October 23, 2017 Newscast | Cronkite News


>>ANNOUNCER: FROM THE CRONKITE STUDIOS IN DOWNTOWN PHOENIX, THIS IS CRONKITE NEWS.>>THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION IS MAKING CHANGES TO THE WAYS SCHOOLS ARE GRADED. BUT THOSE A TO F RATINGS ARE BEING DEBATED.>>ALSO TONIGHT. HIRING HURRY. A VALLEY POLICE DEPARTMENT IS IN DESPERATE NEED OF NEW RECRUITS. WE’LL SHOW YOU HOW THEY’RE PLANNING TO FILL THEIR RANKS.>>AND CAN A NEW HEALTH APP CHANGE YOUR BEHAVIOR TO PROTECT YOU FROM SKIN CANCER? ONE VALLEY MIDDLE SCHOOLER TAKES A BIG IDEA TO THE NATION’S CAPITOL.>>ANNOUNCER: CRONKITE NEWS STARTS NOW.>>GOOD EVENING AND WELCOME TO CRONKITE NEWS ON ARIZONA PBS.>>I’M SYDNEY ISENBERG.>>AND I’M VICTORIA MENDOZA. THANK YOU FOR JOINING US. CHANGES COULD SOON BE COMING TO THE LETTER-GRADE SYSTEM FOR ARIZONA SCHOOLS. THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION DISCUSSED THOSE POTENTIAL CHANGES TODAY. CRONKITE NEWS REPORTER NICOLE GUTIERREZ WAS AT THE MEETING AND BRINGS US THE DETAILS.>>THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION SPENT MORE THAN A YEAR CREATING THE NEW ACCOUNTABILITY SYSTEM. AND BEFORE A PACKED MEETING ROOM, TEACHERS, PRINCIPALS AND EVEN SUPERINTENDENTS FROM CHARTER AND PUBLIC SCHOOLS ACROSS STATE VOICED HOW THE SYSTEM IS FAILING THEIR SCHOOL.>>”WE HAVE RECEIVED PHONE CALLS AND FEEDBACK FROM OUR COMMUNITY ASKING WHAT HAPPENED? OUR SCHOOL WAS A LETTER “A” SCHOOL AND NOW LISTED AS N-R. AND SO PEOPLE ARE WONDERING IF OUR SCHOOL HAS FAILED SOME HOW.”>>JUDITH YEE, HEAD TEACHER OF MONTESSORI SCHOOLHOUSE OF TUCSON CHARTER SCHOOL CAME TO BE AN ADVOCATE AND PROVIDE FEED BACK TO THE BOARD ON HOW THE NEW ‘A’ THOUGH ‘F’ LETTER GRADING IS AFFECTING HER SCHOOL. HER SCHOOL’S N-R STANDS FOR “NOT RATED” WHICH COULD KEEP IT FROM AN $18,000 PERFORMANCE AWARD.>>WE BELIEVE THAT ONE SIZE FITS ALL FORMULA, TO EQUALIZE THINGS CAN NEGATIVELY AFFECT SMALL HIGH PERFORMANCE SCHOOLS LIKE OURS”>>OF THE “A TO F LETTER GRADE SYSTEM, GROWTH ACCOUNTS FOR 50 PERCENT OF THE TOTAL GRADE. THE NEW GRADING SYSTEM PUTS AN EMPHASIS ON TEST-SCORE IMPROVEMENT OVER TIME, BUT YEE AND OTHERS ARGUE THAT HURTS ALREADY HIGH-PERFORMING SCHOOLS.>>”OUR STUDENTS CAN NOT SHOW GROWTH POINTS BECAUSE THEY’RE ALREADY HIGH ACHIEVING STUDENTS. IN FACT, WE HAVE SEVERAL STUDENTS WHO SCORE 100 PERCENT ON THE TEST AND THEREFORE, ITS MATHEMATICALLY IMPOSSIBLE FOR THEM TO EARN GROWTH POINTS FOR IMPROVEMENT. SO, WHAT THAT MEANS IS THAT A SCHOOL LIKE OURS WHO IS TOP IN THE COUNTY, UHM I BELIEVE SIXTH IN THE STATE, IS NOT ONLY NOT RATED BUT IF WE WERE TO BE RATED WE MAY NOT GET THE LETTER ‘A’ EVEN THOUGH WE HAVE A 90.5 PASSING RATE, WHICH IS COMPLETELY ABSURD.