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Ban on school mask mandates violates Arizona Constitution’s 'single-subject' rule, opponents argue

A coalition of Arizona educators and parents is asking a Superior Court judge to scrap the Legislature’s ban on school mask mandates before it takes effect on Sept. 29.... Read more»

Ducey orders schools to return to in-person instruction

Under an executive order Ducey issued on Wednesday, schools must provide in-person instruction by March 15, or after spring break. Schools must still use physical distancing “to the greatest extent possible,” and will be required to provide virtual instruction for students whose parents or guardians wish to continue using that option. ... Read more»

Ducey wants savings from K-12 enrollment decline to help students who have fallen behind in pandemic

Gov. Doug Ducey plans to use hundreds of millions of dollars that schools will lose from declining enrollment for programs to help students who have fallen behind during the COVID-19 pandemic, which left many schools relying on virtual learning instead of in-person education.... Read more»

Recommendations, but no mandates, on when schools can reopen

ADHS released its eagerly anticipated criteria for when schools can safely reopen for in-person learning amid the continuing COVID-19 crisis, though the benchmarks won’t be mandatory and it will be up to school districts to decide whether it’s safe to bring students back to campus.... Read more»

Az lawmaker targets transgender kids with new bills

A top Arizona Republican is pushing a trio of bills aimed at the transgender community, including penalizing schools for referring to a student by a pronoun that isn’t the gender associated with their biological sex. ... Read more»

Report: Educational, economic outcomes poor for Az kids

Arizona ranks poorly in educational and economic outcomes for kids, especially Latino and American Indian children, according to a national report.... Read more»

Az ranks poorly in nat'l 'educational opportunity' report

Arizona's public schools do not fare well when it comes to access to experienced and certified teachers, or to advanced math and science classes, according to new data from the U.S. Department of Education. ... Read more»

Schools earn B on report card for financial literacy requirements

Arizona got a B on a recent national report card that graded states for their efforts to improve financial literacy in high schools.... Read more»

Az ranks near bottom for per-pupil school spending, again

Arizona public schools again had some of the lowest per-pupil spending in the nation in 2011, ahead of only Oklahoma, Idaho and Utah, according to a recent Census Bureau report, which said Arizona spent an average of $7,666 per student, well below the national average of $10,560.... Read more»