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Arizona Corporation Commission Vote Helps State Get $130M For Rural School Broadband Internet

| March 15, 2017
Arizona Corporation Commission Vote Helps State Get $130M For Rural School Broadband Internet

The Arizona Corporation Commission has voted to approve a one-time distribution from a fund that helps telecommunications companies provide service in rural areas. That money will be used to help the state bring broadband service to currently unserved rural schools.

Officials with the Arizona Broadband for Education Initiative estimate more than $140 million is needed to cover the costs of making sure every school in the state has broadband access.

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Arizona Department Of Education Worries The Proposed $0 IT Budget Could Cost Them Employees

| March 8, 2017
Arizona Department Of Education Worries The Proposed $0 IT Budget Could Cost Them Employees

After spending 15 years in the tech industry in the valley, Ed Block said he’s gotten used to recruiters calling him about open jobs.

“It used to be one or two a week,” he said. But that was then. Today, he fields more like three to four emails a day and a couple calls a week.

Block currently works at the Arizona Department of Education (ADE). His job, in layman’s terms, is to coordinate the IT department’s projects. He likes his job and doesn’t plan to follow up on those other offers, but added “it’s starting to get pretty spooky when, at this point, we don’t have a forward budget.”

Block is referring to the IT budget in Gov. Doug Ducey’s current budget proposal. Which, at this point, is zero, despite a request for almost $18 million to continue developing and maintaining a new student database program.

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Arizona ELL Student Graduation Rate Lags Far Behind National Average

| March 1, 2017
Arizona ELL Student Graduation Rate Lags Far Behind National Average

The graduation rate among English Language Learners is lagging behind that of non-ELL students in the United States. A report by NPR shows ELL students in Arizona have the worst graduation rate in the country.

The graduation rate among ELL students in Arizona is about 18 percent, according to an analysis of U.S. Department of Education data recently published by NPR. That’s well below the state’s non ELL student graduation rate of 75 percent.

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Arizona Education Advocacy Group Requests Public Hearing On State Budget

| February 22, 2017
Arizona Education Advocacy Group Requests Public Hearing On State Budget

Arizona parents and teachers went to the Capitol Monday to request a public hearing on the upcoming state budget. Julie Erfle with AZ Schools Now, a public-school advocacy group, said they hoped for a hearing before it’s too late to to make a change.

“What we’re asking for is essentially to give parents that opportunity and educators that opportunity to make their voices heard,” Erfle said. “We’re not telling them what we want them to say. We just believe that because education is such a significant portion of the budget those voices should be heard.”

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Can Access To Educational Television Make A Difference In School Performance?

| January 4, 2017
Can Access To Educational Television Make A Difference In School Performance?

If you’re the parent of a child under 7, chances are, you know the theme song for Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood by heart.

If you want to watch the show, you can stream it online at any time of day, but if you don’t have broadband Internet, you can also catch it over the air in the Valley, but just in mid-morning.

“What we’re finding is that more of the viewing is happening on the weekend and on the evening,” said Chris Callahan, the CEO of Arizona PBS. “Or in other words, when we weren’t on.”

Callahan said while their shows slotted in the evenings and overnight aren’t bad for young kids, they’re not the most enriching for them either. To fill the gap, national leaders at PBS decided to create a new channel dedicated solely to children’s educational programming. Something Arizona PBS will be signing onto early this year.

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Fewer Students Graduate With Arizona Education Degrees

| November 16, 2016
Fewer Students Graduate With Arizona Education Degrees

Of all the undergraduate degrees awarded by Arizona’s public universities, those for education saw the biggest drop of any academic major in the last decade.

The Arizona Board of Regents Academic and Student Affairs committee’s annual report on degrees and majors found 587 fewer students attained education bachelor’s degrees in the 2015-2016 school year than in 2007-2008.

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Arizona Education Officials Release 2nd Draft Of Every Student Succeeds Act. Please see related stories

| November 16, 2016
Arizona Education Officials Release 2nd Draft Of Every Student Succeeds Act. Please see related stories

Arizona education leaders are another step closer to finalizing the state’s plan to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act. The federal law gives the state more power to determine which schools are under performing and hold them accountable.

The Arizona Department of Education released the second draft of the state plan this week. Plan revisions were based on public and stakeholder feedback.

Alexis Susdorf, spokeswoman with the Arizona Department of Education, said stakeholders’ biggest concerns from the first draft surrounded the lack of details about the rollout the federal policy that replaced the No Child Left Behind law.

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Will Proposition 123 Influence Arizona Voters On School Bonds, Overrides This Election?

| October 26, 2016
Will Proposition 123 Influence Arizona Voters On School Bonds, Overrides This Election?

Twenty school districts in the county have bonds or overrides up for a vote this year, an effort to counteract huge cuts to education funding from the Arizona Legislature since 2009.

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Arizona Tries To Race Its Educational System To The Top

| June 8, 2016
Arizona Tries To Race Its Educational System To The Top

Arizona got $25 million federal dollars in the third year of the Race to the Top education program, and a new report looks at what the state did with that cash.

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Passing Proposed Arizona Budget Could Be A Challenge For Legislature

| April 27, 2016
Passing Proposed Arizona Budget Could Be A Challenge For Legislature

At the Arizona Capitol, Republican legislative leaders have come together on a nearly $9.6 billion spending plan, but there’s still some practical work to be done.

A big part of that, of course, is getting a majority of House and Senate rank and file members to vote for the package. That seems to be more of a challenge in the House at this point.

Arizona Capitol Times reporter Hank Stephenson weighed in on the subject.

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