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Arizona’s Summer Camps Adjusting To COVID-19 Requirements. See more state education and legislative news here

| April 27, 2021
Arizona’s Summer Camps Adjusting To COVID-19 Requirements. See more state education and legislative news here

Many Arizona parents are trying to figure out how their kids are going to spend the summer.

Lots of those kids would normally be going to summer camp — and they may still, but with the pandemic, several of those programs have changed.

To learn what this summer might look like, The Show spoke with Karen Barr, publisher, editor and founder of Raising Arizona Kids Magazine, which puts together an annual list of summer camp options.

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Should school lunches be free for all? A pandemic experiment. See more national education news here

| April 20, 2021
Should school lunches be free for all? A pandemic experiment. See more national education news here

Ever since March 2020, when the pandemic was declared, schools across the United States have been ground zero in a massive, accidental experiment in universal free meals. All public school children are for the first time experiencing equal access to food, no questions asked.

But the idea of providing universal free meals requires a certain shift in thought – and budgets – that not everyone agrees with.

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As Native freshman enrollment falls sharply, tribal colleges respond. See more national education news here

| November 24, 2020
As Native freshman enrollment falls sharply, tribal colleges respond.  See more national education news here

Ebony Oviok, an Alaska Native from the state’s North Slope, thought she’d be spending this fall at the University of Alaska Fairbanks studying for her nursing certificate.

Instead, like thousands of would-be college freshmen, she’s home, waiting out the pandemic.

Nationwide, there are 13% fewer freshmen enrolled in college this fall than last, according to the latest data from the National Student Clearinghouse. The steepest declines have occurred at community colleges among students of color. At public, four-year colleges, freshman enrollment among Native American students is down 22%; at community colleges, it’s fallen by almost 30%.

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How do bonds and overrides help fund Arizona schools? See more state education news here

| November 5, 2019
How do bonds and overrides help fund Arizona schools? See more state education news here

How do bonds and overrides help fund Arizona’s public K-12 schools?

Arizona school districts are asking voters in their communities to approve bond and override ballot measures in the Nov. 5 election to generate funding through local property taxes that schools can use for a set time and purpose.

Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission Video: November 2019 Elections – What are bond and override questions?

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Student performance lags on Nation’s Report Card. See more national education news here

| November 5, 2019
Student performance lags on Nation’s Report Card. See more national education news here

The latest Nation’s Report Card is painting a dismal picture of math and reading achievement among American fourth and eighth graders despite a few bright spots.

Students in the nation’s capital, which faced multiple scandals in its public school system last year, made significant gains in both reading and math this year, according to the National Assessment of Education Progress. There also were major improvements in Mississippi, bucking a national trend that showed America’s eighth graders falling behind in math and reading and declines among fourth graders in math.

Nationwide, a little more than a third of eighth graders are proficient in reading and math. About a third of fourth graders are proficient in reading, while more than 40% of fourth graders are proficient in math.

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Hooked on Vaping: Almost half of Arizona kids have vaped by 12th grade. See more state education news here

| October 22, 2019
Hooked on Vaping: Almost half of Arizona kids have vaped by 12th grade. See more state education news here

Almost half of Arizona’s students have vaped by the time they reach 12th grade, according to a statewide survey that shows the rapid rise of e-cigarette use in junior high and high school.

The Arizona Youth Survey is administered every two years by the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission. It asks eighth, 10th and 12th graders questions about substance use.

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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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More Students Are Taking the SAT Than Ever Before. National education news

| September 24, 2019
More Students Are Taking the SAT Than Ever Before. National education news

MORE STUDENTS IN THE graduating high school class of 2019 took the SAT than ever before, despite a record number of colleges and universities dropping the entrance exam requirement that’s long been a standard part of the admissions process. …The increase was driven in large part by the growing number of states that allow schools to administer the test during the school day, typically free of charge.

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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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‘We’ve Got a Real Crisis’: Half of U.S. Teachers Have Considered Leaving Profession, PDK Poll Finds. See more national education news here

| August 13, 2019
‘We’ve Got a Real Crisis’: Half of U.S. Teachers Have Considered Leaving Profession, PDK Poll Finds. See more national education news here

alf of the nation’s teachers have seriously considered quitting in recent years, amid concerns about low pay, stress and lack of respect, a new poll finds.
“We’ve got a real crisis going on,” said Joshua P. Starr, CEO of PDK International, the teachers’ professional association that conducts the annual poll. “There’s absolutely a real issue, and we have to confront it nationally if we want to ensure our kids are getting the best possible teachers.”

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