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As the end of 2014 draws near, I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your support of our students, teachers and programs. We continue to grow in number and our academic success is soaring as noted by our ranking as the No. 1 large public school district in Arizona. Thank you to our students, staff, parents and community for making this a reality.
A community-based gift drive organized by the East Valley Tribune ended this week with more than 450 donations to Cardon Children’s Medical Center.
Members of the Gilbert Public Schools Governing Board are backing away from a controversial decision they made to redact a portion of a widely used biology textbook.
So the Great Textbook Redaction ends not with a bang, but a whimper.
The Reggio Approach, viewing children as competent and capable humans, full of potential, is an approach that goes hand in hand with Judaism, according to leaders at the Chandler Jewish Preschool, and that’s why it was selected to govern the thinking at the preschool when it opened just over a year ago.
Seton Catholic football head coach Rex Bowser has stepped away from his duties head coach after seven seasons.
Jo Ellen Kinnamon, Sacaton Middle School science and robotics teacher, is pictured with Laurie Burrell, Honeywell Educators at Space Academy ambassador. [Submitted photo]
Zaharis Elementary School fourth-grade teacher Scott Ritter posed a question to his students: What could they do to improve the lighting near the parking lot at their school in Mesa that would be efficient and environmentally responsible?
A teacher from a Mesa high school recently received state-level recognition. John-David Bowman, a teacher at Westwood High School, was recognized as “Arizona Teacher of the Year” by the Arizona Education Foundation.
A former student teacher at Tempe High School has been sentenced to three years in prison and lifetime probation in a sex case involving a student.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The dismantled Mexican American studies program at Tucson Unified School District has direct links to higher student achievement, according to a study published in the American Educational Research Journal, a national publication.
A Tucson fifth-grade teacher who has been a vocal opponent of Common Core claims his First Amendment rights were violated by state School Superintendent John Huppenthal.
PHOENIX (AP) — A former physical-education teacher in Phoenix who was accused of sexual misconduct with a female student has pleaded guilty to a trio of charges.
Nicole Wooten entered the pleas Monday to attempted child molestation, sexual conduct with a minor and attempted sexual conduct with a minor. The 38-year-old is to be sentenced on Jan. 6 in Maricopa County Superior Court.
Authorities say the victim was an eighth-grader at the Herrera School of Fine Arts & Dual Language in Phoenix in 2005 at the time of the alleged sexual misconduct.
Authorities say the charges stemmed from incidents that occurred at Wooten's home in Mesa.
Tempe police say they began investigating allegations of sexual misconduct after receiving information from Phoenix police.
On behalf of the Chandler Unified School District Governing Board, I would like to thank our community members, parents and volunteers for enabling the Chandler School District to achieve the ranking of “Best School District In Arizona” by the Niche organization in their 2015 national ranking. CUSD has an outstanding staff of administrators, teachers and support personnel, but it takes an entire community to lift a district of more than 40,000 students to be rated as the best in our state of more than 250 districts.
Cheryl Redfield, a teacher at Gilbert’s Highland Junior High School, was elected to the board or directors of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
PHOENIX (AP) — If Christian Avila lived a few hundred miles to the west, he would have a driver's license and qualify for in-state college tuition and a host of other opportunities available to young people granted legal status by President Barack Obama two years ago.
But Avila lives in Phoenix, and the 24-year-old immigrant who was brought here from Mexico by his parents at age 9 still has to navigate the sprawling city in fear as he drives to school or work.
"You get nervous, your legs start to tingle a little bit when there's a cop behind you, when you're doing nothing wrong by driving to work,' said Avila, a community college student and immigration activist. "You're not breaking any rules, you're following the law. But unfortunately it's where we live."
With last week's action by Obama that expanded the deferred action program and added millions of other immigrants, Avila's plight highlights a harsh reality about the president's changes. The president may be allowing them to remain in the U.S., but it doesn't mean their state will let them drive a car, get an education at an affordable rate or obtain health insurance.
A patchwork of rules began to form in states — largely along political lines — after the president allowed some young immigrants to stay in the country. Conservative states like Nebraska and Arizona kept them from getting driver's licenses while liberal locations were much more welcoming in terms of state services and benefits.
Now, states must make new decisions on how to respond to the president's action that allows millions more immigrants to remain in the U.S.
