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The TUSD Governing Board reviewed whether to spend $2.2 million in dwindling pandemic relief funds to encourage staffers to get their second COVID-19 vaccine boosters. Superintendent Gabriel Trujillo said he expects the CDC to allow the additional booster shots for more adults. Read more»

Un manifestante a favor de los estudios étnicos frente a la sede de TUSD en 2011.

Casi 50 años después de que comenzara un pleito por abolición de la segregación, el Distrito Escolar Unificado de Tucson fue liberado de la supervisión después de cumplir las órdenes judiciales durante una batalla legal de décadas, falló un juez esta semana. Read more»

A pro-Ethnic Studies demonstrator outside TUSD headquarters in 2011.

Nearly 50 years after a desegregation lawsuit began, the Tucson Unified School District has been released from oversight after successfully following court orders during a decades-long legal battle, a federal judge ruled this week. Read more»

Tucson Unified School District will start the school year in need of 126 full-time teachers plus more than 100 bus drivers, teacher assistants and special education teachers. Security will be tighter on campuses, Sup't Trujillo said. Read more»

The Tucson Unified School District is mulling whether to outsource math instruction at middle and high schools to combat a teacher shortage. Elevate K-12, a Chicago virtual instruction company, is offering to fill 24 vacancies and save the district almost $1 million. Read more»

The TUSD Governing Board voted 3-2 on Tuesday to hire six more armed officers in the wake of the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas. Opposition votes came with skepticism that security would improve with more guns on campus. Read more»

Hundreds of high-school students rallied for abortion rights at the UA campus on Wednesday morning.

Students from at least a dozen schools, including nearby Tucson High, as well as University, Rincon, Pueblo High, and City high schools, left their classes and headed to the University of Arizona to demonstrate for abortion rights. Read more»

Banner Health, which manages the largest network of hospitals in Arizona, reported that the Omicron variant of COVID continues to overwhelm their staff and facilities this winter as the state has counted the pandemic's highest number of confirmed daily cases this month. Read more»

Students at TUSD will continue to wear masks after the state Supreme Court ruled that the state law blocking mandates is unconstitutional.

The Arizona Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a series of laws barring schools from implementing COVID mask and vaccination mandates were unconstitutionally passed by the Arizona Legislature, as was a law meant to block teaching "critical race theory." Read more» 1

Kids at Tucson Unified School District leave school.

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»

Students at TUSD will continue to wear masks after a judge ruled that the state law blocking mandates is unconstitutional.

Local schools, Pima County leaders and Democratic state legislators said that a judge made the "right call" with a Monday ruling that a series of laws passed by the Arizona Legislature barring schools from implementing COVID mask and vaccination mandates was unconstitutional. Read more»

A Maricopa County Superior Court judge will consider a lawsuit over the state's ban on mask mandates.

An Arizona judge is reviewing whether to scrap a state ban on school mask mandates and vaccination requirements before a Sept. 29 deadline. A court held earlier that the new law could not be enforced until 90 days after the legislative session, allowing some school districts to temporarily require masks as a bulwark against COVID-19. Read more»

Ariz. Gov. Doug Ducey during a press conference in March.

After announcing two moves to punish school districts for implementing mask mandates, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey faced withering criticism, and federal officials said they would review the expenditures and could force the state to repay "misused funds." Read more»

Students, teachers, parents and visitors on campuses in Tucson Unified School District must wear COVID-19 masks, the Governing Board voted Wednesday — a move that runs counter to a new state law intended to block such mandates. Read more»

People receive vaccinations at a clinic at Tucson Medical Center in January.

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»

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