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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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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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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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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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Full Text Of Gov. Ducey’s State Of The State Address

Full text of Gov. Ducey’s State of the State address


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  • Office of the Arizona Governor Doug Ducey
  • January 14, 2019

"Chief Justice Bales, Members of the Legislature, Judiciary and fellow Arizonans — I am so honored to be back here today, and just like you, I am ready to get to work. "2018 brought a lot our way. Election years…

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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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Using Data To Boost Students’ Skills, Opportunities

Using data to boost students’ skills, opportunities


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  • Lisa Irish/ Arizona Education News Service
  • December 21, 2018

When schools use data from college readiness assessments, it helps teachers focus their instruction to boost students’ skills and school counselors encourage students to add more challenging courses to their class schedules. That helps broaden the pool of students ready…

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Volunteers In Paradise Help Teachers, Students Reach Goals

Volunteers in Paradise help teachers, students reach goals


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  • Lisa Irish/ Arizona Education News Service
  • December 11, 2018

When students need more one-on-one assistance or small group instruction to master a skill, Paradise Valley Unified School District teachers know they can count on Volunteers in Paradise to help students be successful. For the past six years, the program…

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College Application Questions? Ask A Volunteer

College application questions? Ask a volunteer


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  • Lisa Irish/ Arizona Education News Service
  • November 29, 2018

Applying to colleges can be challenging for many high school seniors. That’s why the Arizona Commission on Postsecondary Education has organized volunteers to help more than 21,178 students at 68 high schools complete their college applications during the school day…

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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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