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

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.

Fired Fountain Hills teacher stands by actions in alleged bullying incident — 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 — 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 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 — 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 — 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 — 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 — 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 22, 2014

Should high schools have sports? via @nytimes. My take: Scottsdale showed that engaged kids had better grades.…

Oct 22, 2014

Not getting tests & grades back fast is impeding learning, parent says. Kids who miss the tests delay everyone. Plus teacher workload.

Oct 22, 2014

Parent complaining that high school teachers don't grade work in a timely manner. Director says he's working with principals on this issue.

Oct 22, 2014

Supt Peterson addressing teacher turnover. Says @ScottsdaleUSD had 8% turnover compared with 16% at PV district & 22% at Dysart.

Oct 22, 2014

Scottsdale supt Peterson describing property swap: SUSD to trade Apache park land for building at 7575 E. Main. Maybe $30,000 cost to SUSD.

Oct 22, 2014

Great Scottsdale Parent Council forum is over. I've loved these Scottsdale forums with 90- & 60-second answers.

Oct 22, 2014

Hartmann: I'm all in on public education. Business background. I focus on empowering.

Oct 22, 2014

Thomas: degrees in foreign studies & justice studies- maybe bringing peace to board. Been in community 15 years & built relationships.

Oct 22, 2014

Shane, a Saguaro grad & current ASU student: Perspective. I saw the results of board decisions. I know curriculum.

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