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Daily Schools Update: This week we celebrate Read Across America!


Updated March 2, 2023: Gov. Katie Hobbs visited Ocotillo Elementary and read “Change Sings” by Amanda Gorman during Read Across America Week.

The Watts College Career Fair for ASU students takes place on Thursday, Mar. 23, from 11 a.m-2 p.m. at the AE England Building. This is a great way for Sun Devils to meet employers looking to hire for internships and job opportunities!

College Depot is hosting an ACT/SAT Test Prep Workshop on March 9, 2023 and March 11, 2023. This is a great way for high schoolers to prepare for the standardized tests!

Families advocated for Universal ESA at the Education for All march yesterday.

Teachers from the Dysart Unified School District received training from the Official Department of Defense: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

Chandler-Gilbert CC received grant funding from the US National Science Foundation to support Engineering and AI/Machine Learning students who are working towards their associate’s degree.

Pima Traditional School implemented their Book Vending Machine for students who are on time!

All Flagstaff Unified School District schools will remain closed today due to weather.

The latest Arizona Department of Health Services dashboard update shows confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Arizona are 2,121,576 as of March 2, 2023, up 5,663 cases from last week, and 33,076 Arizonans have died from COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

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Feb. 22, 2023: A measure requiring instruction on safe gun handling in Arizona public middle and high schools is still moving forward in the House of Representatives of Arizona.

Arizona bill would require schools to offer firearms training to students

(File photo by Tynin Fries/Cronkite News) PHOENIX – Arizona’s House of Representatives is continuing to advance a bill requiring public middle and high schools in Arizona to offer training on the proper handling of firearms. Rep.

Join the Anthony Bates Foundation at Sonoran Heights Middle School on Saturday, February 25 from 10am-4pm for a cardiac screening. Participation in this event will help put AEDs on Sonoran Height’s campus. Appointments are still available for ages 5 and up.

The ASU Black Theatre Organization presents “The Pipeline” which is a play that represents how many underprivileged and disadvantaged students are funneled out of public education and into juvenile and criminal justice systems. The play can be watched at the Nelson Fine Arts Center throughout the month of February to honor Black History Month.

Students work to bring Black theater to the stage at ASU

A communal effort The production of “Pipeline” involves more than 20 ASU students, who are responsible for everything from acting to lighting design to stage management. For Shayna Padjen, a theater and literature major, taking on the responsibility of costume design was a new experience.

Littleton ESD is hosting their Exceptional Student Services Night tomorrow at 5:30pm in the Littleton Board Room. Come learn how to get great resources and how to become a partner if your student has a disability or special needs.

There is no school for Tanque Verde Unified School District Feb. 23-24th for Rodeo Break!

36 Arizona Public Schools received Arizona Department of Education’s A+ School of Excellence® Award.

Kyrene School District and many other schools across the nation celebrate National Bus Driver Appreciation Day today! Send gratitude and appreciation to the bus drivers who safely transport students daily.

The GESD System of Care Center hosted a Car Seat Safety Check Drive-Thru event today. Look out for more safety check events in the future.

The latest Arizona Department of Health Services dashboard update shows confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Arizona are 2,117,621 as of Feb. 22, 2023, up 26,866 cases from last week, and 33,042 Arizonans have died from COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

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Feb. 13, 2023: In an effort to prevent the federal government from recouping funds, the governor’s office will work with the Treasury Department to replace the grant program.

Angelica Abbey from Frye Elementary School was chosen as Arizona Coyotes Teacher of the Month. Abbey is now competing against other teachers across the nation for $10,000 that would go to the winning district. Go help Chandler Unified School District by voting for Angelica Abbey before it closes on Feb. 28, 2023.

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Tempe Elementary School is hosting their 2nd annual Love Your Heart 5K event! The event celebrates the District’s wellness initiatives. Proceeds will provide additional health and wellness services, programs and incentives for employees.

Jill Biden visits Mesa Community College to discuss its local city scholarship program.

Scottsdale Community College plans to hold electric vehicle career expo. The event takes place on Feb. 16, 2023 and registration can be found at Scottsdale Community College’s website

Scottsdale Community College to hold electric vehicle career expo

As the number of electric vehicle manufacturers and suppliers in Arizona grows, so does the need for workers. The electric vehicle – or EV – industry offers a variety of jobs, like software developers, designers and engineers, marketing experts and sales representatives, and technical positions in manufacturing and maintenance.

