Arizona Education News


Pac-12 suffered a 36% decrease in revenue for 2020-21
The Pac-12 Conference suffered a 36% decrease in revenue for the 2020-21 fiscal year due in large part to pandemic-related cancellations in football and basketball.
May 22, 2022
AZ teacher shortage raises concerns over staffing for fall
With an ongoing teacher shortage in Arizona, concerns over not having enough educators for fall classes are rising. The Arizona Education Association, known as the AEA, expects 10% to 15% of educators to quit after this school year.
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May 20, 2022
Phoenix students perseverance leads to solar project at Brophy Prep
Some Brophy College Preparatory students will leave a lasting legacy on their high school campus in Phoenix.
May 18, 2022
2 more bills targeting COVID rules head to Duceys desk
Two more bills restricting responses to the coronavirus pandemic are heading to Republican Gov. Doug Ducey’s desk. The state Senate approved a bill forbidding state and local governments from requiring masks in their buildings.
May 18, 2022
Investigation brings new attention to atrocities of Indian boarding schools
The U.S. Interior Department has released the first volume of its investigation into federal Indian boarding schools across the country.
May 17, 2022
Mexico to spend $1.2 billion on teacher raises
Mexican educators are being promised retroactive raises. To address what federal officials call inequities in pay for the country’s hundreds of thousands of educators, Mexico will spend some $1.2 billion on those raises.
May 16, 2022
9th Circuit tosses bid from ABOR claiming Instagram posts violated trademark
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals say the school improperly used trademark law to block expression of posts that compared the administration to Nazis.
May 16, 2022
Regents grant ramps up study of Valley fever, ozone
A new partnership between the state’s three universities and several state agencies aims to increase understanding of issues like Valley fever and ozone levels in Arizona — and come up with solutions.
May 16, 2022
Tempe Elementary School District will change school names tied to KKK members
Now, Tempe Elementary School District is requesting name suggestions for Gililland Middle School, Hudson Elementary School and the Laird School.
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May 14, 2022
Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum showcases new exhibitions
Several exhibitions open Friday evening at Mesa Arts Center. They range from art created by veterans to self-taught Chicano muralists and even science enthusiasts.
May 11, 2022
Prop. 208 challengers asking for $1 million in legal fees
Groups that killed a voter-approved tax to fund education in court now want nearly $1 million in legal fees from initiative organizers and the state.
May 10, 2022
What low preschool enrollment means for education in Arizona
Of the 45 states that offered publicly-funded preschool during the 2020-21 school year, Arizona had among the lowest percentage in the country of 3- and 4-year-olds enrolled — at 2% for each age group. And there were fewer kids in those programs than the year before.
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May 10, 2022
AZ libraries offer literacy workshops for non-parental caregivers
Several Arizona public libraries across the state are hosting hands-on literacy workshops for non-parental caregivers such as friends or grandparents who are taking care of children.
May 9, 2022
50 Peoria students receive State Seal of Arts Proficiency
Each year the Arizona Department of Education honors high school students with the State Seal of Arts Proficiency. The prestigious accolade is awarded to those who have excelled in media and visual arts, dance, theater or music throughout their high school career.
May 8, 2022
Phoenix district passes resolution to ban discrimination vs. transgender youth
On Thursday, one of the largest school districts in the state passed a resolution that prohibits discrimination against transgender children and youth.
May 6, 2022
AZ puts $1.7M toward programs for students with disabilities
The Arizona Department of Education is distributing $1.7 million of federal funding to programs that support students with disabilities.
May 5, 2022
UA educator creates comic books to teach kids chemistry
Science can be intimidating for any of us who haven't been trained in it. And for a lot of people, chemistry and physics classes were some of their most challenging in high school. But what if the approach to teaching those courses was different, and we started with students who were much younger?
May 3, 2022
Word S7:E6 — Ghostwriting proves lucrative; summer reading season kicks off soon
What do a children's author with a new release, an action-adventure writer who pivoted during the pandemic to ghostwriting and a librarian have in common? They're all part of this episode of "Word." It's a podcast about literature in Arizona and the region, created and hosted by KJZZ's Tom Maxedon.
May 3, 2022
UA partners with Oklahoma State on opioid research
Hundreds of millions of dollars from a 2019 opioid maker settlement with the state of Oklahoma has led to a new bond between the land-grant university there and the one here.
April 29, 2022
Northern Arizona University plans to make tuition free for many Arizona students
Northern Arizona University plans to offer free tuition to Arizona students who come from households with incomes below $65,000 per year. About half of Arizona families would qualify.
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April 28, 2022