Tag: Arizona Education News Service • Arizona School Boards Association

School districts (including FUSD) seek local funding for books, buses and buildings through bonds, overrides

| November 1, 2018
School districts (including FUSD) seek local funding for books, buses and buildings through bonds, overrides

Arizona school districts are asking local voters to approve money for school repairs, maintenance construction and security – needs that state funding for has been severely reduced or eliminated in recent years.

The state drastically reduced capital funding for school districts when the Great Recession began in 2008, and that funding has not recovered since then. For example, the state provided almost $7 million in capital needs funding for Flagstaff Unified School District in 2007, but just $600,000 in 2018.

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Candidates disagree on how to best fund schools at Superintendent of Public Instruction debate. See related news here

| October 9, 2018
Candidates disagree on how to best fund schools at Superintendent of Public Instruction debate. See related news here

The candidates for Superintendent of Public Instruction agreed that education is key to Arizona’s economic well-being, but disagreed on how to best fund schools during a debate (Oct. 2) in Phoenix hosted by KJZZ 91.5 FM.

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Students’ AzMERIT results show steady growth for past four years. See related news here

| August 29, 2018
Students’ AzMERIT results show steady growth for past four years. See related news here

Arizona public school students’ proficiency levels statewide on the AzMERIT have shown steady growth over the past four years that the test has been given to measure students’ mastery of Arizona academic standards.

Third- through eighth-graders take grade level assessments in English/language arts and mathematics, while high school students take end of course assessments to test their proficiency in the English and math courses they take. Students who score proficient or higher are considered to have passed AzMERIT.

Yet 40 percent of Arizona students continue to score “minimally proficient,” the lowest performance level.

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Educators learn more ways to develop trauma-sensitive schools (+ Slideshow)

| August 7, 2018
Educators learn more ways to develop trauma-sensitive schools (+ Slideshow)

Nearly 300 educators and community members learned how building supportive relationships and restorative justice practices can build a nurturing environment that helps children exposed to trauma during a recent symposium in Phoenix.

When a child is exposed to trauma such as extreme poverty, abuse, exposure to violence, substance abuse or mental illness, the stress caused by these adverse childhood experiences can lead to behavioral and health issues.

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What we’re watching: Grants bring high-speed Internet to rural areas, how teen’s brain development impacts learning. See related story here

| May 16, 2018
What we’re watching: Grants bring high-speed Internet to rural areas, how teen’s brain development impacts learning. See related story here

Teachers at schools in Congress, Ariz., used to start downloading video the night before they’d show it in class because of low Internet speed, but thanks to state and federal grants that Yavapai County schools used to upgrade their broadband connection, a partnership with a small microwave Internet company, and access to a fiber-optic connection, rural schools in the area will soon be able to experience the fast Internet speeds that schools in urban areas are used to, according to a Cronkite News story.

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