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Report card: Williams schools receive letter grades. See more education news here

| October 24, 2018
Report card: Williams schools receive letter grades. See more education news here

After earning a solid B last year, Williams High School slipped a grade and received a C in the recently released Arizona State Board of Education 2018 letter grades for Arizona schools. Williams Elementary-Middle School received a B, the same grade it received last year.

Heritage Elementary School also received a B, after receiving a C last year. Ash Fork Elementary-Middle School received an A, after not receiving a grade last year.

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Grand Canyon School District improves AzMerit grades

| October 24, 2018
Grand Canyon School District improves AzMerit grades

With the ink dried on the latest set of Arizona Department of Education letter grades, Grand Canyon Unified School District is celebrating a jump in grades. Grand Canyon High School climbed from a C to an A, while, Grand Canyon Elementary maintained its B grade.

Among local northern Arizona schools, they’re sitting at the top of the class.

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Page High student invited to prestigous honor band. See other Page area education news here

| October 24, 2018
Page High student invited to prestigous honor band. See other Page area education news here

For the first time in Page history, Antonia Muskat, a student from Page High School, will have the unique opportunity to attend the Western International Band Clinic’s International Honor Band held in Seattle in November. Muskat will be the only music ambassador from Arizona chosen to go to the honor band.

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Arizona ACT scores dip, state ranks near bottom. See more statewide education news here

| October 17, 2018
Arizona ACT scores dip, state ranks near bottom. See more statewide education news here

Arizona high school students graduating in 2018 placed 45th among the 50 states and the District of Columbia in performance on the ACT college-entrance exam. 

The average score of the roughly 45,000 students who took the exam (about 66 percent of the 2018 graduating class) was 19.2 out of 36. The national average was some one-and-a-half points higher, at 20.8.

Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire posted the highest scores, all over 25 points.

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Proposition 305: ESA Program Expansion. See related news here

| October 17, 2018
Proposition 305: ESA Program Expansion. See related news here

In 2011 Arizona lawmakers adopted the Empowerment Scholarship Accounts (ESA) program, commonly known as a school voucher program, which provides state funds to pay for tuition and various educational services offered by private and parochial schools.

Originally, the ESA program gave parents or guardians of students who had disabilities that could not be addressed in public schools the opportunity to turn to private schools, with the state paying part of the bill (amounting to around 90 percent of what it would have spent to send the child to public school). Over the years, the program gradually has been expanded to extend eligibility to students in several other categories, including foster-care children, those residing on American Indian reservations and those attending failing public schools.

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Arizona group says Prop. 126 will hurt education, transporting funding

| October 17, 2018
Arizona group says Prop. 126 will hurt education, transporting funding

A diverse group of opponents is coming out strongly against a ballot measure that would bar the Arizona Legislature from taxing services, saying it will decimate education and transporting funding.

The group pointed to a Wednesday report from the Grand Canyon Institute highlighting what they say are problems with Proposition 126, especially a $250 million hit to the state’s schools starting in 2021 and 33 to 44 percent cuts in regional transportation taxes in Maricopa and Pima counties when they come up for renewal in the next decade.

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One class at time: ‘Dreamers’ find it hard to afford college after court ruling

| October 17, 2018
One class at time: ‘Dreamers’ find it hard to afford college after court ruling

Saray Escobar Gomez dreams of becoming a teacher and is just three courses shy of completing her associate’s degree at Paradise Valley Community College.

However, as a DACA recipient, Gomez said it will take her longer to complete that degree after the Arizona Supreme Court’s April 2018 ruling that DACA recipients – who also are known as Dreamers – are ineligible for in-state tuition, leaving many of them with few options and resources for the school year.

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Arizona Democrats try to ride wave of frustration from #RedForEd to win power at Capitol

| October 17, 2018
Arizona Democrats try to ride wave of frustration from #RedForEd to win power at Capitol

Five months after more than 50,000 teachers and their supporters stormed the Arizona Capitol complex, aftershocks from the #RedForEd protests continue to reverberate in state legislative races.

No campaign between candidates is ever about a single issue, but the red wave has made the 2018 battle for control of the state Legislature as close to a one-issue contest as it gets.

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Twin Arrows Preparing for Travel Center and Education Partnership with Navajo Students. See more education news here

| October 17, 2018
Twin Arrows Preparing for Travel Center and Education Partnership with Navajo Students. See more education news here

The Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise (Navajo Gaming) celebrated a groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 20, to announce its first-class travel center at Twin Arrows Casino. In conjunction with the event, Navajo Gaming launched its first-ever Education Partnership for Navajo college students. Titled “Let’s Build the Business,” the internship program will allow 20 college-aged Navajo interns from a variety of nearby universities and colleges to actively participate in various aspects of business development.

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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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