Arizona Education News


Chandler, Gilbert Schools Districts Preparing For Teacher Sickouts
The Chandler Unified School Districts and Gilbert Public Schools are preparing for possible teacher sickouts on Tuesday in response to districts holding in-person classes despite the state's recommendation for virtual learning for all Arizona schools.
Chandler, Gilbert District Parents, Educators Rally Against In-Person Classes
Jan. 4, 2021
Coalition Of UA Employees Requests Stricter COVID-19 Guidelines
The Coalition for Academic Justice at the University of Arizona, a coalition of UA employees, is demanding stricter guidelines to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Nick Halsey of the coalition says that UA’s current reopening plans are much different than the plans recommended by Pima County.
Jan. 3, 2021
Ducey Rejects Call For 2 Weeks Online Learning
Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman is publicly asking Gov. Doug Ducey to order Arizona's schools into a two-week period of distance learning. A spokesman for the governor said Doug Ducey wouldn’t issue the order because how schools open is a local decision.
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Jan. 2, 2021
COVID-19 Expert Hopeful About Fight Against Virus In 2021
Dr. Shad Marvasti with the University of Arizona’s College of Medicine is hopeful that the new COVID-19 vaccines will be widely available to the public by late spring to early summer. That means more people will be protected against the virus which has resulted in about 9,000 deaths in the state, according Friday data from the Arizona Department of Health Services.
Jan. 1, 2021
UA Still Offering Antibody Tests; Initial Demand Underwhelming
The University of Arizona’s program to test 250,000 people for COVID-19 antibodies hasn't gotten the public demand that was expected. Instead, only about 50,000 people have been tested, including students and faculty who were given first priority.
Dec. 31, 2020
Nogales School Superintendent: Remote Learning To Continue
In the first semester of the school year, the Nogales Unified School District had 5,500 students learning online and provided about 2,000 Wi-Fi hotspots to families that requested them. In June, The Show spoke with the district’s superintendent, Fernando Parra. The Show spoke with him again recently for a check-in on how students and teachers are doing.
Dec. 30, 2020
ASU Program Aims To Educate, Train Kids In Cybersecurity
Arizona State University's Cybersecurity Education Consortium has stepped in the effort to train kids as young as middle school-age in cybersecurity. Estimates indicate the country has several hundred thousand unfilled jobs in the realm of cybersecurity.
Dec. 30, 2020
Revenue Director Fired After Defending Tax Hike
The head of the state Department of Revenue was ousted Tuesday, the apparent victim of taking a legal position on a new tax contrary to that of Gov. Doug Ducey, his boss.
Dec. 29, 2020
Author James Sallis Discusses New Book Sarah Jane
While Jame Sallis's most recent work "Sarah Jane" might not pass as an Arizonan novel, as it isn't set here, the novelist is both highly-regarded and a longtime Valley resident whose talents are acclaimed nationally and internationally.
Dec. 29, 2020
1619 Project Coming To Balsz School District Classrooms
The Balsz Elementary School District in Phoenix will be the first in Arizona to use the New York Times' "The 1619 Project" — which commemorates the 400th anniversary of slavery in the U.S. and its role in shaping the country — in its classrooms
Dec. 29, 2020
Mexico and Spain Plan To Promote Spanish In The U.S.
The U.S. has the second-most Spanish speakers in the world. No. 1 is Mexico, which is planning to team with Spain to promote the use of the language in the U.S. — mainly as a tool against hate speech.
Dec. 28, 2020
Pandemic Wipes Out Progress On Disconnected Youth
During the pandemic, the number of 16- to 24-year-olds not in school or working has increased significantly across the Valley. The pandemic could wipe out all the progress made over the past five years.
Dec. 28, 2020
Biosphere 2 Study Shows Tropical Forests More Resilient To Climate Change Than Predicted
Biosphere 2 contains one of the hottest tropical forests in the world, with temperatures up to 104 degrees Fahrenheit — the range scientists expect natural forests to reach by 2100 without major climate change mitigation.
Dec. 28, 2020
How Arizonas Black Community Is Writing Itself Into Libraries, Bookstores
One Saturday morning, a mother and father take their daughter to the public library for the first time. The young girl walks around her parents to look at the librarian at the front desk, gazing at another Black person in a public space that’s usually occupied by white people.
Dec. 25, 2020
Maricopa County Superior Court To Decide Fate Of Prop 208
A Maricopa County Superior Court judge will decide the fate of Invest in Ed, the new law passed last month that taxes the rich to fund schools. One argument from challengers is that the state constitution imposes an "aggregate expenditure limitation'' on schools.
Dec. 24, 2020
Investigation Finds Charter Schools Misused PPP Loans
The PPP part of last spring’s stimulus package was considered relatively successful, but it also saw tens of millions of dollars in loans going to businesses that didn’t need the money. Craig Harris of the Arizona Republic looked into how charter schools here benefited from PPP loans. The Show spoke with him for more about his findings.
Dec. 23, 2020
Arizona Proposition 208 Lawsuit Goes To Court
Prop. 208, or the Invest in Education Act, already survived several legal challenges before it qualified for the ballot and was approved by voters in November. Today, attorneys arguing against the proposition are asking a judge to keep the act from taking effect while the case is heard.
Dec. 23, 2020
Arizona Library Systems Receive Improvement Grants
The Arizona Secretary of State’s Office on Tuesday announced the approval of grants to four library systems. More than $66,000 was approved by the Arizona Legislature through the State Grants-in-Aid program.
Dec. 23, 2020
ASU Employees Form Union To Lift Their Voices, Concerns
Arizona State University employees have announced they’re forming a union, becoming the second group of public university employees to do so this year. The union is something that employees have wanted for a long time, but it became a greater need after ASU administrators dismissed their concerns on in-person classes.
Dec. 22, 2020
GCU Hoping To Help Its Grads Find Jobs During Pandemic
This weekend, more than 1,000 students graduated from Grand Canyon University. These students are going to be entering the job market during a very difficult time, so the university is launching a four-part initiative to help students who don’t have a job lined up find opportunities during the pandemic.
Dec. 21, 2020