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Longer school days tested to boost learning

Mesa’s lowest-performing school has joined the ranks of dozens of schools nationwide that are extending their school days with the goal of boosting test scores. Since school started in August, the final bell at Lehi Elementary School has rung at 2:45…

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Arizona schools gear up for big changes

When common core standards were adopted in 2010 Arizona also passed a law called Move On When Reading, ensuring no third grader reading below grade level advances on to the fourth grade. In Gayle Kirkendall's third grade class at Harelson Elementary…

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Tax credit donations useful for districts and charters

Principals of the nine Humboldt Unified School District schools will accept any and all tax credit money that comes their way. The money helps pay for field trips, music, drama and art programs, athletics, and any before- or after-school programs. If taxpayers…

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Districts converting to charter schools for money not choices

PHOENIX – Public school districts continuously clamor for more money, whether it’s done through the legislature or by raising property taxes for bonds and/or budget overrides. However, districts have recently come up with a new scheme to raise more money by…

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Safford schools stress zero tolerance

The Safford School District demonstrated its desire to set the tone early when it comes to rule breakers. The district recently enacted quick suspensions of elementary students who either brought weapons to school or took part in an assault.

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