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Got to go boo without the goo

If sticking a hand into the ooey-gooey mess in the center of a pumpkin totally grosses you out, the Payson High School culinary arts students have come to the rescue.

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Chance to weigh in on Arizona education standards

The State Board of Education (SBE) has extended the comment period for Arizonans to provide comment on Arizona’s Mathematics (math) and English language arts (ELA) Academic Standards. Comments will be accepted through Friday, November 13, 2015.

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Marching band qualifies for state

With a score of 64.78, the Payson High School Pride of Payson Marching Band placed third in its division after its first competition at ASU band day on Saturday, Oct. 10.

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Students have problems with math standards

The AIMS test results have been offering Arizona students’ and parents a distorted view of their students abilities for years, according to education advocacy groups.

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District still aims to add AP classes

The Payson Unified School District has launched a plan to bring more advanced placement classes to the district as well as upping the rigor of classes starting at the elementary school level.

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Play examines teen drug use

The Longhorn Theatre Company on Thursday, Friday and Saturday will present “Addict,” a compelling look at the use of drugs among teenagers.

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Pretty in pink

Julia Randall Elementary students all showed up in pink on Monday in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

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Much ado about race-based quotas

Payson board rejects bylaws

A seemingly uncontroversial proposal spurred a whole series of split votes and confusion on the Payson School Board on Monday.

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Parents: Brace for bad news on AzMERIT test scores

Statewide, fewer than a third rank as ‘proficient’

Brace yourself: This is gonna be bad.

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More money for schools

Head of House education committee supports Ducey plan

State Rep. Paul Boyer urged voters to support Gov. Doug Ducey’s plan to increase K-12 spending with more money from the flush state land fund.

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Why have math scores plunged?

Studens fare poorly on new, national test

A year ago the numbers suggested Arizona students scored better than the national norm. The state used the AIMS test to measure and it showed 7 out of 10 Arizona students were proficient in math. Why the Change?

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How well do Arizona students read?

National rankings disturbing

Fourth graders in Arizona read at one of the lowest levels in the country; only nine other states are worse. In the eighth grade, their reading improves slightly but still falls below the nation’s average.

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University sale imminent

Foundation to spend $1 million on development contract, engineering

The Rim Country Educational Alliance and Foundation will this week hand over a $4.1 million check to buy 253 acres for a future university site in Payson.

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JRE’s September Super HEROs

Teachers nominated each student chosen as the Super HERO (Helping Everyone Respect Others) for that month.

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Preparing for the worst

Haunted by the rising toll of school shootings, Payson Unified School District staff members spend a day during fall break running drills and making plans in case the nightmare comes to Rim Country.