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Homecoming spirit shines at Hopi High. See more education news here

| October 3, 2018
Homecoming spirit shines at Hopi High. See more education news here

Hopi High’s Steven Baker was crowned homecoming king and Jaeda Honani was crowned homecoming queen during halftime of the football game Sept. 21 at Bruin Stadium.

Hopi High beat Greyhills 44-0 in the football game, which capped off a week of events that included a homecoming parade and powder puff game.

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School district budget override funds extracurriculars

| October 3, 2018
School district budget override funds extracurriculars

Among several ballot initiatives up for vote during the general election on Tuesday, Nov. 6, is a continuation of Proposition 447, the Sedona-Oak Creek School District Budget Increase Override.

The budget override allocates taxpayer funds to the tune of 15 percent of the school district’s budget. With a budget of about $7 million, the override funds total about $803,730.

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10 things to do at the Williams Public Library

| October 3, 2018
10 things to do at the Williams Public Library

Many people still think a public library is just a place to go check-out books, but Williams Public Library not only has a large collection of books to choose from, but it has dozens of other resources for learning, research and entertainment available for free.

The Williams Public Library is connected to the Flagstaff Public Library as part of the Coconino County library system. Residents of Williams can not only obtain a Williams Public Library card, but also a Flagstaff Public Library card as residents of Coconino County.

People who haven’t visited the Williams Public Library may be surprised at what it has to offer. Here’s just a sampling of what you can do there:

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Grand Canyon Unified School District puts finishing touches on three-year strategic plan

| October 3, 2018
Grand Canyon Unified School District puts finishing touches on three-year strategic plan

After a months-long process of gathering information, processing it and turning it into usable action items, the Grand Canyon Unified School District is moving forward with its three-year strategic plan to improve the students’ education and experience.

As part of the plan, the district crafted a new mission and vision statement to reflect its goals moving forward. Thomas O’Connor, a consultant hired by the district to lead it through the process, said careful thought was put into word choice to best reflect parents’, educators’ and the administrations goals for Grand Canyon students.

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Page Unified School District October 2018 Newsletter

| October 3, 2018
Page Unified School District October 2018 Newsletter

• Our Mission
• The value of an AP course
• ACES feaature
• AVID pushes students to new heights

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Tough questions for Arizona’s next school superintendent

| September 26, 2018
Tough questions for Arizona’s next school superintendent

On this weekend’s “Sunday Square Off,” the candidates for Arizona superintendent of public instruction face tough questions about their readiness and plans for the job:

-Have Democrat Kathy Hoffman’s five years as a public-school speech therapist prepared her to lead the Department of Education?

-Would Republican Frank Riggs introduce “intelligent design” – a pseudo-scientific explanation for the Bible’s creation story – into Arizona’s school curriculum?

-How would both candidates respond to alleged abuses of the state’s laws on charter schools?

-Do they support the current school voucher law?

-Should lame-duck incumbent Diane Douglas try to change Arizona’s education standardsbefore she leaves office in January? Douglas lost her bid for a second term in August’s Republican primary.

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Ducey, Garcia debate centers on education. See related news here

| September 26, 2018
Ducey, Garcia debate centers on education. See related news here

In the first gubernatorial debate, Gov. Doug Ducey touted a record of improving the state’s economy and providing 20-percent pay raises to teachers while Democrat David Garcia accused him of breaking promises and leaving Arizona’s education system in crisis. 

While Ducey and Garcia’s hourlong verbal grudge match on KAET-TV, the Phoenix PBS station, centered predominantly on education, the candidates addressed a myriad of other issues such as border security, the economy and a now defunct ballot initiative that would have increased taxes on the rich to better fund K-12 education.

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Charter school financial controversies spark talk of Arizona legislative action. See related news

| September 26, 2018
Charter school financial controversies spark talk of Arizona legislative action. See related news

Gov. Doug Ducey says he’s open to the idea of reforms in how charter schools are operated, including how they handle their finances.

For the moment, though, he has no specific suggestions. And he remains convinced that the private schools, which in Arizona can be operated as for-profit entities, are an innovation, he said.

There is some movement on the issue.

Sen. Kate Brophy McGee, R-Phoenix, said Tuesday she wants lawmakers to mandate that there be better oversight of these technically public schools run by private entities that get taxpayer funds.

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Arizona gets failing grade in ranking of best states for teachers. See related news here

| September 26, 2018
Arizona gets failing grade in ranking of best states for teachers. See related news here

Arizona has been named as one of the worst states for teachers in a new report by the personal-finance website WalletHub.

“Unfortunately, Arizona is the second-worst place for teachers – second only to Hawaii,” said Jill Gonzalez, an analyst for WalletHub.

Gonzalez said she doesn’t think Arizona’s ranking in the “2018’s Best & Worst States for Teachers” report “is any surprise” given there has been “a very high teacher turnover rate in Arizona for a number of years.”

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Dept. of Education Backs Away from Controversial Science Standards. See related news here

| September 26, 2018
Dept. of Education Backs Away from Controversial Science Standards. See related news here

The new Arizona Science Standards, meant to guide K-12 science curriculum, have been plagued with controversy for their treatment of evolution. The Arizona Department of Education spent more than a year convening committees to hammer out language everyone can agree on. The latest version will be presented to the Board of Education on (Sept. 24) —but in an unexpected move, the Superintendent of Public Instruction has already decided not to recommend it.

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