Education

University of Arizona will lead space telescope mission to learn how galaxies evolve, form stars

Carlos Vargas, Aspera’s principal investigator, will be one of the youngest people to hold the title on a NASA mission.

  High school seniors, retired seniors become pen pals

  With eye on outer space, University of Arizona researchers test globetrotting balloons

Youth On Their Own helps local kids reach their goals through community support

TUSD says prom ceremonies will be held outdoors this year

  University of Arizona starts varsity esports program, first of Arizona state schools

Some Pima County Public Libraries will open to public in April

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University of Arizona transitions to Stage 3 of in-person learning on Monday

  University of Arizona scientists propose lunar ark as a global insurance policy

No tuition, fee increase expected for most students at UArizona, ASU or NAU

  U.K. COVID-19 variant found on University of Arizona campus

One generation away: Diné College fights to keep Navajo culture alive during pandemic

Pima County student takes top honor at state spelling bee

  U.S. Education Secretary Cardona discusses funding for southern Arizona schools

School districts across the state will have flexibility on how the federal funding will be spent. Leaders are required to submit reports, detailing how they’re spending it and those reports will be public.

Sharpen your pencils: Many Arizona schools reopen for in-person instruction

Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman expresses confidence that things will get back on track for students this year.

  Students react to University of Arizona’s decision to double in-person class sizes

The University of Arizona announced its plan to move into Stage Three starting the week of March 29. Under this stage, in-person classes will double from a maximum of 50 students in a classroom to 100 students.

FEMA deployed to southern border to help manage increase in migrant children crossing into the U.S.

It’s still unclear at this time if FEMA will send additional manpower to the southwest border to help assist CBP or HHS.

University of Arizona to allow larger class sizes later this month

Arizona provides 765K children with $636M in Pandemic EBT Benefits

  Asian-Americans share experience confronting racism as hate crimes spike

Pima Community College will host a meeting to outline plans to resume in-person classes

  New protocols ‘proving successful so far’ as SUSD back in session with hybrid learning

  TUSD releases re-entry protocols for in-person instruction

Navajo Nation superintendent quits after porn found on computer

While the images found on Lewis’ computer violated county policy, the investigation in Arizona ended with no charges. The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office, which took the case after Coconino cited a conflict of interest, said none of the material involved the exploitation of children.

UArizona’s Jordan Brown named “Sixth Man of the Year” by PAC-12

According to a news release, Brown is a red-shirt sophomore who came off the bench in 14 of the Wildcats’ 20 Conference contests. He put up 8.8 points on 51.5 percent shooting and 4.7 rebounds in just 18.8 minutes per league game.

New study will help support and protect women in the fire service

The study will be in partnership with the university of Arizona College of Public health, The University of Arizona cancer center and TFD.

  University of Arizona to host in-person graduation ceremonies

The University of Arizona will host a series of in-person graduation ceremonies in May.

As survivors pass on, more Holocaust education could be headed to Arizona classrooms

Bill would require Arizona schools to teach students about the Holocaust at least twice from the seventh to the 12th grade.

  University of Arizona joins network of institutions to prevent sexual harassment

The universities are finding ways to raise awareness about sexual harassment and making sure people know how to recognize it.

Arizona Supreme Court to hear challenge to new education tax

The high court was urged to immediately take the case and sidestep the normal course where the lower court judge would hold a trial. Republican Gov. Doug Ducey joined that request.

  UArizona Giant Magellan Telescope getting closer to completion

According to a news release, nearly 20 tons of extremely pure borosilicate glass will become a honeycomb mirror measuring 27.6 feet across. The mirror is the sixth of seven segments that together will make up the primary mirror of the Giant Magellan Telescope, currently under construction in Chile’s

Summer school an expanding option for students who struggled with online learning

Tucson Unified and other Arizona school districts have targeted programs for certain grade groups that will take place over the summer.

Ducey back-to-school order leaves educators shocked, scrambling, upset

School officials, from the state level on down, said they were given little notice.

  University of Arizona geologist digs her way to the top

University of Arizona Geologist Dr. Isabel Barton won a 2021 National Science Foundation CAREER Award, the foundation’s most prestigious award in support of early-career faculty.

