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Governor will need congressional OK to use trust for schools, judge says
A Maricopa County Superior Court judge ruled a state governor must get congressional approval before using financial trusts for school funds. Based on an Arizona law passed in 2000, school funding must increase to keep up with inflation.
Oct. 20, 2021
New GCU program gives people with disabilities a taste of college
Grand Canyon University has launched a new two-year, non-degree program that’s intended to give individuals with moderate intellectual disabilities a taste of college life.
Oct. 20, 2021
Maricopa County is planning ahead to get kids vaccinated
A Food and Drug Administration panel is expected to meet next week to consider emergency use authorization for Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for kids ages 5 to 11. Maricopa County Public Health is already making a plan to get Arizona children vaccinated.
Oct. 19, 2021
What can Gov. Ducey do about university vaccine mandates?
Gov. Doug Ducey said he is “reviewing” his options regarding a possible sanction against the state’s three public universities that are now requiring all employees to receive the COVID-19 vaccine before Dec. 8.
Oct. 19, 2021
Rio Salado College, West-MEC team up on GED classes
Rio Salado Community College and the Western Maricopa Education Center public school district, known as West-MEC, have teamed up to offer GED test prep in the West Valley and introduce students to other educational opportunities.
Oct. 18, 2021
UA complying with federal order requiring COVID-19 vaccines for workers
The state’s three public universities announced last Friday that they would be requiring COVID-19 vaccines for their employees. The decision was based in part on the university's federal contracts which provide hundreds of millions dollars to support research.
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Oct. 18, 2021
Leaders call for cooperation in Western drought hearing
Water is something we all need, but don’t necessarily always think about. Yet as the West continues on in a drought, more minds are starting to look into the future, and how to ensure H2O is a part of it.
Oct. 18, 2021
Streets named after KKK members could get new names
Tempe councilmembers this week will discuss a recommendation to rename several city parks, streets and neighborhoods named for individuals who were recently discovered to be members of a local Ku Klux Klan chapter in the 1920s.
Oct. 18, 2021
AZ schools could lose $1.2 billion in spending limits
Arizona schools are looking at the possibility of their spending being cuts of 17%. That equates to about $1.2 billion, or about 1,300 per student.
Oct. 15, 2021
NAU, ASU, UA will require vaccinations for employees
Northern Arizona University, Arizona State University and the University of Arizona announced Friday that all employees must be fully vaccinated by early December.
Oct. 15, 2021
Ducey: 2 districts ineligible for 1st round of grant funds
Two Phoenix-area districts with mask mandates are not eligible for the first round of funding from a grant program by Gov. Doug Ducey, and his office is reviewing the eligibility status of others also anticipating these initial dollars, his spokesmen told KJZZ. These funds haven't been disbursed yet.
Oct. 14, 2021
Students question new policy that prohibits clubs at Great Hearts charter schools
Phoenix students are speaking out against a policy change at Great Hearts Academies charter schools. The new policy essentially bans clubs, leaving some students confused and frustrated.
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Oct. 14, 2021
Preliminary figures show AZ student counts rebounding from COVID-19
Arizona’s K-12 public schools experienced a dip in student enrollment during the COVID-19 pandemic, but preliminary student count numbers released Wednesday show signs of recovery.
Oct. 13, 2021
AZ public school enrollment recovering from 2020 drop
Arizona K-12 public schools and community colleges experienced drops in enrollment during the COVID-19 pandemic. Officials say they are now seeing some signs of recovery.
Oct. 12, 2021
New report finds teacher shortage persists in Arizona
A new report found that early in the school year, more than 80% of unfilled teacher positions were either still vacant or were filled by individuals who don’t meet standard teacher requirements.
Oct. 12, 2021
National supply chain issues impacting AZ school menus
Problems with the national supply chain are making it hard for school districts such as Peoria Unified to get the food items they need.
Oct. 11, 2021
UA program for Indigenous teachers gets $2.4M in grants
The Indigenous Teacher Education Program at the University of Arizona has received $2.4 million in state and federal grants to support its mission of increasing the number of Native American teachers.
Oct. 11, 2021
Police dissuade TikTokers from damaging school property
A viral challenge on the social media platform TikTok, known commonly as the “Devious Licks” challenge, involves middle and high school students stealing or damaging school property.
Oct. 9, 2021
Board of Regents report: A college degree is becoming more valuable
A college graduate earns about $20,000 more a year than a high school graduate, according to a study by the Arizona Board of Regents.
Oct. 8, 2021
Some districts with mask policies set to receive grants from Ducey
According to a list released by Gov. Ducey’s office, more than $100 million have been allocated to school districts and charters as part of a new state grant program, but at least two districts with mask requirements were left out.
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Oct. 8, 2021

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