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Flagstaff school makes ‘Helping Houses’ for Calif. fire victims. See more education news here

| December 5, 2018
Flagstaff school makes ‘Helping Houses’ for Calif. fire victims. See more education news here

Even second- and third-graders can help others in their times of need.

This was the message Kathy Marron hoped to communicate to her art students at Thomas Elementary School as they began creating “Helping Houses” to raise money for victims of the California wildfires who lost their homes.

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NAU misses ABOR enrollment goal. See more education news here

| November 30, 2018
NAU misses ABOR enrollment goal. See more education news here

As of 21 days into the fall 2018 semester, Northern Arizona University missed its strategic enrollment goals for the year, as set by the Arizona Board of Regents.

Although ABOR’s Fall Enrollment Report implies that the university may be off course for meeting its 2025 enrollment goals, these statistics do not reflect NAU’s total enrollment, which continues to rise.

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Arizonans approve 77% of school bond, override elections. See related news here

| November 20, 2018
Arizonans approve 77% of school bond, override elections. See related news here

Arizona voters approved 77 percent of school bond and override elections on the 2018 midterm election ballot, said Randie Stein, director of the public finance team at Stifel Nicolaus in Phoenix.

Bonds and overrides are voter approved community support for schools generated by local property taxes. They are for a specific period of time and purpose.

But just 28 percent of Arizona’s students attend school in districts where the community reliably passes bond and override elections, said Dr. Anabel Aportela, research director for Arizona Association of School Business Officials and Arizona School Boards Association.

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FUSD finalizing plans for prop funding. See more education news here

| November 20, 2018
FUSD finalizing plans for prop funding. See more education news here

With last week’s approval of Propositions 423 and 424, providing a $75 million bond and 15 percent property tax renewal, Flagstaff Unified School District will prioritize its plans before moving forward with the projects authorized by this newfound funding.

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Opinion: Whether they meant to or not, voters just cut K-12 funding. See other related election news here

| November 15, 2018
Opinion: Whether they meant to or not, voters just cut K-12 funding. See other related election news here

Voters on (Nov. 6) resoundingly approved Proposition 126, which amends the state Constitution to bar lawmakers (and voters) from imposing any new taxes on services –  things ranging from haircuts to health care, from accountants to attorneys. 

The question now is, how long will it be before they regret it?

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Killip students dig deep at NAU SSLUG garden. See more education news here

| November 7, 2018
Killip students dig deep at NAU SSLUG garden. See more education news here

On Thursday and Friday last week, 130 Killip Elementary School students descended upon Northern Arizona University’s Sustainable Living and Urban Gardening garden (SSLUG) to learn about earthworms, harvest corn and raspberries, make tortillas and get to know the .2-acre South Campus plots.

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Letter to the editor: Happy to support public education by voting yes

| November 1, 2018
Letter to the editor: Happy to support public education by voting yes

I’m voting YES on Props 417, 423 and 424. FUSD and CCC have demonstrated to Coconino County taxpayers that they wisely manage their budgets. You can read all budget documents on FUSD’s and CCC’s websites as I did.

Arizona lawmakers continue to do a dismal job of managing the state’s budget and adequately funding public education. I’m happy to pay taxes to support low class sizes, full-day kindergarten, PE and art programs, new and safer buses, and renovations to buildings to make them safer and ADA compliant.

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Five FUSD schools receive improved letter grades. See more education news here

| October 24, 2018
Five FUSD schools receive improved letter grades. See more education news here

The State of Arizona released 2018 letter grades for Arizona public schools earlier this month, and five Flagstaff Unified School District schools improved by at least one letter grade.

Leupp Public School moved up from a D to a C, Cromer Elementary School and Knoles Elementary School both improved from a C to a B, Sechrist Elementary went from a B to an A, and Kinsey Elementary –with the biggest increase – moved up from a D to a B.

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Faculty and President Cheng butt heads over faculty governance

| October 17, 2018
Faculty and President Cheng butt heads over faculty governance

Shared governance of Northern Arizona University was once again the topic of conversation at a full faculty meeting Monday, at which president Rita Cheng spoke.

The forum was hosted and organized by the faculty senate and senate president Gioia Woods said it was, in part, a response to a feeling of dissatisfaction from many faculty on the direction of the university.

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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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