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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, March 2, 2006

Arizona charters thriving

Advertiser Staff

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After a rocky, 10-year journey, charter schools in Tucson and across Arizona are showing signs of success. Arizona now has 517 charter schools, the most per capita in the country. Ninety-three percent of the state's charter schools are rated "satisfactory" or better according to the Arizona Learns school labels, up from 76 percent in 2002, according to the state Department of Education. Tucson's school operators attribute their charters' success to students and parents who hold schools accountable for results.

Source: U.S. Department of Education, "The Education Innovator," Feb. 2 edition



History books come alive onboard the Battleship Missouri Memorial, where students can walk in the footsteps of World War II Gen. Douglas MacArthur and the hundreds of U.S. sailors who fought for freedom.

Nearly 10,000 students from across the country last year visited the Missouri where WWII ended. They visited the Surrender Deck, saw where U.S. sailors slept, ate, lived and worked.

The Missouri, or Mighty Mo, experience begins before the visit through lesson plans and teacher resources that can be used in class. Memorial staff also make visits to classrooms to orient students with what they will experience.

For more information on the Battleship Missouri Memorial's education program, call 455-1600, ext. 231; e-mail edu@ussmissouri.org or visit ussmissouri.org.



  • Give your child a sense of confidence. This is the best defense against peer pressure.

  • Listen to what your child says. Pay attention and be helpful during times of loneliness or doubt.

  • Know who your child's friends are. Get to know them.

  • Provide parental supervision. Don't allow your teen to attend parties where alcohol is being served.

  • If your teen does happen to drink, offer him or her a "free call home." Drunk driving could lead to death. Let your child know that he can call home without fear of consequences that night. Discuss the incident the next day.

  • Help your child learn to handle strong emotions or feelings.

    Source: The American Academy of Pediatrics