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Education Notes: Southern Arizona educators rallying for funding

Education Notes: Southern Arizona educators rallying for funding
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Southern Arizona educators are planning to rally for education funding on Wednesday, April 4, at the Arizona State Building, 400 W. Congress Street.

The event will begin at 4:30 p.m. so educators can take part without interrupting their teaching responsibilities, said Tucson Education Association President Jason Freed.

“When you look at education funding and see we’re 50th, and when Arizona was ranked the 51st place to teach, those statistics are pretty glaring,” Freed said. “I think educators are at a point of saying we’re tired of the excuses and rhetoric.”

Tucson Unified School District Superintendent Gabriel Trujillo said he supports the rally and will be there if his schedule permits.

“I’m with Red for Ed. And I believe our legislators and governor need to do right by teachers,” he said.

Low-income students need volunteer music teachers

Tucson Summer Music, a nonprofit that provides free music education to children ages 5-13 from low-income families, is seeking volunteers for its program, running in June and July.

Volunteers must have music experience and should be at least 18 years old, although exceptions can be made.

Applications are due May 11. All lessons are held at St. Philip’s in the Hills Episcopal Church, on the northeast corner of River Road and Campbell Avenue.

Lessons are scheduled between the teacher and student and can take place any time Monday through Thursday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

The number of students able to enroll in the program is dependent upon the number of volunteers. For more information, contact Shelby King, 241-9545 or Shelby@tucsonsummermusic.com

Technology Oversight Committee at TUSD seeks to fill 3 vacancies

The Tucson Unified School District Governing Board is accepting applications to fill vacancies for two community members and one student on its Technology Oversight Committee.

The committee helps the district’s technology leadership and staff in providing advice on information technology upgrades. The positions are unpaid.

Qualifications to serve on the committee include but are not limited to expertise in one or more of the following areas:

  • Design and management of data and telecommunications infrastructure.
  • Deployment and management of servers and desktops.
  • Enterprise application software.
  • Educational technologies and practices, including software.
  • Procurement of such products and services.

Canyon View student places

4th in statewide spelling bee

Ravindu Vithanachchi, a Canyon View Elementary School student, placed fourth in the 2018 Arizona Spelling Bee.

All 27 finalists received The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, courtesy of Harrison Middleton University.

A broadcast of the 2018 Arizona State Spelling Bee will air on Arizona Public Media on Sunday, April 8. Check local listings for times. Viewers can also watch the program with highlights from the event on the Arizona Public Media website after the air-date.

Science, history, social studies standards are up for review

Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas has presented drafts of the new Arizona science standards, as well as the new state history and social-science standards.

The public has until May 28 to review and comment on the standards.

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