Education


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Arizona Educators Pushing Back Against ‘Extreme’ Bill That Would Fine Teachers for Discussing Controversial Issues in the Classroom

The move comes as teachers and parents are grappling with how to discuss issues of race, diversity, and equity in school.

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Here’s Where Arizona’s Largest School Districts Stand on Mask Requirements

Gov. Doug Ducey announced last month that he was rescinding mask mandates for all K-12 schools despite pushback from some school officials.

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State School Officials Rebuff Ducey’s Decision To Lift Mask Mandate

The order ultimately leaves the decision on masks to school districts. Education officials rebuffed Gov. Doug Ducey’s decision this week to lift the mask mandate for state schools, with many districts planning to ignore what they called an “irresponsible” decision in a state where COVID-19 cases continue to rise. “As soon as the governor released...

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Arizona Supreme Court Questions Legality of Voter-Approved Tax That Would Give Millions to Schools

The Invest in Education Act is expected to raise more than $800 million a year in new taxes for education. The Arizona Supreme Court cast doubt Tuesday on whether hundreds of millions of dollars in new taxes collected under a voter initiative enacted in November can be legally spent when a provision of the state...

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Seeing Red: Bill Would Cut Voter-Approved Education Funds, School Supporters Say

“This is about the kids and making sure that they have the brightest future possible.” The teacher’s group that spearheaded Proposition 208, which increases some taxes to hire teachers and bolster teacher salaries, this week returned to the political battlefield to fight a bill it says undermines the will of Arizona voters in November. Education...

Gilbert Public Schools
Gilbert Public Schools Approves Pay Raises For Employees—Two Weeks After Laying Off 152 Teachers

The reduction in staff resulted in cost savings that the district is using to balance next year's budget and raise salaries.

Gilbert Public Schools
Thousands of Arizona Students Left Public Schools This Year. Without Promised Funding, Arizona Teachers Are Paying The Price.

Gilbert Public Schools will lay off 152 teachers amid declining enrollment and a looming financial cliff brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.