Sept. 14, 2021: After hearing from the attorneys for the plaintiffs and the state yesterday in the lawsuit against the laws prohibiting school mask mandates and the teaching of controversial topics, Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Katherine Cooper said “I am going to take the matter under advisement, and I will have a ruling to you before Sept. 29.”
Those laws included in the budget bills approved by the Arizona Legislature and signed by Gov. Doug Ducey go into effect on Sept. 29, 2021.
The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona has risen to 1,053,487 today from 1,050,878 yesterday and 19,304 deaths have been reported since the pandemic began.
Today’s #COVID19 dashboard update adds 2,609 cases and 117 deaths. Nearly all cases, hospitalizations, and deaths are among the unvaccinated. If you remain hesitant to get vaccinated, seek out facts from trusted sources, like your doctor or the @CDCgov. https://t.co/iByqWmiiIf— AZ Dept of Health (@AZDHS) September 14, 2021
In Maricopa County, there are 668,223 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 131,183 in Pima County, 65,790 in Pinal County, 40,065 in Yuma County, 29,757 in Mohave County, 24,832 in Yavapai County, 20,565 in Coconino County, 19,053 in Navajo County, 13,615 in Cochise County, 12,809 in Apache County, 8,643 in Santa Cruz County, 8,645 in Gila County, 6,658 in Graham County, 2,816 in La Paz County and 833 in Greenlee County.
*UPDATED WEEK OF 9/12*— Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University (@ASUBiodesign) September 13, 2021
Free #Covid19 saliva testing continues in Arizona in partnership w/@AZDHS:
– Use agency code SALIVATEST
– Drive-thru available
– Results typically < 48hrs
– Ages 5+
– Bring QR code (no ID req)
Details/register: https://t.co/bogIAKKMgo #DeltaVariant
Arizona Dept. of Health Services Interactive Graphic: (Hover over counties and boxes for more info)
Peoria HIgh School students’ artwork is highlighted during National Arts Education Week.
Thank you Mrs. Richter for brining the displays panels out in front of the Art room @PeoriaPanthers HS back to life! So great to see the @PeoriaUnified11 student’s skills, learning & the hard work displayed in their Artwork for all to see! #BecauseOfArtsEd creativity shines! pic.twitter.com/vQsnm0RlXk— Peoria Arts Ed (@PeoriaArtsEd) September 14, 2021
Connecting new learning to students’ previous knowledge helps them remember more, edutopia says.
Learning outcomes can improve when teachers incorporate activities that support student recall.https://t.co/I4rD92V26V— edutopia (@edutopia) September 14, 2021
Tolleson Union High School invites students’ families to take part in ASU’s American Dream Academy tonight.
SLHS families: If you did not participate in the ASU American Dream Academy last week, please join us tonight at 6PM in the Lecture Hall.— Tolleson UHSD (@TollesonUhsd) September 14, 2021
Use the QR code to register. This QR code is specific to SLHS only, all other site QR codes to follow. pic.twitter.com/lotZQHLmpP
Deer Valley Unified School District‘s student athletes prepare for competition.
Interested in serving students in your community and earning benefits too? Take a look at career opportunities in Kyrene School District.
Did you know you can bundle part-time positions in Kyrene? To receive full benefits and to be eligible for Arizona state retirement, many part-time employees combine jobs to reach 30+ hrs/week.— KyreneSchools (@KyreneSchools) September 14, 2021
– Crossing Guards, Lunch, Comm. Ed, Instructional Asst. etc.https://t.co/FSzq9gPYAI pic.twitter.com/gBtYwkyL96
Need a little help with your homework? Check out these resources available at Maricopa County Library District.
Head back to school with a little help from @mcldaz. Did you know they offer free resources like homework help, SAT prep, language learning courses, and more? Visit https://t.co/3tVbbGE1Sp and click the “Learn” tab to see how they can help take your learning to the next level. pic.twitter.com/MgDwX3Qbrh— Maricopa County (@maricopacounty) September 14, 2021
Killip Elementary students enjoy classes at their new school.
