DECEMBER 14, 2011

Paige Kube Reads Original Work at Washington College's First-Year Reading

CHESTERTOWN, MD (readMedia) – Washington College is pleased to announce that Paige Kube '15, daughter of Beverly and Thomas Kube, Scottsdale, AZ, was selected to read an original piece for the First-Year Reading at the Rose O'Neill Literary House on November 30.
Kube is majoring in Biology with a minor in Creative Writing. She is active in Writers' Union and The Elm – the college's campus newspaper. She graduated from Desert Mountain High School.

Founded in 1782 under the patronage of George Washington, Washington College is a private, independent college of liberal arts and sciences located in colonial Chestertown on Maryland's Eastern Shore.

DECEMBER 14, 2011

Governor Jan Brewer’s Arizona Ready Education Council discusses goals, strategies for K-12 reform

PHOENIX – Governor Jan Brewer today Dec. 6 convened her newly-appointed Arizona Ready Education Council to discuss goals and strategies for education reform in the State. 

The mission of the 17-member group is to monitor the progress of Arizona’s rigorous education goals, determine if reform strategies are improving student learning and oversee successful implementation of the Governor’s Arizona Ready education plan.

“We’ve brought together some of the best and brightest minds in education, business and public policy in order to help Arizona improve classroom performance,” said Governor Brewer. “We’re raising expectations for our students, teachers and schools, and I have no doubt they’ll be up to the task.”

Arizona Ready Education Council members include:
Craig Barrett (Council Chairman), Former President and Chairman, Intel Corp.; President and Chairman, BASIS School, Inc.
John Huppenthal (Council Co-chairman), Superintendent of Public Instruction
Thomas K. Anderes, President, Arizona Board of Regents
Seth Alan Balogh, President, Commission for Postsecondary Education; Chief Academic Officer, Brookline College 
Norman Butler, Chairman, Arizona State Board for Charter Schools
Donald Cardon, President, Arizona Commerce Authority
Tim Carter, Superintendent, Yavapai County Schools
Pearl C. Esau, Executive Director, Expect More Arizona
Michael Kearns, President, Arizona Community College Presidents Council; Chancellor, Mohave Community College
Amanda McAdams, Teacher, Glendale Union High School District
Diane McCarthy, Director, Business Partnerships and Legislative Affairs at West-MEC
Nancy A. Meech, Founding Partner, Heinfeld, Meech & Co., CPA
Jaime A. Molera, President, Arizona State Board of Education
Colleen M. Niccum, Vice President of Communications & External Affairs, Raytheon
Onnie S. Shekerjian, Co-Founder, Arizona Parents Association for Children’s Education
Merl E. Waschler, President and CEO, Valley of the Sun United Way
James Kendall Zaharis, Vice President/Education, Greater Phoenix Leadership

Led by Dr. Craig Barrett (Council Chairman) and Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal (Co-chairman), the panel began initial discussion of an online education “report card” that will be used statewide to review the performance of Arizona students and coordinate efforts to approve achievement. Members also discussed a series of specific, high-profile state goals for 2020, including:
• Increasing to 94 percent, up from 73 percent, the number of 3rd graders reading at or near grade level;
• Increasing the high school graduation rate to 93 percent, up from 75 percent; and
Doubling the number of baccalaureate degrees issued by Arizona institutions of higher education.

The online “report card” – coupled with higher standards, improved training of teachers and a new, internationally-benchmarked assessment aligned to the standards – will help achieve these and other education goals in the State of Arizona.