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

Ganado Schools to Bolster English Instruction After Settlement with Federal Government


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
Credit Capitol Media Services photo by Howard Fischer

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
Credit Justin Regan/KNAU

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

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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