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ALA schools follow pattern

Fewer minorities, low-income families

A comparison of American Leadership Academy school enrollment to the enrollment of the surrounding districts found the same trends identified in a report by Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting.

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A super teacher

When Donna Moore’s physical education students heard they could help her win an all-expense paid trip to the 50th Super Bowl in San Francisco, they pulled out all the stops.

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School job training money restored

House, Senate vie for credit for reversing cuts voted last year

Gov. Doug Ducey this week quickly signed a bill to restore funding for vocational education throughout Arizona.

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Parents disagree about charter school

Teacher turnover rate spurs concerns

Every parent hopes for the best for their child, but what constitutes the best can be different sides of the same coin.

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APS grant will help kids read

Arizona Public Service (APS) has invested in the children of the Rim Country through a $4,000 grant to Changing Lives Through Literacy, better known as the Rim Country Literacy Program (RCLP).

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Auditor rates Payson Arizona Region's schools highly

Payson schools have seen better student achievement with fewer dollars than comparable school districts, according to the annual report card of Arizona’s school districts by the Auditor General’s Office.

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Joys, challenges of Rim Country community schools

Rural schools savor connections, but sometimes must also struggle

One of the joys of a rural school district is the size — it’s also a frustration. In a small town like Payson, it’s not six degrees of separation, it’s two. This makes it much easier to meet and get to know the superintendent or a board member. At some point you’ll see them at the local Walmart where everyone shops at one time or another.

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Angel Alatriz: He’s a Hero of Education

The Payson Unified School District school board recognized Angel Alatriz as a Hero of Education at its Feb. 8 meeting.

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Business Students Victorious

On Feb. 6, 13 Payson High School Future Business Leaders of America students attended the Arizona Region 2 conference held at ASU Poly Tech campus near the Mesa-Phoenix Gateway Airport.

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Gerardo’s contributions lauded

Gerardo Moceri, longtime chef and owner of Gerardo’s Firewood Café, received the Hero of Education award at the Payson Unified School District meeting on Feb. 8.

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ASU now pondering Mesa campus

Arizona State University and the City of Mesa have unveiled their plans to open another branch campus there.

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Report: Far more teachers needed

The Arizona Department of Education’s Educator Retention and Recruitment Task Force has come out with a second report highlighting the need to address the teacher shortage.

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County school superintendent retiring

Linda O’Dell, Gila County’s school superintendent for the last 12 years, will retire at the end of the year.

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Former teachers criticize charter school

School officials respond to charges and point to test scores, rapid growth

The proposed opening of an American Leadership Academy charter school in Payson has spurred a furious debate in the community.

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Payson High School poets to compete

Two Payson High School poets will compete in the 11th Annual Arizona Poetry Out Loud Northern Arizona Regional Finals competition at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 20.