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Study: Arizona among worst states for teachers

Another low ranking as school funding debate continues to heat up

Arizona ranked 49th among the states when it comes to conditions for teachers, in a study based largely on census and other data published on the WalletHub website.

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University backers unveil site sign

University advocates on Saturday with much fanfare unveiled a custom-designed, carved sign to mark the site of a future campus in Payson.

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Nutrition education lagging

Payson gets mixed grade for meeting state, federal mandates

The Payson Unified School District still has a long way to go when it comes to meeting federal nutrition and exercise guidelines, Payson Elementary School physical education teacher Judy Perham told the school board Monday.

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Thumbs up for new school test

Skeptical Payson board member ‘very impressed’

The new standardized test that has spawned a year of furor and controversy got a surprisingly positive review on Monday from Payson School Board member Shirley Dye.

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Making science education cool

An annual festival to celebrate science education offered 36 booths and exhibits to delight the 600 people who attended with science projects and science facts.

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Heroes of Education honored

The Payson School Board Monday declared Lori Pappas, with Suddenlink; Terra Copin, with Walmart; Bobby Davis, with Kiwanis; volunteer John Wakelin and the Coca-Cola company all “Heroes of Education” for their work with the Teacher Supply Line, a community event that this year raised nearly $700 to provide teachers with supplies for the classrooms in both Payson and Pine.

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Gearing up to help students

Gear Up Coordinator Jackie Wallace celebrated National Gear Up Week with projects, but reserved a special treat for those students in her cohort who have an interest in robotics in the form of a guest appearance by Fredi Lajvardi, robotics coach for the award-winning robotics team at Carl Hayden High School in Phoenix.

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Bitter school funding debate swirls

Inflation adjustment, state trust lands provoke divisions

The high-stakes issue of school funding continues to roil state officials, thanks to a $1.3 billion court judgment, contending reform plans and bitter feuds involving top state officials.

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Payson schools may borrow money to save money

It doesn’t make much sense to borrow money to save money, but that is what Payson Unified School District just might do.

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Land sale: ‘two weeks’

University backers still negotiating deal with ASU, developer, finanicers

Tonto National Forest can likely complete the $4.1 million sale of land for a university site in Payson within “two weeks,” said Tonto National Forest Supervisor Neil Bosworth.

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DJ Craig named Hero of Education by PUSD

The Payson Unified School District board recognized Craig Miller as a Hero of Education during its Sept. 24 meeting.

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Chef Richard brings talents to PHS

Southern chef combines flare for cooking with love of teaching

Chef Richard Erskine loves cooking and he loves teaching.

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History class celebrates U.S. Constitution Week

Payson students got a real-world crash course in the Constitution when lawyer Co Horgan spoke to Robert Hoyt’s history class.

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Homecoming hoopla

Before the PARADE passes by

Balloons, bubbles and clowns.

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Peace prayers in four languages

Payson High School now hosts a Peace Pole, symbolizing humanity’s wish for world peace, according to the World Peace Prayer Society.