>>YEE’S SCHOOL RECEIVED A NOTIFICATION FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION SAYING THAT THEIR SCHOOL MAY NOT QUALIFY FOR THE PERFORMANCE AWARD THIS YEAR, BECAUSE THEY WERE NOT ASSIGNED A LETTER GRADE DUE TO LOW ENROLLMENT.>>”WE DID NOT MEET THE NEW END COUNT WHICH WAS CHANGED TO 20 STUDENTS PER GRADING GRADE. WE HAVE, UHM A MIXED AGED CLASSROOM OF THIRD TO FIFTH GRADE, WHERE WE LOGISTICALLY CAN NOT CARRY 20 STUDENTS IN EACH OF THE THIRD, FOURTH AND FIFTH GRADE.”>>BOARD PRESIDENT TIM CARTER THANKED YEE FOR HER COMMENT AND SAID THAT THE BOARD WOULD ADDRESS HER CONCERN AT THE DECEMBER MEETING.>>”FOR A SCHOOL THAT HAS JUST A LITTLE BIT OVER 100 STUDENTS, YOU CAN IMAGINE OUR BUDGET IS VERY SMALL AN $18,000 CAN BE A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT FOR OUR SCHOOL. IT COULD MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE IN THE WAY THAT WE PLAN THE LOGISTICS OF OUR SCHOOL.”>>THE BOARD OF EDUCATION IS SCHEDULED TO MEET AGAIN IN DECEMBER AND DISCUSS FURTHER POTENTIAL ACTIONS WITH THE A THROUGH F SCALE. IN THE BROADCAST CENTER, NICOLE GUTIERREZ, CRONKITE NEWS. THE PHOENIX POLICE STATION IS LOOKING TO HIRE NEW HIRES.>>THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION>>THE PHOENIX POLICE DEPARTMENT IS LOOKING TO HIRE 400 NEW OFFICERS THIS YEAR. CRONKITE NEWS REPORTER BRIDGET DOWD TELLS US HOW THE DEPARTMENT IS TRYING TO DIVERSIFY ITS EMPLOYEES. ALL UNITS OF THE PHOENIX POLICE DEPARTMENT WERE REPRESENTED AT A CAREER FAIR ON FRIDAY, RANGING FROM VIOLENT CRIMES TO K-9.>>”WE FIND BAD GUYS AND WE FIND DRUGS.”>>LISA FISHER AND HER DOG, JAX ARE PART OF THAT UNIT. FISHER SAYS SHE THINKS IT’S IMPORTANT FOR ALL TYPES OF PEOPLE TO BE WELL REPRESENTED IN LAW ENFORCEMENT.>>”I WOULD ENCOURAGE ANYBODY WHO’S INTERESTED IN THIS, REGARDLESS OF THEIR GENDER OR ETHNICITY TO BE INTERESTED IN THIS. CERTAINLY, THE POPULATION IS COMPRISED OF MANY TYPES OF DIFFERENT GROUPS OF PEOPLE AND IT’S IMPORTANT THAT EVERYBODY FEELS THAT IF THEY WANT TO DO THIS THAT THEY CAN DO IT AND CERTAINLY THAT’S BEEN MY EXPERIENCE.”>>INTERESTED APPLICANTS EVEN HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE THE WRITTEN EXAM TO BECOME AN OFFICER ON FRIDAY. AFTER PASSING THE WRITTEN PORTION, APPLICANTS ARE REQUIRED TO COMPLETE A PHYSICAL AGILITY TEST. VALLEY RESIDENT KIMBERLY MENDEZ SAYS AT FIRST SHE WANTED TO WORK IN FORENSICS, BUT NOW THINKS SHE’S READY TO WORK IN THE FIELD.>>”I LOOKED INTO THEIR WEBSITE TO SEE WHAT THE REQUIREMENTS WERE, SO I’VE GOT THE RUNNING AND THE SIT UPS. I’M STILL WORKING ON THE PUSHUP PART, BUT I THINK I WOULD BE ABLE TO DO IT.”