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Navajo Nation welcomes $45 mil from feds for schools, but say need persists

| January 20, 2016
Navajo Nation welcomes $45 mil from feds for schools, but say need persists

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell delivered $45 million of long overdue construction funds Thursday for two long-neglected schools in the Navajo Nation, the last of 14 schools promised funding there 12 years ago.

The Interior Department had announced last February that money was finally on the way for Cove Day School and Little Singer Community School, but Congress did not approve the funds until last month.

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As Arizona’s Native American students struggle to stay in school, tribal leaders move to help

| January 6, 2016
As Arizona’s Native American students struggle to stay in school, tribal leaders move to help

… The Native Youth Know program, a collaboration of local and national programs interested in American Indian welfare, is working to keep students engaged in education programs centered on culture and their tribes.

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Arizona charter schools turn 20 and growing

| December 30, 2015
Arizona charter schools turn 20 and growing

Nestled between a taco shop, a gas station and a church lies the Gilbert campus of Leading Edge Academy. A former Albertsons grocery store on the strip mall is what the small public school calls home.

Leading Edge’s campus is one of more than 600 charter schools in Arizona, which has been fostering the often misunderstood educational system for 20 years.

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Scholarships help families with special needs education

| November 18, 2015
Scholarships help families with special needs education

Arizona ranked No. 1 for the best state to live in because of how well state Medicaid programs serve those with intellectual and developmental disabilities, according to a study released this year by United Cerebral Palsy.

But the state fails to make the top 10 list of the best states for special education services from the organization Autism Speaks. But there are state-funded scholarships to help families.

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Advocate: Poor AzMERIT reading results reflect higher bar

| September 16, 2015
Advocate: Poor AzMERIT reading results reflect higher bar

Poor reading results from third-graders’ first round with the state’s new AzMERIT test aren’t bad news to one education advocate.

Pearl Chang Esau, CEO of Expect More Arizona calls it a sign that Arizona has finally raised the bar.

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School administrators scrambling, again, to hire teachers as school year looms

| July 22, 2015
School administrators scrambling, again, to hire teachers as school year looms

By  Jamie Cochran • Cronkite News WASHINGTON – Arizona officials say there are at least 1,000 vacant teacher positions to fill, with just weeks left until the school year starts around the state. It’s not the first time school districts have found themselves scrambling to hire teachers in Arizona, where officials say low salaries, lack of support […]

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Tribes eye plan for flexibility under No Child Left Behind

| June 17, 2015
Tribes eye plan for flexibility under No Child Left Behind

By Aubrey Rumore • Cronkite News • Navajo-Hopi Observer WASHINGTON – The way Navajo Nation Council Delegate Lee Jack Sr. sees it, “God gave us different ways to speak, God gave us different ways to live.” It stands to reason, then, that we should have different ways to teach, he said. “The Native kids need […]

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