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1,000+ school athletic events canceled due to COVID-19
The Arizona Interscholastic Association reports that more than 1,000 school athletic events were cancelled or postponed statewide this past week due to the recent spike in COVID-19 cases.
Settlement to cancel student debt for thousands in AZ
More than 2,000 Arizona consumers stand to have millions in student-loan debt erased due to a multi-state settlement with the company Navient.
Jan. 17, 2022
AZ may let substitute teachers stay at school indefinitely
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announced Friday that the state is taking new measures to keep students in classrooms, including potentially removing limits on how many days substitute teachers can teach.
Jan. 14, 2022
Sonoran health officials says in-person classes will continue despite COVID spike
In neighboring Sonora, Mexico, health officials say there are no plans to put a pause on in-person learning in the state, despite a major spike in COVID-19 cases.
Jan. 14, 2022
Treasury official sets deadline to get Ducey programs into compliance
The U.S. Treasury Department is threatening to take back more than $170 million in recovery funds or withhold money unless Gov. Doug Ducey's office can address issues it sees with two education programs within 60 days.
Jan. 14, 2022
Some Arizona schools are returning to distance learning under the strain of omicron
Arizona students returned to schools last week as the state was experiencing yet another spike of COVID-19, this time due to the highly infectious omicron variant. So far, many Arizona schools are continuing with in-person classes, but some students are returning to remote learning.
Jan. 14, 2022
How to emotionally support kids after a school shooting
Debates continue over how to prevent school shootings. But from the mental and emotional standpoints, what can parents, teachers and counselors do after the fact to help students understand and better deal with the alarming outcomes?
Jan. 13, 2022
Lead editor of NatGeo set to become ASUs vice dean
Susan Goldberg left daily journalism in 2014 to become editor-in-chief of National Geographic. But she’ll be moving on from that high-profile position at the end of January to become a vice dean at Arizona State University
Jan. 13, 2022
Ducey offers summer camps for kids who fell behind during pandemic
The pandemic has created hardships for students across the state and the nation. During his final State of the State address, Gov. Doug Ducey announced a program to provide a way for those students to catch up on what they missed.
Jan. 13, 2022
Kids needed access for online school, but free internet was a tough sell in Maryvale
Maryvale is a diverse community that has grown into an area home to a multitude of cultures and ethnicities. But it’s also a community lacking internet access. That lack of access is what ASU's One Square Mile Initiative has been focused on for the past year.
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Jan. 13, 2022
Some AZ students returning to virtual classes
As COVID-19 cases continue to surge in the state and across the country, some Arizona students are temporarily returning to virtual learning.
Jan. 12, 2022
Pandemic has worsened already weak education system
A new report from Education Forward Arizona and Center for the Future of Arizona shows some of the key metrics that have been affected. A new report from Education Forward Arizona and Center for the Future of Arizona shows some of the key metrics that have been affected.
Jan. 12, 2022
The deadline for the AZ education budget is approaching. What to expect from the Legislature
The education spending cap deadline is approaching and lawmakers need to increase it soon or schools could be faced with closures with potential layoffs for teachers amid a shortage and retention crisis.
Jan. 12, 2022
UA instructors argue for right to teach remotely
More than a hundred University of Arizona instructors have sent their provost a letter arguing for the right to teach remotely when the semester begins on Wednesday.
Jan. 11, 2022
Arizona pediatricians are urging schools to require masks in response to omicron
The Arizona chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics is urging schools to require masks in response to the latest spike of COVID-19 cases.
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Jan. 11, 2022
Smithsonian researchers imagine new FUTURES
From mosquitos that deliver bio-updates to augmented athletes of all ability levels, ASU’s Center for Science and the Imagination teamed up with research teams at the Smithsonian for an optimistic look into our high-tech future.
Jan. 11, 2022
Ducey sets aggressive agenda on water, school choice and border security in last year
Gov. Doug Ducey delivered his eighth and final State of the State address Monday afternoon. In it, he pushed for a $1 billion investment in water, pledged to cut taxes and promoted summer school for kids catching up during the pandemic.
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Jan. 10, 2022
UA starting spring semester with in-person classes
University of Arizona is preparing to welcome back students on Wednesday for the start of its spring semester. This comes as comes as the country, and the state of Arizona, is experiencing a surge of COVID-19.
Jan. 10, 2022
AEA: Legislators should focus on educator retention
The Arizona Legislature starts a new session on Monday, and education, as well as education funding, are topics lawmakers plan to address. Arizona Education Association President Joe Thomas told PBS’s “Arizona Horizon” about what educators and education advocates are looking for in the upcoming session.
Jan. 9, 2022
Legendary actor Poitier remembered by ASU film school
Legendary actor, director and activist Sidney Poitier died Friday at the age of 94. Part of his long legacy is ASU’s Sidney Poitier New American Film School.
Jan. 8, 2022
UA requiring higher-grade masks for spring semester due to omicron
Updates to the University of Arizona's COVID-19 protocols include requiring higher-grade masks for all students, faculty, staff and visitors, as well as COVID-19 testing before or upon dorm residents' return.
Jan. 6, 2022