So far away, so close to home: International Holocaust Remembrance Day

BY: - January 27, 2023

On Jan. 27, 1945, Soviet troops liberated the Auschwitz camp complex in occupied Poland. What the Soviet liberators found was grim enough, but most Auschwitz prisoners still alive in 1945 had already been forced by the Nazis on death marches weeks earlier.  An estimated 60,000 of them were brutally driven westward to other camps. Whoever […]

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Lawmakers mull a solution to the school spending cap, amid urgent calls to act

BY: - January 26, 2023

As schools across the state face down an impending fiscal cliff, lawmakers met on Thursday to discuss what their options are — despite the fact that legislation to address the issue has been ready to go since the session started.  The financial dilemma is caused by school funding in the state exceeding, for the second […]

GOP bill would allow school boards to throw out superintendents whose districts have failing schools

BY: - January 24, 2023

School boards would have broader power to fire superintendents they believe are failing to meet the job’s responsibilities, under a new proposal that critics say could put board members at odds with the person they hired to run the districts — to the detriment of the schools they oversee.  Currently, state law limits superintendents to […]

Republicans back taking away financial penalties for parents who sue teachers and lose

BY: - January 19, 2023

Parents who decide to sue teachers for lessons they perceive as violating their parental rights wouldn’t have to pay up if their lawsuit fails under a Republican-backed proposal that passed the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.  Senate Bill 1005 prohibits a judge from requiring parents to pay any attorneys fees or damages after losing a […]

GOP bill restricting pronouns advances, despite resistance from LGBTQ advocates

BY: - January 19, 2023

After listening to nearly an hour of testimony from transgender constituents and advocates imploring them to reject a proposal that would restrict preferred pronoun use in schools, Republicans on the Senate Education panel voted to pass the bill on Wednesday.  The measure, Senate Bill 1001, would bar teachers from using the pronouns or names that […]

Republicans are already talking about a government shutdown in July

BY: - January 17, 2023

The Arizona Legislature has been in session for barely a week, and already Republican lawmakers are saying bipartisanship appears firmly out of reach and the state is headed for a government shutdown this summer.  “What we need to really look at — in my opinion and based on this discussion — is how do we […]

Dreamer scholarship would benefit thousands of undocumented students

BY: - January 17, 2023

More than 3,000 undocumented students in Arizona could see their dreams of a college degree come true under a new scholarship proposed by Gov. Katie Hobbs.  Dubbed the Promise for Dreamers Scholarship Program, the $40 million dollar investment is  aimed at supporting undocumented students who’ve attended a high school in the state for at least […]

GOP leaders say they won’t be ‘rushed’ to stop the looming massive school budget cuts

BY: - January 12, 2023

An impending school funding ceiling is one of the first hurdles on the legislative agenda, and while schools are facing nearly $1.4 billion in budget cuts if it isn’t lifted, Republican legislative leaders say they will take action — just not immediately.  At issue is a spending cap in the Arizona Constitution called the aggregate […]

Tom Horne focused on test scores and discipline, says ‘race is irrelevant’ in American life

BY: - January 11, 2023

Republican Tom Horne says he intends to work across the aisle to improve education in Arizona, but his views on discipline, social emotional learning and racial issues in schools are so far to the right that finding a middle ground with Democratic lawmakers and Gov. Katie Hobbs will prove challenging, if not impossible.  With a […]

Appeals court sides with student in flap over doctoral support at Grand Canyon University

BY: - January 9, 2023

ATLANTA — A federal appeals court ruled Friday that an Arizona-based, for-profit Christian university breached contractual obligations by failing to provide a doctoral student with the necessary requirements to complete their degree program. Donrich Young, who enrolled in a Grand Canyon University online doctoral program in 2015, claimed the necessary guidance and resources were not made […]

Empathy and humanity are at the center of Holocaust education in Arizona

BY: - January 9, 2023

PHOENIX – Teaching about the Holocaust isn’t easy, but educators and experts say it’s worth the effort. Under a bill signed by Gov. Doug Ducey in 2021, schools must teach the events of the Holocaust and other genocides twice from grade 7 to grade 12. The Holocaust was the systematic genocide of an estimated 6 […]

Overrepresentation of Black, Hispanic students among those suspended for missing school could violate civil rights law

BY: , and - December 13, 2022

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Camron Olivas has been suspended at least five times throughout middle and high school for being late to class. While his mother cares for his toddler sister, his older brother drives him in, and they frequently arrive after the first bell. During the day, Camron said, he sometimes remains in the hallways […]