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The standards for teaching Science, and History, to Arizona schoolkids are undergoing their first revisions in more than a decade. A committee of 100 educators, parents and community members hammered out the Science document in a year-long process. But the Department of Education made unexpected last-minute changes, shifting from big ideas to vocabulary words and watering down the concept of evolution. KNAU’s Melissa Sevigny reports, some experts are alarmed.

Later this week, the state Department of Education will award letter grades to schools based on a range of academic measures.

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The Arizona Board of Education has restructured how public schools are going to be graded. The Arizona Republic reported Monday that schools will still be rated based on A-F letter grades, but a new set of criteria will be used for both elementary and high schools.

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Arizona schools chief Diane Douglas is set to testify before a Senate committee as she tries to derail legislation designed to settle ongoing fights between her and the state Board of Education.

Douglas is set to appear Thursday before the Senate's education committee. She said Wednesday that she was "shocked" at the "repulsive nature" of Republican Sen. Jeff Dial's proposal. Senate Bill 1416 would by detail specific duties for each body in an effort to end a pair of lawsuits and other problems between the board and Douglas.

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Arizona's top school official is set to roll out a plan to fix the state's struggling K-12 school system.

Superintendent of Instruction Diane Douglas will announce the group of policy initiatives at a news conference Thursday afternoon.

Douglas called for an additional $400 million in school funding as an initial part of that policy on Sept. 11. She plans to provide details of the remainder of her "comprehensive" plan to overhaul the state's public school system at Thursday's event.

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