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Tough questions for Arizona’s next school superintendent

| September 26, 2018
Tough questions for Arizona’s next school superintendent

On this weekend’s “Sunday Square Off,” the candidates for Arizona superintendent of public instruction face tough questions about their readiness and plans for the job:

-Have Democrat Kathy Hoffman’s five years as a public-school speech therapist prepared her to lead the Department of Education?

-Would Republican Frank Riggs introduce “intelligent design” – a pseudo-scientific explanation for the Bible’s creation story – into Arizona’s school curriculum?

-How would both candidates respond to alleged abuses of the state’s laws on charter schools?

-Do they support the current school voucher law?

-Should lame-duck incumbent Diane Douglas try to change Arizona’s education standardsbefore she leaves office in January? Douglas lost her bid for a second term in August’s Republican primary.

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Opinion: Simple facts about public school funding, not rhetoric or fake news. See related news here

| June 27, 2018
Opinion: Simple facts about public school funding, not rhetoric or fake news. See related news here

Recently, the state has made respectable strides in moving education funding toward more effective levels. The future is optimistic if one disregards the recent rash of editorial assaults in the media by people trying to halt that momentum.

We all look forward to the next auditor general’s report on school spending to see some progress. 

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Evolution is and ‘will remain’ part of Arizona’s science curriculum, Ducey says. See related education news here

| May 30, 2018
Evolution is and ‘will remain’ part of Arizona’s science curriculum, Ducey says. See related education news here

When it comes to teaching science in Arizona, Gov. Doug Ducey is apparently on a different page than School Superintendent Diane Douglas.

Ducey said evolution should stay a part of the state’s science curriculum, while creationism should remain out of science class.

“Evolution is part of the curriculum and will remain part of the curriculum,” he said.

The governor’s comment comes after we reported earlier this month that the Arizona’s Department of Education, under Douglas, made revisions to a draft of updated science standards prepared by some of the state’s teachers.

The revisions by the department omitted and watered down references to “evolution” and “evolve.”

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How to help Arizona schools that need it most

| December 14, 2016
How to help Arizona schools that need it most

This time of year, schools across Arizona ask families for gifts that give back: Donations to schools that lower the donor’s taxes.

The program has delivered hundreds of millions of dollars to Arizona schools over the years, but data show not all schools share equally in the donations.

Here are six things you need to know about the public-school extracurricular tax credit, including how you can help needier schools benefit:

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FUSD provides information at community meeting on school safety

| April 22, 2015
FUSD provides information at community meeting on school safety

After a recent series of threatening telephone calls to a number of schools within the Flagstaff Unified School District, the district and the Flagstaff Police Department presented a community meeting on school safety on April 21 at Flagstaff High School, an event attended by more than 600 parents, educators and community members. During the program, the district presented the handout “Talking Points for Students” to help parents, teachers and students open the conversation about the recent lockdowns. Links to media coverage of the meeting, including audio from the event, are now available.

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