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LAUNCH Flagstaff starts public discussion on education. See more education stories here

| August 30, 2017
LAUNCH Flagstaff starts public discussion on education. See more education stories here

Now that families and students are starting to settle into the new school year, Launch Flagstaff is hoping to start an in-depth discussion with parents, the public, businesses, government officials, students and educators on the future of education in Flagstaff with a series of three free documentaries on the U.S. education system in September.

The films start at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 8, 15 and 20 in the McGee Auditorium at Flagstaff Medical Center. The films are free but attendees must reserve tickets because of limited seating. Tickets can be found at launchflagstaff.org. After each film, there will be a panel discussion and question and answer session for the public.

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Flagstaff students prepare to experience eclipse

| August 23, 2017
Flagstaff students prepare to experience eclipse

Several Flagstaff schools will be giving students a chance to safely view the solar eclipse and at the same time honor the request of traditional Navajo students who do not wish to view the eclipse.

Most schools, such as DeMiguel and Marshall elementaries, Sinagua Middle, Summit High School and Basis Flagstaff, will have some classes going outside to view the eclipse with safety solar glasses. These students should have had permission slips signed by their parents.

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CCC tries food trucks to promote Fourth Street campus. See more education stories here

| August 16, 2017
CCC tries food trucks to promote Fourth Street campus. See more education stories here

With the start of college classes still a few weeks away, Coconino Community College tried a unique tactic on Friday to promote new class offerings and encourage sign-ups for the upcoming school year.

Instead of the typical open house or scheduled tours, the community college invited a handful of food trucks and vendors to the parking lot of its Fourth Street campus. Employees were on hand to offer tours of the campus, give information about classes and register new students.

The event was a first for CCC, spokesman Larry Hendricks said. It was meant to promote new classes the college has added at the Fourth Street campus.

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Leaping into learning: First day of school for new FUSD teachers. See more education stories here

| August 9, 2017
Leaping into learning: First day of school for new FUSD teachers. See more education stories here

At Kinsey Elementary School, veteran kindergarten teacher Nina Andersson and new first-grade teacher Jessica Fetsco are ready to start the new school year.

“I’m looking forward to getting to know my students and celebrating their successes with them,” Fetsco said. …

 Fetsco is one of 67 new teachers who were hired by Flagstaff Unified School District. It’ll be the first year that she’ll have a whole classroom to herself.

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Mike Penca: New FUSD leader still a teacher at heart

| July 26, 2017
Mike Penca: New FUSD leader still a teacher at heart

The Arizona Daily Sun recently sat down with Flagstaff Unified School District’s new superintendent Mike Penca to discuss his plans for the new school year.

Penca was hired by the FUSD Governing Board in April and arrived in town about three weeks ago. He comes from Mason City Schools in Iowa, where he has served as a teacher, a principal for the last 20 years and most recently an interim superintendent for the last year.

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Flagstaff AzMERIT scores in the mail. See more education stories here

| July 19, 2017
Flagstaff AzMERIT scores in the mail. See more education stories here

Parents of Flagstaff Unified School District students will be getting AzMERIT assessment on their student in the mail soon.

The Flagstaff Unified School District Director of Research and Assessment Robert Hagstrom told the FUSD Governing Board Tuesday evening that some of the district’s school AzMERIT reports are starting to trickle in and student reports should be going out to parents before the end of the month. The official results are embargoed by the Arizona Department of Education from the general public and the media until the end of August, he said.

This is the first year that schools will be graded under the new A-F Accountability Plan. Arizona students have been taking the AzMERIT tests for the last three years but because the test is so new, the state has held off on the school grading portion.

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Flagstaff School Board approves budget with teacher raise. See more education stories here

| July 5, 2017
Flagstaff School Board approves budget with teacher raise. See more education stories here

The Flagstaff Unified School District board unanimously approved the $68 million budget for the 2017/2018 school year Tuesday evening. The budget includes funding for a 1.06 percent increase in pay for teachers that was approved by the Arizona Legislature earlier this year. Money from Proposition 123 will also be used to support ongoing pay raises that were approved in 2016.

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FUSD teachers to get pay raise from state. Please see more education stories here

| June 28, 2017
FUSD teachers to get pay raise from state. Please see more education stories here

Flagstaff Unified School District is estimating a $2 million increase in its operating budget for the 2017/2018 school year to $68 million. The FUSD board will approve the budget at its June 27 meeting.

The increase in expenses this year includes a 1.06 percent increase in pay for all teachers in the district, an increase in the local minimum wage from $10 to $10.50 an hour for all employees who qualify and at least $600,000 for repairs and maintenance on district buildings.

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Coconino Voices: Education is top cause for local business leaders’ personal involvement. See more education stories here

| June 21, 2017
Coconino Voices: Education is top cause for local business leaders’ personal involvement. See more education stories here

A recent survey of Arizona Business Leaders cites K-12 education as the No. 1 issue that business leaders feel is worth their personal involvement, followed closely by efforts to make healthcare affordable and supporting pathways to legal status and work permits.

 The study sponsored by Alliance Bank of Arizona and conducted by WestGroup surveyed nearly 500 business leaders across the state about Arizona’s business climate. Where our local business leaders are most interested in investing their personal time was just one topic, but it proved insightful. With education toping that list, business leaders cited that teacher pay, STEM, and college and career readiness where among the top improvements needed as it relates to K-12 education.

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Rolling down the river: Grand Canyon Youth adds Verde to programs

| June 14, 2017
Rolling down the river: Grand Canyon Youth adds Verde to programs

Grand Canyon Youth is partnering with the Verde River Institute to bring more youth to Arizona rivers. The nonprofit organization has helped students, ages 10 to 19, from around the country learn about wildlife, rivers, ecology and team building through its programs on the Colorado and San Juan Rivers and trips to the Grand Canyon.

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