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Chandler teacher fired for religious, anti-gay actions
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Chandler teacher fired for religious, anti-gay actions

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By Kevin Reagan Staff Writer Chandler Unified School District fired an art teacher for allegedly discriminating against a transgender student and bringing a box of Bibles to her classroom. Annella Krom’s conduct at Arizona...
This Chandler family’s life is a circus – literally
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This Chandler family’s life is a circus – literally

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By Kevin Reagan Staff Writer Eating fire is no problem for Martin Taylor, even if his long beard might get in the way. “You’ve never seen fire-eating until you’ve seen somebody do it with a beard,” he said. It’s not...
Chandler students score high on AzMerit test
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Chandler students score high on AzMerit test

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By Kevin Reagan Staff Writer The Chandler Unified School District performed well above the state’s average in math and English assessments, yet individual schools showed little improvement from the previous year. Fifty-nine...
Gila River community wary of ADOT I-10 widening plan
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Gila River community wary of ADOT I-10 widening plan

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By Kevin Reagan Staff Writer Severio Kyyitan was awoken one recent morning by a thunderous thumping that reverberated through the walls of his home. It might be an earthquake, he thought, until he looked outside and discovered a...
District studying impact of canines on kids’ learning
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District studying impact of canines on kids’ learning

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By Kevin Reagan Staff Writer There’s a girl at Weinberg Elementary who had hardly spoken to anyone since the start of this school year. Staff described her as possibly suffering from selective mutism, an anxiety disorder that...
Chandler schools struggle to gain teacher diversity
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Chandler schools struggle to gain teacher diversity

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By Kevin Reagan Staff Writer The U.S. Department of Education in 2016 advised the ranks of elementary and high school teachers needed to become more racially diverse, but that goal has been elusive for Chandler and other East...
Volunteers distribute suicide prevention door hangers
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Volunteers distribute suicide prevention door hangers

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SANTAN SUN NEWS STAFF About two dozen adults and Aprende Middle School students gathered early Sunday Sept. 15 to distribute suicide prevention door hangers in a Chandler neighborhood. Eduarda Schroder, one of the four mothers...
Valley Christian students help community
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Valley Christian students help community

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SANTAN SUN NEWS STAFF Nearly 200 kids from Valley Christian High School in Chandler put away the books, pencils and notes for a day to pick up a paintbrush and help their community earlier this month. They were bussed to the East...
Finally, part of Gilbert’s biggest park to open
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Finally, part of Gilbert’s biggest park to open

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By Cecilia Chan Staff Writer The initial phase of Gilbert’s largest and newest park – which includes the longest slide in Arizona –opens today, Sept. 21, promising to ultimately become one of the East Valley’s biggest...
Chandler-Gilbert College food program praised
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Chandler-Gilbert College food program praised

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SANTAN SUN NEWS STAFF Chandler-Gilbert Community College has won an award for its food waste recycling program. The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education gave the college its 2019 award for...