Education News

Kathy Hoffman Supports Delayed K-12 Reopenings
Among Gov. Ducey's June 29 announcements was that the earliest K-12 campuses would open for classes is Aug. 17. The Show spoke with the State Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman about whether she was involved in the decision to delay the reopening of schools.
June 30, 2020
AEA President: Schools Are Not Out Of the Woods Yet
Gov. Doug Ducey’s COVID-19 aid package to schools is appreciated by the Arizona Education Association. But AEA President Joe Thomas says it may not be enough to offset on-going problems happening before the pandemic.
June 26, 2020
Report: No Need To Furlough, Lay Off UA Employees
An outside analysis of the University of Arizona’s finances suggests the school has enough money in reserves to cover the millions of dollars of projected losses due to COVID-19 and therefore no need to lay off or furlough workers.
June 26, 2020
Gov. Ducey Announces $270M Plan To Aid Arizona Schools Reopenings
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey issued an executive order Wednesday allocating $270 million of education funding from a federal COVID-19 relief package to aid schools in their reopenings.
June 24, 2020
GCU Basketball Team In Quarantine After 6 Test Positive For COVID-19
The Grand Canyon University men’s basketball team has been placed in quarantine after four student-athletes and two student managers tested positive for COVID-19.
June 24, 2020
AZ Educators Release Vision For Schools In COVID World
The Arizona Education Association, the union representing Arizona public school employees released a report Wednesday for its vision for schools going forward during the COVID-19 pandemic. The report includes funding requests for the Arizona Legislature and policy recommendations to ensure that students and staff can return safety to school.
June 24, 2020
As Student Athletes Return, How UA Plans To Keep Campus Safe From COVID-19
Fall classes will begin at the University of Arizona two months from today. The big question is how will the pandemic affect learning at the college level. The Show spoke with the president of the University of Arizona, Dr. Robert Robbins. He talked about what he is doing to ensure outbreaks of the virus do not occur in Tucson.
June 24, 2020
How Researchers Are Fighting Coronavirus With Unknown Info
There's a lot that public health data doesn't tell us about COVID-19. Many have asked, what about those who have recovered? How many cases were severe? How many were asymptomatic, quietly lurking in the background until a person was tested?
June 24, 2020
ASU Taps Former Ambassador To Head McCain Institute
The United States has dramatically changed its diplomatic approach during the Trump Administration’s 3 1/2 years. And there is more uncertainty on the world stage with longtime allies sometimes being treated more like adversaries and vice versa.
June 23, 2020
2 More Valley School District Cancel Grad Ceremonies
The Paradise Valley Unified and Tempe Union High school districts both announced on Thursday that they would were canceling their graduation ceremonies due to the sharp rise of COVID-19 cases across the state and among Paradise Valley students.
June 18, 2020
A Collective Uncovers Unrecognized Layers Of Identity
The experience of motherhood isn’t created equal. When University of Arizona professor Michelle Tellez was pregnant with her daughter, she said her Ph.D. didn’t matter. It was a layer of identity she hadn’t thought about in her years of research and activism. She then co-founded Chicana M(other)work, with the title stressing the "other."
June 18, 2020
Some AZ School Districts Requiring Masks Ahead Of Local Mandates
A growing number of Arizona school districts are requiring face mask policies for the upcoming school year ahead of expected mandates by local governments. The Kyrene and Tempe Union and Phoenix Union school districts are three of the latest to put forward these kind of policies.
June 18, 2020
Group Asks For COVID-19 Grants To More ASU Students
A group of ASU students sent a letter to the university’s administration on Wednesday requesting a meeting on emergency grants meant to help students during the coronavirus pandemic. ASU students have yet to receive that money.
June 17, 2020
AZ Chamber Urges Congress To Include Child Care Relief
The Arizona Chamber of Commerce has joined with 40 other state and local chambers, as well as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, in writing a letter to Congress encouraging lawmakers to include money for child care in any new coronavirus relief bill.
June 17, 2020
UA Researcher Explains Spike In Coronavirus Cases
On June 16, Arizona saw the biggest daily increase in COVID-19 cases in the state so far. With more than 2,000 new reports, the state continues to be a new epicenter for the virus. Bonnie LaFleur, a research professor of biostatistics at the UofA's BIO5 Institute, has been tracking COVID-19 numbers in Arizona.
June 17, 2020
Valley Graduation Ceremonies Canceled As COVID-19 Cases Rise
Last Friday, the Tolleson Union High School District called off its in-person graduation ceremonies. The Peoria Unified School District made the same move on Monday.
June 16, 2020
Survey: Teachers Willing To Return But Concerned About Health
More than 10,000 Arizona teachers were surveyed in a statewide poll asking for their thoughts and concerns about the upcoming school year. Nearly two-thirds are concerned for the health and safety of students and for the staff.
June 16, 2020
ASU, NAU, UA Requiring Face Coverings In Fall Reopening Plans
Arizona’s three public universities announced during Friday’s Board of Regents meeting that they will all require face coverings as part of fall reopening plans. At ASU, face coverings will be required immediately given the growing number of COVID-19 cases in the state and a lax attitude toward face coverings.
June 12, 2020
This ASU Professor Protested Racism In 1970. It Cost Him His Job
Fifty years ago, the U.S. was also in the midst of nationwide rallies. Some addressed racism, and that was the case for one at UA in Tucson in January of 1970. Attending that rally led to the end of philosophy professor Morris Starsky’s career at, ironically, UA’s rival school ASU.
June 12, 2020
ABOR To Vote On Proposal To Suspend Presidents Raises
The coronavirus pandemic has created financial uncertainty for Arizona’s three public universities. On Friday, the state Board of Regents will consider a series of cost-saving measures that include suspending annual salary increases for universities.
June 11, 2020

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