education

State Capitol News
8:23 am
Wed March 5, 2014

State Senate Votes to Scrap Common Core But Faces a Likely Veto

Sen. Al Melvin has led the effort to rid the state of the Common Core, but Gov. Jan Brewer could veto the legislation.
Credit Capitol Media Services file photo by Howard Fischer

The state Senate voted Tuesday to scrap the Common Core education standards the state and schools started putting in place just four years earlier. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
8:44 am
Fri February 21, 2014

State Senate Committee Votes to Block Common Core

Sen. Al Melvin
Credit Capitol Media Services file photo by Howard Fischer

Ignoring pleas from business leaders, the Senate Education Committee voted along party lines Thursday to block the state from implementing the Common Core standards adopted just four years earlier. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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KNAU and Arizona News
4:26 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Ganado Schools to Bolster English Instruction After Settlement with Federal Government

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Students who speak mostly Navajo will receive a boost in English-language instruction. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the changes bring the Ganado Unified School District into compliance with federal law.

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State Capitol News
9:25 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Top Public School Official’s Robocall Encourages Parents to Look at Private Education

Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal
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The state’s top school official is defending his efforts to tell parents they can use tax dollars to send their children to private and parochial schools. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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KNAU and Arizona News
12:13 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

NO AZ Solar School: One Of the Coolest Schools In America

One of the many solar panels at The STAR School east of Flagstaff
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Parent and Child Magazine recently named a school in northern Arizona one of the top 25 coolest schools in America. The STAR School, near Flagstaff and the edge of the Navajo Nation, is the first completely solar powered public charter school in the country. From making its own power, to growing its own food, the school's mission is to be as sustainable as possible. But, as Arizona Public Radio's Justin Regan reports, being off the grid has its challenges.

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State Capitol News
8:59 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Move Underway to Expand State Education Voucher Program

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Supporters of an existing limited voucher-like program for students are now moving to expand the plan to perhaps more than 400,000 youngsters statewide. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports.

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Local Headlines
4:06 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Navajo Nation Head Start Will Receive a Major Boost in 2014

Monument Valley
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The Navajo Nation plans to add nearly two dozen new service centers to their Head Start education program over the course of this new year. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports.

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State Capitol News
2:46 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Business Leaders Urge Increased Education Funding

A parade of business leaders urged lawmakers today to provide money to implement the new common core standards for K-12 education.

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Fronteras
1:26 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

The Numbers Behind English Instruction In Arizona

Preliminary data released by the U.S. Department of Education last month showed that only 25 percent of English Language Learners in Arizona high schools graduate in four years.

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State Capitol News
3:24 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

AZ's Ed. Superintendent Says Parents Should Ensure Schools are Prepared for Violence

Education Superintendent John Huppenthal explained Friday the training available -- but not mandated -- for public schools to deal with threats of violence like the incident in Connecticut.
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The state's top education official said this afternoon it's up to parents -- and not his agency -- to ensure that local school personnel have the training they need to prevent -- or at least deal with -- shootings like the one in Connecticut.

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