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New Study Finds Investment in Public K-12 Education Continues to Drop

| October 31, 2016
New Study Finds Investment in Public K-12 Education Continues to Drop

Arizona is among five of the eight states with the biggest cuts to public education since 2008 that have also cut income taxes during that time period, according to an updated report released by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

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Watch “Education Showdown: Four Senate Races That Will Shape Arizona”

| October 31, 2016
Watch “Education Showdown: Four Senate Races That Will Shape Arizona”

Those elected on November 8 will be the ones who determine whether Arizona’s public schools will have the resources needed to ensure a quality teacher in every classroom, updated textbooks and technology and well-maintained school buildings.

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**Approaching deadline** Community planning assistance opportunities for rural communities

| October 31, 2016
**Approaching deadline** Community planning assistance opportunities for rural communities

The EPA recently announced three opportunities specifically designed for planning assistance in rural communities.

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Northern Arizona Region College Night at Flagstaff High School on Oct. 27

| October 26, 2016
Northern Arizona Region College Night at Flagstaff High School on Oct. 27

Students of all ages and their families are invited to “Discover Your Path” at the annual Northern Arizona Region College Night this Thursday (Oct. 27) from 6 – 8 pm at Flagstaff High School.

Over 115 post secondary opportunities will be represented including community colleges, universities, trade schools and the military. Scholarship and financial aid information will also be available.

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Donation Drive for Runaway & Homeless Youth

| October 24, 2016
Donation Drive for Runaway & Homeless Youth

Join us for a donation drive for runaway and homeless youth October – November 2016! All donations will go directly to youth in need at Northland Family Help Center – Youth Shelter and the McKinney Vento Program.

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Encouraging pretend play in Flagstaff’s young children builds their brains

| October 24, 2016
Encouraging pretend play in Flagstaff’s young children builds their brains

This time of year, stores are filled with seasonal costumes and children excitedly transforming into their favorite superhero or cartoon character.

For young children, the type of play associated with dressing up and pretending to be someone else is an integral part of learning.

“Did you ever stop to watch toddlers or preschoolers imagining themselves as princesses and pirates?” said Ginger Sandweg, First Things First Senior Director for Early Learning. “When children play, they draw on all their past experiences – things they have done, seen others do, or heard stories about – and use those to develop their own situations, stories and scenarios. And they are learning in the process.”

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Flagstaff Kinship Care Workshop

| October 24, 2016
Flagstaff Kinship Care Workshop

Area Agency on Aging NACOG and CPLC Parenting Arizona will be hosting a FREE Kinship Care Workshop on October 27th from 9:00 am to 11:00 am at Kinsey Elementary School.

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Creative Aging Workshop: November 1st

| October 24, 2016
Creative Aging Workshop: November 1st

Join the Arizona Commission on the Arts and Flagstaff Arts Council to learn more about Creative Aging, an exciting national movement to advance understanding of the vital relationship between creative expression and healthy aging.

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Upcoming Election Information

| October 24, 2016
Upcoming Election Information

Important dates for the upcoming election along with links to some useful information…

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New Report Concludes Private School Tax Credits Undermine Public Schools

| October 24, 2016
New Report Concludes Private School Tax Credits Undermine Public Schools

In its just-released report “State Tax Subsidies for Private K-12 Education,” the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) shows that private school tax subsidies, including Arizona’s four tax credits for private school tuition scholarships, are undermining states’ ability to maintain a high-quality public education system.

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