Arizona Education News


Full Arizona Senate to vote on lifting school spending cap
The deadline for Arizona to waive a cap on school spending is coming up in less than a month, but lawmakers have started to take some steps to do that.
Feb. 6, 2023
Nonprofit offers free webinars to prevent teen dating violence
When teen dating turns violent, it can have lasting consequences. About one-in-twelve high school students experienced physical dating violence in 2019, according to the CDC. Now, a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing abuse among youth has partnered with the Maricopa Association of Governments to prevent teen dating violence.
Feb. 5, 2023
New task force to address AZ teacher retention
On Thursday, Gov. Katie Hobbs put out an executive order to establish an Educator Retention Task Force in an effort to address what she calls a “retention crisis.” The governor and her team will hold regular meetings with stakeholders and conduct surveys in hopes of understanding why Arizona teachers leave their positions.
Feb. 4, 2023
Arizona bill would penalize schools for not displaying the U.S. flag
On Thursday, the Arizona Senate Education Committee advanced a bill that would penalize schools for not displaying the U.S. flag, Constitution and Bill of Rights.
Feb. 3, 2023
NewsCap: Aggregate Expenditure Limit needs a long-term fix
Lawmakers on Arizona’s House Education Committee have advanced a plan to lift the Aggregate Expenditure Limit for this year. And the state’s political parties chose new leaders this week.
Feb. 3, 2023
This researcher is looking for caves on Mars where humans could live
NASA has the a long-term goal of sending humans to Mars. But when they get there, they’ll need a place to stay. It turns out caves may just be the right spot.
Feb. 2, 2023
AZ House bill limiting instruction on race advances with Hornes support
Tom Horne, Arizona’s new superintendent of public instruction, campaigned against the instruction of critical race theory in schools. Now in office, Horne’s throwing his support behind a bill that would keep teachers from talking about race in certain ways.
Feb. 1, 2023
House committee moves resolution forward to lift AZs school spending cap
On Tuesday, the Arizona House Education Committee advanced a resolution that would lift the state’s school spending limit for this academic year.
Feb. 1, 2023
How is Black History Month examined in Arizona? It depends who you ask
February is Black History Month across the United States. But how is it being examined in Arizona? It depends who you ask — keeping in mind the few answers which show up in a single story about the topic certainly shouldn't be considered exhaustive.
More coverage of race and diversity
Feb. 1, 2023
AZ schools are facing a spending cap disaster. How did we get here?
Arizona schools are facing this spending cap now. In fact, if lawmakers don’t act by March 1, schools won’t be able to spend the money lawmakers have allocated to them — something even Arizona's new, conservative Superintendent Tom Horne warned would be devastating for schools. So how did we get here? Who is to blame?
Jan. 31, 2023
ASU receives $5.5M to get more nurses into the workforce
The Arizona Department of Health Services has granted Arizona State University $5.5 million to get more nurses into the workforce.
Jan. 30, 2023
AZ bill would ban future emergency vaccines from school attendance requirements
Last year, GOP lawmakers made sure COVID-19 vaccines are no longer required for students to attend school. A new bill this year would ban schools from requiring students to be immunized with any future “emergency use” vaccines.
Jan. 30, 2023
New AZ Senate bill could change the punishment for students who skip school
The Senate Education Committee is advancing a bill that would change the punishment for students who skip school.
Jan. 30, 2023
Students worldwide lost 1/3 of a year of learning during pandemic
Experts estimate school closures during the COVID-19 pandemic affected 95% of the global student population. New research underscores the need for policies and practices to address the resulting setbacks.
Jan. 30, 2023
ASU study: Silly walks can help you burn more calories
Lots of people track the number of steps they take every day. But how many of us track the kind of steps we take? And how many of us would be willing to potentially imitate a classic Monty Python sketch to get more out of our steps?
Jan. 27, 2023
Jewish Historical Society turns to TikTok to educate about Holocaust
Jan. 27 is Holocaust Remembrance Day. Holocaust and genocide education is now mandatory for Arizona middle and high school students, and educators are looking to students for a modern way to keep the message alive. And they’re counting on an unlikely platform, the social media site TikTok.
Jan. 27, 2023
Horne urges lawmakers to waive school spending limit, avoid budget cuts
A House subcommittee held a hearing Thursday to review the state’s Aggregate Expenditure Limit (AEL). The Legislature made historic investments in public schools last summer, but districts can’t use those funds until the spending cap is waived.
Jan. 26, 2023
AZ House education committee passes bill to expand private school tax credit to foster students
The state House Education Committee passed a bill that expands eligibility for students in foster care to receive student tuition organization scholarships.
Jan. 25, 2023
Why banning preferred pronouns, identifiers like Latinx is a fools errand
Can you ban a word? Well, if you ask Arkansas’ new governor, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the answer would be yes. Linguist Megan Figueroa says banning a word flies in the face of the way we use language itself.
Jan. 25, 2023
New bill would allow superintendent contracts to be cut short for poor school letter grades
The Arizona House Education Committee advanced a bill Tuesday that would allow school boards to terminate a superintendent's contract for violating board policy or if one or more schools in the district receive a D or F letter grade for at least three years.
Jan. 24, 2023