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Thirty-one East Valley teenagers have completed suicide in the past 15 months – including five since Aug. 30 – with the latest a 16-year-old Chandler boy who took his life last week.

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Kyrene School District has scored a major federal grant to implement its social-emotional learning programs that aim to identify and reach troubled grade school and middle school students before they hurt someone or themselves

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Citing “the increasing acrimony in the tone of our community dialogue,” Kyrene Superintendent Jan Vesely at last week’s school board meeting asked for the “end of divisiveness” among audience members.

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Not content with the letter-grade system that the state uses to assess the quality of Arizona schools, Kyrene School District administrators have developed an assessment tool for tracking student performance in a way that enables them to address it more effectively.



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