education

KNAU and Arizona News
6:58 am
Tue July 21, 2015

New York Man Arrested In Threatening Hoax Calls

A New York man suspected of placing numerous threatening phone calls to Flagstaff, Arizona, schools has been arrested.

Viktor Lisnyak, of Staten Island, New York, was arrested on July 17. He faces five counts of transmitting threatening communications in interstate commerce.

Officials say Lisnyak, who is 29 years old, made calls between March and May in which he threatened to kill school children. He made the calls to two elementary schools, one middle school and a preschool, police say.

KNAU and Arizona News
8:11 am
Wed July 15, 2015

Judge Grants Request To Halt Suit Against Board Of Education

Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas

  A judge has granted the state Board of Education's request to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas over authority to oversee and fire the board's staff.

Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Patricia Starr ruled Tuesday that part of Douglas' suit was a "political question" inappropriate for a court to decide. The judge also said other parts of the suit were too abstract to warrant a court ruling.

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KNAU and Arizona News
12:05 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

AZ Schools Chief Votes No On Removing Teachers Convicted of Sex Crimes

Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas

The state’s top educator is caught up in controversy, after she voted against removing teachers from schools if they’ve been convicted of sex crimes. As Arizona Public Radio’s Aaron Granillo reports, Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas voted no because she had a problem with the official paperwork.

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KNAU and Arizona News
2:16 pm
Mon May 18, 2015

Museum of Northern Arizona Receives National Honor at White House Ceremony

Museum of Northern Arizona President Dr. Robert Breunig, Navajo educator and musician Jeneda Benally and First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House ceremony Monday awarding MNA the 2015 National Medal for Museum and Library Service.
Credit Institute of Museum and Library Services

The Museum of Northern Arizona has been awarded the 2015 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the award was presented Monday by First Lady Michelle Obama at a White House ceremony.

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State Capitol News
8:16 am
Thu May 14, 2015

Gov. Doug Ducey Calls Business, Education Leaders to Summit

Credit David KadlubowskI/The Arizona Republic

Gov. Doug Ducey is calling economic development, business, education and political leaders from across the state to Glendale for a summit.

Thursday's event at the University of Phoenix Stadium will include a series of political and education speakers and Ducey will lay out his vision for the state.

Ducey spokesman Daniel Scarpinato says the idea is to bring leaders together and try to craft a vision for the entire state's economic and education development.

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KNAU and Arizona News
1:36 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Link Up Gets Kids Moving With the Symphony

Students dance with the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra.
Credit Justin Regan

It’s probably safe to assume that when it comes to music, most elementary school kids are more familiar with Bieber than Beethoven. But, an education program run by Carnegie Hall aims to change that. As Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports, Link Up not only teaches kids about orchestral music, it gets them out of the classroom and performing with their local symphonies.

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KNAU and Arizona News
11:27 am
Mon March 23, 2015

Gov. Ducey Won't Scrap Common Core — Yet

Gov. Doug Ducey
Credit The Republic

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey wants the state Board of Education to thoroughly review the Common Core school standards but is not calling for them to be scrapped immediately.

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KNAU and Arizona News
11:33 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Thousands of Uncounted Ballots Could Affect Too-Close-To-Call Races

Credit The Arizona Republic

After Tuesday’s election, two statewide races and votes on a ballot proposition remain too close to call. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, thousands of uncounted ballots could have a significant impact on the outcomes.

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State Capitol News
8:55 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Gov. Brewer Wants State Lawmakers to Pay Schools for Inflation

Gov. Jan Brewer
Credit Politico.com

Gov. Jan Brewer says state lawmakers should stop fighting public schools in court and come up with the money they are due to compensate them for inflation. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
3:30 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Report Lists Arizona as the Sixth Worst State to be a Teacher

Credit mashable.com

If the ongoing political debates about education funding have not convinced you, a new study might: this state is the sixth worst place in the nation to be a teacher. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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