Plus: Ironwood High band director to march in Pasadena Rose Parade, Tucson businesses partner up for toy donations, and teacher at Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and the Blind gets excellence award.
Plus: Tucson Values Teachers awards excellence award to teacher at Pueblo High School.
Plus: Sahuarita Unified teacher is presented with excellence award, Tanque Verde holds open enrollment and TUSD to host Magnet and Programs Fair.
Fundraiser will honor the Raytheon Leaders in Education Award finalists and winners.
"Money that comes in is given right back to teachers so they have the flexibility to purchase what they need for their classrooms."
Melanie Hurst, a kindergarten teacher at Laguna Elementary School in Flowing Wells School District, was awarded the Tucson Values Teachers and OfficeMax/Office Depot September Teacher Excellence Award.
Celebration will honor locals as well as feature new documentary on teachers' lives.
Education news from Tucson and Southern Arizona.
Education is the path out of poverty, and teachers are key.
The campaign provides gift cards to teachers to purchase classroom supplies.
Initiative hopes to raise $150,000.
Nominations are being accepted until Jan. 13, 2017.
Help keep teachers in Tucson.
The district will consider teacher applicants who haven't obtained their certification yet.
Teacher retention and recruitment continues to be a problem around Arizona.
Some 130 classrooms in Tucson area are being led by substitutes.
Lowest among many SW cities even with cost of living factored in.
Low pay, lack of respect make it hard to find, keep good educators.
Tucson Values Teachers initiative works to ease burden for Southern Arizona educators.