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Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction election

| November 1, 2018
Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction election

Democratic candidate for superintendent of public instruction Kathy Hoffman said her hands-on experience in the classroom makes her the best prepared for the job. “The real experts of education are educators,” she said.

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Frank Riggs says his executive, educational and political leadership experience make him the perfect person to make changes in Arizona education.

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Did your kid pass an AP exam? Their teacher got a bonus

| November 1, 2018
Did your kid pass an AP exam? Their teacher got a bonus

Arizona high school teachers and schools will get $3.8 million this year in state bonuses as reward for helping students pass Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exams.

The state has divvied up the first round of bonuses under a program called the “college credit by examination incentive program.”

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School districts (including FUSD) seek local funding for books, buses and buildings through bonds, overrides

| November 1, 2018
School districts (including FUSD) seek local funding for books, buses and buildings through bonds, overrides

Arizona school districts are asking local voters to approve money for school repairs, maintenance construction and security – needs that state funding for has been severely reduced or eliminated in recent years.

The state drastically reduced capital funding for school districts when the Great Recession began in 2008, and that funding has not recovered since then. For example, the state provided almost $7 million in capital needs funding for Flagstaff Unified School District in 2007, but just $600,000 in 2018.

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Proposition 305: Should Arizona expand state’s school voucher program? See related news here

| November 1, 2018
Proposition 305: Should Arizona expand state’s school voucher program? See related news here

Proposition 305 asks voters to decide the future of school vouchers – whether they want to keep or repeal a major expansion of the program.

Gov. Doug Ducey in April 2017 signed a bill to expand the Empowerment Scholarship Account program, but a group of parents, educators and advocates organized to put the issue before voters in the Nov. 6 election.

The ESA program allows parents and guardians to apply for vouchers that essentially use tax dollars to pay for private school tuition.

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Ruling to block tax measure to raise Arizona education funding wrong, 2 justices say. See related education news here

| November 1, 2018
Ruling to block tax measure to raise Arizona education funding wrong, 2 justices say. See related education news here

Two justices of the Arizona Supreme Court are criticizing their colleagues for their decision blocking voters from deciding whether to increase income taxes on the most wealthy to fund education.

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SRP Offers Education Grants to Arizona Teachers

| November 1, 2018
SRP Offers Education Grants to Arizona Teachers

Each year, Salt River Project (SRP) contributes more than $1.3 million to education initiatives, grants and partnerships throughout Arizona. One of these programs, currently underway, is SRP Classroom Connections, which encourages teachers to apply for education grants in science, technology, math and social studies.

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LAUNCH Flagstaff update for October

| November 1, 2018
LAUNCH Flagstaff update for October

The signs that autumn is coming to a close are all around us today, from the chilly overnight low temperatures, the faded leaves blowing in the wind, and the costumed kiddos looking for treats.

The signs of our progress in advancing world-class education in Flagstaff aren’t always so obvious. That’s why I hope this monthly email is useful to you as we highlight just three of our advances in the work of our collective impact partnership.

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Letter to the editor: Happy to support public education by voting yes

| November 1, 2018
Letter to the editor: Happy to support public education by voting yes

I’m voting YES on Props 417, 423 and 424. FUSD and CCC have demonstrated to Coconino County taxpayers that they wisely manage their budgets. You can read all budget documents on FUSD’s and CCC’s websites as I did.

Arizona lawmakers continue to do a dismal job of managing the state’s budget and adequately funding public education. I’m happy to pay taxes to support low class sizes, full-day kindergarten, PE and art programs, new and safer buses, and renovations to buildings to make them safer and ADA compliant.

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Spooktacular: Williams Elementary-Middle School fall carnival

| November 1, 2018
Spooktacular: Williams Elementary-Middle School fall carnival

Students and friends enjoyed a costume contest, raffle, food and games at the annual Williams Elementary-Middle School carnival Oct. 25.

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(Page) High school drama club performs fall play Nov. 7-9

| November 1, 2018
(Page) High school drama club performs fall play Nov. 7-9

The Page High School Drama Club will be performing a modern interpretation of the “Summoning of Everyman” on November 7, 8, and 9 at the Cultural Arts Building. The cast of 12 will attempt to transport the 600 year old play into our millennium with Nathan Haynie as the lead role.

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