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How unfunded mandates strain schools’ budgets. See more state education news here

| March 12, 2019
How unfunded mandates strain schools’ budgets. See more state education news here

What do lawmakers’ bills to require students be tested for dyslexia and receive school vision and hearing screenings have in common?

They’re unfunded mandates, which means there are no funding sources in these bills to provide the services they require.

“It could be the best mandate in the whole world, and it doesn’t change the fact that if it’s not funded, then districts have to take money away from programs and services that students are already getting,” said Chuck Essigs, director of governmental relations for Arizona Association of School Business Officials.

Since Arizona remains 48th in the nation in public education spending, unfunded mandates have a significant impact on public schools’ budgets, Essigs said.

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Schools are getting more police but at the expense of counselors, report finds. See more national education news here

| March 12, 2019
Schools are getting more police but at the expense of counselors, report finds. See more national education news here

Fourteen million students attend schools across the U.S. where they walk the halls with police but don’t have access to a counselor, nurse, psychologist or social worker, according to a new ACLU report released Monday.And of the schools that do provide students access to mental health professionals, about 90 percent fail to meet the minimum staff-to-student ratio, which the report found can mean one school counselor is responsible for dealing with more than 400 students.

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More than 100 groups take part in 6th annual Flagstaff Community STEM Celebration

| March 12, 2019
More than 100 groups take part in 6th annual Flagstaff Community STEM Celebration

Thank you to everyone who attended the 6th Annual STEM Celebration. We had over 100 participating groups providing hands on examples of why Flagstaff, Arizona is America’s first STEM City. It was a fantastic opportunity for the group to come together and we are grateful for Arizona Public Service – APS, McCarthy Building Companies, Inc., Altice USA, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff Arts Council, Flagstaff365.com, and STEM City Central for sponsoring this one of a kind event.

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Flagstaff Festival of Science update for March 12 — ‘One Small Step for Humankind, One Giant Leap for a Small Company’ on March 13

| March 11, 2019
Flagstaff Festival of Science update for March 12 — ‘One Small Step for Humankind, One Giant Leap for a Small Company’ on March 13

Hear how a local company, W. L. Gore & Associates, played a key role in the success of the Apollo mission and man’s first walk on the moon in 1969.

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Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence STEM Saturdays update for March 9 — Out-of-School Time STEAM Survey

| March 11, 2019
Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence STEM Saturdays update for March 9 — Out-of-School Time STEAM Survey

The Innovation Collaborative is conducting a national study that will help outline effective practices for STEAM (STEM+Arts).

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First Things First update for March 5

| March 11, 2019
First Things First update for March 5

Children’s books open a world of words and ideas. Read Across America celebrates the birthday of Dr. Seuss and encourages everyone to pick up a book and read with a child. No one knows more about children’s books than your friendly neighborhood librarian, so we asked Wendy Resnik of the Phoenix Public Library to share her thoughts on the joy of books and tips for reading together with young children.

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March 11 — ‘Stress Management & How it Impacts Your Health’ to be presented at the Grand Canyon Recreational Center

| March 11, 2019
March 11 — ‘Stress Management & How it Impacts Your Health’ to be presented at the Grand Canyon Recreational Center

“Stress Management & How it Impacts Your Health” will be presented at noon Wednesday, March 27 at the Grand Canyon Recreational Center, 2 Mohave St., Grand Canyon Village.

Free event for all community members.

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April 11 — Space still available for the Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence ‘RESILIENCE — The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope’ in Flagstaff

| March 8, 2019
April 11 — Space still available for the Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence ‘RESILIENCE — The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope’ in Flagstaff

The Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence will present the documentary “RESILIENCE — The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope” from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, April 11 at the Flagstaff Aquaplex, 1702 N. Fourth St., Flagstaff.

Stay after the viewing for a Q&A session with local experts, including Virginia Watahomigie, executive director of the Coconino Coalition for Children & Youth.

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Youth of the Year winners shine light on taboo. See more local education news here

| March 5, 2019
Youth of the Year winners shine light on taboo. See more local education news here

Aurora Smith of Flagstaff High School was named the 2019 Youth of the Year at the Museum of Northern Arizona on Wednesday.The senior was awarded a $5,000 scholarship in the form of a giant check presented by Mayor Coral Evans. First and second runners-up Nicole Tsedah and Xyrus Castillo also received checks for $1,000 scholarships, while all four nominees, including Flagstaff High School sophomore Erin Gene, received a laptop and tech accessories.

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Audit finds classroom spending up in AZ, teacher pay below national average. See more state education news here

| March 5, 2019
Audit finds classroom spending up in AZ, teacher pay below national average. See more state education news here

With some new money coming into the system, classroom spending in Arizona has increased for the second year in a row.
New figures Friday from the Auditor General’s Office has 54 cents of every education dollar spent this past school year on instruction. That largely includes salaries and benefits for teachers and aides and instructional supplies like pencils and paper, instructional software, athletics, band and choir.
That compares with 53.8 cents for the prior year and 53.5 cents the year before that.
But Auditor General Lindsey Perry said the instructional share is still 4.6 percentage points below the high point in 2004. And even after adjusting for inflation, total per pupil spending is $177 less now than it was in 2004 and $861 below the high point in 2008 before the Great Recession.

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