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Special ed’s alarming gap

Alarmed by the wide and persistent gap between special education students and the general student population, the Arizona Department of Education’s Exceptional Student (Special Education) Office has directed districts to close the gap.

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Campy parody a comic delight

In homage to Shakespeare, the Payson High School Theatre Troupe performed “Commedia Delight,” a play of mistaken identity and redemption with an Italian lilt instead of the thees and thous of Shakespeare.

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Charter schools: Boon or Bane?

Charter School Report: Tough Choice

With just months to go before the American Leadership Academy charter school opens its doors in Payson, the stage is set for competition in education in Rim Country.

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Brand new buildings, cheerful children

Roundup reporter tours American Leadership Academy’s brand new school in Queen Creek

Amidst fields of cotton and sorghum interspersed with a smattering of housing developments, the American Leadership Academy Ironwood sprouts from empty farmland.

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Students struggle with excess stress

Lots of students say they can have sleep, friends or good grades — but not all three.

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Pine schools reopen mercury-tainted gym

The Pine-Strawberry School Board at its meeting on Jan. 11 voted to re-open the gym it had closed last year.

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This girl’s book report delivers a Martian

Famous author delights audience of eager students

A book report, a local connection and the desire for extra credit brought Andy Weir, author of “The Martian,” to Rim Country Middle School on Wednesday, Jan. 13.

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Helping children read crucial

PCK partners with schools

First there was the word.

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Celebrating the best of kids

RCMS teachers host banquet for students often overlooked

Teachers say some kids that touch their hearts never get recognized because they don’t shine in athletics, the arts or academics.

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Wyman fields charter questions

The imminent opening of the American Leadership Academy in Payson has everyone scrambling to understand what it all means.

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University site work continues

The push to build a university campus in Payson continues to advance, with architects and engineers working on plans for the infrastructure and conversations continuing with Arizona State University.

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Payson students lack basic skills in reading, math

Tests show less than half have adequate reading skills

Payson students start off making big gains in reading and math in the lower grades, but by middle school and high school, fewer than half have the skills they need in reading and math to cope with their classes, according to a sobering tracking test of basic skills presented to the school board on Monday.

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Charter school protested

Alliance lease approval process remains unclear

The Rim Country Educational Alliance board members silently listened on Thursday as Payson Unified School Board President Barbara Underwood and others urged them to reject a proposal to lease 10 acres on the 253-acre university site to a charter school.

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Community college enrollment declining

The gavel for the presidency of the Gila Community College board has passed from Sam Moorhead to Jay Spehar of Globe just in time to grapple with declining enrollment.

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Former soldier discovers passion for teaching

Gary Fishel, Payson Christian School third-grade teacher, calls himself an idealist.