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K-12 Funding, Healthcare, Jobs Are Top Three Priorities, Legislators Say

K-12 funding, healthcare, jobs are top three priorities, legislators say


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  • Lisa Irish/Arizona Education News Service
  • November 22, 2013

Three key members of Arizona’s House and Senate education committees said healthcare, economic recovery and education are their top priorities during a roundtable at a Nov. 8 workshop hosted by three of Arizona’s leading education organizations. Rep. Eric Meyer (D-28)…

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New Funding Proposal Would Reward Schools For Students’ Success

New funding proposal would reward schools for students’ success


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  • Lisa Irish/Arizona Education News Service
  • November 14, 2013

A revamped proposal to financially reward Arizona public schools for academic growth individual students make over the school year will be presented to Arizona state legislators this year by Gov. Jan Brewer’s office. A K-12 performance funding plan based on…

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Not Your Father’s Parent-teacher Conference

Not your father’s parent-teacher conference


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  • Lisa Irish/Arizona Education News Service
  • November 12, 2013

After Phoenix teacher Monica Chiago told Perla Gausin her first-grader son surpassed his goal identifying commonly used words but needed help increasing words read per minute, Chiago handed Gausin cards with phrases to review with him at home. “Do about…

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Teachers Positive About Standards, Despite Implementation Concerns

Teachers positive about standards, despite implementation concerns


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  • Lisa Irish/Arizona Education News Service
  • November 10, 2013

The value of Arizona's College and Career Ready Standards – formerly called the Common Core Standards – is still being debated in some quarters, but a new poll shows teachers overwhelmingly support them. Teachers say the new academic standards will…

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Sequestration Hurting Arizona Schools That Receive Impact Aid

Sequestration hurting Arizona schools that receive Impact Aid


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  • Lisa Irish/Arizona Education News Service
  • November 8, 2013

When Piñon Unified School District realized the federal sequester would reduce Impact Aid for the second year in a row, they put the brakes on expenses not directly tied to students’ education. “We stopped purchasing any capital assets not absolutely…

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United Way’s Tony Penn: Cradle-to-career Strategy Needed

United Way’s Tony Penn: Cradle-to-career strategy needed


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  • Lisa Irish/Arizona Education News Service
  • October 28, 2013

Tony Penn spends his days connecting the dots between families’ basic needs and students’ academic success then finding community partners to make a difference. “I’ve got one of the greatest jobs anyone can possibly have, getting into the community everyday…

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WestEd’s Maria Paredes Talks Family Engagement

WestEd’s Maria Paredes talks family engagement


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  • Lisa Irish/Arizona Education News Service
  • October 21, 2013

In 2008, Creighton Elementary School District’s Maria Paredes developed a system to actively engage parents in their child’s learning. Parents partner with their child’s K-8 teacher to examine test data, set goals and practice methods to use at home to…

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