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Thousands Vote At Polls, But Late Earlies Take Days To Be Tallied

Thousands vote at polls, but late earlies take days to be tallied


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  • Lisa Irish/ Arizona Education News Service
  • November 6, 2018

Updated Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 10:27 a.m. Over the Veterans Day weekend, Kathy Hoffman won the race for Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction, Kyrsten Sinema won the race for U.S. Senate and the race for Arizona Secretary of State remains…

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Sahuarita Helps Students Ease Back Into Studies After A Concussion

Sahuarita helps students ease back into studies after a concussion


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  • Lisa Irish/ Arizona Education News Service
  • October 10, 2018

When a high school student suffers a concussion it takes time for them to return to their normal level of physical and cognitive functioning, and a Sahuarita Unified School District program is helping make sure that they engage in a…

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Carolyn Warner: Lifetime Education Leader Talks About The Issues

Carolyn Warner: Lifetime education leader talks about the issues


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  • Lisa Irish/ Arizona Education News Service
  • October 10, 2018

Update: Carolyn Warner, who served as Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction for 12 years, passed away Oct. 9, 2018. This was her take on the education issues facing Arizona from an interview several years ago that ran as an AZEdNews story…

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Supt. Candidates Disagree On How To Best Fund Schools At Debate

Supt. candidates disagree on how to best fund schools at debate


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  • Lisa Irish/ Arizona Education News Service
  • October 3, 2018

The candidates for Superintendent of Public Instruction agreed that education is key to Arizona’s economic well-being, but disagreed on how to best fund schools during a debate Tuesday in Phoenix hosted by KJZZ 91.5 FM. “We’re at a critical junction…

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AZ Universities Help Students Learn About Admissions, Financial Aid

AZ universities help students learn about admissions, financial aid


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  • Lisa Irish/ Arizona Education News Service
  • September 28, 2018

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…

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Sunnyside’s Bioscience Program Prepares Students For Future Careers
  • September 19, 2018

When students put on their lab coats and take part in the bioscience program at Tucson’s Sunnyside High School, they learn what they need to succeed in the workplace and college by doing lab work with partners like Native Seeds/SEARCH,…

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Connecting Learning To Real World Makes Tartesso An A+ School

Connecting learning to real world makes Tartesso an A+ School


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  • Lisa Irish/ Arizona Education News Service
  • September 4, 2018

Strong community support and connecting students’ learning to the real world are key to Tartesso Elementary being named an A+ School of Excellence. While Tartesso integrates technology into classroom learning and provides enrichment opportunities to ensure all students are college…

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Ruling Removes Invest In Ed Proposition From Ballot

Ruling removes Invest in Ed proposition from ballot


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  • Lisa Irish/ Arizona Education News Service
  • August 30, 2018

An Arizona Supreme Court ruling late Wednesday took the Invest in Education Act off the November ballot. The Invest in Ed proposition would have raised the income tax rate for single taxpayers who earn more than $250,000 in taxable income…

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Students’ AzMERIT Results Show Steady Growth For Past Four Years

Students’ AzMERIT results show steady growth for past four years


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  • Lisa Irish/ Arizona Education News Service
  • August 23, 2018

Arizona public school students’ proficiency levels statewide on the AzMERIT have shown steady growth over the past four years that the test has been given to measure students’ mastery of Arizona academic standards. Third- through eighth-graders take grade level assessments…

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Strong Relationships, STEM Make Mansfeld Magnet An A+ School

Strong relationships, STEM make Mansfeld Magnet an A+ School


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  • Lisa Irish/ Arizona Education News Service
  • August 16, 2018

A focus on building relationships with students and an emphasis on STEM principles have helped Mansfeld Magnet Middle School raise student test scores and earn the A+ School of Excellence Award from the Arizona Educational Foundation, said former principal Richard…

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Educators Learn How To Develop Trauma-sensitive Schools

Educators learn how to develop trauma-sensitive schools


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  • Lisa Irish/ Arizona Education News Service
  • August 2, 2018

Nearly 300 educators and community members learned how building supportive relationships and restorative justice practices can build a nurturing environment that helps children exposed to trauma during a recent symposium in Phoenix. When a child is exposed to trauma such…

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#RedForEd Weighs In On Invest In Ed Ballot Language

#RedForEd weighs in on Invest in Ed ballot language


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  • Lisa Irish/ Arizona Education News Service
  • July 25, 2018

About 100 people – many in #RedForEd t-shirts – attended a Legislative Council meeting Wednesday at the Arizona Legislature to determine ballot proposition language for Invest in Education and several other initiatives for the November elections. The Legislative Council is…

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Classroom Tech: Engaging Students, Promoting Deeper Learning

Classroom tech: Engaging students, promoting deeper learning


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  • Lisa Irish/ Arizona Education News Service
  • June 15, 2018

Today’s students were born with technology that lets them find information instantly, respond to it quickly, and share their response on social media in seconds. So is it any wonder that they find it tedious to read a textbook chapter…

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Take A Look Inside A Three-time A+ School Of Excellence

Take a look inside a three-time A+ School of Excellence


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  • Lisa Irish/Arizona Education News Service
  • May 23, 2018

At Acacia Elementary School, a three-time A+ School of Excellence, the front office is bustling with people dropping off food and rewards for end-of-the-year classroom celebrations, and students walking down a corridor behind it were giving each other high fives…

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