Tag: school choice

Child Opportunity Index: How is your neighborhood for raising kids? See more state education and legislative news here

| January 28, 2020
Child Opportunity Index: How is your neighborhood for raising kids? See more state education and legislative news here

This past week Diversity Data Kids in partnership with Brandeis University released the Child Opportunity Index. The index uses data for the country’s 100 largest metro areas and scores them in areas such as education, health and environment, as well as social and economic factors.

Madison Wisconsin received the highest score of all metro areas in the country with an 83 out of 100. The Phoenix metro scored 43, well under the national median of 55.

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FUTURE Act: What Students, Borrowers Should Know. See more national education news here

| January 28, 2020
FUTURE Act: What Students, Borrowers Should Know. See more national education news here

LATE IN 2019, MANY higher education advocates and experts declared the FUTURE Act a major win for college financial aid – but how exactly will the legislation passed in Congress and signed into law by President Donald Trump affect students seeking aid in the coming cycles?

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School leaders say better pay would attract more teachers. See more state education news here

| October 8, 2019
School leaders say better pay would attract more teachers. See more state education news here

Tenth in a series: School leaders say better pay would help them attract teachers to Arizona’s classrooms, especially in rural areas, and prevent educators from seeking more lucrative careers.

They’re calling for the legislature to increase public K-12 education funding after an Arizona School Personnel Administrators Association survey of 150 public district and charter schools found that Arizona schools had 1,443.66 open teaching positions by Aug. 30, 2019, and many schools hired long-term substitute teachers to fill that gap.

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Support grows nationwide for paying teachers more. See more national education news here

| August 27, 2019
Support grows nationwide for paying teachers more. See more national education news here

Most Americans believe that K-12 schools deserve more money, the federal government should chip in a bigger share of education costs and a college education — especially at community colleges — should be tuition-free, according a nationwide education poll released (Aug. 20)

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Film: Challenges of raising a family on a teacher’s salary continue. See more state education news here

| June 25, 2019
Film: Challenges of raising a family on a teacher’s salary continue. See more state education news here

Arizona’s state test scores are improving, but only by a few percentage points.

Early AzMERIT standardized test results obtained by The Arizona Republic show small increases in the percentage of students passing the test in most grade levels in reading and math.

But the scores still show more than half the students in most categories, including in third-grade reading, aren’t passing the test.

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Navajo Nation issues request to Congress to restore federal funding for scholarships. See more state education news here

| April 2, 2019
Navajo Nation issues request to Congress to restore federal funding for scholarships. See more state education news here

On March 25, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer voiced concern about the Trump administration’s proposal to eliminate funding for the Higher Education Grant within the Bureau of Indian Education’s FY 2020 budget request.“The Higher Education Grant is a huge benefit for thousands of Navajo students each year and for the future of the Navajo Nation,” Nez said. “It’s very disappointing that these funds continue to come under threat by this administration. We will look to our leaders in the House and Senate to restore these funds during the budget process.”

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Study: Poverty, Location Factors In Arizona Student Literacy. See more state education news here

| March 26, 2019
Study: Poverty, Location Factors In Arizona Student Literacy. See more state education news here

A study of literacy programs for Arizona third-graders found that children who live in poverty or attend rural schools are at a disadvantage in learning to read. The report evaluated how effective reading instruction programs were for third-grade students based on a number of key metrics derived from AzMERIT, Arizona’s statewide learning assessment test. Study author Robert Vagi is a researcher at the University of Minnesota; he said economic and geographic factors play a significant role in a student’s ability to achieve age-appropriate literacy.

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The shrinking number of special ed teachers adds to schools’ pressures. See more national education news here

| March 5, 2019
The shrinking number of special ed teachers adds to schools’ pressures. See more national education news here

The number of special education teachers nationally has dropped by more than 17 percent over the past decade, a worrisome trend in a career path that has seen chronic shortages for years.

An analysis of federal data by the Education Week Research Center shows that while the number of special education teachers was dropping, the number of students with disabilities ages 6 to 21 declined by only about 1 percent over the same time period. And as a whole, the number of teachers in all fields has gone up slightly over the past decade, as has overall enrollment.

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Number of Homeless Students Soars. See more national education news here

| February 26, 2019
Number of Homeless Students Soars. See more national education news here

THE NUMBER OF STUDENTS in kindergarten through the 12th grade who are homeless has increased by 70 percent over the last decade, according to new federal data that also suggests it shows no signs of slowing.

The report, published this month by the National Center for Homeless Education, housed at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, provides a three-year snapshot of homeless from the 2014-15 school year through the 2016-17 school year using federal data reported annually to the Department of Education by states.

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Arizona school-choice backers promote vouchers to undocumented immigrants. See other education and political news here

| August 29, 2018
Arizona school-choice backers promote vouchers to undocumented immigrants. See other education and political news here

A group promoting school choice in Arizona is marketing the state’s controversial voucher program to Spanish-speaking parents by telling them immigration status isn’t a barrier to receiving public money to attend private school.

American Federation for Children’s online Spanish-language pitch states: “Arizona has a state-funded program that pays for private schools for thousands of children who live in this state. They don’t verify income or immigration status. Children don’t need to have or maintain certain grades.”

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