Arizona Education News


NAU Launches Vaccine Incentive Program For Students
Under a new state law, Arizona public universities are prohibited from requiring students to get a COVID-19 vaccine. But Northern Arizona University is hoping to motivate students to get them by offering prizes as a part of its new Jacks are Vaxxed incentive program.
Funds, Options For Testing Available As Schools Reopen
Even as delta surges, Arizona law requires schools to resume in-person classes and bars them from mandating masks or vaccinations. But there is some good news, says Will Humble of the Arizona Public Health Association.
Aug. 2, 2021
Arizona School Boards Association: COVID-19 Precautions Necessary As Students Return To Classrooms
Gov. Doug Ducey has banned Arizona schools from issuing mask mandates — a move many schools and organizations are criticizing as districts welcome students back to the classroom.
Aug. 2, 2021
Want To Own A Food Truck? Phoenix Library Offers Help
Phoenix Public Library is offering new programs for entrepreneurs with specific interests.
Aug. 2, 2021
Creighton Universitys Phoenix Campus Welcomes 100 Future Doctors
Creighton University’s School of Medicine students began their four-year journey by taking part in a traditional white coat ceremony. With the opening of its Phoenix campus, the Omaha-based university says it’s positioned to become the nation’s largest Catholic health professions educator.
Aug. 1, 2021
Phoenix School District To Require All Students, Staff Wear Face Mask
The Phoenix Union High School District has announced it will require all students, staff and visitors wear face coverings when schools start on Monday, Aug. 2, despite a new state law that bans public schools from doing this.
Yavapai County School District Cancels Classes Due To COVID-19 Cases
July 30, 2021
Yavapais Ash Fork School District Cancels Classes Due To Multiple COVID-19 Cases
The Ash Fork School District in Yavapai County is about two weeks into the new school year, but already five staff members and 13 students have tested positive for COVID-19 and others are quarantined.
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July 29, 2021
Report: Pandemic Had Limited Impact On AZs Teaching Workforce
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a limited impact on the state’s teaching workforce overall, according new report released Wednesday by the Arizona Department of Education and ASU groups.
July 28, 2021
AZ Education Officials Strongly Encourage Face Masks In Schools
Although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now strongly recommending all K-12 teachers, students and staff 一 regardless of whether they are vaccinated against COVID-19 or not 一 wearing face covering, Arizona public schools can't require them.
July 28, 2021
Record Back-To-School Spending Expected
Retailers could see their best back-to-school season ever. The National Retail Federation expects K through 12 and college purchases to total more than $100 billion.
July 28, 2021
New AIA Guidelines Include Flexibility For Vaccinated Student Athletes
The Arizona Interscholastic Association has released new guidance for student athletes just in time for the new school year.
July 27, 2021
Walmart Plan To Pay 100% College Tuition For Workers
The nation’s largest private employer is expanding educational opportunities for employees. On Tuesday, Walmart announced it will pay 100% of college tuition and books through its Live Better U program.
July 27, 2021
Tolleson Superintendent Concerned As COVID-19 Cases Surge
The threat of COVID-19 lingers as the Tolleson Elementary School District prepares for students and staff to return to school, and its superintendent recently had a COVID-19 within her family.
July 26, 2021
Central Arizona College Offering Free Tuition To Pinal County Residents
Central Arizona College is offering free tuition this school year to all Pinal County residents as part of an effort to attract students after years of enrollment declines.
July 26, 2021
Boas: Ducey Should Get Back In His Lane
Over the weekend, Republic columnist Bob Robb wrote about Gov. Doug Ducey — and what he calls his attempts to “micromanage” Arizona schools as they try to keep kids and staff safe in the new school year. Phil Boas, Republic editorial page editor, argues this is actually about much more than individual battles with school districts.
July 26, 2021
Sonoran Governor Calls For Planning Of School Return
With cases rising, Sonora’s Gov. Claudia Pavlovich is calling for a well-thought out strategy for a return to in-person instruction. Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has recently called for in-person classes to resume this coming fall semester.
July 26, 2021
Should Kids Under 12 Go To School In Person?
Arizona students are heading back to school as concerns grow over rising COVID-19 cases and the Delta variant. Through KJZZ's Q&AZ project, one listener asked what infectious disease experts recommend for children not old enough to get a vaccine: remote or in-person classes?
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July 24, 2021
Former Superintendent For Scottsdale, Higley School Districts Indicted
Denise Birdwell, the former superintendent of the Scottsdale and Higley unified school districts, has been indicted as part of an investigation of possible misuse of public money tied to school construction.
July 23, 2021
Editor-In-Chief Of Science Journals Calls For College Vaccination Mandates
The editor-in-chief of one of the world's premier lines of science journals this week stepped out from behind the desk to call for colleges and universities to require coronavirus vaccines — and to call out Arizona State University by name.
July 23, 2021
Hoffman Hits Back At Law Prohibiting Mask, Vaccine Rules
School is back in session this week for some students in the Valley — and more are starting soon. It’s sparking debates over just how schools should keep students and staff safe as COVID-19 cases rise across the state.
July 22, 2021
Chandler Families Weigh Mask Options On First Day Of School
Tarwater Elementary School was abuzz on Wednesday morning as parents ushered their students to class for the first day of the 2021-22 academic year.
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July 22, 2021