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Cartwright, Litchfield School Districts Launching Virtual Schools
The Cartwright and Litchfield elementary school districts in the West Valley are launching new virtual schools for students and families who want to remain learning from home for health reasons or a desire for more flexibility, even as COVID-19 subsides.
Investigation: 504 Plans Benefit Higher-Income Students
A 504 plan for some students with disabilities can mean the difference between graduating from high school and dropping out. But a new investigation reveals that not all students are able to equally benefit from these plans — especially those at lower-income schools.
June 15, 2021
Crow Defends ASU Vaccination Policy As Ducey Pushes Back
In an email to students, ASU says the university has the “expectation” that all students enrolled in an on-campus learning program will be vaccinated against COVID-19. But Gov. Doug Ducey said he’ll issue an executive order that will “ensure this excessive policy is never enforced."
June 15, 2021
ADE Launches Campaign To Boost School Enrollment
Enrollment at Arizona public schools is down by about 38,000 students compared to the previous school year. The Arizona Department of Education has launched a new campaign titled Ready for School AZ in hopes of bringing those students back.
June 11, 2021
Sesame Street Performer Turns Ice Cream Truck Into Puppet Venue
Stacey Gordon is a Valley-based puppeteer who runs the Phoenix puppetry arts studio Puppet Pie and also portrays the character Julia on Sesame Street. She recently bought an ice cream truck that she’s converting into a puppetry arts venue that she can take on the road, and she plans for it to be ready to roll this summer.
June 10, 2021
Phoenix Childrens Celebrating 20 Years Of Serving Homeless Youth
The Homeless Youth Outreach program at Phoenix Children's Hospital started in 2000 with one mobile medical unit that primarily served homeless youth in the Tempe area. On Thursday, it has expanded to active mobile units and four clinics at fixed sites across the Valley.
June 10, 2021
UA, Diné College Receive Grant To Train Navajo Water Scientists
The University of Arizona and the Navajo Nation’s Diné College were awarded a $500,000 federal grant for training and research on water scarcity and challenges on the reservation.
June 7, 2021
ALL In Education Receiving $2.9M For Training Programs
The Arizona for Latino Leaders in Education, or ALL in Education nonprofit, is receiving $2.9 million from the Arizona Department of Education, the Helios Education Foundation and the Pharos Foundation to fund and expand its programs that aim to develop a pipeline of new educators and school leaders.
June 7, 2021
Mesa District Approves Pay Raises, Extra Stipends For Employees
Mesa Public Schools teachers, bus drivers and other district employees will all get raises starting in the fall. A 2% increase in pay for salaried employees and a $1 rate increase for hourly staff are accompanied by a $3,000 stipend for any district employee who worked during last school yea, and will work during the next.
June 4, 2021
ADE Task Force Meets To Discuss Ideas For COVID-19 Relief Funding
A task force made up of community members from throughout the state — including education, business and nonprofit leaders — met this week to discuss how the Arizona Department of Education should use discretionary dollars that it received from the latest COVID-19 relief package.
June 4, 2021
A Stage For People With Developmental Disabilities To Share Their Stories
Journalist Amy Silverman has dedicated much of her career to writing about people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She also has been a catalyst in curating live storytelling here in the Valley. Now, she’s bringing those two things together as part of her project for a visiting fellowship at the Nieman Foundation at Harvard.
June 4, 2021
Arizona Employer Expands Paid College Program
The credit card company Discover is expanding its paid college program for employees.
June 3, 2021
Colleges Seek More International Students To Recover Revenues
Colleges and universities in the U.S. have been hit hard by the impact of the pandemic, especially when it comes to the number of international students who were enrolled. But having a new administration in the White House has increased movement on shifting policies and lobbying on behalf of colleges and universities.
June 3, 2021
Ready For School Task Force Finds Bright Spots In Pandemic
The Arizona Department of Education’s Ready for School Task Force is bringing together a diverse group of educators to get students back to school on the right foot next year. Bill Lucas serves on that task force. He’s a school counselor at Agua Fria High School in Avondale where he said he had to adapt fast as everything changed overnight last spring.
June 2, 2021
Tulsa Race Massacre: What America Must Learn 100 Years Later
The history of the U.S. is dotted with examples of racial injustice and blatant acts of racism — systemic and otherwise. But one of the most horrific hadn’t received much attention or discussion until recently: The Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921, which occurred 100 years ago.
June 1, 2021
The Repatriation Of Historic Objects: Nationalism, Nativism Or Justice?
Mexico is taking actions that may resonate with many Native American communities, as it tries to bring back pre-Columbian names in some areas in Mexico City, while trying to recoup relics and historic artifacts from overseas. What does it mean the repatriation of archaeological objects?
June 1, 2021
Experience Corps Pairs Older Adults, Kids For Learning Experience
What if you could provide young children who need help reading with a free tutor? That’s what the city of Tempe did with its AARP Foundation Experience Corps partnership. Nearly 90 elementary school students got much-needed support this year thanks to the program.
June 1, 2021
AZ Student Wins Major Award In Global Science Fair
A high school junior at BASIS Charter School in Chandler has earned a top award in the 2021 Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair, the world's largest high school science competition.
June 1, 2021
Arizona Education Advocates Fear GOP Tax Cut Sets Back Progress Made Through Proposition 208
In November, Arizona voters approved a tax increase on the state’s wealthiest residents to raise more money for public schools. But Republican leaders are now trying to implement a flat-tax proposal that would dramatically reduce what the state’s top earners pay.
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June 1, 2021
Harris First Woman To Give Commencement Address At Naval Academy
Vice President Kamala Harris is once again making history. Going into the Memorial Day weekend on Friday, she became the first woman to give a commencement address at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.
May 30, 2021
Dept. Of Ed To Form Task Force On How To Spend Relief Funds
The Arizona Department of Education is forming a task force made up of leaders from across the state that will help it decide how to spend discretionary funds it’s receiving from the American Rescue Plan.
May 28, 2021