Arizona Education News


UA Celebrates 45th Years Of Gender, Womens Studies Program
In 1975, University of Arizona started its women’s studies department and was within the first 20 such programs in the nation. The 45th anniversary of the department is being marked by the Founding Mothers exhibit at the university, and it’s being presented online. The Show spoke with Patricia MacCorquodale, professor emerita at UA.
Dec. 10, 2020
Tolleson UHSD To Continue Virtual Learning Until Spring Break
The Tolleson Union High School District will continue virtual learning for its students through mid-March. More than 200 students and staff members have tested positive for COVID-19 since August.
Dec. 10, 2020
Tempe Preschool Students Have Been Resilient During COVID
The coronavirus pandemic disrupted education nationwide and worldwide, and Tempe PRE, a preschool program by the city of Tempe, was no exception. But when students were finally able to return to the classroom in a limited capacity in August, they were ready for it, said Program Supervisor Leslie Totten.
Dec. 10, 2020
Mesa Schools To Finish Fall Semester In Person
Many school districts around Arizona are returning to remote learning as the numbers of new COVID-19 cases in our state continue to spike. And this week, the largest district in the state, Mesa Public Schools, announced it will join them — but not just yet.
Dec. 9, 2020
AEA VP: Arizona Teachers, Community Need To Work Together
As the number of COVID cases continue to rise in Arizona, a rift between in-school sessions versus online learning continues. The Arizona Education Association Vice President, Marisol Garcia, says the community, teachers and parents included, needs to collectively work together to decrease the spread of the virus.
Dec. 9, 2020
Analysis Finds Ethical Issues With UA Global Campus
Last week, the University of Arizona finalized its acquisition of Ashford University, but a recent analysis by the Grand Canyon Institute, a local nonpartisan think tank, finds a range of ethical and legal issues with the deal and the newly formed University of Arizona Global Campus that came out of it.
Dec. 8, 2020
Why ASU President Michael Crow is Optimistic About Spring
Most states in the country — including Arizona — are seeing the dramatic spike in COVID-19 cases continue. That leaves state schools and universities trying to figure out how to proceed with their spring semesters. The Show previously spoke with an ASU instructor about how she felt the university's fall semester was managed. Now, The Show spoke with ASU President Michael Crow for his perspective on how the semester went.
Dec. 8, 2020
PV Superintendent Resigns Following Harassment Reports
Dr. Jesse Welsh, superintendent of the Paradise Valley Unified School District, resigned Monday after he says parents harassed him about his handling of school closures and reopenings.
Dec. 8, 2020
Apache Junction District Says Teacher Has Died From COVID
Jane Kelly, a special education teacher in the Apache Junction Unified School District, died Saturday from COVID-19, the district confirmed on Monday. She was in her 70s.
Dec. 7, 2020
UA Enhancing COVID-19 Testing Efforts For Spring Semester
University of Arizona students who are living in the dorms or attending in-person classes in the spring semester can expect to get tested for COVID-19 on a weekly basis, said University President Robert Robbins in his weekly press conference on Monday.
Dec. 7, 2020
State Capitol Opening Virtual USS Arizona Museum
The 79th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attacks will be celebrated differently in Arizona this year. The State Capitol Museum, which is home to USS Arizona artifacts, will launch a virtual museum experience so viewers can safely see the historic memorabilia from the ship.
Dec. 6, 2020
Gilbert, Mesa Districts To Limit In-Person Classes
The Gilbert and Mesa school districts in the East Valley have both had two metrics in the red for the past two weeks, according to the Maricopa County’s School COVID-19 dashboard. They've announced have they're reducing in-person classes or going entirely remote in response to the spike in COVID-19 cases.
Dec. 4, 2020
Hoffman: State Has Broken Promise To Schools Hurting During COVID
A promise by Gov. Doug Ducey to protect state aid for schools during the pandemic is coming up short. In some cases, a lot short.
Dec. 4, 2020
Daily Star: More Than 1,000 Students Missing From Tucson Schools
As many schools have gone virtual, and then in-person, and then virtual again over the last nine months, it’s made education difficult for a lot of kids and families in the state. But there is also a sizable group of students who have just gone missing as a result.
Dec. 4, 2020
Why Community Colleges Arent Seeing Uptick In Students During Downturn
The 10 colleges in the Maricopa Community College Distric saw a collective 14.5% decline this fall compared to last year. The drop is due in part to the coronavirus pandemic. Typically, community colleges see some increase in enrollments during times of economic hardship, but that’s not happening at this point.
Dec. 2, 2020
Invest In Ed Attorney: Prop. 208 Suits Could Have Dire Consequences
Proposition 208, or the Invest in Education Act, faces two lawsuits that seek to block the tax on wealthy Arizonans despite the vote to approve it. For another look at the lawsuits, The Show spoke with Roopali Desai, an attorney who is representing the initiative.
Dec. 2, 2020
How ASUs Faculty Navigated The Confusion Of Fall 2020
When the fall semester began at Arizona State, there were some corners of optimism. But the continuing pandemic had many on edge, and an increasing number of students chose to take online classes from home rather than coming to campus.
Dec. 2, 2020
Department Of Education Launches Tool To Track School Learning Models During COVID-19
The Arizona Department of Education has released a statewide tool that tracks whether schools are in distance, hybrid or in-person learning models.
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Dec. 1, 2020
Enrollment Drops At Arizona Community Colleges
Community colleges around Arizona have seen drops in enrollment this fall semester. At Mohave Community College, some students are choosing to put their academic goals to focus on their families or work during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dec. 1, 2020
Why The AZ Supreme Court Struck Down Lawsuit Vs. Public University Tuition Guidelines
The Arizona Supreme Court ruled a lower court was right to throw out a lawsuit from Attorney General Mark Brnovich that challenged the way the state Board of Regents sets tuition at Arizona’s public universities. The Show spoke with Paul Bender, a professor and dean emeritus at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at ASU.
Dec. 1, 2020