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Arizona’s vaccination rates, which have been declining for years, dropped sharply during the pandemic and haven’t rebounded.

Vaccination rates among schoolchildren in Arizona have steadily declined since 2012, but the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the drop across the state - and the trend is unlikely to reverse any time soon, which could result in serious health consequences in the future. Read more»

The sweet baidaj fruit has ruby red pulp that can make juice, syrup, and jellies. The saguaro fruit harvest marks the beginning of the O’odham New Year and the arrival of the monsoon storms.

The Department of Interior is launching an initiative to support Native American health and nutrition efforts through Indigenous food hubs - utilizing Indigenous knowledge to develop holistic approaches to support Native food sovereignty movements. Read more»

At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter what you call the current situation – COVID-19 still poses a significant, ongoing risk to the world.

President Joe Biden’s declaration that “the pandemic is over” raised eyebrows and the hackles of some experts who think such messaging could be premature and counterproductive - but to many Americans, the remark may ring true. Read more»

As of January, cities, counties and tribal governments across the U.S. had budgeted less than half of their allocation from the American Rescue Plan’s State and Local Fiscal Recovery funds.

“Community safety interventions” are now valid uses for State and Local Fiscal Recovery funds under the Treasury Department’s amended final rule - a unique and time-limited source of funding for community-based investments to combat violent crime. Read more»

Despite the decrease in the U.S. teen pregnancy rate, it is still one of the highest in the developed world. There were almost 160,000  births to 15- to 19-year-olds in 2020.

Though Title IX guarantees the right to an education for pregnant and parenting students, schools already fail this population, and advocates worry the Supreme Court elimination of the right to abortion could increase the number of pregnant and parenting teens. Read more»

Atchley carefully sidestepped the issue of whether statutes that bar schools from allowing transgender youth to participate in girls’ sport and bar schools and businesses from allowing transgender youth and adults from using restrooms that align with their identity are, in fact, discriminatory.

Tennessee federal judge Judge Charles Atchley Jr. is blocking the Biden administration from enforcing an executive order issued in January 2021 designed to protect the LGBTQ community from discrimination in schools and the workplace. Read more»

Once all the grant projects are complete, the Arizona Commerce Authority said they will increase connections for homes, businesses, public safety agencies, medical facilities, schools, libraries, and more.

Nearly two dozen broadband projects in 12 Arizona counties - including 3 projects in Pima County - received funding as part of the state’s plan to spend $100 million in federal money expanding high-speed internet access in underserved areas. Read more»

In many states, including Arizona, Texas, and Michigan, state law requires public buildings, including schools, to be made available for use during elections.

Thousands of public schools around the country serve as polling places, but the public’s intensified anxieties over school security coexists uneasily with opening the buildings up for voting. Read more»

The Congressional Budget Office estimated the new law’s total cost at $13 billion, a large chunk of which will be used to increase funding to expand existing mental health and school safety services programs.

The gun safety law forged through tense bipartisan talks in the Senate has been heralded as the first federal legislation in 30 years to combat rising gun violence, but what often falls below the radar is the new law’s focus on improving mental health services. Read more»

The challenges of the pandemic — including high rates of student absenteeism and disengagement — have prompted more interest in these conversations.

After the disruption of the pandemic, people in the education field are more open to rethinking traditional ways of teaching, and one idea is to break down barriers between high school, college and career to create a system that bridges all three. Read more»

In a 6-3 ruling, the Supreme Court said a football coach’s First Amendment rights were violated when the school district tried to prevent him from leading prayers after games - a decision dissenters say erodes the separation of church and state. Read more»

In a 6-3 ruling on Tuesday, the Supreme Court divided along ideological lines and said Maine violated the U.S. Constitution by stopping taxpayer money from funding religious schools within its tuition assistance program. Read more»

A shirt marked with the name Rojelio Torres, a 10-year-old boy killed during a school shooting in Uvalde, Texas on May 24, 2022.

In the past week, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has joined the growing list of Texas state and local officials fighting the release of records that could help bring clarity to how the emergency response unfolded during last month’s deadly shooting in Uvalde. Read more»

School resource Officer Edward Toves Westview High School in a 2018 file photo. Some have raised concerns about police in schools, but others see them as another way to protect students after another mass shooting.

With little hope that state lawmakers will pass gun-control measures in the wake of the latest school shooting, Arizona educators find themselves balancing the competing goals of hardening schools while making them welcoming places. Read more»

The Uvalde Police Department on June 1, 2022.

A Texas lawmaker said Thursday that the school district police chief in charge of the scene at the Uvalde school shooting last week was not informed of the multiple 911 calls made inside the building while the shooter was still inside. Read more»

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