Tag: Arizona Education News Service

Building healthy communities: Redefining school culture. See more state education news here

| June 23, 2020
Building healthy communities: Redefining school culture. See more state education news here

Building Healthy Communities is a concept quickly being embraced throughout America, and this effort to unite communities and schools improves the well-being of all stakeholders.

What has an ideal world looked like for the past few months? What will an ideal world look like in the next few months as students return to school, restaurants open and people continue to unite across America? 

The one thing we are sure of is that building the healthiest social and emotional climate, culture and community should be the forefront of our decisions moving forward.

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Many Arizona students lack internet, schools improvise. See more state education news here

| April 14, 2020
Many Arizona students lack internet, schools improvise. See more state education news here

As a junior high dance teacher, Jasmine Benton has always had to be flexible, but now this fourth-year teacher is being tested more than ever.
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced schools across Arizona and much of the nation to stop in-person classes and teach remotely. As schools make the transition, they’re finding on average only about half of their students have access to the internet, making it harder for them to deliver lessons and homework — and some haven’t heard from their students or families since they closed.

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Teletherapy has been powering virtual special education for years. See more national education news here

| April 14, 2020
Teletherapy has been powering virtual special education for years. See more national education news here

While the pace at which the coronavirus has forced schools to transition to online services is unprecedented, the act of providing these services online is not. And that includes doing special education online.

The idea of continuing to serve students with disabilities paralyzed many school leaders in recent weeks, and even led some to cancel school for everyone rather than tackle the challenge of providing special education online. But Kristin Martinez, the clinical director at PresenceLearning, which provides online special education services, said school leaders should take heart.

“This is doable,” she said. “Absolutely there are students who have been receiving services this way for years, successfully.”

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Arizona Legislative Education Spotlight: Supt. Hoffman, education leaders discuss draft policy legislation to help AZ schools during Coronavirus closure. See more education legislative news here

| March 17, 2020
Arizona Legislative Education Spotlight: Supt. Hoffman, education leaders discuss draft policy legislation to help AZ schools during Coronavirus closure. See more education legislative news here

Updated March 16: The Arizona Department of Education, education advocates, county superintendents of schools and school leaders met Monday afternoon to discuss draft policy legislation to help Arizona schools during this closure in response to Coronavirus (COVID-19).

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Arizona Legislative Education Spotlight: #LegislativeLegit: Bill would raise special ed funding. See more education legislative news here

| March 10, 2020
Arizona Legislative Education Spotlight: #LegislativeLegit: Bill would raise special ed funding. See more education legislative news here

People attending the House Education meeting March 2 voiced their support for legislation, including Senate Bill 1060 that would raise special education funding.

Here’s what Vicki Alger, who was there to support SB 1061, said to AZEdNews. Alger is president and CEO of Vicki Murray & Associates LLC in Scottsdale, a research fellow at Independent Institute, and author of the book Failure: The Federal “Misedukation” of America’s Children.

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#LegislativeLegit: ACES and Project Rocket. See more Arizona legislative education news here

| February 11, 2020
#LegislativeLegit: ACES and Project Rocket. See more Arizona legislative education news here

Before the House Education Committee began on Monday, Feb. 10, people shared what brought them there – concerns about services and support for low-income students, how ACES – adverse childhood experiences – impact students and the Project Rocket pilot expansion to help students in low performing schools.

At the meeting, House Education Committee members discussed 13 bills that would affect students, teachers and staff in Arizona’s elementary through high schools.

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AZEdNews #LegislativeLegit: Teachers’ concerns, vouchers, Supt. speech. See more Arizona legislative education news here

| February 4, 2020
AZEdNews #LegislativeLegit: Teachers’ concerns, vouchers, Supt. speech. See more Arizona legislative education news here

Before the House Education Committee began on Monday, Feb. 3, people shared what brought them there – teachers’ concerns, vouchers and Supt. Kathy Hoffman’s presentation.

At the meeting, House Education Committee members discussed seven bills that would affect students, teachers and staff in Arizona’s elementary through high schools.

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Take a look at details of Gov’s education budget proposal. See more state education, legislative, Request to Speak news here

| January 21, 2020
Take a look at details of Gov’s education budget proposal. See more state education, legislative, Request to Speak news here

What are the details in Gov. Doug Ducey’s budget proposal for public K-12 education and higher education? And what is the economic outlook for Arizona? Find out here.

Click here for Arizona School Boards Association’s summary of the Governor’s budget proposal

Staff members of the Governor’s Office of Strategic Planning & Budgeting presented details of Gov. Doug Ducey’s Fiscal Year 2021 budget proposal during a press conference that began at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, 2020.

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Upcoming legislation: What’s naughty or nice. See more state education and legislative news here

| December 17, 2019
Upcoming legislation: What’s naughty or nice. See more state education and legislative news here

See whether education advocates think Arizona Legislators’ bills are naughty or nice before the legislative session starts on Jan. 13, 2020.

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Why schools are ransomware targets. See more state education news here

| September 24, 2019
Why schools are ransomware targets. See more state education news here

Hackers used to focus their ransomware attacks primarily on taking money from corporations’ deep pockets, but they’ve recently been targeting schools and municipalities.

“Why is that so? Well, you possess an enormous amount of personal data – birthdates, social security numbers, direct deposit, banking information, credit card information – all of that you have about not only your employees, but your students and their parents,” said Rob Haws, a partner at Gust Rosenfeld PLC law firm, who specializes in education law and labor and employment.

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