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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.