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Electrical apprenticeship wins exemplary program award. See more education news here

| December 20, 2018
Electrical apprenticeship wins exemplary program award. See more education news here

Ten years after it was established, the Northern Arizona Electrical Contractors Association (NAECA) has been awarded the Exemplary Program Award by the Arizona Department of Economic Security’s Apprenticeship Advisory Committee in the construction category. A recent graduate of the program, Ricardo Baca Jr., was also named one of Arizona’s 2018 Outstanding Apprentices.

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Challenges to law could redefine Native American foster care, adoption. See more education news here

| December 20, 2018
Challenges to law could redefine Native American foster care, adoption. See more education news here

Gilbert resident Mimi Condon calls the struggle to make her oldest son part of her family her “39-month labor.”

That’s how long it took to adopt David because he’s a Native American and the Condons are not — which meant the 40-year-old Indian Child Welfare Act came into play during the adoption, adding layers of complexity to the process.

The Condons did not set out to adopt Native American children, but three of their four adopted kids — David, now 11, Tommy, 7, and Isaac, 4 — are Native American. Condon tries to keep them connected to their roots, but said she adopted the boys to get them out of foster care and into a loving home.

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Retired couple donates scholarship to district in honor of late Sen. McCain

| December 20, 2018
Retired couple donates scholarship to district in honor of late Sen. McCain

On Tuesday, Dec. 11, Sedona-Oak Creek School District Superintendent Dennis Dearden accepted a large donation on behalf of the newly-founded Sedona Education Foundation — $20,000 from one retired couple.

William and Cheryl Geffon, New York transplants to Sedona, presented the inaugural seed of their philanthropic vision for education — the John McCain Memorial Scholarship.

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Photo highlights: Students spread cheer at annual holiday concert. See more education news here

| December 20, 2018
Photo highlights: Students spread cheer at annual holiday concert. See more education news here

Williams Unified School District band and choir members perform at the holiday concert Dec. 5.

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Grand Canyon School provides insight on December traditions. See more education news here

| December 20, 2018
Grand Canyon School provides insight on December traditions. See more education news here

Many religions have December traditions, but there’s one that many people consider their top priority: Christmas. Christmas is a time of joy that you can spread to loved ones by giving gifts to friends and family, spending time with everyone and eating your heart out.

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Nominate a Young Person for JAA’s “18 under 18.” See more Page regional education news here

| December 20, 2018
Nominate a Young Person for JAA’s “18 under 18.” See more Page regional education news here

Do you know a young person in Arizona who you consider to be extraordinary? Junior Achievement of Arizona is seeking nominations for their 2018 “18 under 18” most extraordinary young people in the state. They are seeking to spotlight youth that demonstrate entrepreneurial spirit and leadership who make Arizona a better place.

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Which Are the Best Toys for Young Kids?

| December 16, 2018
Which Are the Best Toys for Young Kids?

Which are the best toys for the child on your gift list this year – is it the latest version of iTablet with splashy, vibrant colors costing hundreds of dollars or wooden blocks and coloring books that may cost under $20?

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Report: Lack of consistent oversight leaves struggling Arizona schools vulnerable

| December 12, 2018
Report: Lack of consistent oversight leaves struggling Arizona schools vulnerable

Arizona has long worked to give local school districts the autonomy to operate in a way that best suits their individual student populations, but a recently published national report says the state’s approach has backfired when it comes to improving its lowest performing schools.

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What’s next for the RedForEd movement?

| December 12, 2018
What’s next for the RedForEd movement?

That sea of red – It made headlines this past spring, sending teachers marching in the streets and shutting down Arizona schools for days. 

Organizers tell us the #RedForEd movement is just getting started. 

“We have five demands,” explained Noah Karvelis, an elementary school music teacher who is also one of the #RedForEd organizers. “And they’re all essentially unmet.”

And that’s why Karvelis says the movement isn’t losing steam just yet. 

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State approves new charter school tied to controversial Primavera CEO

| December 12, 2018
State approves new charter school tied to controversial Primavera CEO

Despite its CEO paying himself more than $10 million and the public online high school that bears its name failing almost every academic measure, Primavera received state approval to open another charter school.

The Arizona State Board for Charter Schools voted Monday to grant a charter to Valor Preparatory Academy LLC, a school owned by CEO Damian Creamer’s Primavera Technical Learning Center.

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