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Schools reckon with social stress: ‘I’m on my phone so much’. See more national education news here

| June 11, 2019
Schools reckon with social stress: ‘I’m on my phone so much’. See more national education news here

High school biology teacher Kelly Chavis knew smartphones were a distraction in her class. But not even her students realized the psychological toll of their devices until an in-class experiment that, of course, was then spreading on social media.

For one class period, students used a whiteboard to tally, in real time, every Snapchat, Instagram, text, call or other notification that popped up. Students were told not to respond to avoid generating replies … and further notifications. …

“One girl, just during the one hour, got close to 150 Snapchat notifications. 150!” marveled Chavis, who teaches honors-level courses at Rock Hill Schools in South Carolina.

She’s among a growing number of teachers, parents, medical professionals and researchers convinced that smartphones are now playing a major role in accelerating student anxiety — a trend so pervasive that a National Education Association newsletter labelled anxiety a ”mental health tsunami .”

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Navajo Nation Lawsuit — Mormon Church failed to keep child safe from abuse

| January 14, 2019
Navajo Nation Lawsuit — Mormon Church failed to keep child safe from abuse

Another member of the Navajo Nation is suing the Mormon church, saying he was abused in a now-defunct program that sent children into foster care for the school year.

Unlike similar lawsuits, the complaint filed Tuesday in tribal court doesn’t seek changes to the policies of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It seeks unspecified monetary damages for decades of alleged emotional harm, including attempted suicide.

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Democrat Hoffman to take over as Arizona Schools Superintendent. See related news here

| November 15, 2018
Democrat Hoffman to take over as Arizona Schools Superintendent. See related news here

Democrat special education teacher and political novice Kathy Hoffman has won the race for Arizona superintendent of public instruction, beating an experienced Republican politician.

Hoffman was declared the winner Monday night as her lead over Frank Riggs grew insurmountable during Arizona’s lengthy vote count.

Hoffman was one of hundreds of current and former educator-activists on general election ballots across the nation following this year’s #RedForEd protests. Demonstrators called for support of higher teacher pay and increased public school funding.

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Gov. Doug Ducey signs bill expanding teacher certifications. Please see related stories

| May 3, 2017
Gov. Doug Ducey signs bill expanding teacher certifications. Please see related stories

Gov. Doug Ducey signed legislation Tuesday that will change the rules and qualifications for who can become a teacher in the state, marking another enacted education measure strongly opposed by Democratic lawmakers.

The governor called the legislation a win for schools, teachers, and students in a written statement. Arizona has struggled with a teacher shortage, and Ducey, along with other backers, say easing the certification requirements will help fix the problem.

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Arizona Senate OKs Bill Expanding Teacher Certifications. Please see related stories

| April 26, 2017
Arizona Senate OKs Bill Expanding Teacher Certifications. Please see related stories

The Arizona Senate advanced legislation Tuesday backed by Gov. Doug Ducey that changes the rules and qualifications for who can become a teacher in the state, drawing opposition from Democrats who say it will undermine education standards.

Ducey is so supportive of the legislation that he took to Twitter before the Senate even passed it to declare, “Sent it my way!!.”

“Let’s reform teacher certification and get more great teachers in AZ classrooms!!” he tweeted.

Senate lawmakers heatedly debated the measure before passing it along party lines with a 16-12 vote. Democrats see it as yet another dangerous education measure backed by the Republican governor.

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Arizona Senate panel agrees parents should have say in school surveys

| March 16, 2016
Arizona Senate panel agrees parents should have say in school surveys

An Arizona Senate panel has passed a measure that would require parental consent to administer school surveys that ask students for personal information.

Republican Rep. Mark Finchem of Oro Valley says he’s concerned that schools are administering surveys to mine for student’s religious, health and political information without a parent’s knowledge.

Finchem revised the measure to require a parent’s written consent to give surveys that become part of a student’s permanent record and asks for personal information.

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Arizona schools chief wants new assessment test gone

| January 28, 2015
Arizona schools chief wants new assessment test gone

January 21, 2015 • By Bob Christie • Associated Press • AZFamily PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona’s new schools chief on Wednesday called on the Legislature and Gov. Doug Ducey to ditch a new school standards test adopted less than three months ago. Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas told the House education committee that implementing a […]

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