This Monday kicks off the Chandler-Gilbert Community College Week of Gratitude. At today’s event, you can find President Peterson and students in the Pecos Campus Student Center Pavilion at 1 p.m. decorating a tree with statements of gratitude. Learn more about Chandler-Gilbert CC’s Week of Gratitude events. https://cgc.campuslabs.com/engage/events?query=gratitude

The ASU School of Arts, Media and Engineering brings back their Virtual Reality Film Series this month with the documentary-style, virtual reality immersive film “Traveling While Black”, directed by Academy Award-winner, Roger Ross Williams.

The Las Brisas Elementary School Book Fair is this week! Students can shop during school hours or families can shop together after school. Hours: M-W 8:00 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. TH 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 F 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

The latest Arizona Department of Health Services dashboard update shows confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Arizona are 2,088,660 as of Feb. 13, 2023, up 3,099 cases from last week, and 32,932 Arizonans have died from COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

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Feb. 7, 2023: Gov. Katie Hobbs is starting a task force to improve teacher retention and is seeking applications from people interested in serving.

“The reality is we don’t have an educator shortage, what we have is a retention crisis,” Gov. Hobbs said to The Arizona Republic. “There are too many amazing professionals who had to leave a career they love because of the uncompetitive salaries, onerous policies, and unfunded mandates that rob educators of the joy of teaching.”

ASU West campus gallery features students’ work on several societal issues. Check out the ArtSpace West Gallery on Arizona State University’s West campus through Feb. 23. The gallery can be viewed from noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday or by appointment.

Exhibit gives high school students chance to express themselves

High school students from the Academies at South Mountain were invited to express their feelings about the political and social events of the last few years through an art exhibit, now on display for Black History Month at ASU’s West campus.

A business leader supports Arizona public schools in the fight for funding.

Arizona schools get powerful business ally in push to lift spending cap

Head of state’s largest business association says ‘holding schools hostage’ doesn’t make sense. Deadline for legislative action is three weeks away. PHOENIX – Arizona’s public schools have a powerful business ally in their fight to get the money the Legislature gave them last year.

The Phoenix Union High School District schedule to revisit their security plan with students and parents from the district on Sat. Feb. 11, 2023.

Phoenix Union High School District revisiting campus security

(Facebook Photo/Phoenix Union High School District) PHOENIX – A Valley school district that eliminated campus resource officers is again asking for community input on the role of police at school. The Phoenix Union High School District has scheduled a pair of two-hour sessions Saturday, one starting at 9 a.m.

Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Horne, plans to put a school resource officer in every school after multiple threats across Arizona schools.

Tarwater Elementary hosted their Annual Lunar New Year Festival. The families celebrated with games, performances and cultural activities!

The Advancing Esports Big Game 2023 conference is held today by West Valley STEM Hub in Glendale, AZ.

Gilbert Public School District holds their 6th Annual Run for Fun at Campo Verde High School on Feb. 25, 2023. Register today to get a free shirt!

The latest Arizona Department of Health Services dashboard update shows confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Arizona are 2,401,287 as of Feb. 1, 2023, up 3,087 cases from last week, and 32,882 Arizonans have died from COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

Earlier coverage


Jan. 1 – Jan. 31: Daily Schools Update: ASU startup receives funding to advance fire-safe battery research


Dec. 1 – Dec. 31: Daily Schools Update: Some responses to missing class may add to learning loss

Nov. 1 – Nov. 30: Daily Schools Update: House Education Chair says Legislature has enough votes for aggregate expenditure limit special session

Oct. 1 – Oct. 31: Daily schools update: See what Lake’s and Hobbs’ education priorities are

Sept. 1 – Sept. 30: Daily schools update: Sec. of State says not enough signatures filed to block voucher expansion

August 1 – August 31: Daily schools update: When student loan debt forgiveness application launches

July 1 – July 31: Daily schools update: How to save money on back-to-school shopping

June 1 – June 30Schools update: ASU professor shares how supply chain issues impact Independence Day fireworks shows

May 3 – May 31: Schools update: How to discuss traumatic events with kids

April 4 – April 30: Daily schools update: Chinle principal wins Milken Educator Award

March 1- March 30: Daily schools update: An event-filled weekend of school arts festivals and a CTE competition

Feb.2, 2022 – Feb. 28:  Daily schools update: College in Ukraine powered by ASU would have welcomed students next month

Jan. 13, 2022 – Feb. 1: Daily schools update: Students learn more about Year of the Tiger during Lunar New Year


Dec. 20, 2021 – Jan. 12, 2022Daily schools update: AZ doctors urge schools to require masks as COVID surges

Nov. 23, 2021 – Dec. 17, 2021: Daily schools update: Tolleson Union uses grant to launch Uber-like ride share service for students

Nov. 9, 2021 – Nov. 22, 2021: Daily schools update: Education Advocates get Tax Referendum on 2022 Ballot

Oct. 27, 2021 – Nov. 8, 2021: Daily schools update: Mesa Mother Relieved to get her Young Child Vaccinated

Oct. 12- Oct. 25, 2021Daily schools update: Supply chain issues cause problems for Arizona school cafeterias

Sept. 27 – Oct. 11, 2021Daily Schools Update: How will children becoming eligible for COVID-19 vaccine change schools’ prevention measures?

