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Two Tucson schools recognized for civic learning

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - There are 27 schools in Southern Arizona that are being recognized for their high quality in civic teaching in the 2013 - 2014 school year. 22 public and 5 charter schools received recognition in one of three categories - School of Merit, School of Distinction and School of Excellence, according to a release from the Arizona Department of Education (ADE)

Two of those schools are located in Tucson: Safford IB Magnet School received School of Merit and Tanque Verde High School received School of Distinction. The rest of the schools were located in Mesa and surrounding communities. 

According to ADEN officials 31 schools, both public and charter applied for recognition as an Arizona Civic Engagement School in each category - School of Merit (15 designated), School of Distinction (9 designated) or School of Excellence (3 designated).  

“I am inspired by the efforts that schools are demonstrating in preparing our youth to become informed, engaged citizens—and future civic leaders,” said Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal, in the release. “I congratulate each of these schools for the work they are doing in civic education. ADEN is excited about the future of the Excellence in Civic Engagement Program and its potential impact on teachers and students. I would encourage more schools to apply for the program this coming school year.”

For more information about ADEN’s Excellence in Civic Engagement Program, please visit 

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