>>”PHOENIX P-D PULLED OUT ALL THE STOPS TO GIVE APPLICANTS AN IDEA OF WHAT IT WOULD BE LIKE TO HAVE A CAREER IN LAW ENFORCEMENT, INCLUDING LANDING THIS ‘A-STAR’ HELICOPTER RIGHT OUTSIDE THE PHOENIX CONVENTION CENTER.” THE HELICOPTER WASN’T THE ONLY POLICE VEHICLE ON-SITE. OFFICERS ALSO SHOWED OFF A 1950’S FORD, ONE OF THEIR FIRST POLICE CARS, AND AN R-V THEY USE FOR HANDLING CRIMES AGAINST CHILDREN.>>IN PHOENIX, BRIDGET DOWD, CRONKITE NEWS.>>IN ADDITION TO OFFICER POSITIONS, PHOENIX P-D IS OPENING UP 80 COMMUNICATIONS POSITIONS. THAT INCLUDES 9-1-1 OPERATORS AND DISPATCH WORKERS. FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THESE AND OTHER LAW ENFORCEMENT CAREERS, VISIT CRONKITE NEWS DOT A-Z P-B-S DOT ORG.>>A NORTH PHOENIX HIGH SCHOOL IS MOURNING THE DEATH OF A STUDENT ATHLETE. MOON VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL’S CARLOS SANCHEZ COLLAPSED DURING A FOOTBALL GAME ON FRIDAY AND LATER DIED IN THE HOSPITAL. TODAY CRONKITE NEWS TALKED WITH THE ARIZONA INTERSCHOLASTIC ASSOCIATION ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED ON THE FIELD.>>”UNFORTUNATELY, IN ATHLETICS THERE IS SOME INHERENT RISK AND UNFORTUNATELY AGAIN THINGS DO HAPPEN. THE ONLY KIND OF THING THAT MAKES IT A LITTLE EASIER, NOT THAT IT MAKES IT EASY, BUT IT WAS NOT A DIRTY HIT, IT WAS NOT HEAD TO HEAD CONTACT.”>>THERE HAS BEEN NO OFFICIAL CAUSE OF DEATH RELEASED. A VIGIL IS SCHEDULED OUTSIDE THE SCHOOL TOMORROW EVENING AT 7:00.>>THE NUMBER OF UNINSURED AMERICANS IS NOW AT A THREE-YEAR HIGH AFTER FALLING FOR YEARS IN LARGE PART DUE TO THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT.>>12.3% OF AMERICAN ADULTS DID NOT HAVE INSURANCE IN THE THIRD QUARTER OF 2017. THAT’S ACCORDING TO THE “GALLUP-SHARECARE WELL-BEING INDEX.” THE SHARE OF UNINSURED AMERICANS FELL TO A RECORD LOW UNDER OBAMACARE, ACCORDING TO GALLUP. BUT STARTING THIS YEAR, THE NUMBER BEGAN RISING. STILL THE UNINSURED RATE REMAINS WELL BELOW ITS PEAK OF 18% FROM 2013.>>THE OPEN ENROLLMENT IN THE HEALTH CARE INSURANCE MARKETPLACE PERIOD IS COMING UP AND “ASSISTERS” ARE BEING TRAINED TO HELP PEOPLE AROUND ARIZONA FIND THE INSURANCE THEY QUALIFY FOR. PEOPLE CAN SIGN UP FROM NOVEMBER FIRST THROUGH DECEMBER 15TH, WHICH IS SHORTER THAN THE NORMAL THREE MONTH PERIOD. AND LEADERS IN THE ARIZONA HEALTH CARE COMMUNITY WANT YOU TO KNOW THEY ARE HERE TO HELP.>>”THE TRAINING IS ABOUT MAKING SURE WE HAVE THE KNOWLEDGE SO THAT WE CAN SIT DOWN WITH A FAMILY AND GIVE THEM THE OPTIONS THAT ARE AVAILABLE TO THEM, AND ULTIMATELY FOR THEM TO MAKE THE BEST DECISION THAT MEETS THEIR NEEDS.”>>THESE LEADERS ARE STRESSING THAT IT IS CRUCIAL TO ENROLL DURING THIS TIME FRAME IF YOU ARE NOT CURRENTLY ENROLLED IN ANY HEALTH CARE.