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Ducey ends Arizona's COVID-19 state of emergency, 2 years after pandemic began

Gov. Doug Ducey ended Arizona's declaration of a public health emergency on Wednesday, dialing back the measure he instituted more than two years ago in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. ... Read more»

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Tucson to end COVID mask mandate, return soon to in-person City Council meetings

Tucson city leaders are planning to end the COVID mask mandate for city buildings on March 14 and take steps to bring back in-person meetings. The discussion of easing COVID mitigation policies follows moves made by Pima County a few days earlier. ... Read more»

Pima County Supes adopt Native land acknowledgement for board meetings

The Pima County Board of Supervisors will open meetings with an acknowledgement of the "ancestral homelands" of the Tohono O'odham Nation and Pascua Yaqui Tribe, after a 4-1 vote Tuesday. ... Read more»

Masks 'optional' at TUSD after Republicans ban schools from requiring face-coverings or vaccines

Masks will be optional at Tucson Unified School District this fall, after GOP lawmakers blocked Arizona schools from requiring face coverings as a way to mitigate COVID-19 infections. The bill also bars schools from requiring coronavirus vaccinations. ... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

2021 promises a liberal helping of local politics

Holy Ocasio did voters in Pima County deliver a southpaw’s blow. And in 2021, our new progressive elected leaders take office and begin to govern and God only knows what happens then.... Read more»1

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Ragan: TUSD Board needs hope, despite unknowns

"I know we will be dealing with the pandemic’s immediate effects for the foreseeable future. I know that we have some heavy lifting to do to build a better district. I know that I am ready to take on the work. Will this election be the turning point we need at TUSD? I don’t know but I hope." — TUSD Governing Board candidate Adam Ragan... Read more»

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Grivois-Shah: TUSD needs improved financial stewardship to succeed

"We need TUSD's budget and financial information to be accessible, understandable, and usable. Half a billion dollars can be daunting. It doesn't need to be." — TUSD Governing Board candidate Ravi Grivois-Shah.... Read more»1

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Grivois-Shah: Safely educating our children during the coronavirus outbreak

"Our state is not leading in this crisis. Instead of supporting our schools and helping districts truly provide the best options for our families, our state is forcing districts to pick the least-worst option." — TUSD candidate Dr. Ravi Grivois-Shah.... Read more»

TUSD taps Trujillo as new superintendent

Tucson's largest school district has a new leader — interim Superintendent Gabriel Trujillo was named as a long-term head of TUSD by the Governing Board on Tuesday night on a 4-1 vote.... Read more»

TUSD's Jaeger hired as Amphi superintendent

Todd Jaeger, the chief lawyer for TUSD, will move across town to take the top post in the neighboring Amphitheater School District. The Amphi school board voted unanimously Thursday night to hire Jaeger, a former associate superintendent in that district in northwestern metro Tucson.... Read more»

TUSD taps inside candidate as interim sup't

After 30 days without a superintendent, TUSD's Governing Board on Tuesday picked a current administrator to run Tucson's largest district for the time being. They unanimously voted to name Gabriel Trujillo, the assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction, to run the district as the search for a permanent head gets under way.... Read more»

TUSD's Morado, Jaeger are finalists for Amphi sup't post

Two administrators for Tucson's largest school district are vying to become the chief of the neighboring Amphitheater Unified School District. Abel Morado, TUSD assistant superintendent, and Todd Jaeger, a former Amphi administrator who's now TUSD's general counsel, have been named the finalists to replace retiring Amphi Superintendent Patrick Nelson.... Read more»

Shafer withdraws as candidate for TUSD interim sup't

The night before the TUSD Governing Board was set to approve a contract to hire former district administrator Maggie Shafer as the interim superintendent, she withdrew her name from consideration. TUSD was set to hire her, along with a deputy she hand-picked, to run the district through June after H.T. Sanchez was pushed out.... Read more»1

TUSD set to hire interim leaders after apparent open meeting law violation

The TUSD Board has scheduled a Friday-afternoon meeting to approve contracts for an interim superintendent and deputy superintendent for the school district. But, although the Board discussed superintendent candidates at a closed meeting earlier this week, the matter of the deputy appointment never appeared on an agenda.... Read more»1

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Power down: TUSD needs help after Sanchez battle turns ugly

Politics is getting way too personal on TUSD's Governing Board, which puts schools at risk. So for the good of the students, teachers and my sanity, the board members and their accompanying factions must start to look outside themselves to the broader community to fix what's wrong.... Read more»1

$200K payout as Sanchez resigns from TUSD

With a split Governing Board looking to oust him, Tucson Unified Superintendent H.T. Sanchez resigned Tuesday, with an agreement that will pay him $200,000 to walk away from the district — and binds board members with confidentiality and non-disparagement clauses.... Read more»1

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