Education News

Closed Arizona Schools Must Still Meet The Needs Of Special Education Students
Classrooms may be closed, but Arizona schools still have responsibilities to students who need special instruction. Those responsibilities don’t go away just because there’s a pandemic.
Schools Plan For The Possibility Buildings May Not Open
May 15, 2020
ASU Offering Some In-Person Summer Classes, Most Staying Online
Most of Arizona State University’s summer courses, which begin next week, will be online even though the state is starting to reopen, but the university is looking to offer a few classes in-person that can't be taught online later this summer.
May 14, 2020
GCU Studies How To Resume Classes, Sports
Grand Canyon University has put groups together to study and discuss what its next steps would be. That has included whether the university’s popular basketball and soccer games can include fans.
May 14, 2020
Tucson Unified School District Approves Sex Education Curriculum
The governing board for Tucson's largest school district has unanimously approved a new, highly-debated sex education curriculum — including topics like gender expression, gender identity and sexual orientation.
May 14, 2020
For High School Seniors, Graduation Season Isnt What They Pictured
In a normal school year, this would have been the season thousands of high school seniors in the Phoenix area would have put on caps and gowns to receive their diplomas. Of course, this has not been a normal school year.
Arizona Schools Plan For The Possibility Buildings May Not Open This Fall
May 14, 2020
Arizona Teachers Union Lays Out Vision For Next School Year
As the school year winds down, educators are looking ahead to next school year. The President of the Arizona Education Association, Joe Thomas, predicts districts will look into hybrid programs where students alternate between in-person and online learning. But the future remains uncertain.
May 13, 2020
NAU Testing Wastewater To Track COVID-19
Northern Arizona University researchers are studying wastewater to track the spread of COVID-19. Assistant Professor Crystal Hepp says if a lot of people in that area are asymptomatic, the wastewater would be able to detect that, and researchers could predict a possible outbreak.
May 13, 2020
Education Group Gauges Needs Of Latino Community
Hispanics are more likely to say someone in their household has lost their job or taken a pay cut because of the coronavirus pandemic than Americans as a whole. It’s one of the reasons the new Executive Director of the group ALL in Education wants to hear from Latino families in Arizona.
May 12, 2020
ASUs Longtime Graduation Reader Takes Talents Online
It’s graduation time for many students across Arizona. For 2020 grads at ASU, today would have been the big day. But for one individual, the ceremony is not about getting his degree. Rather he has been part of ASU commencements for more than 25 years, reading the names of graduates.
May 12, 2020
Navajo Woman Overcomes Adversity, Injuries To Earn 3 Degrees
For 15 years, life has thrown Arizona State University grad Jessica Antonio one challenge after another, but she has never taken her eyes off of the finish line. She was injured in two accidents, one of which left her with limited mobility. But this week, the 33-year-old Navajo woman graduated with three degrees in American Indian studies, business administration and nutrition.
May 12, 2020
Why The Decision Not To Raise Tuition Is A Bold Step
Even as Arizona’s three in-state universities face rising costs and an expected loss in revenue, the Arizona Board of Regents voted last week not to raise tuition for most in-state students. However, they will raise tuition for other students and increase prices for things like housing and class fees.
May 11, 2020
Schools Plan For Possibility Buildings May Not Open
The interruption of the school year will cause more disruption than just having kids learn from home. Arizona school funding and ranking is in jeopardy, and faculties across the state are forced to plan for two realities as the fall opening remains uncertain.
May 11, 2020
Families Of Nursing Home Residents Worry About Loved Ones
For the many Arizonans who have a loved one in a long-term care facility, the stress of not being able to see that person continues to mount. Facilities are restricting visitors due to the coronavirus outbreak.
May 11, 2020
NAU Celebrates Class Of 2020 In Its First Virtual Commencement
Northern Arizona University held a virtual commencement ceremony Friday for its nearly 6,000 students graduating this spring. It was the first Arizona public university to hold a virtual graduation after the coronavirus pandemic upended in-person celebrations.
May 8, 2020
Why Many Americans Think Theyre Smarter Than Experts
As the coronavirus pandemic continues, people have doubted the practicality and truthfulness of those in charge. The Show spoke to Tom Nichols, a professor and the author of "The Death of Expertise," about how many Americans believe their knowledge matches that of the experts.
May 7, 2020
MCCCD Discussing Next Years Budget Amid Financial Uncertainty
The Maricopa County Community College District’s board is grappling with what the coronavirus pandemic will mean for its budget for next year. At its Tuesday meeting, the board struggled with that question without knowing it’s final enrollment numbers for the summer and fall semesters.
May 6, 2020
Why Some Arizona Libraries Offer Curbside Service Amid COVID-19
Libraries are among the most treasured public spaces across Arizona. During the pandemic all public libraries continue to provide services, but their operating models are different.
State Of Arizona Library To Receive $650K From Coronavirus Relief Act
May 6, 2020
Robots To Stand In For ASU Thunderbird Grads
Arizona State University will hold virtual commencement ceremonies next week due to the coronavirus pandemic, but some graduate students from the Thunderbird School of of Global Management will still get the experience of walking across the stage by using robots.
May 5, 2020
Mentorship Program Aims To Help Tucson Refugees Integrate
Refugee resettlement groups helped almost 85,000 people start over in the U.S., in just one year, not that long ago. These organizations had to change how they work when federal policy cut arrivals to record lows. A longtime Arizona nonprofit has focused on giving individual help to young people who are settled, but not integrated.
COVID-19 Safety Videos Produced In 10 Languages For Arizona Refugees
May 5, 2020
Pima College Students Struggling During Pandemic Receive Help
Pima Community College has begun distributing federal funds to students facing financial hardships due to the coronavirus pandemic that it received last month through the U.S. Department of Education, but not all Arizona colleges have received their share of those funds.
May 4, 2020