>>THE LIGHT RAIL EXPANSION TO DOWNTOWN GLENDALE IS DEAD. THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC IS REPORTING THAT THE CITY COUNCIL HAS DECIDED AGAINST MOVING FORWARD WITH THE ROUTE. THE CITY COUNCIL CITES COST AS A PRIMARY FACTOR IN THE DECISION, AS WELL AS THE CONCERN THAT NOT ENOUGH PEOPLE WILL USE THE PUBLIC TRANSIT SYSTEM. THIS COMES 16 YEARS AFTER GLENDALE VOTERS APPROVED A SALES TAX INCREASE THAT WAS SUPPOSED TO HELP PAY FOR THE NEW TRANSPORTATION OPTION. WITH SOME HOPING THEY’D EXTEND IT TO THE UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX STADIUM.>>AN ICONIC HANGOUT MADE AN ABRUPT CLOSURE IN DOWNTOWN PHOENIX TODAY. COOPERSTOWN BAR AND RESTAURANT, CREATED BY ALICE COOPER, HAS SHUT DOWN AFTER 20 YEARS AT ITS LOCATION NEAR 1ST AND JACKSON STREETS. A PRINTED NOTE TO PATRONS THANKED THEM FOR THEIR LOYALTY, AND THE COOPERSTOWN SOCIAL MEDIA CHANNELS WERE ALSO TAKEN OFFLINE.>>AFTER A TOUGH START TO THE SEASON, THE PHOENIX SUNS ARE NOW SEARCHING FOR A NEW COACH.>>COMING UP ON CRONKITE NEWS. THE TEAM IS LOOKING FOR A FRESH START AFTER FIRING EARL WATSON.>>AND IT WAS A DESTINATION FOR MUSIC LIKE PHOENIX HAS NEVER HOSTED BEFORE. TONIGHT, WE TAKE A LOOK AT THE IMPACT OF THE LOST LAKE FESTIVAL.>>THE MUSIC IS OVER. THOUSANDS OF FANS HAVE CLEARED OUT, AND NOW WE WAIT AND SEE IF THE LOST LAKE FESTIVAL WAS A FINANCIAL SUCCESS FOR PHOENIX. AS PROMISED. REPORTER ALEX VALDEZ IS TRACKING THE LATEST IN THE MEDIA CENTER. ALEX?>>I WENT TO THE PARK TO CHECK OUT TODAY’S CLEAN UP EFFORTS AFTER THE FESTIVAL WRAPPED UP LAST NIGHT. I ALSO TALKED WITH NEIGHBORS ABOUT THIS BIG TICKET EVENT PLAYING OUT IN THEIR BACKYARDS. IT WAS A WEEKEND FULL OF MUSIC, ART, FOOD AND GAMES IN CENTRAL PHOENIX AFTER THE FIRST EDITION OF THE LOST LAKE FESTIVAL TOOK OVER STEELE INDIAN SCHOOL PARK. THE EVENT BRINGING OVER 50 MUSICAL ACTS DURING THE THREE DAY EVENT BUT BY MONDAY, THE MUSIC HAD GIVEN WAY TO THE SOUNDS OF CLEAN UP CREWS -GETTING THE PARK BACK TO NORMAL.>>”I WOULD NEVER KNOW THAT THERE WAS, I MEAN OBVIOUSLY YOU CAN SEE LIKE LITTLE SIGNS, BUT I WOULD HAVE NEVER KNOWN THERE WAS A GIANT FESTIVAL HERE OVER THE WEEKEND, SO IT IS PRETTY COOL, I THINK THEY ARE DOING A GOOD JOB.”>>”THE LOST LAKE FESTIVAL BROUGHT THOUSANDS OF FANS TO CENTRAL PHOENIX OVER THE WEEKEND, BUT TODAY CREWS ARE FOCUSING ON CLEAN UP EFFORTS-WHILE ORGANIZERS START LOOKING AT THE ECONOMIC IMPACT THE FESTIVAL BROUGHT TO THE CITY.” SUPERFLY, THE COMPANY BEHIND THE FESTIVAL, SAYS THEY’LL RELEASE OFFICIAL ATTENDANCE NUMBERS LATER THIS WEEK. PHOENIX RESIDENT LOWDER SAYS SHE BELIEVES EVENTS LIKE LOST LAKE ARE A GOOD THING FOR THE CITY.