Tag: School Safety

House panel OKs asking Arizona voters to increase sales tax to pay for education. See more state education news here

| February 19, 2019
House panel OKs asking Arizona voters to increase sales tax to pay for education. See more state education news here

A House panel voted (Feb. 18) to ask voters to increase what they pay in sales taxes to fund public education.

The proposal would put a measure on the 2020 ballot to boost the current 0.6-of-a-cent sales tax earmarked for schools to a full penny.

That would bring in an extra $450 million to $500 million a year, with 75 percent earmarked for K-12 education, 20 percent to keep tuition affordable at public universities and the balance for community colleges.

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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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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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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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Arizona universities travel the state helping students learn more about college admissions, financial aid. See more state education news here

| October 3, 2018
Arizona universities travel the state helping students learn more about college admissions, financial aid. See more state education news here

As part of the Achieve60AZ initiative, organizations across Arizona – including the state’s three public universities Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University and University of Arizona – are seeking ways to increase the number of Arizonans with post-secondary degrees or credentials from the current 42 percent to 60 percent by 2030.

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PMS track and field closed while school is in session

| September 26, 2018
PMS track and field closed while school is in session

In Page Unified School District’s continuing efforts to make their campuses safer for all faculty / staff and students, effective Wednesday, September 26, 2018 no one, other than Page Unified School District employees and students, will be allowed access to the track and field located in the area of Sunrise and Sage while school is in session.

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Democrats urge governor to call special session on guns after Texas shooting. See related stories here

| May 22, 2018
Democrats urge governor to call special session on guns after Texas shooting. See related stories here

Democrat lawmakers are using Friday’s school shooting in Texas in a bid to get Gov. Doug Ducey to call lawmakers into special session to adopt new gun laws.

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Allhands: Forced recess in Arizona? Now, this is a mandate I can get behind. See other state education news here

| April 11, 2018
Allhands: Forced recess in Arizona? Now, this is a mandate I can get behind. See other state education news here

If you care about your kid’s grades, you’ll applaud the new mandate for two school recess periods each day.

Gov. Doug Ducey signed Senate Bill 1083 last week. The bill applies to both district and charter schools in kindergarten through third grade initially and kindergarten through fifth grade after August 2019.

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Judge restores $7.3M for Navajo Nation’s Head Start program. See more education stories here

| April 4, 2018
Judge restores $7.3M for Navajo Nation’s Head Start program. See more education stories here

A federal court has restored $7.3 million to the Navajo Nation for its Head Start program.

The ruling March 27 came in a lawsuit the tribe filed alleging it was denied an opportunity to appeal a cut in federal grant funding.

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School safety: Williams administrators prepare for the worst. See more education stories here

| April 4, 2018
School safety: Williams administrators prepare for the worst. See more education stories here

Columbine, Sandy Hook, Marjory Stoneman Douglas. Fifty-six students and teachers died at these schools at the hands of mass shooters.

Each horrific school shooting has impacted local communities and the country as they reevaluate school security. The incidents have put doubts in the minds of parents regarding their children’s safety and have shaken multitudes of students and teachers who are in schools today.

“When I first became a teacher, it was not something we thought about, or trained for or practiced or talked about,” said Williams Unified School District Superintendent Rick Honsinger. “I think the one incident that changed all that was Columbine High School.”

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