  New executive order sets reopening date for Arizona’s public schools

Schools must return to in-person learning Monday, March 15, 2021, or after the school's spring break.

  Biden to prioritize vaccinating school teachers

President Biden said his goal is for every pre-kindergarten through 12th grade educator, school staff member and childcare worker to receive at least one shot by the end of March.

  ASU provides free COVID-19 resources to two school districts in Tucson

ASU aims to expand this program to other school districts and at some point, test students and parents as well.

Grand Canyon National Park launches ‘History Behind the Arts’ video series

The Cultural Demonstration Program provides the opportunity for viewers to learn more about each tribe’s culture, their history, and the skills, knowledge, and efforts involved in creating each craft.

Marana school district to hold job fair on March 6

Recently, the District announced that it is temporarily raising pay for certified substitutes through the 2020-2021 school year. Substitute teachers are eligible to receive $140/day or $165/day for long-term commitments.

University of Arizona involved in study of female firefighters’ health risks

According to a University of Arizona article, the three-year study will recruit 200 women, half will be current firefighters and the other half will be new recruits.

  Heart & Sol: Exceptional Education Teachers

Their passion for teaching hasn’t gone unnoticed especially by Anne Shiff who has a 14-year-old son with cerebral palsy in their class.“I feel that it’s a dream team, and dream come true that he’s in their classroom this year,” Shiff said.

Two Arizona students selected for United States Senate Youth Program

According to a news release, Nathaniel Cross of Tucson and Eman Massoud of Gilbert will receive a $10,000 scholarship for undergraduate study.

  TUSD staff “strongly encouraged” to get vaccinated, parents told to choose a learning option

Wednesday afternoon, Southern Arizona’s largest school district released new details about its March return to the classroom.

Superintendent Hoffman and AZ Dept. of Education support safe return to in-person learning

To support schools’ efforts for a safe return to in-person learning, the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) recently announced allocations from the second federal COVID-19 relief bill. These one-time recovery funds will be critical to helping schools implement mitigation strategies like improved

  Tucson school transforms greenhouse to give students unique learning experience

Thanks to the determination of staff and the generosity of a business, this state-of-the-art facility just expanded in a unique way.

UPDATE: University of Arizona identifies student killed in on-campus shooting

University President Robert C. Robbins released a statement regarding the incident.

University of Arizona welcomes in-person classes of fewer than 50 people

The move to Stage 2 impacts classes that we designated as in-person or flex in-person at the time of registration. Students unable to attend in person will have options to continue learning remotely.

Marana schools offering pay increase for certified substitute teachers

On Feb. 11, The MUSD Governing Board unanimously approved a recommendation to raise the pay for substitute teachers to $140/day, and $165/day for long-term commitments.

Regents select new president of Northern Arizona University

Jose Luis Cruz is executive vice chancellor and university provost of The City University of New York.

‘ESAs are merely a Band-Aid’: Arizona education advocates oppose bill to expand school vouchers

Say proposal would further defund public schools.

  Tucson elementary school playground damaged by fire

Lynn-Urquides Elementary is looking for answers after their student’s playground was destroyed.

Debating grading: Bill, executive order will not affect student grades

Gov. Doug Ducey says law allows 'some flexibility around the state’s A-F letter grade system.'

Report: Arizona continues to trail other states in higher-ed support

When adjusted for inflation, Arizona spending per student in the state decreased by 54.3%, the largest drop in all 50 states.

Superintendent Hoffman announces allocations in next round of COVID-19 education relief for Arizona schools

In total, over $1 billion of federal money will be allocated to Title I schools across the state to support COVID-19 relief and recovery efforts.

AZ Senate passes bill to provide fourth-year funding for career technical education

SB 1179 would include students in grade 9 and the school year immediately following graduation in the student count of a CTED.

Superintendent Hoffman announces federal relief and recovery funding allocations for Arizona public schools

Next week, the Arizona Department of Education will host a webinar for school leaders regarding the application process and federal relief funds.

  University of Arizona wins challenge with project to simplify transferring credits

The new technology will eliminate the need for students to rely on others or pay an institution for their own learning records, which is especially helpful during the pandemic.