>>”IT IS BENEFICIAL FOR EVERYBODY. JUST BECAUSE I KNOW THAT IT STIMULATES THE ECONOMY AND LIKE HAVING PEOPLE FROM OUT OF TOWN COME IN. I DON’T THINK THERE HAS BEEN ANY NEGATIVE EFFECTS.”>>STEELE INDIAN SCHOOL PARK IS EXPECTED TO RE-OPEN TO THE PUBLIC THIS THURSDAY BUT FOR NOW PET OWNERS ARE WELCOMED TO BRING THEIR FURRY FRIENDS TO THE TEMPORARY DOG PARK THAT IS CURRENTLY OPEN. IN THE MEDIA CENTER, ALEX VALDEZ, CRONKITE NEWS.>>LOST LAKE OFFICIALS SAY THAT ONE OF THE GOALS OF THE FESTIVAL WAS TO BRING ATTENTION TO LOCAL BUSINESSES, INCLUDING RESTAURANTS, BREWERIES AND ARTISTS. A RECENT STUDY CONDUCTED BY AMERICANS FOR THE ARTS STATES THAT THE ARTS AND CULTURE SCENE IN PHOENIX CONTRIBUTED MORE THAN $400 MILLION DOLLARS TO THE ECONOMY IN 2015. NINE LOCAL ARTISTS PARTICIPATED WITH THE INTENT TO CREATE AN ECLECTIC AND DIVERSE LINEUP. LISA VONHOFFNER WAS ONE OF THEM. SHE SAYS THAT THE FESTIVAL EXPOSURE COULD HELP HER EARN MORE GIGS AND COMMISSION IN THE FUTURE, BUT THAT ART IS NOT ONLY IMPORTANT FOR ITS ECONOMIC VALUE.>>”I THINK IT CAN JUST REALLY SHAPE SOCIETY. I THINK IT HELPS YOU THINK DIFFERENTLY. IF YOU CAN WORK YOUR BRAIN THAT WAY, YOU CAN PROBLEM SOLVE, AND I THINK IT CAN HELP IN A LOT OF WAYS.” VONHOFFNER SAYS THAT HER PIECE AND PIECES DONE BY OTHER ARTISTS WILL BE DISPLAYED AT NEXT YEAR’S LOST LAKE FESTIVAL.>>THE ARIZONA CARDINALS MAY HAVE SUFFERED ONE OF ITS WORST LOSSES YESTERDAY, INCLUDING THE MAJOR INJURY TO QUARTERBACK CARSON PALMER, BUT GOVERNOR DOUG DUCEY SAYS THE TEAM’S TRIP TO LONDON WAS A “WIN” AS A BUSINESS TRIP. DUCEY TOLD MEDIA IN THE U.K. THAT HE SPENT A LOT OF TIME TALKING WITH INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS LEADERS ACROSS THE POND, AND THAT COULD TRANSLATE INTO MORE OVERSEAS INVESTMENT IN ARIZONA.>>IT HAS BEEN A ROCKY FEW DAYS FOR THE PHOENIX SUNS. THEY LOST THEIR FIRST THREE GAMES BY A TOTAL OF 92 POINTS. INCLUDING THE WORST OPENING NIGHT LOSS IN NBA HISTORY. AND YESTERDAY, THE TEAM PARTED WAYS WITH HEAD COACH EARL WATSON. AS CRONKITE NEWS REPORTER SKYE MERIDA EXPLAINS, THE TEAM HOPES INTERIM COACH JAY TRIANO CAN STEADY THE SHIP.>>THIS ISN’T JAY TRIANO’S FIRST RODEO AS THE LEADING MAN FOR A BASKETBALL TEAM. AMONG HIS MANY COACHING STOPS, THE SUNS INTERIM HEAD COACH GUIDED THE THE TORONTO RAPTORS FOR THREE SEASONS, AND HE IS CURRENTLY THE HEAD COACH OF THE CANADIAN MEN’S NATIONAL BASKETBALL TEAM.>>”I THINK HE’S GOT A GREAT OFFENSIVE MIND. HE SEES THE GAME WELL. HE’S ALL ABOUT BASKETBALL.”>>TRIANO IS NO STRANGER TO COACHING YOUNG PLAYERS, AS HE HELPED MENTOR A YOUNG DEMAR DEROZAN WHILE HE WAS COACHING THE TORONTO RAPTORS, AND A YOUNG DAMIAN LILLARD WHEN HE WAS AN ASSISTANT COACH IN PORTLAND, AND HE BELIEVES THAT THE SUNS YOUNG TALENT HAS GREAT POTENTIAL AS WELL.