Two Chandler schools have received the coveted A+ school designation from the Arizona Educational Foundation. Hancock Elementary School and Basha High School were among 20 schools statewide to be recognized as an outstanding public school. “It’s a very thorough evaluation and endorsement for what these schools are doing,” said Bobbie O’Boyle, executive director of the foundation. The schools each receive $500 as part of the award. But it’s the bragging rights that are more valuable. “It’s a huge deal,” said Terry Locke, spokesman for the Chandler Unified School District. “It’s a major undertaking.” Schools must apply for the designation by completing a 36-page application. They are then evaluated by a team that visits the school, analyzes its classroom instruction and interviews teachers. This year, 35 schools applied for the designation and 20 received it. Neither Hancock principal Connie Hull nor Basha High principal Ken James were immediately available for comment today. The Arizona Educational Foundation expects to release a complete list later today.
Here’s the link from AZCentral.com
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