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Seventh-grader Hannah Dodt wins 2019 Coconino County Spelling Bee. See more local education news here

| February 12, 2019
Seventh-grader Hannah Dodt wins 2019 Coconino County Spelling Bee. See more local education news here

Twelve-year-old Hannah Dodt’s confident recitations bookended this year’s Coconino County Spelling Bee Saturday morning at Coconino High School as she secured first place, matching the number that hung around her neck throughout the hour-long competition.

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11 education bills to watch at the Arizona Capitol. See more state education news here

| February 12, 2019
11 education bills to watch at the Arizona Capitol. See more state education news here

Almost a year after the #RedForEd walkout, state lawmakers continue to face immense pressure from educators and parents to improve Arizona’s public schools. …

Legislators spent the first month of this year’s session introducing a flurry of education bills. Many won’t make it to even the first step toward becoming law — a public committee hearing and vote. 

But some have.

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States aim to boost school spending following teacher walkouts. See more national education news here

| February 12, 2019
States aim to boost school spending following teacher walkouts. See more national education news here

Spurred by teacher strikes and a sense of crisis, Colorado’s new governor is one of 33 newly elected leaders of states and territories who campaigned on improving education funding. In many states, both Republicans and Democrats agree that schools need more money and teachers need better pay.

Education “is probably the most important issue” facing the legislature, said Colorado state Sen. Bob Rankin, a Republican who recently co-chaired a state education council.

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STEM Saturdays update for Feb. 9 — Celebrate Black History Month with STEM

| February 11, 2019
STEM Saturdays update for Feb. 9 — Celebrate Black History Month with STEM

February is Black History Month, the perfect time to celebrate the impact African-Americans have had in STEM fields. Ozobot developed a list of 14 STEAM Classroom [or Afterschool!] Activities to Celebrate Black History Month, including ‘Learn About Light and the Inventor of the Motion Sensor’.

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Feb. 13 — Flagstaff Festival of Science to present ‘From the Mountain to the Moon’

| February 11, 2019
Feb. 13 — Flagstaff Festival of Science to present ‘From the Mountain to the Moon’

The Flagstaff Festival of Science will present the Lunar Legacy Lecture Series program — From the Mountain to the Moon, at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13 at Coconino Community College, Lone Tree Campus.

Scientists with the US Geological Survey throughout the Apollo missions, Drs. Ivo and Baerbel Lucchitta, offer a personal account of the historical role of the Flagstaff’s Astrogeology Center (USGS) in the exploration of the moon.

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Feb. 13 — FUSD to hold rescheduled Kindergarten Registration

| February 11, 2019
Feb. 13 — FUSD to hold rescheduled Kindergarten Registration

To assist families with the registration process, Flagstaff Unified School District elementary schools will be hosting Kindergarten Registration on February 13th from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at all District elementary schools.  The event had to be rescheduled due to a weather related school closure on Wednesday, February 6, 2019.

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Feb. 14 — CCC presents ‘Ed Talks: Volcano Date Night’

| February 11, 2019
Feb. 14 — CCC presents ‘Ed Talks: Volcano Date Night’

College will present “Ed Talks: Volcano Date Night,” from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14 at the CCC Fourth Street Innovation Center, Room B34.

CCC Geology Instructor Kurt Yuengling will share his enthusiasm for learning about Northern Arizona’s breath of Volcano types, how to identify them, and their role in the formation of the idyllic landscape.

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LAUNCH seeking support for preschool pilot program. See more local education news here

| February 5, 2019
LAUNCH seeking support for preschool pilot program. See more local education news here

LAUNCH Flagstaff approached both the Flagstaff City Council and the Coconino County Board of Supervisors (Feb. 5) with one central message: the community needs more quality preschool options.

To advance world class education, which is LAUNCH’s stated mission, the organization is seeking supporters for a pilot program to improve preschool education within Flagstaff Unified School District boundaries by providing full-day, year-round preschool to 4-year-olds from low-income families.

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Arizona Education Superintendent: Teacher Shortage a ‘Crisis’. See more state education news here

| February 5, 2019
Arizona Education Superintendent: Teacher Shortage a ‘Crisis’. See more state education news here

Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman told the state House Education Committee that the teacher shortage is a “crisis.”

During her first state of education speech to the committee, Hoffman said when she speaks with teachers they often talk about pay.

“Time and time, pay, competitive pay, is always the top issue. Many feel their pay has even been decreasing over the years,” she said.

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Snow days are being transformed into online learning days in some schools across the US. See more national education news here

| February 5, 2019
Snow days are being transformed into online learning days in some schools across the US. See more national education news here

More schools across the country are experimenting with eLearning as a way to keep children learning, even when the building closes for inclement weather.

From fires and mudslides on the West Coast to winter storms and hurricanes on the East Coast, many schools have lost valuable days of classes, putting students behind.

For some students in North Carolina, schools were closed for weeks due to impassable roads and lingering damage in school buildings following Hurricane Florence.

School districts decide how they utilize canceled school days due to bad weather, and more are opting for online learning.

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