Community Colleges a Vital Part of Arizona’s Education Landscape

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Community Colleges a Vital Part of Arizona’s Education Landscape

by Colleen A. Smith, Ph.D., President, Coconino Community College.

As I pursued my doctorate degree, I had a university professorship squarely in my sights. When I first started teaching at a rural community college in Wyoming, I was still working on my Ph.D. I soon found a passion for the community college mission—I knew I was home, and I never looked back. It really …

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School staff continues to work for, worry about students

by Expect More Arizona

“More than anything, I miss the kids.” John Chaffeur, who has been driving school buses for a decade, drove the same Prescott Valley to Prescott route for seven years. Watching the kids grow up is his favorite part of the role. Chaffeur loves to help students start their day right, with a smile. “If you …

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Take Action Today to Protect State Education Funding

by Expect More Arizona

The regular Arizona legislative session has officially ended, after adjourning temporarily amid shelter-in-place orders. A group of Senate Democrats and Republicans moved to adjourn early this week without taking action on just under 30 noncontroversial bills – effectively ending session and killing those bills. As a reminder, emergency education legislation and a baseline budget bill …

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What the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act Means for Arizona

by Expect More Arizona

On Friday, March 27, 2020, Congress passed and the President signed into law the third COVID-19 stimulus package, also called the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The CARES Act is expected to result in about $2 trillion nationwide to help respond to the pandemic. The CARES Act includes a $30.75 billion Education …

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schools spending far more on student services

Schools have taken on a much larger role – and we need to fund them appropriately

by Expect More Arizona

Key Takeaways • Many Arizona students face adverse childhood experiences outside of school that impact how they learn inside of school. • Wrap-around service personnel, such as counselors, special education teachers, nurses and more, are crucial to student success. • Schools and districts do not receive enough funding to maintain a full roster of specialists …

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