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Education reporter, AZ Republic & http://t.co/CHpC0TzFSk - Scottsdale & northeast Valley schools. Penn State grad. marybeth.faller@arizonarepublic.com

Cave Creek candidates agree teachers need a raise

azcentral.com — The Cave Creek Unified School District faced significant teacher turnover this year and the governing-board candidates agree that higher pay is needed. Superintendent Debbi Burdick said that 51 teachers resigned at the end of the last school year in May - about 10 more than is typical. The district has about 300 teachers.

Huppenthal video may have violated campaign rule

azcentral.com — John Huppenthal, Arizona's superintendent of public instruction, is could be fined for sending a video to teachers across the state two weeks before the primary election, which he lost. The video, which focused on the hot topic of Common Core, may have violated campaign finance laws, according to Tom Collins, executive director of the Citizens Clean Elections Commission.

2 Scottsdale schools candidates to pay $2,250 fine

azcentral.com — Two candidates for the governing board in the Scottsdale Unified School District will pay a fine of $2,320.50 to settle a complaint over election materials. Francesca Thomas and Kim Hartmann are running for two open seats on the governing board and frequently have campaigned together.

State standards a key issue in Arizona's school superintendent race

azcentral.com — The two candidates for superintendent of public instruction envision distinctly different paths for education in Arizona. Diane Douglas, the Republican candidate, is a strong proponent of local control, which she says is based on her experience as a parent, when she studied education issues in the state.

Fired Fountain Hills teacher stands by actions in alleged bullying incident

azcentral.com — Pam Aister, a teacher who was fired from the Fountain Hills Unified School District last month over her handling of a perceived bullying incident, has joined forces with a local civil-rights leader to try to get her job back. Civil-rights activist the Rev.

David Garcia draws more GOP support in Arizona superintendent race

azcentral.com — cc - online Garcia draws more GOP support in Arizona school superintendent race Garcia draws more GOP support in Arizona school superintendent race Smith, Crandall among those crossing party lines to back Democrat for state's top public schools official Mary Beth Faller The Republicazcentral.com Two prominent Republicans have crossed party lines to endorse David Garcia, the Democratic candidate for superintendent of public instruction.

Arts cuts galvanizing support for Scottsdale override

azcentral.com — The Scottsdale Unified School District is asking voters for the third time to renew a property tax before it vanishes, and the campaign to get the measure passed has intensified this year. Voters have rejected the budget override for the past two years - with last year's margin only 237 votes.

Religious symbols in classroom stir dispute in Peoria schools

azcentral.com — A debate over separation of church and state is playing out in the Peoria Unified School District, where a teacher was told to remove religious symbols from her classroom after a complaint by the national Freedom From Religion Foundation. That decision prompted a Scottsdale-based non-profit group to warn the district not to overreach by prohibiting teachers from expressing their religious viewpoints.

Dismissal of teacher fuels furor in Ftn. Hills

azcentral.com — The firing of a veteran Fountain Hills teacher who was accused of using harsh language toward students who were arguing with another pupil has created an uproar in the community. More than 4,500 people have signed an online petition calling for the district governing board to reverse its decision to fire Pam Aister, who said she was trying to protect a student from bullying.

'Healthy packs' feed hungry Scottsdale kids over the weekend

azcentral.com — In a school surrounded by wealth, dozens of students at Arcadia Neighborhood Learning Center spend the weekend wondering where their next meal will come from. The school, part of the Scottsdale Unified School District, is in a Phoenix neighborhood where the median income is between $123,000 and $250,000, according to the U.S.
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Oct 20, 2014

RT @azc_obert: About 80 Great Hearts parents showed up at AIA door today. That triggered alarms. Petition to merge teams denied.

Oct 20, 2014

.@ScottsdaleUSD tells families it will step up cleaning in response to virus concerns. Also - keep sick kids home. susd.anasazi.schoolfusion.us/modules/groups…

Oct 20, 2014

RT @azc_obert: AiA board finding Great Hearts teams merging a hot topic opening can of worms

Oct 20, 2014

RT @sbordow: AIA talking about separating football from all other sports in terms of determining classification. Smart.

Oct 20, 2014

Some school bd elections drawing no candidates but not in NE Valley: Cave Creek, Ftn Hills, Scottsdale are hot races. azcentral.com/story/news/loc…

Oct 18, 2014

Zilpha Keatley Snyder dies at 87. She wrote my all-time favorite book when I was a kid - 'The Witches of Worm.' latimes.com/local/obituari…

Oct 17, 2014

RT @azc_obert: That thud you just heard off I-17 and Daisy Mountain Road is Boulder Creek falling out of Super 10

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