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Ducey Calls to Reopen Classrooms as Teachers Get Vaccinated, But Hospital Leaders Say It’s Still Not Safe

Ducey warned that he expects schools to offer in-person instruction as teachers gain access to vaccines and that schools that lost students could see their funding cut. State leaders around the U.S. are increasingly pushing for schools to reopen this winter — pressuring them, even — as teachers begin to gain access to the vaccine...

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Arizona Abandons Restrictions as Vaccine Distribution Starts

Ducey has been steadfast in his opposition to a statewide mask mandate or closings despite repeated calls from hospital leaders to take such steps.  As the U.S. goes through the most lethal phase of the coronavirus outbreak yet, governors and local officials in hard-hit parts of the country are showing little willingness to impose any...

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Arizona’s COVID Cases Are Surging, Yet Ducey Wants to Cut Funding From Schools That Lose Enrollment

Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman said Ducey was ignoring the reality of COVID-19 and its effects on schools.  Schools that have lost students during the pandemic would see their funding cut under a proposal Gov. Doug Ducey outlined Monday in his annual state-of-the-state address, a speech that hardened his longstanding resistance to school and...

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Independent Music Venues Struggle to Stay Afloat During Pandemic

Ninety percent of independent venues report they will close permanently in a few months without federal relief, according to a survey of NIVA members. Like music venues around the world, the Paramount ballroom has been forced to endure months of limited work, reduced revenue, and a forced transition to the digital world – no easy...

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Arizona Superintendent Pushes for Schools to Return Online. Some Districts Are Following Suit.

At least two East Valley school districts changed course this week on returning to in-person classes following the holidays. Arizona schools Superintendent Kathy Hoffman asked Gov. Doug Ducey Saturday to return schools to online learning for at least two weeks as officials continue to monitor the severity of community spread of COVID-19 following the holidays....

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If You Want to See How the Pandemic Has Crushed Arizona Schools, Look at Cave Creek

Teachers are leaving at record rates and districts are struggling to fill open positions. Students and teachers at the Cave Creek Unified School District returned to in-person classes in early September, joining other schools as Petri dishes for how classes could be handled during COVID-19. Weeks later, early results show the struggle — teachers leaving...

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Arizona’s Largest School District Is Returning to Remote Learning—Will Others Follow?

Mesa Public Schools announced last week that it would temporarily return to online classes in January COVID-19 continue to rise across the state.