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

Move Underway to Expand State Education Voucher Program

Credit New York Times

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

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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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.
Credit Howard Fischer / Capitol Media Services

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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10:34 am
Thu September 13, 2012

Dropout Nation: From Detention To Diploma

The Coconino County Juvenile Detention Center
Laurel Morales

The high school dropout rate for American Indians is almost twice the national average. Educators in Flagstaff, Ariz., have tried to turn that trend around. And they’ve had some success at a place you wouldn’t suspect -- the Coconino County Juvenile Detention Center.

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State Capitol News
9:08 am
Wed September 5, 2012

10% of Education Sales Tax to Go For Roads

The organizer of a proposed permanent one-cent hike in state sales taxes on Tuesday defended earmarking 10 percent of the proceeds for road construction.

Ann-Eve Pedersen said Arizona has cut state aid to education in the last five years more than any other state. She said Proposition 204 would provide needed tax dollars the Legislature cannot take. If approved, the measure would initially raise $1 billion a year. But 10 percent automatically goes for roads. Pedersen said that is justified.

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KNAU and Arizona News
12:27 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Fingerprinting Backlog Costing School Districts

The Arizona Department of Public Safety is reporting a backlog of thousands of fingerprinting applications from teachers statewide.  The delay could be a problem as districts gear up for the start of the school year.

DPS is reporting a backlog of at least 12,000 fingerprinting applications.  Fingerprint clearance is a crucial step in teacher background and criminal history checks. 

Last week alone, DPS received nearly seven thousand new applications. 

Officials generally process about 5,000 fingerprint cards per week. 

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KNAU and Arizona News
10:01 am
Tue May 15, 2012

Loss of Students in N. AZ Public Schools May be Slowing

The sound of school buses is familiar during the school year. 

But residents of Chino Valley now hear those sounds only four days a week. 

Jon Scholl, with the Chino Valley Unified School District, says cutting back on bus service saved the district money. 

“We go to school Monday through Thursday," Scholl said. "It did not decrease the minimum number of minutes that we still need.  Whether you’re on a five-day week or a four-day week, it’s the same.  Our students just go to school a little bit longer to make up for that fifth day.”

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State Capitol News
12:15 pm
Fri March 9, 2012

Penny Sales Tax Initiative Formally Launched Today

An initiative drive launched today seeks to let voters decide if they want to make permanent the 1-cent sales tax set to expire next year. 

The proposal would earmark about 75 percent of the billion dollars a year for education, mostly for K-12 funding but also for college scholarships. Initiative organizer Ann-Eve Pedersen said this is not just throwing money at the problem, with some public school funding tied to performance.

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