The Buddha said, “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.” Well, ready or not kids, your teachers are showing up in classrooms everywhere. It’s time to crack open the books, slip the surly bonds of summer, and head back to school.
Sean Bowie published a letter on Aug. 20 (“Arizona must invest in education,” AFN) which made a plea to provide more money for Arizona education. What is missing in his plea is a discussion of how more funding will lead to a better education for our children. It seems to me that he falls into the trap for “education advocates” — that the relationship between money and education is so obvious that it needs no discussion. Money and education success are synonymous. Arizona is indeed at or near the bottom in education spending. So are other states that have good records in education. And I need not remind anyone of the school systems who lead the world in education spending — Newark, Washington, Chicago — are we trying to emulate them? However, completely contrary to Mr. Bowie’s assertion, average teacher salaries are NOT “among the lowest.” Arizona teachers, with an average salary of $50,000 per school year in 2013, ranked 30 out of 50 (NCES data). It’s also of concern to me how the money he proposes to spend on increasing those salaries of teachers will go to the hard-working teachers, as he recommends. My understanding is that all teachers, hardworking or not, would get those raises. Bowie also asserts that pre-school and smaller classes will inevitably improve education. These are truisms close to the heart of every member of the education system lobby and their desire for the opportunities that growth brings, but are controversial issues when data is examined.
Michael Debbins and his Boy Scout Troop 16 completed a major outdoor renovation project at Keystone Montessori in Ahwatukee, providing a functional backyard environment for the lower elementary classrooms. The project included repurposing existing pavers, relocating composters, moving existing ground-level planter beds and stonework, and adding custom-made raised planter boxes and handcrafted benches to create a more beautiful outdoor space for the school children. Over 150 man-hours were invested on project day.
You won’t find many Dr. Seuss books in the hands of high school students. But the books’ messages can inspire for a lifetime, like this one: “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
While Summit School of Ahwatukee’s regular classes are already in session, registration is still open for its Toddler Discovery program for families who would like their children to begin their education at an early age.
The Kids In Need Foundation, a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to providing free school supplies to economically disadvantaged school children and underfunded teachers, has launched a teacher grant program sponsored by writing instrument manufacturer Bic USA Inc.
Horizon Community Learning Center will host its A Day in the Life event on Wednesday, Aug. 13, for parents of kindergartners through sixth-graders to witness what the school has to offer their child academically.
In a case with statewide and possibly immediate impact, the Arizona Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that “dark money” groups can be forced to disclose the source of their cash even if their commercials don't specifically advocate for anyone's election or defeat.
The Arizona Department of Education released its 2013-14 letter grades for schools across the state on Monday, and the Kyrene and Tempe Union High school districts and Horizon Community Learning Center all received an overall “A” grade.
Saying schools have proven they can do better, the state's top education official said Monday it's time for lawmakers to provide more cash — or at least settle the lawsuit over withheld inflation funding.
The Thunder look to return to their winning ways behind a talented junior class and a group of committed seniors in 2014.Produced by David JolkovskiNarration by Jason P. SkodaInterviews (in order of appearance):Cade van RaaphorstTJ RobertsAlex FarinaDrew McIntyreCoach Dan HindsAdrian PerezAndrew MacnairSaxon McDonald