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GOP pushes to have Az teachers post lessons online over 'critical race theory' fears

To allow parents to scour lessons for elements of "critical race theory," Arizona teachers would be required to upload a list of every book and worksheet they use in their classrooms online for parental review if a Republican-backed bill becomes law.... Read more»

The racist and sexist roots of child care in America explain why the system is in shambles

The pandemic decimated the child-care industry and highlighted the vast gulf in America that separates K-12 teachers from many child-care professionals when it comes to pay, job protection, and respect - a disparity rooted in race, class, gender, and nativism.... Read more»

Pfizer seeking FDA approval to vaccinate children ages 5 and up

A lower dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine has proved highly safe and effective in kids ages 5 to 11, the pharmaceutical companies said Monday alongside highly anticipated trial results that show the vaccine produced robust antibody responses in children. ... Read more»

Parents face dilemma in states that ban school mask mandates

Arizona is one of the latest states to consider a permanent ban on mask mandates in public K-12 schools, charter schools and colleges and universities, despite guidance from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advising schools to continue requiring masks. ... Read more»

House votes to yank committee posts from Marjorie Taylor Greene

The U.S. House in an extraordinary move voted Thursday to remove Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene from her committee assignments, citing a series of violent, anti-Semitic comments and social media posts she made before being elected to Congress in November.... Read more»

Advocates: Relatively small budget cuts could have big impact on Arizona arts

The Trump administration’s call to eliminate the NEA and NEH in next year’s budget would mean the loss of just over $1.5 million in federal funds for Arizona. While that number may appear small in a budget that’s in the trillions, arts advocates called it short-sighted — taxpayers “get a lot of bang for their buck with the small amount of funding they get from the NEA.”... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Ranking 49th: The real story of how Az fell to bottom in K-12 spending

Status quo talking points are coalescing around a report from a taxpayer group that gets a lot right but leaves plenty out. Arizona kids became 49ers long before charter schools were a major financial factor and well before Gov. Doug Ducey discovered the figure and decided its time to dig into the State Land Trust to do something about it.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Why do teachers quit?

Every time another study comes out or another op-ed is published about America’s lagging performance in education—and how it’s bound to put us at a major global disadvantage—the conversation turns to teachers. Are they any good? Are they hamstrung by standardized tests? Are they respected enough? Are they getting paid enough?... Read more»

Arizona schools look overseas for teachers to fill vacant positions

In Arizona, school districts look overseas to fill chronic vacancies that educators say are aggravated by lingering budget cuts. ... Read more»1

Who’s bankrolling secretive liberal group America Votes?

Even as top Democrats denounce Charles and David Koch's political "dark money" organizations, party operatives have built a secretive nonprofit network of their own — albeit a much smaller one. A dozen donors account for 60 percent of a Democratic nonprofit’s receipts — most of the $12.7 million the group raised during its last fiscal year.... Read more»3

Analysis

NEA head calls for teacher pay revamp

Step-and-lane pay scales, which tie teachers’ salary increases to years of experience and to the number of higher-education credits earned and degrees attained, have long been a hot topic of debate in education-reform circles. The step-and-lane pay scale was created to address inequities for teachers who were traditionally provided little in the way of salary, security, or fairness, by standardizing teacher pay.... Read more»

John C. Scott

J.C. Scott: The future of rail between Tucson and Phoenix

Developer Richard Studwell, Arizona Education Association President Andrew Morrill, state Sen. Steve Farley, talk show host Emil Franzi, and Pima County Democratic Party Chairman Don Jorgensen... Read more»

Interest group donations give late boost to Prop. 204 campaigns

Education unions and a group representing contractors have given hundreds of thousands of dollars this month to a campaign supporting Proposition 204, while a donation from a group representing automobile dealers is helping fuel the opposing campaign, records show.... Read more»2