>>”I THINK THEY’RE YOUNGER, BUT THEIR TALENT LEVEL IS EXTREMELY HIGH, AND OUR JOB IS TO TEACH THEM THE GAME.”>>AS THE TEAM PREPARES FOR LIFE WITH A NEW HEAD COACH, GUARD DEVIN BOOKER PREPARES TAKE ON EVEN MORE OF A LEADERSHIP ROLE, HE BELIEVES, ALONG WITH HIS TEAMMATES WHO ENTERED THE SEASON AS THE YOUNGEST ROSTER IN THE N-B-A NEED TO IMPROVE COLLECTIVELY AMIDST ALL THE CHANGES WITHIN THE ORGANIZATION.>>”I FEEL LIKE WE ALL HAVE TO STEP UP. IT CAN’T BE JUST ONE GUY THAT CAN FIX ALL THIS. AS A YOUNG PLAYER ON THIS TEAM, I HAVE TO LEAD VOCALLY, AND THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA TO TRY TO DO.”>>JAY TRIANO WILL MAKE HIS DEBUT AS THE SUNS HEAD COACH TONIGHT, AS THE TEAM TAKES ON THE SACRAMENTO KINGS AT TALKING STICK RESORT ARENA. IN PHOENIX, SKYE MERIDA, CRONKITE NEWS.>>KEEPING QUALITY TEACHERS IN ARIZONA CAN BE TOUGH, BUT A NEW PROGRAM IS HOPING TO CHANGE THAT.>>STILL AHEAD ON CRONKITE NEWS. HOW THE ARIZONA TEACHERS ACADEMY IS CHANGING LIVES FOR ITS PARTICIPANTS.>>IT IS 94 IN PHOENIX WITH A HUMIDITY OF 8%. STAY TUNED AFTER THIS. WE’LL TALK ABOUT JUST HOW MUCH COOLER THIS WEEK IS GOING TO GET.>>A NEW PROGRAM FORGIVES STUDENT LOANS FOR TEACHERS WILLING TO STAY IN ARIZONA. REPORTER MADISON CONNER TALKED WITH ONE OF THE PARTICIPANTS IN THE ARIZONA TEACHERS ACADEMY TO SEE HOW IT’S CHANGING HER LIFE AND THE LIVES OF HER STUDENTS.>>THE ARIZONA TEACHERS ACADEMY IS A PROGRAM THAT IS SUPPOSED TO AID THE TEACHER SHORTAGE HERE IN ARIZONA BY WAIVING TUITION FOR TEACHERS TO STAY IN STATE AFTER GRADUATION.>>”I’M A SINGLE MOTHER, AND THE TUITION FORGIVENESS IS A BIG DEAL FOR ME BECAUSE EVEN THOUGH I MAY QUALIFY FOR SOME LOAN FORGIVENESS WITH OTHER KINDS OF FEDERAL PROGRAMS THAT’S NOT ALWAYS A GUARANTEE.”>>ATA SAYS IT DOES MORE THAN JUST WAIVE TUITION FEES. PARTICIPANTS PUT IN TIME AND EFFORT TO LEARN NEW WAYS TO BE THE BEST EDUCATORS THEY CAN BE.>>”WE HAVE MONTHLY SITE BASED MEETINGS WHERE I’LL COME OUT TO THE WEST SIDE OR OUT TO THE EAST SIDE AND WE ALL MEET AND THEN WE REVISIT THAT WORK THAT THEY’RE WORKING ON SO WE LOOK AT THEIR DATA AND THEN TAKE THAT INFORMATION AND HELP SUPPORT WITH COMING UP WITH NEW STRATEGIES THAT THEY CAN USE IN THE CLASSROOM.”>>AND THESE HANDS ON SKILLS HAVEN’T GONE UNNOTICED IN THE CLASSROOM.>>”WHAT I LIKE ABOUT HER IS THAT SHE ALWAYS MAKES THESE ACTIVITIES WITH US AND SHE ALWAYS MAKES THINGS MORE INTERACTIVE LIKE TODAY I LIKED WHAT WE DID AND IT KINDA GETS EVERYONE TO PARTICIPATE AND TO TALK AND TO GET TO KNOW EACH OTHER BETTER.”>>OTHER THAN GETTING HIGHLY TRAINED PROFESSIONALS BACK INTO CLASSROOMS THE PROGRAM IS DESIGNED TO INSPIRE TEACHERS.