Tag: AZEDNEWS

Need help filing the FAFSA? Here’s where you can get it

| December 5, 2018
Need help filing the FAFSA? Here’s where you can get it

Filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine financial aid eligibility for colleges and vocational schools can be a challenge for high school seniors and their parents.

To make it easier, high schools, community organizations and postsecondary schools around the state offer College Goal FAF$A workshops that have helped more than 55,000 students and their families complete the critically important application in the past 10 years, thanks to help from the Arizona Commission on Postsecondary Education.

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Arizonans approve 77% of school bond, override elections. See related news here

| November 20, 2018
Arizonans approve 77% of school bond, override elections. See related news here

Arizona voters approved 77 percent of school bond and override elections on the 2018 midterm election ballot, said Randie Stein, director of the public finance team at Stifel Nicolaus in Phoenix.

Bonds and overrides are voter approved community support for schools generated by local property taxes. They are for a specific period of time and purpose.

But just 28 percent of Arizona’s students attend school in districts where the community reliably passes bond and override elections, said Dr. Anabel Aportela, research director for Arizona Association of School Business Officials and Arizona School Boards Association.

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Election updates: Thousands cast ballots at polls, but early ballots could take up to 9 days to be tallied. See related news here

| November 7, 2018
Election updates: Thousands cast ballots at polls, but early ballots could take up to 9 days to be tallied. See related news here

… At this time, the Arizona Secretary of State’s website says that with 99 percent of precincts reporting (which is the people voting at the polls in person on Election Day) that 1,739,565 ballots were cast and voter turnout was 46.81 percent among Arizona’s 3,716,161 registered voters.

But the results in two races that are too close to call – for U.S. Senator and Superintendent of Public Instruction – may not be known for up to 9 days, depending on when early ballots mailed in, early ballots dropped off a the polls on election day and provisional ballots are verified and counted, according to the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office.

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Arizona education board adopts new standards, support for evolution. See more statewide education news here

| October 24, 2018
Arizona education board adopts new standards, support for evolution. See more statewide education news here

The state Board of Education on Monday rebuffed a bid by schools chief Diane Douglas to adopt standards for public schools crafted by a Christian college for Arizona.

But whether schools may be allowed to use the standards from Hillsdale College remains an open question. Several board members said it might be appropriate to have that as an option for schools that choose not to follow the standards for history, social studies and science that the board did adopt, by a 6-4 vote.

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Arizona universities travel the state helping students learn more about college admissions, financial aid. See more state education news here

| October 3, 2018
Arizona universities travel the state helping students learn more about college admissions, financial aid. See more state education news here

As part of the Achieve60AZ initiative, organizations across Arizona – including the state’s three public universities Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University and University of Arizona – are seeking ways to increase the number of Arizonans with post-secondary degrees or credentials from the current 42 percent to 60 percent by 2030.

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As elections near, interest in schools fades for some campaigns. See related news here

| August 15, 2018
As elections near, interest in schools fades for some campaigns. See related news here

When Arizona teachers walked out of their classrooms in April to demand more funding for schools, it forced the issue of education into the headlines.

Three months later, those headlines appear to be a distant memory to some campaigns.

“There’s a very big disconnect between what voters care about, and what politicians and policymakers are talking about,” said Tamara Hiler, the deputy director for education at the Washington think tank Third Way.

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#RedForEd advocates return to Capitol to weigh in on ballot language for Invest in Ed proposition (+ Video). See related education news here

| August 1, 2018
#RedForEd advocates return to Capitol to weigh in on ballot language for Invest in Ed proposition (+ Video). See related education news here

About 100 people – many in #RedForEd t-shirts – attended a Legislative Council meeting Wednesday at the Arizona Legislature to determine ballot proposition language for Invest in Education and several other initiatives for the November elections.

The Legislative Council is in charge of creating impartial ballot analyses for every initiative that’s going on the ballot in November – among those are the Outlaw Dirty Money initiative, the Invest in Ed initiative, the Clean Energy for a Healthy Arizona initiative, and the Protect Arizona Taxpayers Act, said Chris Kotterman, director of government relations for Arizona School Boards Association.

“The Council is hearing testimony from members of the public about whether or not they agree with whether those analyses are fair or not, because by law they have to be fair and impartial,” Kotterman said.

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Technology in the classroom: Engaging students, promoting deeper learning and helping teachers (+ Video, slideshows)

| June 20, 2018
Technology in the classroom: Engaging students, promoting deeper learning and helping teachers (+ Video, slideshows)

Today’s students were born with technology that lets them find information instantly, respond to it quickly, and share their response on social media in seconds. So is it any wonder that they find it tedious to read a textbook chapter and answer the questions at the end?

Classroom instruction should adapt to this information revolution by using the technology that’s part of kids’ lives to engage students, build on their strengths and encourage them to create, collaborate and explore deeper meaning, said Holly Clark, a former middle school English Language arts teacher who is now educational strategist and head of publishing for Google Ed Tech Team at North Canyon High School on June 5, 2018.

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Statewide news: Ducey signs education budget bill on day six of teacher walkout. See related stories here

| May 3, 2018
Statewide news: Ducey signs education budget bill on day six of teacher walkout. See related stories here

On day six of the teacher walkout, the Arizona House of Representatives and Senate both passed an education budget bill which includes Gov. Doug Ducey’s plan of 20 percent teacher pay raises by 2020.

The bill then went to Gov. Doug Ducey who signed it almost immediately.

“Signed,” Ducey tweeted. “Teacher raises are on the way.”

But teachers at the Capitol Thursday morning are not happy, saying it’s not enough. They’re already preparing for November.

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#RedForEd organizers: Arizona teachers will vote on walkout. See related stories here

| April 18, 2018
#RedForEd organizers: Arizona teachers will vote on walkout. See related stories here

Teachers across the state will vote this week on whether to walk out for more education funding, according to Arizona Educators United, the grassroots group coordinating the #RedForEd movement.

Organizers late Sunday said educators would vote in person Tuesday through Thursday to determine whether they would follow the lead of teachers in West Virginia, Oklahoma and Kentucky.

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