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CSPOA founder Richard Mack holds one of his books while speaking at an Oath Keeper meeting in Yavapai County, Arizona, on Oct. 8, 2022.

The Arizona-based Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association is elevating some of its most controversial members - including those with direct ties to other anti-government and white nationalism movements - into formal leadership positions. Read more»

An Arizona National Guard soldier tests a member of the Tohono O’odham Nation for COVID-19 in Santa Rosa in August, 2020.

The true toll of the COVID-19 pandemic on many communities of color — from Portland, Oregon, to Navajo Nation tribal lands in Arizona, New Mexico and Utah, to sparsely populated rural Texas towns — is worse than previously known. Read more»

'It was a big scare at that time,' Valentina Nez of Tonalea says, referring to the early days of the pandemic. She received a booster shot at the Tuba City Regional Health Care mobile medical unit.

Newly compiled data reveals how severely the COVID-19 pandemic impacted Indigenous communities in Arizona at the onset of the pandemic, and it shows how the community’s response helped reverse the trends in 2021.  Read more»

Tyequan Colkey, 19, es un estudiante de 12º grado de El Dorado High School, una preparatoria chárter de Chandler, Ariz., que no suspende a los estudiantes por infracciones de asistencia.

Para el año escolar 2021-22, los distritos de todo el país enfrentaban lo que muchos denominaron una crisis de ausentismo debido a que el cierre de escuelas relacionado con la pandemia causó estragos en la asistencia, y los educadores tuvieron que actuar. Read more»

Los estudiantes pueden perder clases por varias razones, incluidos problemas de transporte, responsabilidades familiares o desvinculación de la escuela.

Los estudiantes de Arizona son suspendidos por no presentarse a clase, y los datos muestran que los estudiantes negros, latinos y nativos americanos con frecuencia están sobrerrepresentados entre los que no pueden asistir a clases por faltar a clase. Read more»

Pandemic-related school closures wreaked havoc on attendance. By the 2021-22 school year, districts and charter networks across the country were facing what many dubbed a crisis of absenteeism. Students weren’t showing up, and educators had to act. Read more»

Students may miss class for any number of reasons, including transportation problems, family responsibilities or disengagement from school.

Arizona students are suspended for not showing up to class - because they arrive late, leave campus midday or fail to make it at all - and the data shows, Black, Latino and Native American students are frequently overrepresented among those blocked from class for missing class. Read more»

Los estudiantes pueden perder clases por varias razones, incluidos problemas de transporte, responsabilidades familiares o desvinculación de la escuela.

Aunque al menos 11 estados prohíben por completo suspender a los estudiantes por faltar a clase, las escuelas en gran parte del país, incluido Arizona, tienen la libertad de castigar a los estudiantes por faltar al tiempo de aprendizaje obligándolos a faltar aún más. Read more»

Students may miss class for any number of reasons, including transportation problems, family responsibilities or disengagement from school.

Suspending students for missing class is a controversial tactic and though at least 11 states fully ban the practice, schools in much of the country - including Arizona - are free to punish students for missing learning time by forcing them to miss even more. Read more»

Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association Founder Richard Mack speaks to a crowd of about 100 people at a Yavapai County Preparedness Team meeting in Chino Valley, Arizona, in October 2022.

A rule change set to take effect in December will lower the barrier for extremist organizations to access law enforcement personnel by taking continuing-education decisions out of the board’s hands and placing them in those of individual law enforcement agency leaders across Arizona. Read more»

While the pandemic caused substantial drops in some vaccination rates, the number of vaccine-exempt students has also increased over the past decade.

The impact of missed preventative medical care during the pandemic is beginning to emerge in the form of drastic declines in childhood vaccination rates among Arizona youth, now at lower levels than at any point in the past decade. Read more»

Yavapai County Sheriff David Rhodes speaks at a local Oath Keepers event on Sept. 9, 2022. Earlier in the meeting, Lions of Liberty board member Brian Mounsey, back, called for volunteers to help with a proposed dropbox monitoring operation in Yavapai County, Ariz.

Election and domestic extremism experts warn that so-called Arizona “constitutional sheriff” groups are compounding problems created by disinformation campaigns and undermining public confidence in elections and law enforcement. Read more»

Cochise County Sheriff Mark Dannels was a speaker at a 2019 CSPOA event and openly supports the nullification of certain laws or mandates.

AZCIR used criteria established by the Southern Poverty Law Center to identify Arizona “constitutional sheriffs” - a movement built around a radical ideology that the sheriff’s power within his or her county is superseded by no state or federal government entity. Read more»

Pinal County Sheriff Mark Lamb addresses a crowd at former-President Donald Trump’s Save America rally in Prescott Valley, Arizona, July 22, 2022. Lamb is the leader of the ‘constitutional sheriff' organization Protect America Now, which the Southern Poverty Law Center recently labeled an 'anti-government' group.

More than half of Arizona’s county sheriffs are at least partially aligned with a growing movement of so-called “constitutional sheriffs,” with an ideology that indoctrinates them with false legal theories about a sheriff’s authority over state and federal government. Read more»

Students pass through open walkways in this file photo of a high school in Tempe, Arizona on Aug. 27, 2021.

Since Jake’s Law was enacted, hundreds of eligible students have accessed mental health treatment they may not have otherwise received - yet, two years into the program, more than half of Arizona schools haven’t referred students to mental health providers. Read more»

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