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AzMERIT test could be replaced with selection of state-approved tests. See related news here

| August 22, 2018
AzMERIT test could be replaced with selection of state-approved tests. See related news here

Instead of just one statewide test, Arizona’s public schools may soon be able to choose from a selection of state-approved tests to give their students.

That means the current AzMERIT statewide test may soon become a thing of the past.

This comes after the Arizona State Board of Education voted to put together the list of approved tests as a result of recently-approved legislation.

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Drive Smart: Keep Kids Safe This School Year

| August 22, 2018
Drive Smart: Keep Kids Safe This School Year

Drivers need to do their part to keep kids safe while they walk and bike to school. FedEx and Safe Kids Worldwide remind motorists to be extra careful and recommend that drivers:

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Lunch changes for FUSD schools this year. More education news here

| August 22, 2018
Lunch changes for FUSD schools this year. More education news here

This new school year means some changes for both public and charter schools in Flagstaff. With more free meals and healthier lunch choices, here’s an overview of food options for FUSD this year.

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Seniors awarded Wells Fargo Leadership Scholarship and Chief Manuelito Scholarship. See more education news here

| August 22, 2018
Seniors awarded Wells Fargo Leadership Scholarship and Chief Manuelito Scholarship. See more education news here

There were three Native American Seniors who were awarded the Wells Fargo Academic Leadership Scholarship in Charlotte, North Carolina June 28 – July 1 out of 20 selected overall candiates. Two of the members are from the Navajo Tribe.

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Summer reading group earns gift certificates. See more education news here

| August 22, 2018
Summer reading group earns gift certificates. See more education news here

Williams Elementary-Middle School summer reading challenge winners display certificates earned for reading the most throughout the summer. Gift certificates were donated to students from Bookmans of Flagstaff along with treats, bookmarks, bracelets and other fun items.

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Grand Canyon School Board approves short-term internet. See more education news here

| August 22, 2018
Grand Canyon School Board approves short-term internet. See more education news here

The Grand Canyon School governing board took steps at its Aug. 15 meeting to bring high-speed internet to the school.

A lack of internet bandwidth at the school has led to several challenges over the years, including bottlenecks with annual state testing and inability to send large documents through email. The school applied last year to be considered for an E-rate grant, in which the federal government provides funding for rural schools and libraries to receive high-speed fiber internet connections. The school’s application has been approved, but there has been no word on how much money would be received or when construction would start.

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Back-To-School Night

| August 19, 2018
Back-To-School Night

It’s FUSD’s #1 Indian Education Support Program Back to School Night! Featuring: community agencies and organizations; college, career & scholarships; school supplies: first 250 K-12th students will receive school supplies!

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Arguments in education tax on rich comes down to fine (percentage) points. See related news here

| August 15, 2018
Arguments in education tax on rich comes down to fine (percentage) points. See related news here

The question of whether Arizonans get to vote on a tax hike on the wealthy to raise $690 million a year for education could depend on what a judge thinks of a math teacher’s explanation of the difference between “percent” and “percentage point.”
At a hearing Tuesday, both sides agreed that the Invest in Ed initiative would boost the tax rate on earnings above $250,000 a year for individuals and $500,000 from 4.54 percent to 8 percent. And what’s clear is that the mathematical difference between the two figures is 3.46.

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As elections near, interest in schools fades for some campaigns. See related news here

| August 15, 2018
As elections near, interest in schools fades for some campaigns. See related news here

When Arizona teachers walked out of their classrooms in April to demand more funding for schools, it forced the issue of education into the headlines.

Three months later, those headlines appear to be a distant memory to some campaigns.

“There’s a very big disconnect between what voters care about, and what politicians and policymakers are talking about,” said Tamara Hiler, the deputy director for education at the Washington think tank Third Way.

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Counselor crisis: Arizona has highest ratio of students to school counselors in US. See related news here

| August 15, 2018
Counselor crisis: Arizona has highest ratio of students to school counselors in US. See related news here

Arizona’s student to school counselor ratio is the highest in the nation, averaging 903 students to every one counselor in public schools in the 2015-16 school year, according to data from the American School Counselor Association.

Arizona held a 743-1 ratio a decade ago, but climbed as high as 941-1 in the post-recession years before slowly improving, data shows.

The improved ratio — still more than three times the recommended number — has been a sticking point for Arizona’s March for Our Lives student and #RedForEd teacher movements.

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