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Northern Arizona College Night to be held at Flagstaff High School on Oct. 25

| October 9, 2018
Northern Arizona College Night to be held at Flagstaff High School on Oct. 25

Flagstaff High School will once again present the Northern Arizona Region College Night from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25 at the FHS Commons.

This is the 14th year for this informative event that is open to the entire Northern Arizona area and all grade levels.

Learn about the various post-secondary options available, including 4-year, 2-year, trade school, military, scholarships and financial aid.

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Arizona seeks to increase number of students filling out FAFSA

| October 9, 2018
Arizona seeks to increase number of students filling out FAFSA

It would seem a no-brainer for any Arizona students who needs a college scholarship to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which streamlines the process of applying for almost any scholarship.

However, fewer than half do.

The FAFSA has become the almost universally used application that helps schools and the government determine if a student qualifies for a Pell Grant, a loan or scholarships.

The application process launches Oct. 1 every year.

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New school letter grades: How is your school rated? See related news here

| October 9, 2018
New school letter grades: How is your school rated? See related news here

Arizona’s State Board of Education released 2017-18 letter grades today, with more schools receiving both “A” and “F” grades than last year. 

The letter grades, using data from the last school year, are preliminary. …

Here’s the breakdown of grades assigned to Arizona schools, according to an analysis by The Arizona Republic of the data: 

According to the state board’s definitions, “D” schools are deemed minimally performing while “F” schools are considered failing. Arizona law requires school boards of districts with ‘D’ and ‘F’ schools to develop improvement plans. Seventy-one schools were not graded.

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Commentary: With 8 Clear Goals and a Public Progress Meter, Arizona Is Improving Education for All the State’s Students

| October 9, 2018
Commentary: With 8 Clear Goals and a Public Progress Meter, Arizona Is Improving Education for All the State’s Students

In a state that ranks near the bottom in teacher pay, with thousands of vacant teaching positions, dwindling enrollment in teacher training programs, lagging test scores, and a stubborn achievement gap, it can be hard to envision how to move forward. …

To that end, Expect More Arizona and the Center for the Future of Arizonalaunched the Arizona Education Progress Meter in 2016 to serve as a nonpartisan, shared source of information and to provide a guidepost for the future.

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Poll Shows That Proposition 305 Confuses Voters. See related stories here

| October 9, 2018
Poll Shows That Proposition 305 Confuses Voters. See related stories here

A new Suffolk University/Arizona Republic poll shows that the ballot language of Proposition 305 has led to a great deal of confusion among Arizona voters. With the proposition to help decide the state’s future in the expanded universal voucher program, the confusion would result in the November election’s outcome being affected. 

41 percent of the poll’s 500 registered voters were in support of expanding the voucher program that provides public money to parents in order to send their children to private school. 32 percent were opposed and 27 percent remain undecided on the subject.

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After Arizona’s #RedForEd protests, teachers in drive to win offices across U.S. See related story here

| October 9, 2018
After Arizona’s #RedForEd protests, teachers in drive to win offices across U.S. See related story here

Last September, school speech therapist Kathy Hoffman was settling into the new academic year, working with youngsters in her small classroom behind a playground at Sahuaro Ranch Elementary School in a blue-collar neighborhood outside Phoenix.

This year, the political novice is gone from her classroom and on the campaign trail across Arizona full time as the Democrats’ choice in the race to become superintendent of public education, overseeing the state’s schools.

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Candidates disagree on how to best fund schools at Superintendent of Public Instruction debate. See related news here

| October 9, 2018
Candidates disagree on how to best fund schools at Superintendent of Public Instruction debate. See related news here

The candidates for Superintendent of Public Instruction agreed that education is key to Arizona’s economic well-being, but disagreed on how to best fund schools during a debate (Oct. 2) in Phoenix hosted by KJZZ 91.5 FM.

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Props 423, 424 ask voters for $75 million bond, override for FUSD. See more education news here

| October 9, 2018
Props 423, 424 ask voters for $75 million bond, override for FUSD. See more education news here

Voters will see two Flagstaff Unified School District related propositions on the Nov. 6 ballot that if passed would provide the district with continued and additional funding for the next five to six years.

Prop 423 is a bond measure that would allow FUSD to take out a $75 million loan to support the district’s capital projects, and Prop 424 is an override that would extend the current FUSD property tax for the next seven years.

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Native K-9 officer, Jared Shupla, shares journey with Hopi High students. See more education news here

| October 9, 2018
Native K-9 officer, Jared Shupla, shares journey with Hopi High students. See more education news here

Jared Shupla, one of the eight Native American K-9 officers in America, recently spoke to a Hopi High AVID and Hopi Junior High radio class about his work. 

K-9 officers are those who work with specially trained police dogs.

Shupla said the Hopi Tribe is working on a big milestone. The Navajo Tribe has already used a 638 contract to make its police department self-sufficient from the BIA and run the department itself.

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City breaks ground on skate park. See more education news here

| October 9, 2018
City breaks ground on skate park. See more education news here

Nearly a year ago the dream of a new skatepark was just a dream. But eventually the idea found its way to the City Council dais and the proposal was heard during a session in June of 2017.

The Page youths who longed for a more up-to-date skatepark had no clue that $400,000 and a plan to take bids on a contractor had begun.
On October 26, 2017 the city of Page awarded the contract to build the skatepark to Spohn Ranch Skateparks. The park will be more than a skate park, but it will be an all-wheels park for skateboards, rollerblades, bikes and scooters.

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