Lawsuits over critical race theory bans are coming. Here’s what won’t work — and what might.
As states and school districts started threatening teachers with disciplinary action for teaching about systemic racism, the question naturally arose: Does this violate the teachers’ First Amendment rights? The First Amendment protects free speech against government punishment, outside of something as extreme as a threat of violence. A school district is a government agency. So […]
State will follow new CDC mask guidelines, while Ducey lashes out at feds
State health officials will update its guidance to follow new recommendations from the CDC urging people to wear masks in schools and for everyone, including those who have been vaccinated against COVID-19, to wear masks in enclosed public spaces — though they remain strictly voluntary due to new state laws prohibiting mandates. The U.S. Centers […]
CDC says the vaccinated should wear masks indoors in areas with high infection rates
WASHINGTON — Federal health officials on Tuesday urged Americans in areas of the country with the highest surges in COVID-19 infections to once again wear masks when they are in public, indoor settings — even if they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The updated recommendations marked a sharp shift from the agency’s guidance in May that […]
Invest in Arizona campaign to overturn tax cuts with voter referendums not dampened by lawsuit
The Invest in Arizona campaign seeking to overturn three laws Republican legislators and Gov. Doug Ducey celebrated as “the single largest tax cut in Arizona history” marked its first week of action this weekend and garnered momentum around the state to get three referendums on the ballot in 2022. On a cloudy and rainy Saturday […]
Scottsdale district says it won’t ask personal questions in student surveys
Scottsdale Unified School District said it won’t ask parents to consent to their children being asked personal questions about their home lives and that information about the controversial survey was sent in error. SUSD parents voiced concerns on social media Monday after being informed by the district that an emotional health and wellness screening would […]
Arizona students will learn about the Holocaust, other genocides, under new law
Arizona schools will be required to teach students about the Holocaust and other genocides twice in a six-year span under a new law.
The through-line from the Big Lie to the lies about critical race theory
The mounting attack by Republican lawmakers across the country against multicultural education is the lie behind the “Big Lie” that Donald Trump won the 2020 presidential election.
New law prohibiting mask mandates in schools ‘reckless, dangerous and short-sighted’
Public health experts said Arizona’s new prohibition on face masks mandates in schools is a political move not supported by science that endangers children, teens and school staff.
Education groups heading to the ballot to block new tax cuts
A coalition of public education advocates are mounting a campaign to ask voters to overturn the tax cuts that were the centerpiece of the budget that Republican lawmakers and Gov. Ducey just approved.
GOP furor over ‘critical race theory’ hits college campuses
Professors say the Republican crusade to root out “critical race theory” is taking a toll on college campuses around the nation—places where academic freedom is supposed to encourage thought, discussion and analysis.
CDC study finds racial disparities as schools reopened for in-person learning
WASHINGTON — After last year’s abrupt shutdown of schools due to the coronavirus pandemic, increasing numbers of students returned to in-person learning.
GOP lawmakers said ‘NO’ to Arizona students and teachers
Ducey and Arizona’s Republican legislators made their priorities crystal clear this year. They said NO to fully funding education and NO to millions of working families, but gave a resounding YES to wealthy special interests and campaign donors.