Tag: arizona school boards association

Report calls for policymakers to lower financial barriers for college attainment

Report calls for policymakers to lower financial barriers for college attainment

| April 19, 2017

Marquis Quarles, who grew up in South Phoenix and later graduated from McClintock High School in Tempe, said going to Arizona State University transformed the way he thought about himself.

“Growing up in poverty, I felt that I wasn’t capable of getting further than where I was from,” Quarles said. “Every day, my focus was making sure that I ate and that I stayed out of harm’s way. Sadly, that is the mentality of a lot of kids growing up in tough neighborhoods.”

Through hard work, and help from College Success Arizona, the Achieving a College Education Program, and need-based college financial aid, Quarles graduated from ASU with a bachelor’s degree in economics. Now, Quarles is building the life he’d dreamed about through his career at a major fashion company based in Santa Barbara, California.

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Education advocates urge Governor, Legislators to make teachers’ pay raises a priority. Please see related stories

Education advocates urge Governor, Legislators to make teachers’ pay raises a priority. Please see related stories

| January 25, 2017

Two Arizona Teachers of the Year presented Gov. Doug Ducey with a letter Monday afternoon from public education advocates asking him and legislators to put all new K-12 investments into teacher salaries to help relieve the teacher shortage.

Arizona business leaders are concerned about the teacher shortage, which they believe is made significantly worse by Arizona’s low teacher pay compared to the rest of the country, said Dick Foreman, president and chief executive officer of Arizona Business & Education Coalition.

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2017 Arizona Teacher of the Year says strong connections boost students’ learning

2017 Arizona Teacher of the Year says strong connections boost students’ learning

| December 14, 2016

A teacher who advocated for a student with a different learning style. One who advocated for a pregnant high school senior. Another who taught her school was a priority. And another who was the first teacher she’d ever had like her – Hispanic. Michelle Dougherty, who was named Arizona’s Teacher of the Year last month by the Arizona Education Foundation, said without these caring teachers, her life story might have been different.

Today Doherty, a first-grade dual language teacher at Encanto School in central Phoenix’s Osborn Elementary School District, operates from a belief that connecting with students is the key to their learning.

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Funding for students: Where Arizona ranks nationally

Funding for students: Where Arizona ranks nationally

| September 21, 2016

Arizona ranks 15th in the nation for the number of students enrolled in public K-12 schools, but 48th in overall per pupil revenue, according to recently released data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Census Bureau defines per pupil revenue as the total funding received by public school systems from all sources divided by the number of students in the state.

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How your vote in November affects education. Please see related story

How your vote in November affects education. Please see related story

| September 7, 2016

Setting education policy is a complicated process that takes place at many levels. Some decisions are made by elected officials and others by you the voter/parent/resident.

To help you make sense of the process, here’s a look at which bodies are responsible for making decisions, and how your vote impacts the final outcome.

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2016 PDK Poll of the public’s attitudes toward the public schools

2016 PDK Poll of the public’s attitudes toward the public schools

| August 31, 2016

Reflecting the economic uncertainty of recent years, the survey finds a preference away from high-level academics and toward classes focused on work skills.

In a year marked by so many divisions, the newest PDK poll on education shows that Americans don’t agree on the most basic question about the very purpose of a public school education. Is it to prepare students for work? To prepare them for citizenship? Or to prepare them academically?

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AZ education issues to watch this school year. Please see related story

AZ education issues to watch this school year. Please see related story

| August 3, 2016

With the school year starting, here are 10 Arizona education issues to watch now and during the upcoming legislative session.

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More than 60 Arizona schools (including Lake View Primary in Page) honored for reducing discipline referrals

More than 60 Arizona schools (including Lake View Primary in Page) honored for reducing discipline referrals

| June 8, 2016

Five Arizona schools snagged top honors for creating a positive school culture and reducing principal visits and suspensions from the PBISAz Achievement Awards ceremony on April 29.
Congratulations to the five gold winners: Holbrook Junior High in Holbrook, Trailside Point School in Laveen, SHARP School in Mesa, Lake View Primary in Page and Lowell Elementary in Phoenix.

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Douglas: All Arizona students deserve access to an excellent education

Douglas: All Arizona students deserve access to an excellent education

| May 25, 2016

Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas today announced the official launch of the Zip Code Project, a new program at the Arizona Department of Education designed to help students in high-risk communities who have left the school system.

ADE’s Zip Code Project is dedicated to assisting disconnected youth, meaning those who are neither employed nor attending school.

ADE has started developing partnerships with community entities such as schools, non-profit organizations, local businesses and government agencies. These partnerships will help pinpoint the specific needs of each community and will provide assistance when seeking grant funding to address the identified needs.

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Did my students learn anything?

Did my students learn anything?

| May 18, 2016

While I cannot be the only one who cringes at the thought of allowing my students “free time,” I equally despise distributing busywork.

That said, we’ve all run into unplanned time at the end of a class — delivering dynamite lessons only to glance at the clock and recoil at the realization that there are a whole five or 10 minutes left before dismissal.

Teachers face the frustrating paradox of never having enough time in the day to accomplish all that needs doing and coming face-to-face with these pockets of unplanned time.

Not to fear! We’ve got your closure game plan. Here are our top tips for maximizing those sneaky last minutes.

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