Education

Schools closed through April 10, Gov. Ducey says

Gov. Doug Ducey and Arizona School’s Superintendent Kathy Hoffman announced Friday that schools in the state will remain closed for an additional two weeks amid the coronavirus pandemic. “Today we are announcing an additional two-week...

Senate ‘skinny’ budget with coronavirus relief stalls in House

The Arizona Senate passed a so-called “skinny budget” that includes a $50 million aid package to assist victims of the coronavirus and others harmed by the pandemic, but the House ended its work for the week before voting on a handful of the bills, leaving a bipartisan Senate budget deal in limbo. 

Arizona schools closed until March 27 due to coronavirus

Arizona schools will be closed until March 27 as public health officials work to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Arizona lawmakers are failing Native American students State needs to fund qualified teachers, a quality curriculum and updated materials...

State legislators are letting down Native American students in Arizona. In my four years as director of Indian education at the Arizona Department of Education, I requested state funds for the Office of Indian...

House Republicans back ban on transgender girls, women athletes

As the hours-long debate on whether transgender girls and women should be allowed to play the sports they love at Arizona schools and universities unfolded, JP Martin watched from the House gallery. 

Bill would limit how students and teachers can communicate

A bill making its way through the legislature aims to curb child sexual abuse by barring school employees from communicating with students using electronic means that aren’t approved by a school district.

AZ public health leaders prepared to battle coronavirus, Ducey says

Arizona health officials have the go-ahead to test at the state level for coronavirus cases and are awaiting test results for a second potential case of COVID-19, a novel disease that has sickened nearly 89,000 worldwide and killed six in the U.S., public health officials said Monday.

School enrollment bill gutted to remove proof of custody

A bill that could have made it harder for children to enroll in school was gutted in the House of Representatives and sent to the Senate Feb. 25. 

Rep. Hernandez: transgender sports ban is a ‘show me your genitals’ bill

Families, faith leaders and LGBTQ advocates say a bill to ban transgender children and youth from participating in their preferred sports teams is dehumanizing, discriminatory and harmful to Arizona children. 

Ariz. senators to vote on Betsy DeVos’ contentious student loan rule

Arizona’s senators are expected to vote soon on whether to torpedo a controversial regulation from Education Secretary Betsy DeVos that her critics say hurts defrauded student loan borrowers.
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