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Education Reporter — Arizona Republic

Education reporter, AZ Republic & - Scottsdale & northeast Valley schools. Penn State grad.

Voters to decide fate of $10M in Cave Creek school money — The Republic The state Supreme Court declines to take the case, leaving intact the lower-court rulings that the law allowing the money to be spent is unconstitutional. Cave Creek's money remains in limbo.

Too much testing? Scottsdale board candidates weigh in — Arizona's academic standards have become a hot topic in elections at the statewide and local level this fall. The candidates for governor and state superintendent of public instruction have frequently debated the merits and drawbacks of Arizona's College and Career Ready Standards, adopted by the state in 2010.

Phoenix school wins 2014 Charter of the Year award — The Arizona Charter Schools Association has picked a Phoenix school as its 2014 charter school of the year, and has announced the top teacher and administrator. Arizona has 618 charter schools that enroll more than 190,000 students. About 31 percent of the state's public schools are charters, and 17 percent of public students attend a charter.

Scottsdale candidates weigh in on closing schools — The Scottsdale Unified School District has too much space. Eleven of the 15 elementary schools are at two-thirds or less of their enrollment capacity, according to a district report released last spring. And enrollment has continued to erode, down about 4 percent in August compared with the same time last year.

Conservatives make run at Maricopa college board — Five of seven seats on the Maricopa Community Colleges board are open this year and three candidates are running in unison with a pledge to cut spending, stop tax increases and reduce tuition. The governing board now has five seats, representing the five Maricopa County supervisor districts, and three are up for re-election.

Name change floated for Cave Creek school district — There was a school in the town in the 1800s and the district was formally organized in 1930. The first schoolhouse had a corral for the students' horses. Enrollment boomed in the 1960s, and Black Mountain Elementary School was completed in 1973.

Cave Creek candidates agree teachers need a raise — 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 — 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 — 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 — 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.
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Oct 30, 2014

RT @anneryman: What could it mean for Grand Canyon University @GCU to go back to non-profit status? All the details here:…

Oct 29, 2014

Tomorrow is the saddest day of the year - baseball is over. @SFGiants

Oct 29, 2014

RT @maryjuetten: #FindJake Jake Hoekstra is 6'3" and 200 lbs - see the picture attached. DM with any updates.

Oct 29, 2014

RT @amybwang: Board member Julie Smith: "By redacting, we are not censoring." // Maybe this page is missing from her dictionary?

Oct 29, 2014

Gilbert school board votes to remove pages from biology text because they mention abortion. via @ClassroomScoop

Oct 29, 2014

'We measure what we value & we value what we measure.' #Scottsdale board candidates weigh in on too much testing.

Oct 27, 2014

RT @TheCoggs50: Vote for the Sabercats @saguarofootball for the FNF game of the week as Saguaro hosts Marcos. Go Sabercats!…

Oct 27, 2014

4 candidates for #Scottsdale school board weigh in on whether schools that are below capacity should be closed.…

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