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Arizona School Resource Officers to undergo voluntary mental health training. See more state education news here

| November 19, 2019
Arizona School Resource Officers to undergo voluntary mental health training. See more state education news here

School resource officers across Arizona are getting new training starting next week.

The idea came from a state lawmaker who didn’t agree with Governor Doug Ducey’s plan just to add more SROs. She says the issue is training them.

Representative Alma Hernandez tweeted the governor during his state of the state address earlier this year, saying Arizona needs counselors, not cops. Hernandez believes SROs need the training to identify students in a mental health crisis or how to de-escalate a situation.

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Arizona Education Superintendent: Teacher Shortage a ‘Crisis’. See more state education news here

| February 5, 2019
Arizona Education Superintendent: Teacher Shortage a ‘Crisis’. See more state education news here

Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman told the state House Education Committee that the teacher shortage is a “crisis.”

During her first state of education speech to the committee, Hoffman said when she speaks with teachers they often talk about pay.

“Time and time, pay, competitive pay, is always the top issue. Many feel their pay has even been decreasing over the years,” she said.

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Arizona lawmakers urged to approve $56M for child care for needy families. See more state education news here

| January 22, 2019
Arizona lawmakers urged to approve $56M for child care for needy families. See more state education news here

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey is urging lawmakers to approve a plan to put $56 million toward expanding child care assistance for thousands of children.

In a (Jan. 16) announcement, the governor’s office said half of the funds would go toward expanding the number of parents eligible to receive those subsidies, impacting an estimated 5,100 children.

The other half would be put toward increasing the average monthly child care subsidy rate by as much as 17 percent. That would affect about 39,000 children.

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Teen suicide prevention: Highlighting the warning signs and what is being done in Arizona

| January 22, 2019
Teen suicide prevention: Highlighting the warning signs and what is being done in Arizona

It is a tough and sensitive thing to talk about, but with the increase in the number of teen suicides taking place across Arizona, advocates are working hard to raise awareness and make changes in state law to help cut down on the number of youth who are taking their own lives.

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Charter school financial controversies spark talk of Arizona legislative action. See related news

| September 26, 2018
Charter school financial controversies spark talk of Arizona legislative action. See related news

Gov. Doug Ducey says he’s open to the idea of reforms in how charter schools are operated, including how they handle their finances.

For the moment, though, he has no specific suggestions. And he remains convinced that the private schools, which in Arizona can be operated as for-profit entities, are an innovation, he said.

There is some movement on the issue.

Sen. Kate Brophy McGee, R-Phoenix, said Tuesday she wants lawmakers to mandate that there be better oversight of these technically public schools run by private entities that get taxpayer funds.

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As elections near, interest in schools fades for some campaigns. See related news here

| August 15, 2018
As elections near, interest in schools fades for some campaigns. See related news here

When Arizona teachers walked out of their classrooms in April to demand more funding for schools, it forced the issue of education into the headlines.

Three months later, those headlines appear to be a distant memory to some campaigns.

“There’s a very big disconnect between what voters care about, and what politicians and policymakers are talking about,” said Tamara Hiler, the deputy director for education at the Washington think tank Third Way.

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Arizona teachers collecting signatures for education initiative. See related stories here

| June 5, 2018
Arizona teachers collecting signatures for education initiative. See related stories here

Over 300 teachers hit the streets (June 2) across the state collecting signatures to get an education initiative on the November ballot.

“It wasn’t because we were unhappy with our pay it was because we need to improve public education in Arizona,” said Kelley Fisher.

Fisher is a kindergarten teacher at Las Brisas Elementary where she has taught for 20 years. She was out in Glendale today for several hours braving the hot temperatures for her kids and her school.

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In wake of #RedForEd, first-time candidates flood races for Arizona Legislature. See related stories here

| June 5, 2018
In wake of #RedForEd, first-time candidates flood races for Arizona Legislature. See related stories here

Jennifer Samuels had thought about running for political office before but wasn’t ready to take the plunge until she spent a night at the Arizona Legislature.

She was among the tens of thousands of teachers who stormed the state Capitol this spring during #RedForEd’s six-day school walkout to demand increased funding for education.

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As suicide numbers rise, resources available for troubled teens. See related stories here

| June 5, 2018
As suicide numbers rise, resources available for troubled teens. See related stories here

Youth suicide rates are rising quickly. The National Center for Education Statistics reports that suicides among 5- to 18-year-olds rose almost 23 percent from 2010 to 2015 – the most recent year available in their report.

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Flagstaff father designs bulletproof desk to improve school safety. See more Flagstaff area education news here

| May 16, 2018
Flagstaff father designs bulletproof desk to improve school safety. See more Flagstaff area education news here

Horrified after the recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida, an Arizona father took it upon himself to try and improve safety for kids at schools. 

John Birdsell, who lives in Flagstaff, started a company called School Security Solutions and designed a school desk made with bullet-resistant fiberglass.

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