Sept. 14 – Sept. 27, 2021Daily schools update: Students decision to mask up may have stopped a classroom COVID-19 outbreak

Aug. 24 to Sept. 1, 2021: Daily schools update: COVID-19 outbreaks rise among students in Maricopa County

Aug. 17 to Aug. 23, 2021: Daily schools update: FDA approves Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine

Aug. 3 to Aug. 16, 2021: Daily schools update: Arizona school mask mandates receive presidential praise

July 19 to Aug. 2, 2021Daily schools update: Teens struggle with mental health as school starts

June 20 to July 14, 2021Daily schools update: Arizona lawmakers ban mask requirements in schools

June 14 to June 17, 2021Tempe Union’s board approves comprehensive mental health policy

June 1 to June 11, 2021It’s time to get students enrolled in school for fall & ready for in-person classes

May 17 to May 28, 2021A year after George Floyd’s murder, a look at empathy, equity, what’s changed & what hasn’t

May 10 to May 14, 2021Students ready for graduation ceremonies

May 4 to May 6, 2021Amendment to bill would prohibit teachers from discussing controversial policy & social issues not essential to learning objectives

April 28 to May 3, 2021Thank a teacher during Teacher Appreciation Week for all they do for students

April 21 to April 27, 2021: 3 years after Red for Ed there’s much left to do

April 12 to April 20, 2021: How & why teachers discuss trial with students; Schools keep masks after Gov. rescinds mandate

March 29 to April 9, 2021Children, young teens may be eligible for COVID-19 vaccine before next school year

March 15 to March 26Masks are still required in all schools; Video: Dr. Christ’s news conference today

Feb. 24 to March 11, 2021: COVID-19 aid funds will help AZ students, families & schools

Feb. 11 to Feb. 23U.S. Dept of Ed: Students must take standardized tests, but there’s flexiblity on when & how

Feb. 2 to Feb. 9Video: Supt. Hoffman gives State of Special Education address

Jan. 21 to Feb. 1Black History Mural Month Project to highlight pioneers of the Black community launches in Phoenix

Jan. 10 – Jan 20How students engage with Inauguration Day


Dec. 21, 2020 to Jan 8, 2021Teachers help students deal with attacks on Congress, Capitol

Nov. 30 – Dec. 16Watch it now: Dr. Christ asks people to avoid holiday gatherings with people they do not live with

Nov. 18 – 25COVID-19 cases rise before Thanksgiving adding to school and hospital leaders’ concerns

Nov. 16: More schools return to online learning as COVID-19 cases rise

Nov. 2 – 13: $19 M grant would help schools with teacher development, stipends, reading & math curriculum, summer ed resources and more

Oct. 20 to Oct. 30: AZDHS amends COVID-19 school benchmarks

Oct. 7 – Oct. 19What are teachers doing ahead of elections to support students afterwards

Aug. 25 – Sept. 8: Parents voice concern about online class size; school nurses prepare for students

Aug. 12 – Aug. 24: Students, teachers affected by Zoom outage

July 30 – Aug. 11Parent organizes co-op for learners; group rallies for in-person school days after benchmarks release

July 13- July 30: Teachers prepare for digital learning and back to school

June 29 – July 12Video: Gov. says ‘Goal is to get children back to school when it’s safe;’ Schools lay out learning models

June 29: Video: Gov. delays in-person classes to Aug. 17 due to rise in COVID-19

June 15 – June 29: Video: Gov. pauses re-opening of some businesses as COVID-19 cases rise

June 24: Plan provides more funding, flexible instruction as schools re-open

May 26 – June 12: Increase in COVID-19 cases marks a new daily high

May 20 – 25: AZ Dept. of Ed releases COVID-19 guidance to schools for summer programs, back to school

May 11 – 19: Arizonans consider workplace safety, what back to school will look like amid COVID-19

April 26 – May 10: Stores re-open, COVID-19 testing blitz resumes on Saturday

April 8 – 25You can get tested now if you think you’ve been exposed to COVID-19

March 12 – April 7, 2020Coronavirus response: Cases rise; AZ Day of Giving