2018
Basis high school students teach fitness to second graders. See more education news here

Basis Flagstaff physical education teacher Marty Heilman believes the best way to learn something is to teach it.

When his high school students were scheduled to share the school’s gymnasium with a class of second graders, he started a new functional fitness program where, after learning new techniques in their own class, his students teach the second graders as a way to increase solidarity among the school’s students, create better leaders and make fitness fun.

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Coconuts announce results of 11th annual Flagstaff FIRST Lego League Tournament

| December 11, 2018
Coconuts announce results of 11th annual Flagstaff FIRST Lego League Tournament

The Coconino High School “CocoNuts” FIRST Robotics Team hosted its 11th annual Flagstaff FIRST Lego League Tournament on Dec. 8. Twenty-three teams of fourth through eighth graders from all over Northern Arizona competed in this year’s game “Into Orbit.” The “Into Orbit” game challenged teams to examine problems humans might encounter during long-term space flight.

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Arizona Lags Behind In Higher Education

| December 5, 2018
Arizona Lags Behind In Higher Education

Over the course of the Great Recession, funding for Arizona’s state universities was cut dramatically by the legislature. And Arizona is behind many other states when it comes to residents who have some kind of post-high school degree or certificate.

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Need help filing the FAFSA? Here’s where you can get it

| December 5, 2018
Need help filing the FAFSA? Here’s where you can get it

Filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine financial aid eligibility for colleges and vocational schools can be a challenge for high school seniors and their parents.

To make it easier, high schools, community organizations and postsecondary schools around the state offer College Goal FAF$A workshops that have helped more than 55,000 students and their families complete the critically important application in the past 10 years, thanks to help from the Arizona Commission on Postsecondary Education.

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Arizona’s New Schools Superintendent on Challenges to Education Policy Change

| December 5, 2018
Arizona’s New Schools Superintendent on Challenges to Education Policy Change

For the first time in more than two decades, Arizonans elected a Democrat to the role of Superintendent of Public Instruction. Kathy Hoffman won a tight race against Republican Frank Riggs. Hoffman discussed some of her top priorities, how she plans to work across the aisle and some of the challenges she foresees.

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