Today was the first day back to in-person learning for Killip Elementary School! We hope you had a great first day in your new school! See more photos here: https://t.co/WYIqEfdlwg pic.twitter.com/yplisO4iOO— Flagstaff Unified School District (@FlagstaffUSD1) September 7, 2021
Teachers, here are some ideas on where to start when planning strategic intervention for your students.
As more teachers engage in planning strategic interventions for their students, many wonder where to start. This post shares some recommendations while also noting common missteps: https://t.co/H8CWmgQYOv #MTSS #mtbos #edequity pic.twitter.com/zsYDSFx0tD— achievethecore.org (@achievethecore) September 14, 2021
Arizona K12 Center and College Football Playoff Foundation celebrate 10 amAZing educators.
We were thrilled to partner with @CFPExtraYard #BigDayforTeachers and celebrate 10 Arizona 🌟 Teachers with a Donors Choice gift! A BIG congratulations 🎉 to our 10 amAZing educators below. 1/4 pic.twitter.com/XKRAuMqxCw— Arizona K12 Center (@azk12) September 14, 2021
Supt. of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman shares info about the Arizona Dept. of Education’s Creating Your Kitchen program.
Exciting news to share! The @azedschools Health and Nutrition Services Team is excited to announce its brand-new program, “Creating Your Kitchen”, to support Arizona schools’ efforts in providing students with healthy, nutritious meals. Learn more: https://t.co/kaeXBnvoNU.— Kathy Hoffman (@Supt_Hoffman) September 14, 2021
Arizona State University’s student forum with President Michael Crow will be held on Sept. 21.
Happening one week from today, Sun Devil students. I look forward to hearing your questions.— Michael Crow (@michaelcrow) September 14, 2021
Sept. 13, 2021: A hearing took place this afternoon in Maricopa County Superior Court on the lawsuit filed by education and children’s advocates against the state law prohibiting school mask mandates and teaching controversial subjects that was part of the budget bills approved by the Arizona Legislature and signed by Gov. Doug Ducey.
A ban on masks mandates at schools, what teachers can and can not teach, and rules for conducting elections are all policies that found heir way into Arizona’s state budget. A new lawsuit says those aren’t budget items, they are political horse-trading. https://t.co/NOV0o04gbe— NPR (@NPR) September 13, 2021
TODAY At 1:30 p.m., Maricopa County Judge Katherine Cooper hears arguments in suit to block Arizona ban on mask mandates, as well as other laws enacted in state budget, from taking effect Sept. 29.— Brahm Resnik (@brahmresnik) September 13, 2021
For livestream, click here: https://t.co/fjmWb6ku2E
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A judge is set to hear arguments Monday in a case seeking to overturn several new Arizona laws that restrict the power of local governments and school districts to impose COVID-19 restrictions such as mask mandates. https://t.co/csH2Psnlop— KTAR News 92.3 (@KTAR923) September 13, 2021
“This case is not the first time that the Legislature has pushed the boundaries of its constitutional limit to further its political agenda,” said Roopali Desai, attorney for the plaintiffs during the hearing. “In the past, Arizona courts have not hesitated to hold the Legislature to account by requiring compliance with the Constitution. This case should be no different, and in fact, if anything it presents even more compelling reason for upholding the constitutional requirement.” Desai said.
“Unless the law is challenged in this case and declared unconstitutional and enjoined, a great many children in Arizona will get COVID-19, they will get sick, they will suffer from long COVID, they will be hospitalized and they may die,” Desai said.
The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Arizona Chapter in their amicus brief share how Arizona ranks at the very top nationally in child COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths, Desai said.
Desai said the Arizona Constitution requires that the title of a bill include the contents of the act to make it clear to Arizonans what the bills are about.
“There is simply no way to square the provisions in this case with the constitutional mandate,” Desai said.
