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Expect More Arizona — Education Top Issue for Fifth Straight Year. See more state education and legislative news here

| January 7, 2020
Expect More Arizona — Education Top Issue for Fifth Straight Year. See more state education and legislative news here

Expect More Arizona commissioned its annual statewide public opinion survey of 600 likely Arizona voters in November 2019. For the fifth year in a row, poll results show that voters believe education is the most important issue facing our state, above immigration, healthcare or the economy. Voters continue to consider teacher pay and a general lack of funding to be our state’s most significant education issues.

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Experts Worry Active Shooter Drills In Schools Could Be Traumatic For Students. See more national education news here

| November 12, 2019
Experts Worry Active Shooter Drills In Schools Could Be Traumatic For Students. See more national education news here

A regular drumbeat of mass shootings in the U.S., both inside schools and out, has ramped up pressure on education and law enforcement officials to do all they can to prevent the next attack.

Close to all public schools in the U.S. conducted some kind of lockdown drill in 2015-2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. …

But many experts and parents are asking if the drills, some complete with simulated gunfire, are doing more harm than good.

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How the gender gap in STEM might get its start in elementary school. See more national education news here

| October 29, 2019
How the gender gap in STEM might get its start in elementary school. See more national education news here

On average, girls do as well as boys on elementary- and middle-school math tests. But by the time students enter the workforce, a big gender gap has emerged, with men earning nearly 80 percent of bachelor’s degrees in engineering and computer science.

A new study offers evidence that the disparity might be getting its start in elementary school classrooms

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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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How yoga helps students relax, focus, deal with stress. See state education news here

| July 23, 2019
How yoga helps students relax, focus, deal with stress. See state education news here

Third in a series on teachers and what they do during the summer: The day before Sun Valley High School summer school students’ research papers were due, Moonstone Yoga’s Jennifer Shifler led them and their teacher through breathing and yoga exercises to help them reduce stress and relax.

For the past three years, Shifler has led sessions each Friday morning before tutoring begins at the Title I charter school in Mesa, and educators and administrators there say it has helped increase students’ concentration, their ability to monitor their emotions and develop positive responses to stressful situations.

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About one-in-six U.S. teachers work second jobs – and not just in the summer. See more national education news here

| July 2, 2019
About one-in-six U.S. teachers work second jobs – and not just in the summer. See more national education news here

Classes have ended for the summer at public schools across the United States, but a sizable share of teachers are still hard at work at second jobs outside the classroom.

Among all public elementary and secondary school teachers in the U.S., 16% worked non-school summer jobs in the break before the 2015-16 school year. Notably, about the same share of teachers (18%) had second jobs during the 2015-16 school year, too, according to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). This makes teachers about three times as likely as U.S. workers overall to balance multiple jobs, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data. (Multiple jobholders have made up a small but steady portion of the U.S. labor force since 1970.)

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International Survey: U.S. Teachers Are Overworked, Feel Underappreciated. See more national education news here

| June 25, 2019
International Survey: U.S. Teachers Are Overworked, Feel Underappreciated. See more national education news here

TEACHERS IN THE U.S. work longer hours and spend more time during the school day teaching than teachers in other parts of the world. And while the majority are satisfied with their jobs, only a fraction believes American society values their profession.

The topline findings of the Teaching and Learning International Survey, an international study published Wednesday by the National Center for Education Statistics, showcase the grievances at the heart of the wave of educator unrest that’s prompted strikes, protests and walkouts in nearly a dozen states and school districts across the U.S.

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Teachers Use Mystery Skype To Give Students A Window On The World. See more national education news here

| May 7, 2019
Teachers Use Mystery Skype To Give Students A Window On The World. See more national education news here

Some experts have found that eighth-grade classes spend just about 20 minutes a week on geography, and that’s reflected in standardized tests. Just over a quarter of all eighth-graders score proficient or higher in the subject, which is a problem because knowing geography is key to understanding world events, politics and business. NPR’s Amanda Morris reports on a game that some teachers are using to engage students in the world around them.

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Ward: State GOP backs tax hike for education. See more state education news here

| April 23, 2019
Ward: State GOP backs tax hike for education. See more state education news here

The state Republican Party has staked out a rare policy position by backing a tax hike – as long as GOP lawmakers don’t have to do it alone.
AZGOP Chairwoman Kelli Ward announced Monday evening her support for legislation that would increase a voter-approved 0.6-cent sales tax earmarked for education to a full penny.
This new tax hike, like the original tax, would also need to be approved by voters on the 2020 ballot.

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