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Schools update: ASU professor shares how supply chain issues impact Independence Day fireworks shows

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Updated June 30, 2022: Hear what an ASU professor has to say about how fireworks supply chain issues are changing Independence Day celebrations.

University of Arizona’s Native Scholars Grant will let Native American undergraduates from any of Arizona’s 22 federally recognized tribes attend tuition free starting in the fall.

The latest dashboard update shows confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Arizona are 2,125,567 as of Wednesday, June 29, 2022, up 16,514 cases from last week, and 30,515 people in Arizona have died from COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

In Maricopa County there are 1,345,286 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 269,928 in Pima County138,135 in Pinal County63,460 in Yuma County59,750 in Mohave County, 50,679 in Yavapai County46,312 in Coconino County40,066 in Navajo County33,235 in Cochise County23,720 in Apache County17,943 in Gila County17,086 in Santa Cruz County12,288 in Graham County5,407 in La Paz County and 2,272 in Greenlee County.

See what stuents are doing in summer learning programs to keep their skills fresh.

See who The Arizona Republic honors as the top 10 students who push through everything to help their team.

WestEd honors Pride Month.

What should you do when you don’t think the college you’re interested in attending has offered a strong enough financial aid package?

The school capital funding lawsuit against the state will go to trial in September.

Learn why principals should focus on creating a positive school climate and on students’ social and emotional learning before school starts.

See what people on both sides of the issue have to say about the eligibility expansion for Empowerment Scholarship Accounts, courtesy of KJZZ.

See who’s supporting Special Olympics of Arizona.

Updated June 22, 2022: A team of Phoenix middle school students placed third in a national investing competition, gaining the know how needed to successfully invest and make inroads in closing the wealth gap between people of color and white households.

State Legislators have until Thursday, June 30 to pass a budget or many services at many state agencies will slow down or cease, and education advocates are concerned the budget may not reflect school funding needs.

Arizona State University hopes that it’s recent designation as a Hispanic-Serving Institution will help increase enrollment and provide services to help students succeed.

About 300 Arizona high school students are heading to Washington D.C. as part of the Civics Matters program courtesy of the Arizona Cardinals Football Club and State Farm.

Continue learning this summer with the 2022 Summer Reading Game available at your local library.

Mesa Public Schools Governing Board voted to spend $36 million on salary raises and stipends for employees, which could result in 4% increases for employees.

Mesa Public Schools board member Marcie Hutchinson told 12 News NBC it breaks her heart to hear that some teachers say they can’t afford to live in Mesa. 

The latest dashboard update shows confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Arizona are 2,109,053 as of Wednesday, June 22, 2022, up 15,373 cases from last week, and 30,452 people in Arizona have died from COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

In Maricopa County there are 1,334,889 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 267,665 in Pima County137,156 in Pinal County63,250 in Yuma County59,268 in Mohave County, 50,157 in Yavapai County45,964 in Coconino County39,699 in Navajo County32,872 in Cochise County23,426 in Apache County17,832 in Gila County16,998 in Santa Cruz County12,246 in Graham County5,362 in La Paz County and 2,269 in Greenlee County.

Updated June 16, 2022: The Arizona House Ways and Means Committee approved House Bill 2853 on Wednesday. The approval results in the removal of restrictions regarding Empowerment Scholarship Accounts.

ESAs allow families to use public funds to pay for private school tuition or home-based education. With no restrictions, all students are eligible to receive state funds for private school tuition or other expenses regardless of their circumstances.

Watch House Floor Session 06/15/2022 here :

Higley Virtual Academy enrollment for the 2022-2023 school year is now open.

A new set of guidelines was released for how Arizona teachers should address their students through the phone. These guidelines were put into place after phone calls and text messages with students turned into scandals throughout the Valley.

Junior Achievement and Tuscon’s Hughes Federal Credit Union and Crafting Kind Kids youth volunteers partnered to put together financial literacy packets. These packets were given to 120 kindergartners in Southern AZ.

