Arizona Education News


$5M set aside might not pay for psychedelic mushroom research
The state’s advisory council on psychedelic-mushroom research met for the first time Tuesday to start deciding how to use $5 million for multiphase clinical research. But it’s unlikely the funds will ever pay for the research as intended.
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The battle over future of dual language programs in AZ continues
The Show spoke with Howard Fischer of Capitol Media Services about the continued battle over Arizona's dual language programs.
Nov. 28, 2023
GOP lawmakers aim to cut ASU funding, claiming free speech violations
Republican lawmakers took shots at Arizona State University on Monday, alleging the school discouraged conservatives from speaking at two events — even though the school went forward with hosting the events in question.
Nov. 28, 2023
Word S10.6 – Riyon Harding, Craig Santos Perez, Andrew Limbong
On this episode of KJZZ's Word podcast about literature, we feature the winner of the National Book Award for his collection of poetry. Plus, the holiday season means it’s time for NPR’s annual, “Books We Love" feature. Also, a children's author offers two new interactive titles.
Nov. 28, 2023
Díaz: ASU missed an opportunity when it canceled Rep.Tlaibs event
The Show spoke with editorial page editor for the Arizona Republic Elvia Díaz about the growing discourse over free speech on college campuses.
Nov. 27, 2023
Arizona doctors among boycott of journal Nutrients
More than 1,100 experts have joined the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine in boycotting the medical journal Nutrients over ethical concerns. The move follows a tepid response to a letter sent last year and signed by 800 doctors, nurses and scientists, several from Arizona.
Nov. 27, 2023
Families, staff demand answers after Higley principals sudden departure
Parents, teachers and school board members want answers from the Higley Unified School District. They say there’s been a lack of transparency regarding the sudden departure of one of its principal.
Nov. 23, 2023
Hobbs, Mayes ask judge to throw out lawsuit over dual language programs
Arizona’s Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne is suing Gov. Katie Hobbs, Attorney General Kris Mayes and several school districts over dual language programs.
Nov. 23, 2023
How former Sparky and Wilbur mascots got their fans fired up for the Territorial Cup rivalry
ASU and UA will both wrap up their last seasons in the Pac-12 on Saturday as they face off in the Territorial Cup in Tempe. The Show spoke with a former mascot from each school about what made the rivalry games special.
Nov. 22, 2023
Expert: Arizonas vaccine exemption rate in kindergarten just a disaster waiting to happen
According to the CDC, the national rate of vaccine exemptions among kindergarteners is at 3%, the highest it's ever been. CDC data also shows exemptions in Arizona trending higher, even before the pandemic.
Nov. 22, 2023
School districts struggle to hire part-time employees
Arizona school districts are struggling to fill part-time positions, like crossing guards. More and more of those job postings have been popping up on district websites.
Nov. 21, 2023
University of Arizona students hold sit-in over suspended professors
University of Arizona students in the Early Childhood Education Undergraduate Program held a sit-in at the College of Education to re-instate two of their professors were placed on suspension after audio recordings of a lecture about the Israel-Palestine conflict went viral on social media.
Nov. 20, 2023
UA suspends two professors following Israel-Hamas lecture
The College of Education professors have been suspended until an investigation concludes.
Nov. 20, 2023
Committee never reviewed voucher data breach
A committee convened by the Arizona Legislature to provide oversight for the state’s school voucher program wrapped up its business last week without discussing a data breach that exposed student information.
Nov. 20, 2023
Data shows big athletics investments arent paying off for UA, ASU
The Show spoke with Scott Hirko, an assistant professor of Sport Management at Wayne State University in Detroit, about what he makes of the financial numbers coming out of Tucson, which are in no small part because of the athletic department.
Nov. 20, 2023
Why more students are choosing technical training instead of — or before — college
While enrollment recovers in colleges and university, career and technical education (CTE) programs are increasing dramatically.
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Nov. 20, 2023
It’s raining sand (on a distant fluffy exoplanet)
Scientist using an infrared instrument on the James Webb Space Telescope have peered deep into a “fluffy” exoplanet called WASP-107b. The distant world holds water, lacks methane, has a warm interior — and packs a few surprises.
Nov. 17, 2023
Some Tucson elementary schools to offer 6th grade
The Tucson Unified School District will shift some of its elementary schools to include sixth grade next year. Families will have the choice of sending their sixth graders to middle school or keeping them on the same campus for one more year.
Nov. 17, 2023
Mosquito-borne illness is up in Arizona
ASU Ph.D. candidate Ndey Bassin Jobe spoke with The Show about whether the efforts to protect people from diseases like Zika, West Nile and malaria are generally successful, and the impacts they have on the mosquitoes that are carrying those illnesses
Nov. 17, 2023
NewsCap: Sinema could hand the Senate race to Lake
KJZZ’s Friday NewsCap revisits some of the biggest stories of the week from Arizona and beyond. Former state schools Superintendent Jaime Molera of Molera Alvarez and Marilyn Rodriguez of Creosote Partners joined The Show.
Nov. 17, 2023
Flagstaff workshop explores past, present and future of Navajo homeland
Flagstaff Public Library is hosting a free writing workshop on Saturday, Nov. 18, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. It’s an interactive seminar exploring the past, present, and future of Dinétah, the homeland of the Navajo Nation.
Nov. 17, 2023