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Legislators, Gov. Repeal HIV/AIDS Instruction Law

Legislators, Gov. repeal HIV/AIDS instruction law


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  • Lisa Irish/ Arizona Education News Service
  • April 11, 2019

The Arizona Legislature and Gov. Doug Ducey repealed Thursday a 28-year-old law that prohibited discussing homosexuality during public schools' HIV/AIDS instruction. This comes after Equality Arizona filed a lawsuit in March that challenged the previous law's constitutionality and named the…

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What The Timeline For Census 2020 Looks Like

What the timeline for Census 2020 looks like


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  • Lisa Irish/ Arizona Education News Service
  • April 10, 2019

Preparing for Census 2020 begins long before Census Day and work continues until the counts are delivered to the president. The U.S. Constitution requires a count - or census - of the United States' population each decade. These census results…

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Arizona Students Celebrate The Life And Work Of César Chávez

Arizona students celebrate the life and work of César Chávez


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  • TaMeia Murphy/Arizona Education News Service
  • March 26, 2019

César Chávez Day holds huge cultural significance in Arizona, and while many schools give students this day off, several schools are hosting district-wide celebrations in Chávez ’s honor this year. Born in Yuma, César Chávez was a Mexican-American migrant worker…

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Support Services Vital To Learning Are A Key Part Of Classroom Spending

Support services vital to learning are a key part of classroom spending


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  • Lisa Irish/ Arizona Education News Service
  • March 21, 2019

The Arizona Auditor General’s report says classroom spending remained below the national average in fiscal year 2018, but classroom support – a broader measure the governor, legislators and education advocates agreed upon better reflects the services that help students achieve…

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Fixing AZ’s Attainment Problem Will Boost Economy

Fixing AZ’s attainment problem will boost economy


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  • Lisa Irish/ Arizona Education News Service
  • March 12, 2019

A quick look at what Arizona students do after high school graduation shows why increasing post-secondary attainment is essential to boosting Arizona’s economy. While 29 percent of Arizona’s current workforce has a four-year college degree or higher, just 17 percent…

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How Unfunded Mandates Strain Schools’ Budgets

How unfunded mandates strain schools’ budgets


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  • Lisa Irish/ Arizona Education News Service
  • March 5, 2019

What do lawmakers’ bills to require students be tested for dyslexia and receive school vision and hearing screenings have in common? They’re unfunded mandates, which means there are no funding sources in these bills to provide the services they require.…

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Why Black History Month Is Important For All Students

Why Black History Month is important for all students


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  • TaMeia Murphy/ Arizona Education News Service
  • February 25, 2019

Students at North High School begin their days during Black History Month hearing about lesser-known people and events during morning announcements, and each Friday, students learn mini-history lessons in a trivia game format, allowing students the opportunity to win gift…

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Bills To Hire More School Counselors Support Gov. Ducey’s Safe Schools Plan

Bills to hire more school counselors support Gov. Ducey’s safe schools plan


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  • Lisa Irish/ Arizona Education News Service
  • February 13, 2019

Bills this session that would help public schools hire more counselors are critical steps in implementing Gov. Doug Ducey’s Safe Arizona Schools plan. The Safe Arizona Schools plan was developed last year with input from parents, teachers, students, principals, law…

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Why Some Schools Chose The ACT Or SAT Over AzMERIT

Why some schools chose the ACT or SAT over AzMERIT


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  • Lisa Irish/ Arizona Education News Service
  • January 30, 2019

Fifty-five Arizona public schools will measure their high school students’ proficiency in Arizona academic standards with the ACT or SAT this year instead of AzMERIT. But that flexibility eliminates the ability to compare students' proficiency and growth statewide and could…

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Federal Shutdown’s Impact On AZ Public Schools

Federal shutdown’s impact on AZ public schools


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  • Lisa Irish/ Arizona Education News Service
  • January 23, 2019

Updated: The partial federal government shutdown, now in its 35rd day, has affected funding for educational improvement for Native American students, and it could cause problems with school lunch funding if it continues into March. This shutdown is different from…

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Advocates Focus On Raising Teacher Pay, School Funding As Session Nears

Advocates focus on raising teacher pay, school funding as session nears


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  • Lisa Irish/ Arizona Education News Service
  • January 7, 2019

Seventy-eight percent of Arizona voters say K-12 teachers’ salaries are too low and 73 percent say schools need more money in a poll released before the legislative session starts Jan. 14 in Phoenix. For the fourth consecutive year, voters said…

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