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Hoffman implores Az lawmakers to lift K-12 school spending cap to spare $1.1B in cuts

Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman used her annual State of Education address to urge Arizona lawmakers to raise a constitutional spending limit on K-12 schools before they face major budget cuts in a few weeks. ... Read more»

Arizona will follow new CDC mask guidelines, while Ducey lashes out at feds

Arizona health officials will update guidance to follow new recommendations from the CDC urging people, including those who have been vaccinated against COVID-19, to wear masks in enclosed public spaces - though they remain voluntary due to new state laws prohibiting mandates. ... Read more»

Arizona law prohibiting mask mandates in schools 'reckless, dangerous and short-sighted'

Public health experts said Arizona’s new prohibition on face masks mandates in schools - added to the annual budget at the behest of anti-mask Republican legislators - is a political move not supported by science that endangers children, teens and school staff.... Read more»1

Tom Horne running for GOP nomination for state schools chief on an anti-bilingual education platform

Tom Horne, who held the position of superintendent of public instruction for eight years, announced Thursday he's running for the office again, on a platform against bilingual education and critical race theory.... Read more»1

Az school sup't calls for equal funding for remote learning, help for mental health

Arizona’s top schools chief on Tuesday called for state funding for remote learning to be allocated at the same rate as funding for in-person learning, and she urged extra help for students and staff members suffering mental issues as the Covid-19 pandemic continues.... Read more»

Ducey defends decision to toughen rules to return to virtual schooling

The Ducey administration defended its decision Thursday to make it harder for Arizona schools to revert to virtual education, from in-person or hybrid schooling, in the face of surging COVID-19 cases.... Read more»

Ducey defends schools reopening without meeting COVID-19 benchmarks

Gov. Doug Ducey defended some school districts' decisions to resume in-person classes next week, even though their counties don't meet the COVID-19 criteria that his administration established for when schools could reopen safely.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Orange Crush: Trump broke McSally, GOP's stranglehold on Arizona

It’s fine, Martha. You didn’t lose. Donald J. Trump beat you. He beat Lea Marquez Peterson's bid to replace you. He looks like he's electing Democrats Katie Hobbs, Sandra Taylor and Kathy Hoffman to statewide office.... Read more»1

Would Douglas’ stand against Common Core doom the standards?

If her current lead holds, Arizona will elect as superintendent of public instruction a Tea Party Republican who has made eliminating the state’s version of the Common Core central to her campaign. Diane Douglas’ stance on the standards has aroused concerns among education advocates and contributed to the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s decision to endorse Democrat David Garcia.... Read more»1

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: Tucson Ward 5 face-off: Fimbres vs. Polak

The Ward 5 Tucson City Council candidates — Democrat Richard Fimbres and Republican Mike Polak — squared off. Also, a conversation with David Garcia, candidate for Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction. Plus, a preview of the upcoming Tucson Classic Car Show with Chuck Sawyer and Bill Moore, chair of the Rotary Club of Tucson Grants Committee.... Read more»

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: Should Az's top school official be an educator?

The Monday Political Face-Off featured John Munger and Vince Rabago. Also, we talked with ASU Education Prof. David Garcia, who is considering a run for state superintendent of public instruction. Plus, a fun summer is planned at Tucson's Reid Park Zoo and we get a preview from Kristen Metzger, the zoo's education supervisor.... Read more»

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: Should Az extend school year by 20 days?

The Monday Political Face-off with commentators John Munger and Vince Rabago, plus an interview with John Huppenthal, Arizona superintendent of public instruction, and Dr. Robert Hendricks, Buckmaster contributor on education.... Read more»

Board of Regents targets AIMS scholarship for cuts

The Board of Regents voted 9-1 to scale back the state AIMS scholarship, approving a proposal that would implement stricter academic standards for eligibility and cut the award from 100 percent to 25 percent of tuition.... Read more»