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Pay raise puts slight dent in Arizona teacher shortage

| September 9, 2018
Pay raise puts slight dent in Arizona teacher shortage

The new report by the Arizona School Personnel Administrators Association found that the 178 school districts and charter schools who responded to the survey reported they needed to fill 6,227 slots this school year.

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#RedforEd supporters continue fight after #InvestinEd pulled from ballot. See related news

| September 5, 2018
#RedforEd supporters continue fight after #InvestinEd pulled from ballot. See related news

Following an order from the Arizona Supreme Court, the #InvestinEd initiative will not be on voters’ ballots come November.

Invest in Ed, also known as Proposition 207, planned to raise the income tax rate on couples making more than $500,000 or individual people making more than $250,000.

Supporters of the initiative said the tax would’ve created $690 million for school funding annually, while opponents said the tax would hurt the state’s economy.

Ultimately, the initiative was removed from the November ballot because there were concerns the wording of the description of Prop 207 would create confusion among voters.

#RedforEd supporters and advocates say even with Invest in Ed off the ballot, they’re not done fighting for what they feel is right. In fact, some say that the initiative being taken off the ballot has only fueled their motivation more.

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FBI warns posting fake school threats & hoaxes can lead to arrest, prison time

| September 5, 2018
FBI warns posting fake school threats & hoaxes can lead to arrest, prison time

“Think before you post.”

That’s the message from the FBI to anyone thinking about posting fake school threats or hoaxes in public forums.

Law enforcement, prosecutors, and educators are joining together to educate the public about the consequences of posting hoaxes.

In recent months, the FBI and law enforcement around the country have investigated a number of hoax threats of targeted violence against schools and other public places.

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Arizona education expansion fund looks to bolster underserved schools

| September 5, 2018
Arizona education expansion fund looks to bolster underserved schools

The Arizona Chamber Foundation’s A for Arizona project has launched what it calls a first-of-its kind statewide expansion fund.

Emily Anne Gullickson, the executive director of A for Arizona, said the campaign to aid Arizona schools contains a $1 million matching grant from the Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation.

“We’re very excited about what this fund can do to sort of spark innovation and help us to move more rapidly to serving more kids in great schools now,” Gullickson said.

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CCC students get 4-1-1 on resources

| September 5, 2018
CCC students get 4-1-1 on resources

Starting college for the first time, or returning to college after a long break can be a daunting prospect for students.

Coconino Community College helps to relieve some of that anxiety by getting students familiar with the resources available to them to help them be successful in their educational goals. On Wednesday, Aug. 29, CCC held a Resource Fair at the Lone Tree Campus.

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LAUNCH Flagstaff update for September

| September 5, 2018
LAUNCH Flagstaff update for September

Summer 2018 has drawn to an “official” close so this is a wonderful opportunity to recap the work the partners of LAUNCH have accomplished during the summer break.  I’ve recapped some of those highlight below.

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Flagstaff schools receive donations from public. See more education news here

| September 5, 2018
Flagstaff schools receive donations from public. See more education news here

The fifth year of the FUSD Teacher Supply Drive continued to show the community’s spirit of giving.

Before the drive, teachers were spending their own money on supplies for students whose families couldn’t afford them, said Flagstaff Unified School District Spokesperson Karin Eberhard.

All 15 schools in the district received an 18-by-18-by-24-inch cardboard box overflowing with items including pens, pencils, copy paper, glue sticks and more.

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Hopi High principal rallies parents to stand behind students

| September 5, 2018
Hopi High principal rallies parents to stand behind students

Hopi High School Principal Lynn Fredericks told parents during an open house Aug. 14 that they are VIPs: Very Important People and Very Important Parents.

“This is your school,” she said.

Fredericks spoke about how Hopi High School was built for the purpose of providing a safe and healthy learning environment to the students in this community.

Fredericks said she would like to see more parent involvement and hear ideas from them about how the school could be improved.

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Safety in the halls: Student resource officer begins at WUSD

| September 5, 2018
Safety in the halls: Student resource officer begins at WUSD

Students at Williams High School and Williams Elementary-Middle School will be seeing a familiar face roaming the halls and walking the school grounds this week as Officer Dwaine Simpson steps into a new position as the student resource officer for the school district.

Simpson, who has been a patrol officer with the Williams Police Department for 11 years, accepted the position this fall and recently returned from training that certifies him for the position.

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Grand Canyon students mentored by jazz greats at annual School of Rock

| September 5, 2018
Grand Canyon students mentored by jazz greats at annual School of Rock

Sixteen Grand Canyon students came together as a band Aug. 30 after working with Robert Bonfiglio, Joe Deninzon, Stephen Benson and John Vail. After practicing together after school for three days, the students performed at the Grand Canyon Music Festival.

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