Section 13 of the Arizona Constitution requires that every act shall embrace one subject and that subject shall be expressed in the title of the bill, Desai said.
“If any subject shall be expressed in an act that is not expressed in the title, such act shall be void only so much thereof that is shall nor be embraced in the title,” Desai read from Section 13.
In this instance, the bills contain the titles “budget reconciliation” yet the bills also prohibit school mask mandates and the teaching of controversial concepts, which should have been put into separate bills according to guidance from the Arizona Constitution, Desai said.
Those provisions in the K-12 budget reconciliation bill have nothing to do with budget reconciliation, substantive law is prohibited from being included in the general appropriations bills, and “these provisions are not necessary to implement, carry out or effectuate the budget,” Desai said.
Hearing in suit seeking to overturn AZ ban on school mask mandates has begun. After some housekeeping, plaintiffs’ atty Roopali Desai argues the case is ‘not the 1st time that the Legislature has pushed the boundaries of its constitutional limits to further its political agenda.’— Maria Polletta🌵 (@mpolletta) September 13, 2021
Important to remember the plaintiffs are challenging more than just the ban on school mask mandates in this suit; it also addresses ‘critical race theory’ ban, among other policy provisions included in budget package.— Maria Polletta🌵 (@mpolletta) September 13, 2021
Desai said these provisions in the budget reconciliation bills are examples of “the pernicious practice of cobbling together unrelated policies, many of which failed in the normal legislative cycle but then were put into this bill at the 11th hour.”
“The Legislature understands the importance of Section 13. It’s not new to them,” Desai said. “The state is asking for a change in the law by excluding budget bills from Section 13.”
If the court voids the provisions the plaintiffs have requested, it will not impact the spending in the budget reconciliation bills, Desai said. She noted they were focusing on the titles of the bills.
“If the court were to declare those provisions that we’re talking about to be unconstitutional for one the reasons that you’ve presented, do we get to the injunctive relief piece of it?” asked Judge Katherine Cooper.
“It’s important to keep in mind that each one of these acts are separate, they do not sort of lump together into a group of four, that each act must be examined under the constitution separately and the different provisions may lead to different results in terms of how it’s done,” said Pat Irvine, the attorney for the state.
“If there’s one thing that’s clear is that it’s not strictly applied. The Legislature is given a lot of discretion, a lot of wiggle room, and we all sort of pick and choose how we quote so it’s important that you read a lot of these different descriptions,” Irvine said.
“Given the history of the budget reconciliation bills, the titles satisfy that because they put the people on notice to inquire what is going into them,” Irvine said.
“While the complaint is that this year was worse than other years, I don’t think there’s any doubt that budget reconciliation has often included things that people disagreed with that they didn’t necessarily think fit within the category, but that’s been done. I think the amicus brief says this has been the system since 2005,” Irvine said.
“The central provisions raised by the plaintiffs is that the challenges aren’t related to the budget. Budget reconciliation makes it necessary for every section in the bill to relate to the budget and it’s important to see that the word budget as far as I can see appears in Section 13,” Irvine said. “Budget reconciliation bills do not appear in the Constitution. These are not constitutionally defined terms.”
While appropriations bills do have clear requirements outlines in Section 20, Irvine said.
Then, Judge Cooper asked, “Are you saying that there’s a different Constitutional standard for a bill if it’s called a budget reconciliation bill as opposed to another kind of bill?”
“It’s the same standard that’s in Section 13, which is is it a single subject and is it reflected in the title,” Irvine said. “We are not saying budget bills are immune from Section 13.”
“Whether something is necessary to be in a budget reconciliation bill is something that the courts should defer to the Legislature on,” Irvine said.
Quite the argument: The Legislature has supremacy over the constitution and its judgment can’t be evaluated by the courts.— Jim Small (@JimSmall) September 13, 2021
So much for separation of powers. https://t.co/ooO2CGhS08
Of the three bills attacked under the title provision, “the remedy there is to strike the offending ones,” Irvine said.
