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Students offer teacher a fascinating lesson in role-playing

Alas, poor Pinland learns the bitter lessons of World War I

Payson High School history teacher Chad Gower admits he’s much more comfortable teaching from a strict lesson plan, but decided to color outside the lines to teach World War I. He ended up learning right along with his students.

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Chaos engulfs testing requirements for local schools

Schools plow ahead despite confusion

Payson Schools continue to doggedly overhaul testing for this year and next despite the chaos that has engulfed state education policy.

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All-day kindergarten touted

Bill would earmark court-ordered inflation money to restore funding

Rep. Brenda Barton (R-Payson) this week toured a Phoenix kindergarten class to highlight her bill requiring schools to offer all-day kindergarten if they get money from a settlement with the state concerning illegally withheld inflation funding.

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Crush of bills will weigh on Payson schools

Superintendent Wyman details possible impact of new laws

Payson Unified School District Superintendent Greg Wyman on Monday offered the school board a quick survey of a host of bills racing through the Legislature that could have a big impact on schools this year — quite aside from the enormous potential impact of Gov. Doug Ducey’s proposed budget.

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Payson hosts successful academic decathlon

Its takes a village to put on a regional academic decathlon competition and the village of Payson responded to the need on Friday, Feb. 6 and Saturday, Feb. 7.

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Schools seek state-denied inflation pay

‘Constitutional crisis’ hinges on court mediation

School districts battling to force the Legislature to provide illegally withheld inflation funding have agreed to closed-door mediation sessions in front of a panel of appeals court judges.

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The annual Rim Country Middle School ski trip

The day had bright sunshine and bright snow that glittered like diamonds, but the brightest things were the smiles from the Rim Country Middle School students.

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Common Core battle rejoined

Budget woes, standards debate threaten schools

The battle against the adoption of federal standards and the tests linked to the standards has resumed now that the dust of the election has settled.

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College on quest for independence

Gila Community College board member Gerald McCreary made a second report on the college’s years-long journey to seek accreditation and independence at its board meeting on Feb. 5.

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Two casts, twice the fun for 'Harvey'

Complex set proves perfect setting for classic comedy

In a bold move, and because he had 24 strong thespian students, Thomas Walling of the Payson High School Theatre program, cast two completely different sets of students in the 12 roles of “Harvey.”

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Permission to question, proves key to learning

An interesting thing happened when Payson High School physics teacher Andrew Fiala showed his students evidence that fellow classmates had more gaps in their math knowledge than anyone knew — they asked questions.

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Schools in ‘dire straits’ for lack of state facilities money

Payson superintendent warns board district has no money for repairs

Seems the Arizona Legislature believes school facilities can be kept up simply by magic — or on a wing and a prayer.

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GCC seeks support for equitable workforce funds

Gila Community College Senior Dean Stephen Cullen is fed up.

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Superintendent blasts logic of proposed cuts

With the state about to force big cuts in “non-classroom” spending, Payson Unified School District Superintendent Greg Wyman would like the community to better understand the annual Auditor General’s Report, which details “classroom” and “non-classroom” spending.

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Gila Community College quest hits setback

Gila Community College hit its first roadblock to crawling out from under its provisional college status and onto the freedom of independence — enrollment.