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Nour Jandali teaches an Arabic language class at Cholla High, which will expand such instruction with a U.S. grant.

Schools to assess race via new US guidelines

Parents enrolling their children in school next year no longer will have the option of selecting "Hispanic" as a race.

A change in federal law requires school districts to ask a two-pronged question: Is your child of Hispanic or Latino origin? yes or no; and, What is your child's race?

The choices for the second question: white; black or African-American; Asian; American Indian or Alaskan Native; Native Hawaiian or other Pacific islander.

The responses will not result in changes to services or funding, said David Scott of TUSD's accountability and research department. Rather, the change allows for a consistent set of questions so data across the country are in alignment.

It also will give parents more flexibility in families with mixed racial or ethnic heritages. In the past, parents were able to select only one race for a child.

Grant to help schools bolster Arabic studies

Cholla Magnet High School and Safford Magnet Middle School have been awarded more than $58,000 to create or expand their Arabic language and culture programs.

The award is from the U.S. Department of Education.

The money will help create an Arabic program at Safford; allow more frequent and more advanced classes at Cholla; and increase both schools' coordination with the University of Arizona's Center for Middle Eastern Studies.

3 schools rate tops in Reading Challenge

Three Tucson-area schools took top honors in the 2010 Bookmans' Reading Challenge.

More than 36,000 elementary students from Tucson, Phoenix, Mesa and Flagstaff took part in the three-month challenge, which culminated in more than 1 million books being read across the state.

Academy Adventures Primary School, a local charter school, took first place and will receive a check for $15,000 on Tuesday.

The second- and third-place winners - Senita Valley and Hudlow elementary schools - will be awarded $1,000 Bookmans gift certificates to buy books and other materials for their schools.

AZ teachers can win own tech classroom

A Scottsdale-based company is offering Arizona K-12 teachers the chance to win a technologically-updated classroom and training worth thousands of dollars.

CCS Presentation Systems will accept submissions through April 30.

The company is looking for proposals that best integrate education technology to improve teaching, while introducing new programs.

Applications can be found online at www. ccsprojects.com/az/ grantwriting.cfm

The winner will be announced in May.

CCS specializes in the integration of audiovisual equipment into instructional settings, whether in schools or corporations.

Team to be recognized for 'financial fitness'

Sabino High School students are being recognized for their "financial fitness."

The students participated in H&R Block's "Dollars & Sense" program. They were challenged to tackle topics such as credit-card debt, managing a budget and building savings.

More than 3,500 teams of students from Arizona participated in the online competition.

The Sabino team will be recognized at the DECA International Career Development Conference in Louisville, Ky., later this month.

Alexis Huicochea


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