Arizona Education News

Hoffman Hits Back At Law Prohibiting Mask, Vaccine Rules
School is back in session this week for some students in the Valley — and more are starting soon. It’s sparking debates over just how schools should keep students and staff safe as COVID-19 cases rise across the state.
Former Superintendent For Scottsdale, Higley School Districts Indicted
Denise Birdwell, the former superintendent of the Scottsdale and Higley unified school districts, has been indicted as part of an investigation of possible misuse of public money tied to school construction.
July 23, 2021
Editor-In-Chief Of Science Journals Calls For College Vaccination Mandates
The editor-in-chief of one of the world's premier lines of science journals this week stepped out from behind the desk to call for colleges and universities to require coronavirus vaccines — and to call out Arizona State University by name.
July 23, 2021
Chandler Families Weigh Mask Options On First Day Of School
Tarwater Elementary School was abuzz on Wednesday morning as parents ushered their students to class for the first day of the 2021-22 academic year.
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July 22, 2021
Christ: School Quarantine Policies OK In Some Cases
The state's top health official said Tuesday that schools should be able to quarantine unvaccinated students and keep them out of class in at least some cases where they have been exposed to COVID-19. Dr. Cara Christ still believes schools are the best place for children.
July 21, 2021
What Duceys 3 New ABOR Picks Could Mean For Arizona Universities
Gov. Doug Ducey recently made three new appointments to the Arizona Board of Regents, the body that sets university tuition prices. The Show spoke more about the new appointments — and what they will mean for the state’s university system — with Alison Steinbach, who covers higher education for the Arizona Republic.
July 21, 2021
COVID-19 Top Of Mind As Chandler District Starts School
Chandler Unified School District students and teachers are going back to school on Wednesday. Here's what they can expect.
July 20, 2021
2 AZ School Districts, Ducey At Odds Over COVID-19 Quarantine Policy
In a letter to Kaitlin Harrier, the governor's education policy adviser, attorneys from the Catalina Foothills School District and the Peoria Unified School District say the schools are within their legal rights to to keep unvaccinated students who have been exposed to confirmed cases of COVID-19 out of school for up to two weeks.
July 20, 2021
How Native Traditions Survived The Phoenix Indian School
In the 1800s, the government authorized officials to remove Indigenous children from their families and tribes to be “civilized” — assimilated into American culture by stripping them of their tribal identities. The Phoenix Indian School was one of these institutions.
July 20, 2021
Creighton University Set To Open Health Sciences Campus In Phoenix
The Valley will have another medical campus later this summer. Creighton University is set to open its 180,000 square-foot, $100 million Health Sciences Campus next month.
July 20, 2021
How Education Advocates Plan To Fight AZ Tax Cut
Arizona lawmakers approved tax cuts in this year’s budget many say are designed to undercut Proposition 208, the Invest In Education initiative that voters approved at the 2020 ballot. Now, educators are, once again, prepared for battle.
July 20, 2021
Glendale Chamber Won’t Poo-Poo Education Funding
After forming a new education committee, the Glendale Chamber of Commerce could become vocal about funding.
July 19, 2021
Mexico Set To Reopen Schools Nationwide In August
Mexico’s president is promising that in-person classes will begin in the fall despite the fact that coronavirus cases are on the rise.
July 19, 2021
Two AZ Districts Respond To Ducey Letters Saying Quarantine Policies Violate Law
The Arizona Governor’s Office sent two letters to Peoria Unified School District and Catalina Foothills School District, informing them that their quarantine policies for unvaccinated students were breaking the law.
July 15, 2021
Critical Race Theory Concerns Mirror Early 2000s Ban On Racially Aware Curriculum
The way schools teach about racism in the context of history, social studies and political science has become an increasingly contentious topic in recent years. But 15 years ago, one Arizona school district was already using a lens of racial awareness in its Mexican American Studies classes.
July 13, 2021
Arizona Politics Pushing Some Teachers To The Breaking Point
When Elise Villescaz told her mother that she wanted to follow in their footsteps and become a teacher, Villescaz didn’t get the reaction she was expecting. "She cried — and not happy tears," Villescaz said.
Part 1: Educators Leaving Schools In Onset Of Pandemic
July 13, 2021
Experts: AZ Critical Race Theory Ban Uses Bad Definition
Gov. Doug Ducey signed legislation Friday to block the use of public funds for what he calls "critical race theory." But there seems to be a disconnect between the description of what has become a favorite talking point of Ducey and other Republicans, and what “critical race theory” actually means.
July 12, 2021
COVID-19 Pandemic Hasnt Led To Massive Teacher Exodus, But Concerns Still Remain
Arizona has had a severe teacher shortage for years. Some of the turnover is due to frustrations within and outside of the classroom. But the pandemic has also impacted the education workforce.
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July 12, 2021
Ducey Signs Bill Requiring Holocaust Education
Gov. Doug Ducey signed a new bill into law Friday requiring that Arizona students receive education related to the Holocaust. Arizona students will now be required to learn about the Holocaust and other genocides twice between seventh and 12th grade.
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July 9, 2021
Phoenix Union High School District, Partners Offering COVID Vaccines
The Phoenix Union High School District and its partners are hosting COVID-19 vaccination events Friday and Saturday for individuals 12 or older at 15 school sites.
July 9, 2021
Arizona Doctors Slam School Mask Requirement Ban
Arizona lawmakers are banning most of the state’s K-12 schools from requiring students or staff to wear masks. But as COVID-19 cases rise in the state, some doctors are speaking out, saying the rule puts Arizona children at risk.
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July 7, 2021