Arizona Education News

Republican lawmakers target Arizona school boards group
The Arizona School Boards Association successfully sued the Arizona Legislature to invalidate key parts of the state budget last year. It's now being targeted by Republican lawmakers who have long opposed its efforts to lobby for local school boards.
Ducey is suing the U.S. government to keep COVID funds
Governor Doug Ducey is suing the federal government in an effort to keep $173 million provided to the state through the American Rescue Plan Act. The Treasury is demanding the funds be returned, and threatening to withhold future aid.
Jan. 21, 2022
AZ Senate committee OKs bill adding rules for trans students in sports
The Arizona Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill Thursday to limit the participation in public and private school sports to a student’s biological sex at birth. The bill passed along a party-line vote.
Jan. 21, 2022
Republicans on Senate panel OK guns on college campuses
The seemingly never-ending fight over guns on college and university campuses is back again. Arizona gun rights advocates want students to be able to carry guns, but colleges and universities are opposed.
Jan. 21, 2022
College athletes can profit from their names. Whats the market in AZ?
A new survey finds a majority of Americans support new rules that allow college student-athletes to make money off of their name, image or likeness
Jan. 19, 2022
Hoffman: Legislature should remove school spending cap soon
If the Arizona Legislature does not lift or extend a 40-year rule on spending caps for schools, many schools could be forced to lay off teachers or even close this spring.
Jan. 19, 2022
House panel passes bill that makes teaching about racism in certain ways illegal
An Arizona House panel voted 6-4 along party lines to pass a bill that would make teaching about racism illegal in certain ways. Specifically, Rep. Michelle Udall says it bars teachers from teaching in a way that students should feel guilty based on their race, ethnicity or sex.
Jan. 19, 2022
Settlement to cancel student debt for thousands in AZ
More than 2,000 Arizona consumers stand to have millions in student-loan debt erased due to a multistate settlement with the company Navient.
Jan. 17, 2022
1,000+ school athletic events canceled due to COVID-19
The Arizona Interscholastic Association reports that more than 1,000 school athletic events were cancelled or postponed statewide this past week due to the recent spike in COVID-19 cases.
Jan. 15, 2022
AZ may let substitute teachers stay at school indefinitely
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announced Friday that the state is taking new measures to keep students in classrooms, including potentially removing limits on how many days substitute teachers can teach.
Jan. 14, 2022
Sonoran health officials says in-person classes will continue despite COVID spike
In neighboring Sonora, Mexico, health officials say there are no plans to put a pause on in-person learning in the state, despite a major spike in COVID-19 cases.
Jan. 14, 2022
Treasury official sets deadline to get Ducey programs into compliance
The U.S. Treasury Department is threatening to take back more than $170 million in recovery funds or withhold money unless Gov. Doug Ducey's office can address issues it sees with two education programs within 60 days.
Jan. 14, 2022
Some Arizona schools are returning to distance learning under the strain of omicron
Arizona students returned to schools last week as the state was experiencing yet another spike of COVID-19, this time due to the highly infectious omicron variant. So far, many Arizona schools are continuing with in-person classes, but some students are returning to remote learning.
Jan. 14, 2022
How to emotionally support kids after a school shooting
Debates continue over how to prevent school shootings. But from the mental and emotional standpoints, what can parents, teachers and counselors do after the fact to help students understand and better deal with the alarming outcomes?
Jan. 13, 2022
Lead editor of NatGeo set to become ASUs vice dean
Susan Goldberg left daily journalism in 2014 to become editor-in-chief of National Geographic. But she’ll be moving on from that high-profile position at the end of January to become a vice dean at Arizona State University
Jan. 13, 2022
Ducey offers summer camps for kids who fell behind during pandemic
The pandemic has created hardships for students across the state and the nation. During his final State of the State address, Gov. Doug Ducey announced a program to provide a way for those students to catch up on what they missed.
Jan. 13, 2022
Kids needed access for online school, but free internet was a tough sell in Maryvale
Maryvale is a diverse community that has grown into an area home to a multitude of cultures and ethnicities. But it’s also a community lacking internet access. That lack of access is what ASU's One Square Mile Initiative has been focused on for the past year.
More Arizona education news
Jan. 13, 2022
Some AZ students returning to virtual classes
As COVID-19 cases continue to surge in the state and across the country, some Arizona students are temporarily returning to virtual learning.
Jan. 12, 2022
Pandemic has worsened already weak education system
A new report from Education Forward Arizona and Center for the Future of Arizona shows some of the key metrics that have been affected. A new report from Education Forward Arizona and Center for the Future of Arizona shows some of the key metrics that have been affected.
Jan. 12, 2022
The deadline for the AZ education budget is approaching. What to expect from the Legislature
The education spending cap deadline is approaching and lawmakers need to increase it soon or schools could be faced with closures with potential layoffs for teachers amid a shortage and retention crisis.
Jan. 12, 2022
UA instructors argue for right to teach remotely
More than a hundred University of Arizona instructors have sent their provost a letter arguing for the right to teach remotely when the semester begins on Wednesday.
Jan. 11, 2022