>>”I THINK IT’S REALLY IMPORTANT FOR US TO GET STUDENTS EXCITED ABOUT TEACHING AGAIN, AND I’M HOPING TO INSPIRE THEM SO THAT THEY CAN GO OUT AS LEADERS ONCE THEY EXIT THIS PROGRAM AND REALLY TRY TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN EDUCATION.”>>SYZMONIK SAYS SHE SEES THAT PASSION IN HER COLLEAGUES.>>”FROM MY EXPERIENCE SUBBING IN A WIDE RANGE OF SCHOOLS AND THE FACULTY THAT I’VE WORKED WITH THAT THEY REALLY CARE ABOUT WHAT THEY’RE DOING.”>>IN PHOENIX, MADISON CONNER, CRONKITE NEWS.>>THERE ARE 200 PARTICIPANTS IN ATA BUT THE GOAL IS TO EXPAND THE SCHOLARSHIPS TO 730 STUDENTS IN FIVE YEARS.>>GOOD NEWS FOR ARIZONA’S BIG HORN SHEEP. THE ARIZONA GAME AND FISH DEPARTMENT SAYS THEIR POPULATION IS GROWING AFTER BEING REINTRODUCED IN THE SANTA CATALINA MOUNTAINS FOUR YEARS AGO. THEY ESTIMATE THERE ARE ABOUT 85 IN ALL. BIGHORN SHEEP WERE BROUGHT TO THE AREA FOR THREE CONSECUTIVE YEARS AFTER THE INITIAL REINTRODUCTION IN 2013. DESERT BIGHORNS DISAPPEARED FROM THE CATALINAS IN THE LATE 1990S, BUT NOW APPEAR TO BE THRIVING IN THE AREA. OFFICIALS EVEN SAY THESE SHEEP ARE NOT ON THE THREATENED SPECIES LIST. THEY ESTIMATE THERE ARE MORE THAN 5500 THROUGHOUT THE STATE.>>THE ARIZONA HUMANE SOCIETY HAS BEEN OVERWHELMED BY KITTENS IN NEED. THEIR I-C-U HAS A CAPACITY FOR 60 KITTENS AT A TIME, BUT CURRENTLY IS CARING FOR ABOUT 80. FROM THE TIME NEWBORN KITTENS ARRIVE, UNTIL THEY QUALIFY FOR ADOPTION, IT COSTS THE HUMANE SOCIETY OVER ELEVEN HUNDRED DOLLARS PER KITTEN. THEIR WEBSITE SAYS IT COSTS TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS A YEAR FOR STAFFING, MEDICAL AND FOOD SUPPLIES. BECAUSE KITTENS NEED SO MUCH CARE, THE KIT NAPPING CAMPAIGN HAS BEEN STARTED. IS THERE ANY FALL NEARBY?>>THERE IS, BUT IT’S A FEW DAYS AWAY. WE ARE USED TO SEEING TEMPERATURES IN THE NORTH IN 80S AND 70S. DOWN TO THE CENTRAL PARTS OF THE STATE, WE SEE WARMER TEMPERATURES IN THE 90S. RIGHT NOW IN YUMA, IT’S 97, THE SAME TEMPERATURE AS PHOENIX. FLAG STAFF AND SHOW LOW, 70-DEGREES. CLOSER TO HOME, HERE IN PHOENIX, WARM AND SO ARE THE SURROUNDING STATES. WETMAN, 94. MARICOPA, 91. LET’S TALK ABOUT WHAT IT’S GOING TO LOOK LIKE IN A COUPLE OF HOURS. WE DROP TO THE HIGH 70S OR LOW 80S. 76 IN MARICOPA. MOVING TO THE SEVEN-DAY FORECAST, WE ARE ACTUALLY GOING TO DROP A FEW DEGREES. THURSDAY, 92-DEGREES WITH A LOW OF 65. MOVING ALL THE WAY THROUGH TO SUNDAY, WE SEE 90 WITH 88 MONDAY AND A LOW OF 62. FOR CRONKITE WEATHER, I’M CHRISTIANA. STILL AHEAD ON CRONKITE NEWS. MAKING A DIFFERENCE WITH TECHNOLOGY. A VALLEY STUDENT IS HOPING TO SAVE LIVES WITH AN APP. HE TELLS US WHY HE CREATED IT. AND HOW IT COULD HELP PEOPLE HERE IN ARIZONA.