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Incoming Gilbert Public Schools Superintendent Christina Kishimoto officially signed a contract that will pay her at least $200,000 per year on the same night the district’s governing board hired its second interim superintendent since July.
Superintendent of Schools John Huppenthal addresses a crowd at the groundbreaking for the new San Tan Charter School on Feb. 28. [Courtesy Stephanie Perkins]
The share of education tax dollars that actually wind up in Arizona classrooms slid again last year to the lowest level in the 13 years the state has monitored it.
Dear Gilbert School Board Members,
Three seventh- and eighth-grade students from Payne Junior High School in the Chandler Unified School District were honored for their creative writing talents by the Arizona Education Foundation in the 2014 Polly Rosenbaum Writing Contest.
“If dozens of skilled teachers and administrators are suddenly bolting from the Gilbert Public Schools, parents are loudly protesting, the interim superintendent throws up his hands to quit early because these people can’t be helped, and if a forceful demand for your resignation is met with standing ovations and cheers from an overflowing board room, then it is time to take the high road. Step away from the dais, and don’t let the door hit you on the way out.”
It was with great interest that we read the coalition of Gilbert leaders’ open letter to Town residents and businesses last week. We were encouraged that our community leaders had finally spoken out on the raging storm that threatens our Gilbert Public Schools.
Payne Junior High School students Kaylee Ivie, Jin Ni and Maya Mortensen pose with Secretary of State Ken Bennett and Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal. The three students who attend the Queen Creek school each won an award for their creative writing talents. [Submitted photo]
State lawmakers are moving to force school districts to sell off unused campuses.
Ignoring pleas from business leaders, the Senate Education Committee voted 6-3 along party lines Thursday to bar Arizona from implementing the Common Core standards the state adopted just four years earlier.
“I am for the Keystone pipeline if it truly does create thousands of permanent jobs like politicians claim, but there has to be something in it for all Americans, like minimum wage increase, infrastructure repair and all corporations who profit from it will pay U.S. taxes.”
An Arizona congressman wants a federal investigation into whether the state's top school official violated student privacy laws.
Parents are questioning Gilbert School officials over big changes at the district.
“I couldn’t give them the help they need.”
A few months of searching to find a permanent leader for the district concluded on Feb. 11 with the Gilbert Public Schools Governing Board’s vote to hire a new superintendent, although the decision came amid controversy over the process.
Uproar, panic and exacerbation have been popular in the Gilbert Public School district in recent months as finger-pointing, overly political agendas, selfishness and a disconnect from the populace have all been accusation thrown everywhere at the leadership, and, especially, the school board.
The Gilbert Public Schools Governing Board voted to hire Christina Kishimoto to serve as the district's next superintendent. [Courtesy Hartford Public Schools]
A local charter-school organization will open its next charter school emphasizing STEM topics in Mesa’s Eastmark development.
The state public schools' chief is defending his effort to convince parents to use tax dollars to send their children to private and parochial schools.
State Superintendent John Huppenthal [Howard Fischer/Capitol Media Services]
FLAGSTAFF — Air tour operators that use aircraft with quiet technology will be able to fly more people over the Grand Canyon.
Attorney General Tom Horne goes before an administrative law judge Monday to defend himself against charges he violated state campaign finance laws in his 2010 election.
FLAGSTAFF - Trails that take visitors to the depths of the Grand Canyon, along the Colorado River and into backcountry wilderness will benefit from a donation provided by Arizona's largest public utility.
The Arizona Department of Education is looking to develop a new assessment in order to replace the current AIMS test.
Attorney General Tom Horne rejected what amounts to a plea deal in his campaign finance case, setting the stage for hearings later this month on whether he actually broke the law.