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Open Letter To Arizona Families, Educators, School Leaders, And Education Community Members. See more state education news here

| March 17, 2020
Open Letter To Arizona Families, Educators, School Leaders, And Education Community Members. See more state education news here

Dear Arizona families, educators, school leaders, and education community members,

In our roles as Governor and Superintendent of Public Instruction, we stand united in working with you to keep Arizona’s kids, families, and school communities safe and healthy.

Over the past few weeks and in coordination with public health officials, we have been in close communication with school administrators to provide guidance and be a resource as it relates to the recent outbreak of COVID-19. The health and safety of all our students is our top priority, and we’ve worked hard to keep our school doors open — these are important assets in people’s lives and many families rely on them for nutrition and access to health care.

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Talking to kids about virus? Experts say be calm and honest. See more national education news here

| March 17, 2020
Talking to kids about virus? Experts say be calm and honest. See more national education news here

It was a routine game of schoolyard tag — except the children had dubbed this version “coronavirus.” The kids ran around and tagged one another, but instead of being “it,” they “caught” the virus.

Children like the ones a reporter saw playing recently at a school in Washington, D.C., are becoming more aware of the coronavirus — though they may not fully understand it or know how seriously to take it — as it begins to affect their daily lives with school closures and event cancellations, restrictions on travel, and the NBA nixing the rest of its season.

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Local Education Spotlight: Winners for 12th annual Viola Awards announced Saturday night. See more local education news here

| March 10, 2020
Local Education Spotlight: Winners for 12th annual Viola Awards announced Saturday night. See more local education news here

The 12th Annual Viola Awards debuted two new awards in the categories of placemaking and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) Saturday evening. The ceremony, held at the High Country Conference Center, also honored individuals and organizations in the arts, music, teaching, theater and innovation.

Chris Luginbuhl claimed the win for STEAM for the NightVisions exhibition while Lowell Observatory’s Giovale Open Deck Observatory earned the award for Excellence in Placemaking. …

Excellence in Education went to Shayne Smith, the Flagstaff High School director of theater arts and bands.

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Schools have taken on a much larger role – and we need to fund them appropriately. See more state education news here

| March 10, 2020
Schools have taken on a much larger role – and we need to fund them appropriately. See more state education news here

Tomorrow morning, one in five Arizona children will wake up unsure of whether they’ll have food to eat in their home. One in ten will face life with a disability. Half will have experienced at least one adverse childhood experience, or trauma.

When kids enter their school building each day, they don’t leave these challenges on the doorstep, and it impacts how they learn. Funding hasn’t kept pace with the myriad needs today’s students face, which leaves schools spending far more on student services than they receive via per pupil funding from the state.

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