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Number of Homeless Students Soars. See more national education news here

| February 26, 2019
Number of Homeless Students Soars. See more national education news here

THE NUMBER OF STUDENTS in kindergarten through the 12th grade who are homeless has increased by 70 percent over the last decade, according to new federal data that also suggests it shows no signs of slowing.

The report, published this month by the National Center for Homeless Education, housed at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, provides a three-year snapshot of homeless from the 2014-15 school year through the 2016-17 school year using federal data reported annually to the Department of Education by states.

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STEM Saturdays update for Feb. 23 — Funding Opportunity: Grand Canyon University STEM Implementation Grants

| February 25, 2019
STEM Saturdays update for Feb. 23 — Funding Opportunity: Grand Canyon University STEM Implementation Grants

Grand Canyon University has just opened applications for their STEM Implementation Grant. This grant supports Arizona educators in the strategic implementation of STEM through problem-based learning and embedded technology. They are looking for applicants who are currently incorporating STEM into their curriculum and would greatly benefit from grant funds for continuing efforts (view the in-depth grant criteria).

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April 25 — The Literacy Center announces 23rd annual Mountain Spelling Bee Bash

| February 25, 2019
April 25 — The Literacy Center announces 23rd annual Mountain Spelling Bee Bash

Save the Date and get ready for the F-U-N!  The 23rd Annual Mountain Spelling Bee Bash will be April 25th from 5:30-9:30 at the High Country Conference Center.  Enjoy a fantastic live and silent auction, great food, and competitive spelling entertainment all in the name of literacy for all!

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KORE chairs expand flexible seating options at Sechrist. See more local education news here

| February 19, 2019
KORE chairs expand flexible seating options at Sechrist. See more local education news here

Sechrist Elementary now offers flexible seating in all its classrooms. But that doesn’t mean students are learning to touch their toes. It means young learners can now choose how – and where – they learn best.

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House panel OKs asking Arizona voters to increase sales tax to pay for education. See more state education news here

| February 19, 2019
House panel OKs asking Arizona voters to increase sales tax to pay for education. See more state education news here

A House panel voted (Feb. 18) to ask voters to increase what they pay in sales taxes to fund public education.

The proposal would put a measure on the 2020 ballot to boost the current 0.6-of-a-cent sales tax earmarked for schools to a full penny.

That would bring in an extra $450 million to $500 million a year, with 75 percent earmarked for K-12 education, 20 percent to keep tuition affordable at public universities and the balance for community colleges.

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New program aims to help teens separate fact from fiction in online news. See more national education news here

| February 19, 2019
New program aims to help teens separate fact from fiction in online news. See more national education news here

At Woodrow Wilson High School, representatives of MediaWise shared tips to help students develop fact-checking skills. Part of the workshop was led by Lester Holt, who has officially joined Poynter’s MediaWise initiative as its first ambassador.

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Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence update for Feb. 19 — Resilience Documentary Viewing (April 11 in Flagstaff)

| February 18, 2019
Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence update for Feb. 19 — Resilience Documentary Viewing (April 11 in Flagstaff)

Join us in Phoenix on Feb 26th, Tucson on Feb 28th, or Flagstaff on April 11th. Q&A with local experts immediately following the movie. $30 per person, seats filling fast – Register today!

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School staff suicide prevention training bill would help students and combat crisis

| February 18, 2019
School staff suicide prevention training bill would help students and combat crisis

A bill that would provide suicide prevention and intervention training for school staff that has the support of families impacted by suicide was approved by the Senate Education Committee (Feb. 12).

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Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council announces grant opportunity to research Arizona’s response to sexual violence against children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities

| February 18, 2019
Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council announces grant opportunity to research Arizona’s response to sexual violence against children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities

The Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council has announce a grant opportunity to research Arizona’s response to sexual violence against children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The application period is through April 10, 2019.

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Bills to hire more school counselors support Gov. Ducey’s safe schools plan

| February 18, 2019
Bills to hire more school counselors support Gov. Ducey’s safe schools plan

Bills this session that would help public schools hire more counselors are critical steps in implementing Gov. Doug Ducey’s Safe Arizona Schools plan.

The Safe Arizona Schools plan was developed last year with input from parents, teachers, students, principals, law enforcement, prosecutors and mental health experts around the state to prevent school shootings, after examining the five deadliest school shootings in the past 20 years.

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