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Phoenix Symphonys mix of Brahms and Radiohead more than a mashup
Phoenix Symphony is offering an attention-grabbing program on Saturday, March 6, at ASU Gammage Auditorium. The performance is a kind of mashup between Johannes Brahms’ first symphony and Radiohead’s “OK Computer.”
March 2, 2022
UA Health Sciences unveils consortium to create pandemic-free future
A new initiative from the University of Arizona Health Sciences seeks to unite global experts from universities, government agencies, nonprofits and industry to develop solutions to future pandemics.
March 1, 2022
Flagstaff district drops mask mandate early due to updated CDC guidelines
Flagstaff Unified School District voted Monday to end its mask mandate after the CDC updated its mask recommendation guidelines last week. The new guidelines say that Coconino County is a “medium” transmission level.
Feb. 28, 2022
Preschool working to protect kids from COVID-19
There is one group of people who still can’t get vaccinated against COVID-19: kids under 5 years old. And though they’re unlikely to get very ill from COVID-19, preschool director Joanie Charnow says she’s doing everything she can to keep them safe.
Feb. 28, 2022
Art helps people living with intellectual and developmental disabilities tell their own stories
Last week, Scottsdale Arts hosted an opening reception for the exhibition “What Makes Me Me.” It featured self-portraits of 35 Arizona artists living with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
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Feb. 28, 2022
Read the winning KJZZ haiku contest poem
What do a KJZZ reporter, the former Phoenix poet laureate, a Valley haiku poet with a new haiku trilogy and the winner of this year’s Haiku Writing Contest have in common? They all shine on KJZZ’s “Word.” It’s a podcast about literature in Arizona and the region, hosted by Tom Maxedon.
Feb. 28, 2022
House passes bill requiring teachers to tell parents if students tell them something in confidence
The Arizona House of Representatives voted to require teachers to disclose to parents if a student told them something in confidence.
Feb. 25, 2022
Conservative columnist: We are afraid of political conversations
Political divisions in the U.S. have reduced how often we’re having civil discussions with each other, either because those discussions devolve into hostility or because fewer of us are even starting those conversations in the first place.
Feb. 24, 2022
ASUs Black Collections aims to preserve, uncover history of Black Arizonans
The history of Black people in Arizona has rarely, if ever, received the level of attention and scholarship as that of whites or Latinos. That included, until very recently, the libraries of Arizona State University.
Feb. 23, 2022
UA president cautiously optimistic about future of the pandemic
University of Arizona President Robert Robbins says he is “cautiously optimistic” about the future of the pandemic.
Feb. 21, 2022
House moves to end algebra II requirement for students
The Arizona House of Representatives has voted to remove algebra II as a requirement for high school students. While algebra 2 would no longer be mandatory, four years of math still is. The state Board of Education would have to come up with an alternative such as statistics or business math.
Feb. 21, 2022
By next week, unless AZ Senate intervenes, schools must cut over $1B from budgets
There’s one week left for the Arizona Senate to vote on whether to lift a spending cap on education funding.
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Feb. 21, 2022
AZ House OKs bills to allow guns in libraries, school grounds
The bills passing on a party line vote would allow people to carry firearms in libraries, and allow loaded weapons in vehicles on school grounds.
Feb. 18, 2022
Arizona Education Association director on the dire state of education
This week, the state House approved a waiver of the expenditure cap for schools, and Senate Republicans moved to expand Arizona’s voucher program. It’s into this environment that Randy Parraz steps as the new executive director of the Arizona Education Association.
Feb. 17, 2022
Why Phoenix neighbors cheered the demolition of an old Village Inn
It’s not unusual for people in Phoenix to mourn the loss of a business — especially one with longtime ties to a neighborhood. But one community found reason to celebrate Tuesday as a former restaurant was demolished at I-17 and Northern Avenue.
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Feb. 16, 2022
House votes to waive school spending cap, avert K-12 cuts
The state House voted 45-14 Tuesday to waive the expenditure cap that is in the way of Arizona public schools being able to spend all the money they already have for this fiscal year.
Feb. 15, 2022
Why this nonprofit leader isnt giving up on free community college
Democrats have been reworking proposals aimed to make community college free across the country. This comes as enrollment is dropping at community colleges, and state funding for them has been slashed.
Feb. 15, 2022
Arizona GOP leaders take a first step to avoid more than $1.1 billion in school spending cuts
Arizona legislative leaders took their first steps Monday to ensure public schools don't have to slash more than $1.1 billion from their budgets in just two weeks.
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Feb. 14, 2022
Survey finds 31% of teacher vacancies left unfilled in AZ
Still nearly half of the slots that have been filled are covered by people without certification requirements.
Feb. 14, 2022
Attorney argues to block Prop. 307 from November ballot
Attorney Kory Langhofer argues there are enough petition signature irregularities to block the proposition to fall short of the minimum required to sent the initiative to voters.
Feb. 14, 2022