The latest dashboard update shows that confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Arizona are 2,093,680 as of Wednesday, June 15, 2022, up 16,334 cases from last week, and 30,400 people in Arizona have died from COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

In Maricopa County there are 1,325,432 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 265,106 in Pima County136,217 in Pinal County63,137 in Yuma County58,859 in Mohave County, 49,773 in Yavapai County45,622 in Coconino County39,378 in Navajo County32,585 in Cochise County23,168 in Apache County17,732 in Gila County16,892 in Santa Cruz County12,207 in Graham County5,311 in La Paz County and 2,261 in Greenlee County.

Congratulations to the Florence Unified School District employees of the month!

EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING in effect until 06/16. Be sure to stay safe and hydrated.

With the high temperatures and summer fun, water activities are a summertime favorite. Be aware of these water safety tips to ensure that your child is safe this summer.

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. In this case, it’s both. The National Science Foundation project at Arizona State University is working on developing a way to make plastic more sustainable.

Updated June 8, 2022: Coolidge Library kicked off their summer learning program with plenty of fun learning opportunities and enriching activities. Even in the library’s “off-season” they provide incentives for children to participate in self-guided educational practices to keep their minds active over summer break.

The summer learning program continues from now until July 28, 2022.

There is an excessive heat warning in effect from 10 am today until Sunday, June 12. Extreme temperatures can be harmful, so remember to drink water and try to stay indoors.

Congratulations to the graduating class of 2022!

Peoria Unified School District is offering free meals this summer at their summer food service sites.

Arizona becomes the first state to recognize the RISE Act, after signing HB2031. The House Bill supports students with disabilities that are transitioning to higher education.

The latest dashboard update shows that confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Arizona are 2,077,346 as of Wednesday, June 8, 2022, up 14,677 cases from last week, and 30,372 people in Arizona have died from COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

In Maricopa County there are 1,314,887 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 262,655 in Pima County135,280 in Pinal County63,003 in Yuma County58,505 in Mohave County, 49,404 in Yavapai County45,095 in Coconino County39,055 in Navajo County32,207 in Cochise County22,943 in Apache County17,655 in Gila County16,837 in Santa Cruz County12,186 in Graham County5,280 in La Paz County and 2,254 in Greenlee County.

Teens are turning to social media to purchase drugs, leading to what is now known as a fentanyl epidemic. Learn how to talk to your teen about the dangers of illegal drugs and purchasing them online.

ASU is offering a free week-long BioSense virtual lab sessions this summer for students grade 8-12. If your student is interested in biotechnology and would like to attend visit to sign up.

Happy National Best Friends Day!

June 1, 2022

The Heat Ready Schools program helps schools create a safer environment for their students by giving them 30 recommendations that can help keep students and staff safe in Arizona’s heat.

Among those recommendations are access to water, more shade on the playground and taking into consideration the outside temperature and making accommodations such as providing extra shade, a cooler with wet towels and teaching students and staff how to recognize the signs of heat illness.

See how Project SEARCH helps youth with developmental disabilities become part of the workforce.

See how a bill working its way through the Arizona Legislature could affect how students get to school.

State lawmakers continue to work on the budget this week.

With more kids on the internet and social media while school is out, here are some ideas on how to keep your children safe when they’re online.

Lean more about two Arizona high school students heading to Broadway soon.

Students are taking part in summer learning programs all across Arizona.

Teachers and school leaders, now is the time to sign up for training to help you meet the needs of Maricopa County students who are dealing with Adverse Childhood Experiences.

Phoenix Union High School District celebrates Pride Month.

The latest dashboard update shows that confirmed cases of COVID-19 rose to 2,062,669 as of Wednesday, June 1, 2022, in Arizona, up 13,042 cases from last week, and 30,332 people in Arizona have died from COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

In Maricopa County there are 1,305,383 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 260,455 in Pima County134,363 in Pinal County62,906 in Yuma County58,198 in Mohave County49,058 in Yavapai County44,800 in Coconino County38,799 in Navajo County31,991 in Cochise County22,769 in Apache County, 16,784 in Santa Cruz County, 12,128 in Graham County5,248 in La Paz County and 2,242 in Greenlee County.

Flagstaff Unified School District celebrates its graduates.

A hundred thousand undocumented high school graduates may not qualify for DACA protections.

It’s time to fill out the free- and reduced-price meal application for your students for next school year.

Earlier coverage


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