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The USS Freedom, a littoral combat ship like the USS Gabrielle Giffords, conducting sea trials off the coast of Southern California.

Navy Week, the flagship recruitment program for the U.S. maritime military branch, will be hosted in Tucson alongside the rodeo and parade this week. Sailors will also volunteer for local groups and visit high schools. Read more»

Two women show their support for abortion access and the LGBTQ community during a protest of anti-drag legislation at the state Capitol in Phoenix on Jan. 22, 2023.

Arizona Republican lawmakers approved a measure that critics worry could heighten discrimination against trans students, based on the argument that keeping trans students separated from their peers preserves modesty and keeps women safe. Read more»

Many Arizona schools don’t even have a nurse on site currently because of an ongoing shortage, and state law doesn’t require that schools have a nurse on staff at all.

Democratic legislators are working to bring free period products to Arizona public middle and high schools, but detractors say those products are already offered to students free of charge — if they go to the nurse’s office and ask for them, and the school has a nurse. Read more»

If the measure continues to receive unanimous opposition from Democrats, it’s unlikely that Gov. Katie Hobbs will sign it, given that she’s vowed to support only bipartisan bills.

Arizona parents would be given easier access to school curriculum and teacher training materials under GOP proposals that critics say only serve to further vilify teachers and force schools to violate legal agreements. Read more»

Students from around the state arrive by bus to the Arizona Capitol for Aliento’s Education Day on Feb. 15, 2023. The event allows students, educators and other community advocates to talk with legislators about the organization’s policy priorities.

About 150 students conducted 40 meetings with elected officials at the Arizona Capitol during Aliento’s Education Day, advocating for the Promise for Dreamers Scholarship Program and repeal of Proposition 203 that curtails bilingual education in public schools. Read more»

A young girl holds a sign imploring legislators to consider students across the state when deciding whether to support a long-term fix for the school spending limit, on Feb. 14, 2023.

The Republican majority at the Arizona Capitol reluctantly approved a one-year exemption from the aggregate expenditure limit, and now, public school advocates are turning their attention to a more lasting fix as the issue is likely to resurface next year. Read more»

Dr. Theresa Cullen, director of the Pima County Health Department, outside of the Abrams Public Health Center.

Despite a "mountain of expertise," Dr. Theresa Cullen will not lead the Arizona Department of Health Services after Gov. Hobbs withdrew her nomination Tuesday. Cullen was blasted by Republican legislators for measures Pima County took during the COVID pandemic. Read more»

A change in how gifted students are placed could add diversity in TUSD's advanced classes.

The plan for Tucson schools is to use "local norms" to place students in GATE programs. It's grading on a district-wide curve to expand diversity in advanced classes. Plus, Flowing Wells voters may have another school override election in their future, and more in local gov't meetings this week. Read more»

Exclusion of essential topics presents an inauthentic, sanitized version of African American studies in order to make the course palatable for white politicians like Gov. Ron DeSantis, who banned the course — before the revisions — in Florida last month.

Following the College Board’s decision to buckle under political pressure and strip their Advanced Placement African-American studies course of essential topics - and similar sanitization in its AP American history course - will help usher in a new era of ignorance. Read more»

Pima County Superintendent of Schools Dustin Williams in December after appointing Jesus Bustamante to the Sunnyside Unified School District Governing Board.

Nicole Werner has resigned from the Sahuarita Unified School District Governing Board and Superintendent of Schools Dustin Williams is accepting applications to fill the post. Read more»

Public education has become a major cause for the GOP, mainly in Republican-controlled state legislatures and at local school board meetings at which conservatives target books, often with themes or characters centering on LGBTQ individuals or people of color.

U.S. House Republicans laid the groundwork for some top priorities that examined public funding for charter schools and voucher programs, as well as increasing parents’ oversight of school curriculum, and barring many transgender athletes from competing in school sports. Read more»

Republican Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne urged lawmakers to lift the cap, warning that an already dire teacher shortage would be worsened if schools are forced to lay off staff towards the end of the year. 

Lawmakers on Wednesday waived a school spending limit that would have forced schools to cut $1.4 billion from their budgets next month, amid vehement resistance from some Republicans. Read more»

Crime arrests shouldn't be life sentences in terms of finding jobs and housing.The Tucson City Council is making moves to assure they aren't.

People with petty marijuana convictions and minor crimes on their record may have those expunged or documents sealed if the Tucson City Council moves ahead with a measure it will discuss Tuesday. Read more»

The work of the Seven Generations Signature Initiative will begin in the spring at NAU.

Northern Arizona University has committed funding to implement several new initiatives across campus to help Indigenous students, promote traditional knowledge and establish partnerships with tribal entities. Read more»

Tucson and Pima County will take up several items involving people needing emergency shelter.

Tucson and Pima County will both take up measures and – let's face it – outright hopes and prayers about how to address the needs of people who need emergency housing. Plus more in local government meetings this week. Read more»

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