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A place at the table: Latinas in Arizona strive for representation in politics

PHOENIX - 2020 was the first year a Latina was elected to statewide office in Arizona; in fact, two Latinas were: Anna Tovar and Lea Márquez Peterson.


Special Olympics athletes build connections, form community through esports

WADDELL - Special Olympics athletes immerse themselves in esports teams to help alleviate the loss of social connections due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


School yard: Officials welcome new 3-foot rule for COVID-safe students

WASHINGTON - Arizona school and health officials welcomed Friday's announcement that COVID-safe social distancing for students can be reduced from 6 feet to 3, but they did not appear to be rushing to embrace the lower standard.


Arizona neighborhoods join Little Free Pantry movement to fight hunger

As food insecurity rises, Arizona communities are setting up neighborhood “little” pantries to get food and supplies to those in need.


Phoenix among U.S. sites for Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine trials on kids

WASHINGTON - Children from 6 months up to 12 years old could soon start getting the COVID-19 vaccine in Phoenix as part of a trial by drug-maker Moderna of the effectiveness of its two-dose vaccine on young people.


As survivors pass on, more Holocaust education could be headed to Arizona classrooms

PHOENIX – Rep. Alma Hernandez’s bill, which would require Holocaust be taught at least twice from the seventh to the 12th grade, has Arizonans talking about Holocaust education in grade schools.


Ducey back-to-school order leaves educators shocked, scrambling, upset

WASHINGTON - Educators across the state Thursday were calling Gov. Doug Ducey's surprise back-to-school order disruptive, challenging and frustrating, a last-minute complication to reopening plans that many schools already had in the works.


Summer school an expanding option for students who struggled with online learning

PHOENIX – Some states have made summer school mandatory, but in Arizona, it’s up to individual districts.


28 paintings highlight famous – and less familiar – figures in Black history

PHOENIX – Twenty-eight murals and other paintings in central Phoenix honor Black History Month. The art showcases icons and less familiar faces.


‘ESAs are merely a Band-Aid’: Arizona education advocates oppose bill to expand school vouchers

PHOENIX – Arizona legislators are considering expanding school vouchers to more students, drawing opposition from educators who want more funds directed into public schools.


Report: Arizona continues to trail other states in higher-ed support

WASHINGTON - Arizona continues to be one of the worst states in the nation when it comes to funding higher education, still reeling from deep budget cuts that were made during the recession, according to a new national report.


Debating grading: Bill, executive order will not affect student grades

WASHINGTON - The Arizona Department of Education wants to make sure parents understand their kids will be getting letter grades this year - and to drive home the point, the department sent the message in capital letters.