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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.

Elizabeth Warren announces endorsements as AZ early voting begins

On the first day of early voting for Democrats in Arizona's presidential preference election, three women state senators announced they were endorsing Elizabeth Warren.

School IDs would have suicide prevention info under Dem proposal

Arizona high schoolers and university students could have suicide prevention resources added to their school-issued identification cards starting next year, under legislation passed Tuesday by the Senate Education Committee. 

Invest in Education kicks off campaign to tax the wealthy for K-12 spending

The campaign to ask voters in November to raise income taxes on the wealthiest Arizonans to increase spending on Arizona public schools kicked off Monday, as more than 200 red-shirted supporters – many of them teachers – rallied at the state Capitol.

Ducey flip-flops on red flag laws, says they won’t happen on his watch

Gov. Doug Ducey has reversed his position on so-called “red flag laws” that have been a core piece of his public safety agenda since 2018, telling a crowd in Lake Havasu City on Thursday...

Bill requires SROs take training on de-escalation, mental health

Amid controversies about the role that school resource officers play in Arizona schools, a bill that would require they be trained on mental health and de-escalation tactics has cleared a legislative committee. 

‘Project Rocket’ is a great idea, but it values struggling students less than successful ones

The grant-based program is dubbed Project Rocket and gives additional, targeted resources to low performing schools with a high percentage of students who live in poverty.
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