“The clear direction of the Constitution in Section 13 is to strike the void parts only that aren’t in the title is there,” Irvine said.
When asked by Judge Cooper, Irvine said the plaintiff has standing under the declaratory judgement act under three of the four bills with the exclusion of Senate Bill 1819.
“The titles of these bills don’t comply with Section 13 and Senate Bill 1819 also violates the single subject rule,” said Desai in her closing comments.
“We would request that the court enter a judgement in favor of the plaintiffs, declare the particular provisions of the three bills unconstitutional, sever them out and also to hold that Senate Bill 1819 in it’s entirety violates the single subject rule,” Desai said
Judge Cooper said “I am going to take the matter under advisement, and I will have a ruling to you before Sept. 29.”
The National School Boards Association has filed an amicus brief in the case, saying is supports the lawsuit seeking to overturn an Arizona law prohibiting school boards from requiring masks in schools.
We filed an amicus brief in Arizona state court in support of @AzSBA‘s lawsuit seeking to overturn a state law prohibiting school boards from requiring masks in schools. School boards need flexibility to make decisions on behalf of their local communities.https://t.co/7jCbngs5AU— National School Boards Association | NSBA (@NSBAPublicEd) September 13, 2021
“Masks or no masks shouldn’t be a political decision,” said Chip Slaven, NSBA interim Executive Director and CEO. “Instead of one-size-fits-all state mandates, masking decisions should be based on science, state and local health data, and conversations with community members. As duly elected representatives of their communities, school board members are the best-positioned individuals to make decisions affecting the health and safety of the students and educators they represent.”
School districts have long been responsible for the education and the health and safety of their students—a responsibility the Arizona legislature “eviscerates,” according to the brief.
“Through the budget reconciliation bills (BRBs) challenged here, the Arizona legislature has removed the authority of the state’s school districts to fulfill their most basic and expected duty—to keep students, staff, and guests safe in school buildings,” the brief notes. “By prohibiting schools from imposing mask mandates, the so-called ‘budget’ bills have usurped local authority and long-held standards about how branches of state government ensure public health and local school boards collaborate with those authorities. The legislative action is unconstitutional…and dangerous. It imperils the health and safety of public school children and their communities.”
School districts take on parent-like responsibilities for students safety, the brief states.
“Courts have long recognized the doctrine of in loco parentis to uphold school district actions taken to protect students, even when school district restrictions may limit certain constitutional freedoms,” said Francisco M. Negrón, Jr., NSBA’s Chief Legal Officer. “In this instance, however, the Arizona legislature has stripped school districts of their ability to make decisions and provide tailored solutions during a time when they need them most in favor of state-imposed mandates that fail to account for the unique health challenges facing individual communities.”
Oral arguments happening later today. I’ll be tweeting the highlights, but here’s the call-in info for audio.— Maria Polletta🌵 (@mpolletta) September 13, 2021
ID: 860 084 431# https://t.co/fjevazq0xe
Meanwhile, a recent survey shows Arizona voters support students wearing in masks in schools to limit the spread of COVID-19. The survey was sponsored by the Arizona Public Health Association and the Arizona School Boards Association.
The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona has risen to 1,050,878 today from 1,048,600 yesterday and 19,187 deaths have been reported since the pandemic began.
Today’s #COVID19 dashboard update adds 2,278 cases and no deaths. The highly contagious Delta variant continues infecting Arizonans, nearly all of them unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated. To protect yourself, get vaccinated: https://t.co/w4dIWTpW4A. pic.twitter.com/39wcd7pDaC— AZ Dept of Health (@AZDHS) September 13, 2021
In Maricopa County, there are 666,798 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 130,914 in Pima County, 65,274 in Pinal County, 40,039 in Yuma County, 29,655 in Mohave County, 24,746 in Yavapai County, 20,514 in Coconino County, 19,020 in Navajo County, 13,591 in Cochise County, 12,793 in Apache County, 8,626 in Santa Cruz County, 8,626 in Gila County, 6,647 in Graham County, 2,809 in La Paz County and 826 in Greenlee County.