>>SKIN CANCER IS A PROBLEM IN ARIZONA, AND NOW IT SEEMS EVEN YOUNG STUDENTS ARE LOOKING FOR SOLUTIONS. CRONKITE NEWS REPORTER TREVOR FAY WENT TO THE BROADCOM MASTERS SCIENCE FAIR TO SEE HOW ONE SCOTTSDALE STUDENT IS CHANGING HOW WE THINK ABOUT SKIN CARE.>>ARJUN MOORTHY STARTED OUT AS JUST ONE OF 2500 YOUNG SCIENTISTS IN THE BROADCOM MASTERS SCIENCE COMPETITION. NOW HE’S AMONG THE 30 FINALISTS. BUT FOR MOORTHY THIS GOES BEYOND COMPETITION AND PRIZES, HIS PROJECT, WHICH AIMS TO LOWER RATES OF MELANOMA HAS PERSONAL ELEMENTS AS WELL. “I HAD A P.E. TEACHER WHO ALSO HAD MELANOMA AND HAD TO GO THROUGH CHEMOTHERAPY, SO THAT INSPIRATIONS, AND ALSO, IN ARIZONA, MY MOM HAS SOME FRIENDS WHO ALSO HAVE MELANOMA, SO IT’S AN IMPACT THAT’S NOT GOOD AND THEY HAD TO GO THROUGH SOME TOUGH TIMES TO GET OVER IT.”>>MOORTHY DESIGNED A PHONE APP TO GIVE PEOPLE TWICE-DAILY REMINDERS TO WEAR SUN PROTECTION. ALTHOUGH IT MAY SEEM LIKE COMMON SENSE TO SOME MOORTHY’S RESEARCH FOUND THAT AS SOON AS THE REGULAR REMINDERS STOPPED, PEOPLE FELL BACK INTO NEGLECTFUL HABITS. MAYA AJMERA OF THE SOCIETY FOR SCIENCE AND THE PUBLIC SAYS PROGRAMS LIKE BROADCOM MASTERS ARE VITAL FOR THE SUCCESS OF YOUNG STEM STUDENTS.>>”THE BORADCOM MASTERS, AGAIN, IS THE MOST POWERFUL TALENT PIPELINE IN THE COUNTRY FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL SCIENCE STUDENTS. THESE ARE THE BEST OF THE BEST, AND YOU KNOW, IT GIVES ME GREAT HOPE REALLY TALKING TO THESE YOUNG PEOPLE.” AS ONE OF THOSE YOUNG PEOPLE, MOORTHY HAS BEEN QUICK TO COMPLAIN HOW HIS PROJECT WORKS AND HOW IT COULD HELP THE PEOPLE OF ARIZONA. “IT WILL TAKE A ZIP CODE, THE USER INPUT FOR WHATEVER ZIP CODE THEY’RE IN, AND IT WILL GIVE THEM THE UV INDEX AND THE AMOUNT OF EXPOSURE FOR THAT PARTICULAR DAY, THE AMOUNT OF TIME IT WILL TAKE FOR THEM TO START GETTING SKIN DAMAGE, AND THE PRECAUTION THEY SHOULD TAKE TO AVOID THAT.”>>MOORTHY SAYS HE HOPES ARIZONANS WILL TAKE HIS APP INTO ACCOUNT WHEN LOOKING FOR WAYS TO PROTECT THEMSELVES FROM THE SUN. IN WASHINGTON, TREVOR FAY, “CRONKITE NEWS.”>>THE WINNERS OF THE BROADCOM MASTERS COMPETITION WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN WASHINGTON, D.C. TOMORROW.>>HERE’S WHAT’S COMING UP ON “ARIZONA HORIZON” AND PBS NEWSHOUR.>>ON THE NEXT “ARIZONA HORIZON,” WHY IT IS HARDER TO SLEEP. AND LOOKING AT ALL OF FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT’S DESIGNS.>>ON THE NEXT NEWSHOUR, ON THE HOME FRONT, VETERANS FROM WAR AND STARTING FAMILIES WITH IN VETRO FERTILIZATION. THAT’S IT FOR CRONKITE NEWS TONIGHT. THANKS FOR JOINING US. FOR TOP ARIZONA STORIES ANYTIME, GO TO CRONKITE NEWS -DOT-

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