State school officials rebuff Ducey’s decision to lift mask mandate

WASHINGTON - Education officials rebuffed Gov. Doug Ducey's decision this week to lift the mask mandate for state schools, with many districts planning to ignore what they called an "irresponsible" decision in a state where COVID-19 cases continue to rise.


Seeing red: Bill would cut voter-approved education funds, school supporters say

PHOENIX – Parents, teachers and students converged on the state Capitol grounds to oppose SB 1783, saying it undermines Proposition 208.


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.