*UPDATED WEEK OF 9/5*— Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University (@ASUBiodesign) September 6, 2021
Free #Covid19 saliva testing continues in Arizona in partnership w/@AZDHS:
– Use agency code SALIVATEST
– Drive-thru available
– Results typically < 48hrs
– Ages 5+
– Bring QR code (no ID req)
Details/register: https://t.co/bogIAKKMgo #DeltaVariant
UPDATE New COVID-19 report from UofA’s @JoeKGerald shows signs Delta surge easing but warns stress on hospitals far from over. Graph below captures why so many parents/MDs/educators pushing back on AZ ban on mask mandates. FULL REPORT https://t.co/tQ26xzVhr6 pic.twitter.com/2DvsDTuL9T— Brahm Resnik (@brahmresnik) September 13, 2021
Crane School District and Dysart Schools celebrate National Arts in Education Week.
🎨🎭🎶🩰It’s National Arts in Education Week! We celebrate art education in all its forms & the impact it has on our students. Researchers find that sustained learning in the arts correlates strongly with higher achievement in both math and reading. #BecauseofArtsEd #WeAreCrane pic.twitter.com/z9hP8yhwiL— Crane School Dist. (@CraneSchools) September 13, 2021
It’s #ArtsinEducation Week in Dysart Schools and across the nation! All week we’ll be highlighting the creative and expressive side of our students. First up is the extremely talented Eli Hernandez from @WillowCanyonHS on the viola. #DysartArts pic.twitter.com/C6IBtR5acp— Dysart Schools (@DysartUSD) September 13, 2021
Learn more about Flagstaff Festival of Science that runs Sept. 17 through 26 here.
In its 32nd year, the 2021 Flagstaff Festival of Science will take place Sept. 17-26, exploring the theme “Stories in Stone.” Learn more about @NAU‘s role in the festival’s success here: https://t.co/UoV1ZtQy7k pic.twitter.com/dzOPZtsaKT— Arizona Board of Regents (@AZRegents) September 13, 2021
Mesa Public Schools is hoping a new program to encourage people with degrees outside education to become teachers will help them become fully staffed.
ICYMI: Mesa Public Schools district is still 80 teachers away from being fully staffed, but a program aimed at filling teacher positions with people who have college degrees outside of education could be the solution. https://t.co/J9aj8XqfYh— 12 News (@12News) September 13, 2021
Learning music can help student learning in other subjects, according to The Hechinger Report.
Help students learn about the stock market and the GameStop phenomenon, with these resources courtesy of Arizona Council on Economic Education.
This collection from the @CouncilEconEd will help students learn about the GameStop phenomenon introducing them to concepts like financial investments, stock market, and markets and prices. https://t.co/PbDtvK744r pic.twitter.com/inOPTZuuKB— AZ Council Econ Ed (@AzCouncilEconEd) September 13, 2021
East Valley Institute of Technology celebrates staff who make a difference for students and the community.
4 years! We are happy to be celebrating our fourth anniversary with EVIT Digital Device Diagnostic & Repair instructor Jared Bodine. Thank you for continuing to train our students & serve our community. We appreciate you! #4YearsofService #EVITChangesLives #WeAreEVIT pic.twitter.com/EhW8LFwPTT— EVIT Career & College Prep #WeAreEVIT (@EVITnews) September 13, 2021
Kyrene Traditional Academy students learned about the importance of first responders during a 9/11 anniversary ceremony.
🇺🇸Today Kyrene Traditional Academy held a #911Anniversary ceremony. Thank you @ChandlerPolice Sgt. Jason McClimons for speaking to students about the importance of first responders. Sgt. McClimons attended KTA when it was Kyrene del Sureno in the 80’s! #TeamKyrene pic.twitter.com/4ffFKfIRS8— KyreneSchools (@KyreneSchools) September 10, 2021
Learn more about the most influential document in American history during Glendale Community College’s week-long celebration of Constitution Day!
