Arizona Education News


ASU Conference Discusses How Religion, Ethics, Science Can Coexist
It’s nothing new to say that we regularly see clashes over religion and science and statements about whether the two can coexist. But that wasn’t always the way. There were indeed disagreements, but the starkness of those disagreements wasn’t divisive in quite the same way they are now — on a regular basis.
Feb. 12, 2021
Tucson Unified To Allow Option For In-Person Learning In March
The Tucson Unified School District will allow its students to return to in-person classes the week of March 22.
Feb. 12, 2021
Educator Vaccination Events Continue This Weekend In Maricopa County
Glendale Union High School District, Higley Unified School District, Gilbert Public Schools, and Queen Creek Unified School District will host vaccine events this weekend. The events are for any child care workers or school staff who work within that geographic area.
Feb. 11, 2021
UA President Eager To Expand Vaccination Rollout
University of Arizona President Robert Robbins delivered a virtual address Feb. 10 discussing the university’s partnership with the state and Pima County in distributing COVID-19 vaccinations. In it, he discussed his hopes for the vaccine rollout and his opinions on what he's seen so far.
Feb. 11, 2021
Deadline For Immigrants To Apply For College Scholarship Nears
The deadline for so-called "DREAMers" and certain other immigrants to apply for a college scholarship to study at a local university is just two weeks away. The head of the organization that reviews applications says there is still enough time to get one done.
Feb. 10, 2021
Hoffman: More Funding Is Need For Special Education Services
During her State of Special Education address Tuesday, Arizona Superintendent Kathy Hoffman urged lawmakers to support bills that make investments in public education to support all students, including those with special needs.
Feb. 9, 2021
Prop. 208 Moving Forward After Judge Denies Preliminary Injunction
In a 21-page ruling Tuesday, Maricopa County Superior Court Judge John Hannah Jr. rejected a series of arguments by business interests and some Republican lawmakers that Proposition 208 was so flawed that he needed to immediately quash it. Hannah said that's not the case.
Feb. 9, 2021
How Charter Schools Could Benefit From Improvements In School Transportation
Gov. Doug Ducey unveiled his state budget plan last month, and it’s a $12.6 billion spending plan. So you’d be forgiven if you didn’t notice the estimated $9.5 million for a grant program that would be devoted to improving school transportation.
Feb. 9, 2021
UA To Bring Back More In-Person Classes
During its weekly press conference Monday, the University of Arizona announced it may begin to welcome more students back to its classrooms as data shows COVID-19 transmission in the state and country are declining.
Feb. 8, 2021
New Program To Help Parents With Kids Learning At Home
The nonprofit Arizona for Latino Leaders In Education, or ALL in Education, has launched a program that gives parents tools to support their children’s education during distance learning and beyond. The organization’s executive director says the idea for the new Parent Educator Academy was born from parents’ frustration with distance learning.
Feb. 8, 2021
FAFSA Drive-Ins Help Students Apply For College Financial Aid
Help is being offered to college-bound students at drive-in events throughout the Valley. Completing the Federal Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, is the first step in determining how a student can pay for college.
Feb. 7, 2021
Indiscernibles Anthology Seeks Stories By Black Arizonans
A new anthology project is seeking personal essays by Black Arizonans. "Indiscernibles" is part of an attempt to tell a largely unknown story about "The Great Migration," when millions of Blacks left the South for the North, Midwest and West during the 20th century.
Feb. 5, 2021
Tucson District Lost 4 Employees Last Week To COVID-19
Tucson Unified School District confirmed in a press conference Thursday that four of its educators recently died from COVID-19, marking the sixth COVID-19-related death the district has experienced since spring break.
Feb. 4, 2021
Legislators Debate Expansion Of School Voucher Program
This week, the state Senate Education Committee voted in favor of a bill that seeks to make low-income students eligible for the ESA program. If it passes, it’s estimated that about 60% of the state's public school students would be able to use taxpayer dollars to fund their education at a private or parochial school, or even homeschooling or a learning pod.
Feb. 4, 2021
ABORs New Initiative Aims To Boost Economy, Education
Throughout the pandemic in Arizona, we’ve heard a lot from our three public universities — whether it be through their research on the virus, data tracking and public health efforts, or testing and vaccination sites. Now, the Arizona Board of Regents is focusing on what’s next.
Feb. 4, 2021
Court TV Founder Targets COVID-19 Misinformation With New Project
Concerns about misinformation have been a part of media for decades, but the four years of the Trump administration introduced us to phrases like "fake news" and "alternative facts." And that appears to have ramped up just how many questionable websites there are, and even how many troublesome articles or ads appear on sites that may appear legitimate.
Feb. 4, 2021
Grand Canyon University Sues U.S. Education Department
Grand Canyon University has sued the federal government over its nonprofit status. In 2018, the school sold off assets that allowed it to be categorized by the IRS as a nonprofit, affording access to both tax and federal funding benefits.
Feb. 3, 2021
Hoffman Calling On AZ Lawmakers To Fully Fund Schools
During the pandemic, Arizona schools have faced unexpected expenses to keep students and staff safe, but the state continues to deny them the long-term funding they need, Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman said during her State of Education address Tuesday at a Senate Education Committee meeting.
Feb. 2, 2021
Pastors Support Expanding AZ School Voucher Program
As concerns grow about students falling behind during the pandemic, calls to expand Arizona’s school voucher program are increasing, especially from some African American leaders.
Feb. 2, 2021
What To Expect In Arizonas State Of Education Address
The pandemic — and its enormous impact on students, teachers, parents and learning — will make Superintendent Kathy Hoffman’s speech to legislators today quite a bit different than in years past.
Feb. 2, 2021