Arizona Education News


16K Books Donated To Help Low-Income Tempe Families
The city of Tempe has received 16,000 free books from the Molina Foundation and Read On Arizona. Tempe is one of six "accelerated zones" where the focus is on higher literacy education in low performance schools.
Feb. 2, 2021
Officials Cautiously Optimistic About UAs Declining COVID-19 Positivity Rate
The COVID-19 positivity rate at the university is on a decline, close to 1% percent, down from 2% two weeks prior. But whether this means the university will be able to bring more students back soon remains to be seen.
Feb. 1, 2021
Thinking About Syllables: Feb. Is National Haiku Writing Month
For many Arizonans, February is often occupied by two primary questions. “How are the ski slopes in Flagstaff?” And this year: “How do I make Valentine’s Day special, amid a pandemic?” But haiku enthusiasts in Arizona and across the world this month are thinking about syllables during National Haiku Writing Month.
Word S5 E1: National Haiku Writing Month (NaHaiWriMo) — Part 1
Feb. 1, 2021
Word S5 E1: National Haiku Writing Month (NaHaiWriMo) — Part 1
Welcome to the Season 5 opener of “Word” and the launch of KJZZ’s third-annual Haiku Writing Contest. This year’s theme: What's new for you during the pandemic?
Feb. 1, 2021
AZ Students Association Asks The Biden To Reduce Student Debt
Arizona makes up for $29.5 billion in total student loan debt. According to, about 12% of all Arizonans owe student debt. The Arizona Students' Association is asking the Biden administration to reduce student loan debt significantly.
Jan. 31, 2021
Arizona School Officials Hopeful COVID-19 Vaccine Will Help Put Pandemic In Rearview Mirror
The vaccine is being seen as the light at the end of the tunnel for Arizona school districts that have been operating entirely remotely as well as those which have had limited in-person instruction. Here's what it could mean for schools, their employees and students.
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Jan. 29, 2021
Arizona Bill Proposes Higher Tax Deductions For College Funds
The Senate Finance Committee approved a bill that would allow Arizonans to divert more of the tax they owe the state to help their kids or grandkids attend college.
Jan. 28, 2021
GateWay College To Award New STEM Scholarships
GateWay Community College in Phoenix is celebrating a new federal grant that will help the college attract more students studying science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
Jan. 27, 2021
Bills To Pause School Grades, Teacher Reviews Pass In Ed Committees
One bill would exempt schools from receiving a grade for their annual achievement for this school year, and possibly next year as well. Another bill would allow charter school and public school district governing boards to forgo performance evaluations for their teachers and principals this school year if they wish.
Jan. 26, 2021
WWII Program Grad On Why Holocaust Should Be Taught In Schools
A bill that would require Arizona schools to teach students about the Holocaust and other genocides at least twice between seventh and 12th grades is set to be heard in a House committee on Tuesday. This is in advance of Holocaust Remembrance Day on Jan. 27.
Jan. 26, 2021
Study: Access To Child Care Can Affect Children Throughout Their Lives
There is a child care gap in Arizona. For families who have the money to pay for high-quality child care for their young kids, things aren’t so bad. But for the rest, the consequences can play out for the rest of their kids’ lives.
Jan. 26, 2021
Bill Proposes Creating Committee To Study AZ Class Sizes
Two state senators are sponsoring a bill that would create a committee to study classroom sizes in Arizona schools.
Jan. 26, 2021
Discipline Cases Against Educators Rise Dramatically
Sexual misconduct complaints made up the largest share of cases, or nearly 40%, of formally judged by the board followed by assault cases, 17%. Middle and high school educators had the highest rates of discipline compared to other types of school staff.
Jan. 25, 2021
GCU Preparing To Open As COVID-19 Vaccination Site
Grand Canyon University is preparing to open on Tuesday as a COVID-19 vaccination site for Maricopa County. The new COVID vaccination site at GCU will be open Tuesday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the first week.
Jan. 25, 2021
Phoenix Union High School District Staying Remote Until March
The Phoenix Union High School District, which serves more than 28,000 students, announced Friday that it will continue distance learning into March. The district hasn’t reopened classrooms since the pandemic began.
Jan. 22, 2021
Duceys Budget Proposes $200 Million Tax Cut
Gov. Doug Ducey wants to reduce taxes by $200 million this coming budget year — and another $200 million a year in each of the following two years — but isn't ready to say who he wants to get that relief.
Jan. 15, 2021
The World Is Shrinking: How Global Dispute Resolution Works In 2021
Disputes happen between countries on a daily basis. Unfortunately, some are fought on battlefields and lead to deaths. But most end up in courtrooms or arbitration hearings, and it takes a certain expertise to understand how the laws of other nations work.
Jan. 15, 2021
Judge Rejects 1 Of Many Challenges To Proposition 208
A judge on Thursday rejected one of several constitutional challenges to a new voter-approved tax on the wealthy to fund education but put off deciding on several other legal arguments brought by opponents.
Jan. 15, 2021
School Staff, Child Care Workers To Get Own Vaccine Sites
Maricopa County is planning to launch specialized points of dispensing or “PODs” just for K-12 school staff and child care workers.
Jan. 14, 2021
Superintendent Hoffman Frustrated By Governors Remarks In State Of The State
Gov. Doug Ducey’s statement on funding public schools has raised many eyebrows since his State of the State speech — and many education advocates took the words as a threat: Return to in-person learning or lose funding.
Jan. 12, 2021