We invite YOU to join us for a week-long celebration of Constitution Day! 📜— Glendale Community College (@gccaz) September 13, 2021
Join us each day at 11am for an hour session focused on voting, civic engagement and the most influential document in American history, our Constitution.
Info and WebEx link ▶️ https://t.co/XVNvlc5rL4 pic.twitter.com/bvauoCKmYs
Learn more about Read Better Be Better‘s partnership with the Kingman Area Literacy Program.
Do you need to register for the PSAT?
Today is the last chance to register for the PSAT that will be held on the Horizon Honors campus on Wednesday, October 13th! Register here:https://t.co/IAMahHDO0f#horizonhonors#PSAT pic.twitter.com/Ip8VX3TihT— Horizon Honors Schools (@horizonhonors) September 13, 2021
Tucson Unified School District invites families to take part in an upcoming webinar in Spanish to help raise awareness about blood pressure.
Parents! Be sure to take advantage of the community education webinar, in Spanish, coming up to help raise awareness about blood pressure! The webinar will take place Wednesday, September 29th at 11:30 AM, so be sure to visit our website to register!❤️ | https://t.co/BauAMe7P6v pic.twitter.com/HNpbT5iI6H— TUHSD News (@TUHSD_News) September 13, 2021
Arizona State University thanks its students and staff who helped them earn the Number One ranking for innovation again this year.
Sun Devils, you did it again! 🔱— Arizona State University (@ASU) September 13, 2021
Thank you to the incredible students, faculty, researchers and staff – the ASU innovators – who make this ranking possible year after year.
And to those who came before us, thank you for blazing a trail of innovation. https://t.co/E6RX0vZFJH pic.twitter.com/FQeXL3aOjR
Glendale Union High School gives a shout-out to two of it’s schools included in Arizona’s High School Football Rankings this week.
Congratulations to Sunnyslope and Greenway for being included in Arizona’s High School Football Rankings for Week 4. To view, the rankings click here, https://t.co/KPm88WcHWU. #WeAreGUHSD #ExcellenceContinues #SunnyslopeProud #GreenwayProud pic.twitter.com/Arl8I3MBhi— GlendaleUnionHSDAZ (@GlendaleUnionAZ) September 13, 2021
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, 2021: Daily schools update: Teens struggle with mental health as school starts
June 20 to July 14, 2021: Daily schools update: Arizona lawmakers ban mask requirements in schools
June 14 to June 17, 2021: Tempe Union’s board approves comprehensive mental health policy
June 1 to June 11, 2021: It’s time to get students enrolled in school for fall & ready for in-person classes
May 17 to May 28, 2021: A year after George Floyd’s murder, a look at empathy, equity, what’s changed & what hasn’t
May 10 to May 14, 2021: Students ready for graduation ceremonies
April 28 to May 3, 2021: Thank 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, 2021: Children, young teens may be eligible for COVID-19 vaccine before next school year
March 15 to March 26: Masks 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. 2 to Feb. 9: Video: Supt. Hoffman gives State of Special Education address
Jan. 10 – Jan 20: How students engage with Inauguration Day
Dec. 21, 2020 to Jan 8, 2021: Teachers help students deal with attacks on Congress, Capitol
Oct. 20 to Oct. 30: AZDHS amends COVID-19 school benchmarks
Aug. 12 – Aug. 24: Students, teachers affected by Zoom outage
July 13- July 30: Teachers prepare for digital learning and back to school
June 15 – June 29: Video: Gov. pauses re-opening of some businesses as COVID-19 cases rise
May 26 – June 12: Increase in COVID-19 cases marks a new daily high
April 26 – May 10: Stores re-open, COVID-19 testing blitz resumes on Saturday
March 12 – April 7, 2020: Coronavirus response: Cases rise; AZ Day of Giving