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Families will spend up to $1,355 per child on back to school, Backpack Index shows. See related news here

| August 7, 2018
Families will spend up to $1,355 per child on back to school, Backpack Index shows. See related news here

Back-to-school supply lists can be long — folders, glue sticks, pencils, notebooks. Not to mention new school uniforms and items needed for baseball practice, cheerleading or glee club. Shopping carts brim with goods this time of year, and they often come with a hefty price tag.

Although families across the nation can still expect to pay several hundred dollars per student for school supplies and activities this year, there’s some good news.

According to the 2018 Backpack Index, a study that tracks classroom supply and fee costs, the cost of outfitting a child for back to school fell slightly this year.

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Parents, teachers struggle to cover cost of school supplies. See related news here

| August 1, 2018
Parents, teachers struggle to cover cost of school supplies. See related news here

Displays of sharpened crayons, kitten-covered notebooks and fresh markers distract crowds at the front of stores, encouraging them to buy.

It’s that time of year again, when students beg for school supplies featuring their favorite Disney character, and parents and teachers panic at the cost.

And this year in Arizona, as students return to school after a year that ended in a historic educator walkout, the issue of school supplies has gotten seriously political.

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Thousands to march on Arizona’s capitol (On March 24) in response to Florida shooting. See related stories

| February 28, 2018
Thousands to march on Arizona’s capitol (On March 24) in response to Florida shooting. See related stories

Two teenagers in Arizona have organized a protest in an effort to call for a change in gun laws, mental health education and school safety following last week’s deadly Florida high school shooting. 

Samantha Lekberg, a Willow Canyon High School student, and Jordan Harb, a student at Mountain View High School, are two of the organizers of the #MarchForOurLives in Phoenix.

The march is set to kick off at the Arizona State Capitol in Phoenix at 10 a.m. on March 24.

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Arizona school voucher opponents launch prop fight

| May 10, 2017
Arizona school voucher opponents launch prop fight

“Save our schools! Save our schools!” That was the chant that went up on the north lawn of the Arizona State Capitol Monday afternoon.

Opponents of the recently passed SB 1431, the school voucher bill, launched a campaign to garner 150,000 signatures for a repeal proposition that, if successful, would go before voters on the November 2018 ballot.

“We believe educational opportunity is a right and it should be offered to every Arizona child,” former Arizona legislator and education advocate David Schapira said, reaffirming the group’s goal to repeal SB 1431.

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House gives approval for mandatory recess at schools

| March 1, 2017
House gives approval for mandatory recess at schools

Arizona elementary school students are a step closer to getting time each day to pretty much do what they want.

Without dissent the state House Feb. 20 gave preliminary approval to a requirement that students in kindergarten through fifth grade be given at least 50 minutes of “unstructured recess.” HB 2082 needs a final roll-call vote before going to the Senate.

Rep. Jesus Rebalcava, D-Gila Bend, who has taught hyperactive students, is pushing the measure based on his belief that giving students a break during the day will help them focus better when they come back to class.

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