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Arizona schools win big as state racks up $330M in land sales. See more state education news here

| January 8, 2019
Arizona schools win big as state racks up $330M in land sales. See more state education news here

Earlier this year, a piece of state-owned land in north Phoenix sparked an hourlong bidding war. The winner? Arizona school.

The 269-acre parcel in Desert Ridge sold for $79 million, about $25 million more than its appraised value. Since then, the Arizona State Land Department has been on a selling spree.

The agency charged with managing 9.2 million acres across Arizona sold more than $330 million in land during 2018. That’s up from $44 million in 2017.

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Arizona teen suicide prevention hotline calls increase before holidays. See related news here

| December 27, 2018
Arizona teen suicide prevention hotline calls increase before holidays. See related news here

While many teens count down the days until their holiday breaks, some aren’t so excited.

“There’s a lot of misconception about holidays and even breaks being a time that kids are happy about being on vacation, that kids are happy about not being at school,” Nikki Kontz, clinical director for Teen Lifeline, told KTAR News 92.3 FM on Tuesday.

Teen Lifeline is a nonprofit dedicated to teen suicide prevention that was founded in Phoenix in 1986.

Calls to the group’s crisis hotline typically increase in the weeks leading up to holiday breaks, Kontz said in a blog post.

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Opinion — How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation

| December 20, 2018
Opinion — How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation

“Caring for Kids will benefit Child Crisis Arizona and Arizona Helping Hands, two organizations whose mission is helping support foster families in Arizona.”

As business leaders here in Arizona, we have a responsibility to help grow the next generation of leaders. And school-based organizations play a key role. During this holiday season teens are finding ways to serve through a variety of groups.

Student government, National Honor Society and Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) all help tweens and teens look beyond themselves and into the needs of their community. At Canyon State Credit Union, we are deeply involved with FBLA, and this year, their State Service Project is dedicated to a cause close to our hearts, Caring For Kids collection drive.

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Arizona schools chief says student safety goes beyond armed officer

| November 15, 2018
Arizona schools chief says student safety goes beyond armed officer

Kathy Hoffman, Arizona’s newly elected superintendent of public instruction, said she believes keeping students safe goes beyond having armed officers present in schools.

Ensuring school safety, according to Hoffman, has as much to do with students’ mental health as their physical health.

“I think that student resource officers have a place in our schools but it shouldn’t be the solution in every school,” Hoffman, who was elected to the position on Monday, told KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Arizona’s Morning News on Wednesday.

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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 group says Prop. 126 will hurt education, transporting funding

| October 17, 2018
Arizona group says Prop. 126 will hurt education, transporting funding

A diverse group of opponents is coming out strongly against a ballot measure that would bar the Arizona Legislature from taxing services, saying it will decimate education and transporting funding.

The group pointed to a Wednesday report from the Grand Canyon Institute highlighting what they say are problems with Proposition 126, especially a $250 million hit to the state’s schools starting in 2021 and 33 to 44 percent cuts in regional transportation taxes in Maricopa and Pima counties when they come up for renewal in the next decade.

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Do charter schools favor students from higher income areas? See related news here

| September 12, 2018
Do charter schools favor students from higher income areas? See related news here

Do charter schools discriminate in enrollment, favoring students from higher-income areas, and capping the number of special education and English language learner students they take?

Charter schools get tax money, and they’re an alternative to public schools, but critics say some charters try to steer clear of certain kinds of students, and they say that’s illegal and unacceptable.

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Arizona Chamber of Commerce files suit to quash education tax proposal. See related news here

| July 25, 2018
Arizona Chamber of Commerce files suit to quash education tax proposal. See related news here

PHOENIX — The fate of whether voters get to decide on a higher income tax on the wealthy could depend on a judge’s math decision.

A lawsuit filed Tuesday by the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry contends the petitions circulated by the #InvestInEd committee are “objectively false and misleading.” Attorney Kory Langhofer wants a judge to block the issue from getting on the November ballot.

The measure, if approved, would boost income tax rates on individuals making more than $250,000 and couples in the $500,000-plus range, to raise an estimated $690 million for education.

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Arizona awarded $60,000 grant to help close college attainment gap. See related news here

| July 18, 2018
Arizona awarded $60,000 grant to help close college attainment gap. See related news here

Arizona is getting some help to close the education attainment gap, thanks to a new grant.

The $60,000 grant is from the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education and the Lumina Foundation.

It’ll go toward efforts to close the education attainment gap for Latinos and Native Americans – two groups less likely to hold a post-secondary degree than their white counterparts.

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