Gov. Ducey issues learning-loss study and freezes state’s school grading system

“This will ensure we continue to have accountability in our education system, so parents can make the best educational choice for their kids,” the Governor said in a signing letter.

GOP-led Arizona Senate OKs major school voucher expansion

Sen. Paul Boyer's proposal would make all children attending schools with a high percentage of low-income families or who qualify for free or reduced-price lunches eligible for the state’s voucher program.

  Amphi heads back to hybrid learning for the second time

The district has switched back and forth with virtual and hybrid learning throughout the year. Now, half of its students come on one day, the other on the next and everyone goes virtual on Wednesdays.

New executive order aims to address students’ learning loss during pandemic

This order follows Ducey’s signing of HB2402, which gives flexibility to the state’s grading system in the wake of the pandemic.

University of Arizona plans to enter Stage 2 of re-opening

If health conditions continue on the current trend, stage 2 means classes of 50 or fewer students would be allowed to meet on campus. Students and instructors will already know if their classes are part of the next stage. Students who are unsure can check with the registrar’s office.

  Arizona school counselors ask for help as COVID-19 puts more stress on students

The American School Counselor Association recommends one counselor per 250 students. In 2019, Arizona, according to the association, had 905 students per counselor. The worst in the nation.

  CDC: Strong evidence in-person schooling can be done safely

President Joe Biden requested updated guidance when he took office, responding to complaints that the CDC’s school guidelines under the Trump administration were unclear and inconsistent.

New Mexico asks to skip student testing again this year

Will encourage school districts to voluntarily administer tests that cover reading, math and science comprehension.

University of Arizona offering money to participate in ‘Hijos Project’

Participants will earn $40 for their contributions, however, there are several requirements.

Sahuarita Teen Advisory Council hosting teen scavenger hunt

The hunt is Saturday, Feb. 13 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the Town Municipal Complex (375 W. Sahuarita Center Way). The event is free and open to the public.

Tucson Unified School District finalizes re-entry plan for students

Students have the option to remain entirely remote or return back to school come March.

Three African American military newspapers are now on the Arizona Memory Project

According to a news release, the African American men comprised the 25th, 92nd, and 93rd Infantry Divisions and published the Bullet, the 93d Blue Helmet, and the 92d Buffalo.

  Students required to take statewide assessment in-person this spring

Schools will administer the test in-person on a computer or paper.

Gov. Ducey now accepting Youth Commission applications

The GYC has five workgroups that focus on the following issues: distracted driving, domestic violence, education mental health, and substance abuse.

  TUSD looks at March 24 start date for in-person learning

Response to reopening schools was mixed during board meeting's call to the audience.

  University of Arizona uses virtual reality for anti-racism project

Dr. Bryan Carter is the director of the Center for Digital Humanities. He’s using 360-degree cameras and virtual reality headsets to re-create common experiences of discrimination.

Superior Court of Arizona denies legal challenge to overturn Prop. 208

Today, the Superior Court of Arizona denied a preliminary injunction request to stop the implementation of Prop. 208

  Superintendent Hoffman delivers 2021 State of Special Education Address

Superintendent Hoffman announced that the Arizona Department of Education would provide $5 million in CARES Act funding for compensatory services to help schools meet these needs.

Judge refuses to block Arizona’s new education tax

Maricopa County Superior Court Judge John Hannah Jr. says Republican lawmakers and others who sued have not shown they are likely to win their argument that the new law is unconstitutional.

  University of Arizona plans for additional in-person classes, reduces testing requirement

The university will scale back its testing requirements for dorm residents from twice a week to once a week.

How university students and faculty are joining mask innovation race

Health experts tout masks as the best way to reduce the spread of COVID-19, but wearing them in public met considerable resistance and was politicized in some places.

TUSD holding ‘socks and undies’ drive through February

The Tucson Unified School District is holding a ‘socks and undies’ drive all through February for students in need.

U of A introduces three pilot startup entrepreneur companies

The three companies are Metfora, Obanj and Dive.

U of A researchers start bug ‘fight club’ to study weapon evolution

Desert insects, outfitted with leather body armor, are pitted against each other to find out why weapons differ among species, and to test how different weapons relate to how much damage is caused.