Arizona Education News


Kyrene School District lifts mask mandate
Last month, the Kyrene School District extended a mandatory face covering policy for students and staff at its pre-K through 8th grade schools. Now the district is making masks optional beginning Monday.
Feb. 12, 2022
NAU updates admission standards to improve access
Northern Arizona University has updated its admission standards to make it easier for more students to access the institution. Arizona’s three public universities currently require credits in 16 core high school classes and 3.0 GPA for assured admission. But nearly 50,000 Arizona students at 18% of the state's high schools don’t have access to all those courses, according to NAU.
Feb. 11, 2022
Chandler’s innovation fair features model rockets, prizes
The city of Chandler is partnering with the Chandler Unified School District in hopes of increasing school participation in an Innovation Fair. In past years, the city and school district held separate events. By combining forces, they hope to expose more students to careers in science, technology, engineering and math.
Feb. 11, 2022
Friday NewsCap: Lawmakers push voucher expansion
This week saw further efforts to expand school vouchers, bipartisan support for increased anti-discrimination measures, and more.
Feb. 11, 2022
GOP lawmakers want Supreme Court to kill Prop 208 education tax
Republican lawmakers are asking the Arizona Supreme Court to immediately rule that the voter-approved tax on wealthy people to help fund schools cannot be enforced.
Feb. 10, 2022
Committee passes bill requiring parent permission for mask mandates
The Arizona House Committee on Government and Elections voted to override mask mandates that exist in some public schools.
Feb. 10, 2022
How plans for a Turning Point USA school fell apart
Turning Point USA had partnered with an Arizona company to create Turning Point Academy, a K-12 curriculum for parents seeking an “America first” education for their kids. But those plans, and that partnership, fell apart last week as reporters at the Washington Post asked questions.
Feb. 9, 2022
AZ Senate Committee passes bill to expand private school voucher program
The voucher program expansion if passed could include any student within the boundaries of a Title 1 school regardless of financial status.
Feb. 9, 2022
AZ superintendent to lawmakers: Diffuse ticking time bomb to prevent school budget cuts
Calling it a "ticking time bomb,'' state schools chief Kathy Hoffman called out Republican lawmakers Tuesday for failing so far to ensure that Arizona schools across the state from won't have to cut spending by more than $1.15 billion in just three weeks.
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Feb. 8, 2022
Crazy, lazy and hazy: Why Holocaust analogies have no place in politics
The pandemic has increased the number of Holocaust-related analogies that public figures and social media trolls share with the public.
Feb. 8, 2022
University of Arizona police hires 1st female chief
Paula Balafas is the University of Arizona’s newest police chief and the first woman to hold that position in the university’s history.
Feb. 7, 2022
UAs COVID cases are declining, but officials not ready to relax just yet
During a Monday press conference, University of Arizona officials said they’re seeing a decline in COVID-19 cases on campus, but they aren't ready to relax just yet.
Feb. 7, 2022
Medical students show gratitude for body donation through art
Medical school can be a pretty sterile place, where it’s easy to forget humanity. And that's especially the case when it involves that first-year cadaver. But the University of Arizona’s College of Medicine in Phoenix takes a unique approach with the school’s Art in Medicine program.
Feb. 7, 2022
Coach Karen Self leads a basketball dynasty at Seton Catholic Preparatory in Chandler
Basketball season is in full swing and while the Phoenix Suns have dominated the NBA this season, there’s another hoops team in town that has dominated its opponents for three decades: the girls of Seton Catholic Preparatory. Its program and its head coach have become role models for female athletics in Arizona.
Feb. 7, 2022
Post-WWII Japanese photography on display at Phoenix Art Museum
The Phoenix Art Museum is featuring a new exhibit of post-World War II, avant-garde photography. It highlights how provocative this style was during a loaded and controversial political moment in Japan.
Feb. 6, 2022
Q&AZ: Why are playgrounds closed when schools arent in session?
Schools typically close their playgrounds when not in session. A listener said she used to take her kids to a Scottsdale elementary school to play, but now sees the grounds are closed. Through KJZZ's Q&AZ project, the listener asks why not let taxpayers use that space even when schools isn't in operation.
Feb. 4, 2022
AZ House passes bill limiting how race, gender can be taught in schools
The Arizona House of Representatives voted Thursday to put limits on how teachers teach race and gender in schools.
Feb. 4, 2022
As Valley schools struggle to staff classrooms, one sub says shes seeing unprecedented things
Raquel Mamani has been a substitute teacher in elementary and middle schools in the Madison School District in Phoenix for four years. She also has eighth-grade twins in the district.
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Feb. 3, 2022
The pandemic taught ASU art students new ways to create
Steven Tepper, Dean of the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University, has worked with his colleagues and students on how the past two years can move us toward seeing art in different ways.
Feb. 2, 2022
AZ Legislature bill looks to require online curriculum postings for schools
The Senate Education Committee passed a bill that would require school curriculum material to be posted online in an effort for transparency. School districts would have to post a list of learning materials and activities so parents could decide whether it's appropriate content for their child.
Feb. 2, 2022