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The Tucson agenda

Tucson-area schools can't cash in on booming economy

Sales tax revenues can ride a fiscal rocket during good times. Amphi, Vail and Catalina Foothills schools rely on property tax revenues and miss out on the windfall. Plus more in the Sentinel's roundup of what's on the agendas for local government meetings this week. ... Read more»

The Tucson agenda

Sahuarita's mega surplus; TUSD needs auditors

The political world loves "rainy day funds," but Sahaurita's excess cash is borderline insane. Meanwhile, a Tucson Unified School District's audit committee woes are the fault of a community that doesn't want to step up.... Read more»

TUSD faces $58M cut - one of largest in state - as Arizona school funding cap looms

As an effort to lift a spending cap for Arizona schools stalled in the state Legislature, local leaders warned that allowing the bar to take effect would result in a "catastrophic cut" to education. ... Read more»

Treasury warns Ducey that federal funds cannot be to 'undermine' COVID mitigation

The U.S. Treasury warned Gov. Doug Ducey that he cannot use federal funds intended to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 as leverage against school districts that implemented mask mandates. ... Read more»

Catalina Foothills, Amphi both mandate K-12 COVID masks

Both Amphitheater and Catalina Foothills school districts will require COVID masks for students, staff, teachers, and visitors after a judge said Monday that the Arizona law blocking such mandates in schools is not yet in effect. ... Read more»

Huckelberry backs Catalina Foothills on quarantines as schools prepare to open in August

As most of Pima County's school district prepare to open for classes in the coming weeks, school superintendents are working to establish mitigation efforts after Arizona Republicans passed a law that prohibits mask mandates and required vaccinations for students and staff. ... Read more»

Ducey, Catalina Foothills schools clash over COVID quarantines

After Catalina Foothills announced COVID mitigation strategies — including quarantines after "close contact" with an infected person — Gov. Ducey's office issued a sharp rebuke, saying the plan "does not comply with state law." Thursday, school officials shot back, writing they are "in full compliance."... Read more»1