In California, Democrats, immigration groups and health care advocates are pushing for the immigrants to receive health care under the state's version of the Medicaid program. The California Department of Health Care Services is deciding how to proceed. The president's action excludes immigrants who came to the country illegally from qualifying for federal health benefits.
In Nevada, officials are drawing up a bill for the Legislature making clear that unauthorized immigrants can become teachers in the state. Current rules specify that a prospective teacher must be a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident before they can receive a teaching license in Nevada.
A new gubernatorial administration in Arizona will have to decide whether to continue a hard-line approach toward state benefits that outgoing Gov. Jan Brewer took.
After Obama took action in 2012 granting legal status to 1.8 million young people brought to the U.S. as children, Brewer issued an executive order denying them driver's licenses or other state benefits, including in-state tuition at the state's public universities. A federal appeals court ruled the license ban was unconstitutional, and Brewer is considering an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.
"Our position is unilateral action by the president does nothing to change the fact that an illegal alien's presence is the United States is not authorized under federal law," Brewer spokesman Andrew Wilder said.
Arizona's Republican Governor-elect, Doug Ducey, has said he intends to continue Brewer's current ban, if it survives court challenges.
Maryland's Democratic governor, Martin O'Malley, has taken a decidedly different tack. He's a supporter of state laws granting in-state tuition to people without legal status and grants them driver's licenses. He has even been willing to get into a policy fight with Obama on the stream of unaccompanied immigrant children from Central America over the Mexican border, criticizing the White House proposal earlier this year that could have expedited the deportation of the children.
Arizona remains an outlier in its treatment of immigrants granted work permits and is among the most harsh when it comes to those who remain in the U.S. without legal authorization.
States surrounding Arizona provide in-state tuition to all residents, regardless of immigration status. And in January, California joins nine other states in allowing immigrants who can't prove they're in the U.S legally to get a driver's license.
Utah provides leniency when it comes to driving privileges and education, despite passing a law in 2011 that mirrored Arizona's landmark immigration crackdown, SB1070. The state issues driving-privilege cards that must be renewed annually for those who cannot prove they're in the country legally.
Nearly 36,300 were issued last year, said Nannette Rolfe, the director of Utah's Driver License Division. Utah also offers in-state tuition at public universities and colleges to residents not in the U.S. legally.
To be eligible, students must have attended a Utah high school for at least three years and earned a diploma or GED. They can't hold a non-immigrant visa and must file an application to legalize their immigration status when eligible to do so. In the 2012-2013 academic students, 929 students took advantage of the program.
Despite the fact that life would be easier if he left the state, Avila said he's staying put.
"This is where we got dirty as kids, this is where we learn how to speak English, this is where we learn how to do a lot of stuff," he said. "Here in Arizona is where my friends, my family, live and I don't see it as an option to run away, but rather stand up and change the conditions that we live under."
They can't gather their first signature for more than seven months, but foes of Republican Diane Douglas, newly elected the state school superintendent, now have the legal ability to start soliciting funds for the effort.
The Arizona Department of Education named Tempe’s McClintock High School a National Title I Distinguished School earlier this month.
Tempe voters’ decision to pass a 15-percent override renewal for the Tempe Elementary School District will provide almost $8 million in funding for smaller class sizes, full-time teachers and special subject classes.
The Tempe Elementary School District will interview for a series of open teaching position at the fall teacher recruitment fair on Dec. 2.
Arizona's charter schools are not entitled to another $135 million of taxpayer funds, the state Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday.
Dear Gilbert Public Schools Board Members and Dr. Kishimoto,
HONOLULU (AP) — A teacher has been suspended from a Hawaii public school after she was arrested on a warrant for allegedly having sex with a student in Arizona.
Honolulu police and U.S. Marshals arrested 45-year-old Deborah Hoshiyama early Tuesday at a Waikiki condominium. She's also known as Deborah Nicholson.
The Marshals Service says she's wanted on a Maricopa County warrant issued in October. She's accused of having a sexual relationship with a student in 2008 while a teacher in Avondale, Arizona.
Principal Jeff Vilardi says she began working as a special-education teacher at the Voyager Public Charter School in Honolulu school Nov. 7. She's suspended with pay.
She couldn't be reached for comment in police custody. An extradition hearing is scheduled for Thursday.
Thanksgiving is coming.
Flagged by posters of empty buses, art classrooms and stages, Mayor Greg Stanton made a plea Wednesday to all residents of Phoenix to help fund extracurricular activities in Phoenix schools by taking advantage of the state tax credit.