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Members of Save Our Schools chant during a news conference on the Capitol grounds in Phoenix Sept. 23, 2022, after the group claimed it collected 141,714 signatures from voters who want to see the expansion of the state’s school voucher program put to a voter referendum.

Public school advocates did not collect enough signatures to block universal school vouchers and force a public vote in 2024, according to the Arizona Secretary of State’s Office, and the Arizona Department of Education announced that it would begin to approve voucher applications. Read more»

Playwright Milta Ortiz directs student-created play 'Ballet & Bagels.'

Pima Theatre's 2022-23 season will open with an original play written by PCC theatre students: "Ballet & Bagels." Read more»

A supporter signs the Save Our Schools Arizona petition that would stall the expansion of the state’s empowerment scholarship accounts – school vouchers – and put the issue on the 2024 ballot. Petition organizers now say they may have fallen short of their goal.

Officials with Save Our Schools Arizona, who said Friday that they turned in thousands more signatures than needed to force a vote on an expansion of Arizona’s Empowerment Scholarship Accounts, conceded this week that they “definitely got the numbers wrong.” Read more»

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office released its findings about the Biden plan, concluding it would reduce federal revenues by $400 billion over the next 30 years.

A federal lawsuit filed Tuesday seeks to block the Biden administration’s student loan debt forgiveness plan - marking the first significant legal challenge to the policy - by claiming financial harm in the form of a tax liability, though individual borrowers can choose to opt-out of the plan. Read more»

The most notorious election law passed this year is a requirement for voters to prove their U.S. citizenship to vote in presidential elections.

On Saturday, nearly all of the bills signed into law by Gov. Doug Ducey earlier this year went into effect - and some of them impact Arizonans in their daily lives, classrooms and voting booths. Read more»

Beth Lewis, director of Save Our Schools speaks during a news conference on the Arizona Capitol grounds on Sept. 23.

The effort to block school vouchers and let Arizona voters decide the program’s fate in 2024 is likely short of the number of signatures required to refer the new law to the ballot - a stark reversal to Friday's declaration by Save Our Schools Arizona, the group behind the petition drive. Read more»

The Tucson City Council will hold public hearings on water, parks and trash fee increases.

Rate increases are in the works for Tucson residents, and the City Council will hold a public hearing ahead of proposed higher costs to living in the city, plus more in local government meetings this week. Read more»

Alice Walker’s 'The Color Purple' and Laura Esquivel’s 'Like Water for Chocolate' are among the books that could be prohibited under Arizona’s ban on sexually explicit materials in schools.

A new ban on books containing sexual content makes its way into Arizona public schools this week, and critics worry self-censoring will add further stress to already overburdened teachers. Read more»

Beth Lewis, executive director of Save Our Schools Arizona, speaks during a news conference on the Capitol grounds on Sept. 23, 2022, after her group collected 141,714 signatures from voters who want to see the expansion of the state’s school voucher program put to a voter referendum.

Teachers and public school advocates on Friday submitted nearly 142,000 petition signatures to block the new universal school voucher program that was set to go into effect on Friday and let voters decide its fate in 2024. Read more»

The pascola dancers and the deer dancer perform the ceremonial deer dance in the ramada.

A pascola dance ramada scene and informational panels now reside in the Itom Mahtawa'apo Community Education and Cultural Center, having been moved from the Arizona State Museum. Read more»

The ruling also negates a mandate that students 2 and older be required to wear mask inside Head Start facilities and vehicles as well as in crowded outdoor settings.

A federal judge in Louisiana has issued a permanent injunction to block the Biden administration’s mandate that all Head Start program workers, volunteers and contractors be vaccinated for COVID-19. Read more»

Katie Hobbs and Kari Lake.

Both Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake and her Democratic opponent Katie Hobbs have released detailed education policy plans that would affect the more than 1.1 million children who attend public schools in Arizona. Read more»

A volunteer collects signatures in Phoenix on Wednesday for the Save Our Schools Arizona petition that would stall the expansion of the state's empowerment scholarship accounts - school vouchers - and put the issue on the 2024 ballot.

Save Our Schools Arizona is in the home stretch of its push to collect at least 118,823 signatures to put the scholarship program on the ballot in 2024, delaying implementation of the law, currently scheduled to take effect Saturday. Read more»

Book bans gain traction in cultures that imagine themselves as upholding a barrier between the purity of children and the corruption of the world.

The small groups of parents who traditionally spearhead efforts to ban books are now joined by politicians - but attempts to ban books are frequently motivated by misapprehensions about how children consume and process literature. Read more»

More than 1,600 book titles across 32 states were banned from public schools during the 2021-2022 school year, with the bulk of the ban requests coming from a handful of right-wing groups pushing for censorship of books that feature LGBTQ+ characters and characters of color, a new report issued Monday said. Read more»

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