Tag: Education Week

States aim to boost school spending following teacher walkouts. See more national education news here

| February 12, 2019
States aim to boost school spending following teacher walkouts. See more national education news here

Spurred by teacher strikes and a sense of crisis, Colorado’s new governor is one of 33 newly elected leaders of states and territories who campaigned on improving education funding. In many states, both Republicans and Democrats agree that schools need more money and teachers need better pay.

Education “is probably the most important issue” facing the legislature, said Colorado state Sen. Bob Rankin, a Republican who recently co-chaired a state education council.

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Snow days are being transformed into online learning days in some schools across the US. See more national education news here

| February 5, 2019
Snow days are being transformed into online learning days in some schools across the US. See more national education news here

More schools across the country are experimenting with eLearning as a way to keep children learning, even when the building closes for inclement weather.

From fires and mudslides on the West Coast to winter storms and hurricanes on the East Coast, many schools have lost valuable days of classes, putting students behind.

For some students in North Carolina, schools were closed for weeks due to impassable roads and lingering damage in school buildings following Hurricane Florence.

School districts decide how they utilize canceled school days due to bad weather, and more are opting for online learning.

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Thousands of Copyrighted Works Will Now Be Freely Available to Teachers. See more national education news here

| January 15, 2019
Thousands of Copyrighted Works Will Now Be Freely Available to Teachers. See more national education news here

Teachers—especially those of English or the arts—rely on famous works of literature, music, and film in their classes, copying and repurposing them to analyze with students.

But often, embedding these works in curricula to share with other teachers or making them available to students can raise questions about copyright: How much of an original movie or poem can a teacher include, and how widely can resources made with these materials be distributed?

As of Jan. 1, thousands of works are newly exempt from these questions.

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Teachers Defiant After Educator Loses Bid for Arizona Governor. See related news here

| November 7, 2018
Teachers Defiant After Educator Loses Bid for Arizona Governor. See related news here

David Garcia, a Democratic college of education professor who galvanized teachers, school administrators, and parents behind an ambitious bid to pump more than $1 billion back into Arizona’s public school system, lost Tuesday to incumbent Republican Gov. Doug Ducey in the race for Arizona governor. 

It was a significant blow for public school advocates across the country who drew inspiration from the #redfored movement sparked here after thousands of teachers staged a week-long strike last spring over stagnant wages and stringent work conditions.

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Arizona’s economic growth hinges on success of Latino students. See related stories here

| May 22, 2018
Arizona’s economic growth hinges on success of Latino students. See related stories here

Arizona must prioritize the educational success and increase the degree attainment of our students in order to secure the future economic viability of our state. Not only should it be a priority, I would argue that it is an economic imperative for our state.

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Which Arizona Students Will Take Advantage of Expanded Choice Program?

| April 19, 2017
Which Arizona Students Will Take Advantage of Expanded Choice Program?

Now that Arizona’s expansive voucher-like law has passed, the question is, how many and which students will take advantage of the public funds that can be used at private schools.

As I wrote in a story about Arizona’s new education savings account, or ESA, law, supporters already are talking about the possibility of increasing how many students could receive the funds, roughly $4,400 per student, despite a cap worked out as a compromise to pass the law.

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Passing Proposed Arizona Budget Could Be A Challenge For Legislature

| April 27, 2016
Passing Proposed Arizona Budget Could Be A Challenge For Legislature

At the Arizona Capitol, Republican legislative leaders have come together on a nearly $9.6 billion spending plan, but there’s still some practical work to be done.

A big part of that, of course, is getting a majority of House and Senate rank and file members to vote for the package. That seems to be more of a challenge in the House at this point.

Arizona Capitol Times reporter Hank Stephenson weighed in on the subject.

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Arizona still gets D+ on schools report card, despite some modest gains

| January 27, 2016
Arizona still gets D+ on schools report card, despite some modest gains

Arizona student test scores stayed level from 2013 to 2015 while scores nationally declined slightly, but the state’s marginal gains were not enough to lift it out of the bottom ranks on a new national report card.

Arizona got a grade of D+ and was ranked 45th among states in the annual ranking by Education Week, which put the state’s level of school funding and its poverty achievement gap near the bottom in the nation.

The state’s poor performance in the Education Week report was cited last week by Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas in her State of Education address to the Arizona House Education Committee, saying it indicated a continual need for progress in education.

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Arizona Grapples With How to Boost Spending on Schools

| October 21, 2015
Arizona Grapples With How to Boost Spending on Schools

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and legislative leaders are pushing competing plans focused on bolstering the state’s K-12 school budget.

The three-way struggle between the Republican governor and Democratic lawmakers, as well as those from his own party, comes as the state grapples with the specter of budget cuts on top of those that have severely hamstrung funding in recent years, escalating the state’s teacher shortage and inflating class sizes, education advocates say.

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Arizona Department of Education Report Reveals Why Thousands Of Teachers Are Fleeing The State

| June 24, 2015
Arizona Department of Education Report Reveals Why Thousands Of Teachers Are Fleeing The State

By Sara Guaglione • www.ischoolguide.com “Arizona is facing a crisis in education right now,” said Kristie Martorelli, the Arizona Educational Foundation’s 2012 Teacher of the Year, according to the Arizona Education News Service. A 2015 report by the Arizona Department of Education explains why, and how the state can work on recruiting and retaining new teachers. […]

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