In the wake of the police killings of George Floyd and Dion Johnson, the nation has re-ignited discussions of racial inequities and disparities in policing. But data suggests those inequities between whites and people of color in Arizona stretch far beyond interactions with police.
Things won’t be quite like they were before the COVID-19 outbreak forced them to close their doors in March, but Arizona’s K-12 schools will once again be open to students when the upcoming school year begins in late July.
Since ending a brief hiatus caused by the coronavirus outbreak, three ballot initiative campaigns have ramped up their hiring of petition circulators over the past several weeks in preparation for their final drive for the November ballot.
Teacher Appreciation Week is going to be different this year, as schools are closed and daily life is hugely impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. But it is exactly because of times like this that we should show our public schools and our teachers how much they mean to all of us.
As the death count mounts nationwide in the wake of the rapid spread of COVID-19, I keep thinking about all of the people who are falling through the cracks.
About 2.8 million Arizonans – nearly two in every five – live in an area that the federal government says has a health care shortage. For many of those people, particularly in rural Arizona, that lack of care could complicate treatment in the COVID-19 pandemic.
The University of Arizona will produce 250,000 tests for COVID-19 antibodies that will determine whether people have been infected with the virus, potentially showing who might have immunity.
The largest single payout of COVID-19 aid money to a higher education institution will go to Arizona State University, which will receive a $63.5 million grant as part of the behemoth $2 trillion CARES Act.
Arizona lawmakers are urging congressional leaders to prioritize emergency funding for high-speed internet access in upcoming COVID-19 relief legislation.
Two months ago, lawmakers were arguing about how to spend an estimated $1 billion budget surplus. Today, legislative number crunchers said their best guess right now is that the state faces a $1.1 billion deficit due to the COVID-19 crisis.