Arizona Education News

Arizona Governor Vetoes Strict Sex Education Legislation
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey on Tuesday vetoed legislation that would have made the state's sex education laws some of the strictest in the nation when it comes to teaching about LGBTQ issues.
Summer Camps Adjusting To COVID-19 Requirements
Many Arizona parents are trying to figure out how their kids are going to spend the summer. To learn what this summer might look like, The Show spoke with Karen Barr, publisher, editor and founder of Raising Arizona Kids Magazine, which puts together an annual list of summer camp options.
April 22, 2021
Bidens 100-Day Plan: The Impact On Arizona
The new president established a list of priorities for his administration to achieve by his 100th day in office. The week of April 26, a new KJZZ series looks at how those policies play out for Arizona.
April 22, 2021
Arizona Supreme Court Questions New Education Tax Legality
The Arizona Supreme Court cast doubt Tuesday on whether hundreds of millions of dollars in new taxes collected under a voter initiative enacted in November can be legally spent when a provision of the state constitution caps school spending.
April 20, 2021
Bus Schedules Have Been A Challenge For AZ Schools
When Gov. Doug Ducey announced in March that more students can return to schools, districts had to make adjustments — and not just to classrooms. Buses also presented a challenge. Some districts had already been facing driver shortages — an issue that was only exacerbated by the pandemic.
April 20, 2021
Arizona Supreme Court To Hear Challenge To New Education Tax
The Arizona Supreme Court will hear an expedited constitutional challenge Tuesday to a new voter-approved tax on high-earning Arizonans that was designed to boost school funding.
April 20, 2021
Ducey: No More Mask Mandate For Schools
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has issued an executive order that rescinds the state’s mask mandate in schools. This action comes as nearly 2 million Arizonans, including teachers and school staff, are fully vaccinated against the virus, Ducey said in a Monday statement.
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April 19, 2021
$21M For Schools To Hire Counselors, Social Workers
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman has announced she’s allocating $21.3 million to hire more school counselors and social workers statewide as part of the School Safety Grant program.
April 19, 2021
UA To Move Its COVID-19 Vaccination Site Indoors
The University of Arizona announced it will be moving its COVID-19 vaccine operations indoors at the end of the month, officials said during a Monday press conference.
April 19, 2021
Homelessness, Public Safety, Climate Action: Key Issues For New Phoenix City Council
Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego and four councilmembers took their oaths of office Monday. The swearing-in ceremony includes two newcomers to the City Council, and their priorities could drastically shape the city’s future.
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April 19, 2021
Glendale Public Libraries To Fully Reopen Monday
Public libraries in Glendale fully reopen on Monday after months of limited capacity and modified service. For months, public libraries in Glendale were only offering curbside pickup, or only checking out popular books.
April 18, 2021
Tucson Superintendent Upset With Disheartening Sex Education Bill
Senate Bill 1456 has recently passed through the Arizona Legislature, and is waiting on Gov. Doug Ducey’s approval. If signed into law, the bill would require state schools to get parents' permission for discussions about sexual orientation, gender identity and expression.
April 17, 2021
ABOR Approves 2-Year Contract Extension For UA Coach Barnes
The Arizona Board of Regents has approved a two-year contract extension for the University of Arizona’s women’s basketball head coach Aida Barnes. The extension comes after Barnes and her team made it to the NCAA women’s basketball tournament finals.
April 15, 2021
New UA Mens Basketball Coach Introduced In Tucson
The University of Arizona’s pick to be the new head coach of its men’s basketball team took questions from local reporters for the first time Thursday.
April 15, 2021
ABOR Votes To Keep Tuition Flat For In-State Undergraduate Students
For a second year in a row, the Arizona Board of Regents has voted not to increase tuition for in-state undergraduate students for the next school year as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.
April 15, 2021
Explore Phoenixs Ancient Canals, Farmland With This App
For many generations before Phoenix became Arizona's capital, it was a very diverse place full of canals and fascinating topography. A Deeper Map app allows users to find out more about where they may be currently standing in metro Phoenix — including what ancient canals and farmland looked like.
April 14, 2021
Senate Passes Bill That Bans Prohibiting Tribal Regalia At Graduations
The Arizona Senate has passed a bill that would prohibit public schools from banning Native American students from wearing traditional tribal regalia or objects of cultural significance to their graduation ceremonies.
April 13, 2021
UA Strongly Urging Students To Get A Vaccine By Friday
The university is encouraging students to get a vaccine by Friday so they can be fully vaccinated by the end of the semester, especially if they are leaving southern Arizona for the summer break.
April 13, 2021
Pandemic Creating Lag In Autism Diagnoses For Kids
Roughly one in 54 children is affected by autism, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and experts say the earlier a child can be diagnosed and start getting services, the better. But for many families, that’s been a challenge during the pandemic.
April 13, 2021
This Teens Concerns About Arizonas New Gun Bill Date Back To The 2011 Tucson Shooting
State senators are considering a bill that would allow anyone 18 years and older to keep a loaded gun inside their vehicle while in a school parking lot. But for 17-year-old Tillie Douglas, this bill becoming law is a scary proposition.
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April 13, 2021
Word S5:E5 — The Valley Of The Poet
National Poetry Month continues and after a virtual trip to Tucson last episode, we come back to the “Valley of the Poet” and explore some intriguing questions.
April 13, 2021