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Daily schools update: Education Advocates get Tax Referendum on 2022 Ballot


Dawn Penich-Thacker Checks Petitions For The Save Our Schools Act Initiative On Wednesday, February 26, 2020. Photo By Morgan Willis/AZEdNews

Updated Nov. 22, 2021: Following efforts from multiple Arizona education advocacy groups, voters will have the final say on the income tax bill Governor Doug Ducey signed into law earlier this year. The groups collected more than the needed amount of signatures to get the referendum on the ballot in 2022, according to the Arizona Mirror.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases rose to 1,245,127 statewide today, and 21,942 people have died from COVID-19 in Arizona since the pandemic began.

In Maricopa County there are 785,777 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 155,858 in Pima County78,987 in Pinal County42,508 in Yuma County35,420 in Mohave County31,561 in Yavapai County24,970 in Coconino County23,939 in Navajo County17,547 in Cochise County15,051 in Apache County9,690 in Santa Cruz County10,805 in Gila County8,334 in Graham County3,358 in La Paz County and 1,331 in Greenlee County

Kyle Mitchell is helping Native American students go to college- read his profile from AZCentral.

Since the pandemic, there has been a decline in students getting non-COVID related vaccines such as measles and Tdap shots.

As a commitment to clean air, Phoenix School District is looking to convert it’s busses from diesel to electric.

The Salvation Army Kettles are back this year to help raise money for Arizona families.

The number of Arizona High School graduates that are choosing to continue their education is on the decline for the third year in a row.

The Chinle Unified School District is receiving a $2 million dollar grant to help provide transportation to students.

An expose on Governor Doug Ducey revealed the managing and reality of school vouchers and COVID relief funds. Read more here:

The Pax Good Behavior game helps Arizona Teachers develop social emotional learning skills and is available to all educators.

The Pima County Health Department received a $6.8 million dollar grant to help with K-12 pandemic relief.

For the first time last week, the AZ Regents released its Post Secondary Attainment Report.

Updated Nov. 17, 2021: Community colleges across the state of Arizona have been given permission by Governor Ducey and the Arizona State Legislature to offer bachelor’s degrees following a bill that was signed into law this year. Maricopa Community Colleges plan to offer bachelor’s degrees at eight of their ten campuses, according to ABC 15 Arizona.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases rose to 1,223,892 statewide today from 1,220,433 yesterday, and 21,752 people have died from COVID-19 in Arizona since the pandemic began.

In Maricopa County there are 772,929 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 152,509 in Pima County77,895 in Pinal County42,246 in Yuma County34,994 in Mohave County30,642 in Yavapai County24,547 in Coconino County23,372 in Navajo County17,124 in Cochise County14,840 in Apache County9,523 in Santa Cruz County10,526 in Gila County8,137 in Graham County3,310 in La Paz County and 1,298 in Greenlee County

Bridges Elementary school was named one of the top elementary schools in Arizona.

Two members of the Sonoran Heights Middle School were able to speak at the Surprise City Council Meeting yesterday.

ASU’s Mirabella senior living center in downtown Tempe is suing a local bar for noise complaints.

Reading for fun in school aged children has begun to see a decline.

Arizona schools are finding ways to work around supply chain issues and staffing shortages.

A viral video of a student in a multicultural center at ASU sparks controversy and protests at the university.

Lone Mountain Elementary School students got the opportunity to Zoom in with Jane Goodall this morning.

Pioneer Elementary School received a large donation for their food drive from a local business.

The Apache Junction Multi-Generational Center raised over a thousand dollars for breast cancer awareness and prevention.

Arizona schools assess the impact that COVID has had on their student’s mental health.

Updated: Nov. 16, 2021: See how students, schools and organizations are helping connect students with the mental health resources and services they need to deal with challenges they face, Cronkite News reports.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases rose to 1,220,433 statewide today, and 21,736 people have died from COVID-19 in Arizona since the pandemic began.

In Maricopa County there are 771,037 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 152,075 in Pima County77,467 in Pinal County42,220 in Yuma County34,911 in Mohave County30,488 in Yavapai County24,478 in Coconino County23,247 in Navajo County17,032 in Cochise County14,816 in Apache County9,493 in Santa Cruz County10,483 in Gila County8,096 in Graham County3,308 in La Paz County and 1,282 in Greenlee County.

Country Meadows Elementary School kindergarteners have fun during recess.

Buckeye Elementary School students and teachers work in small groups.

Tolleson Elementary School District thanked Molina Healthcare for distributing turkeys to students’ families.

See how you can help students help each other, courtesy of edutopia.

Alhambra Elementary School District shares some good news about it’s Global Academy of Phoenix.

See that’s happening in Peoria Unified’s Agricultural Science course.

Students in Tempe received a book after a reading event earlier this morning.

Read Better Be Better thanks Pulliam Trust for its support of the Read Better Be Better At Home program to help students.

KTAR 92.3 FM shares the latest from Scottsdale Unified School District’s Governing Board meeting.

Learn more about that it’s like to attend high school during future freshmen events.

Students can help solve today’s challenges through career and technical education programs like those at Paradise Valley Unified School District.

Interested in a career in higher education and research? Then get your questions answered during this virtual event tomorrow.

See how to support college students who are food insecure, courtesy of The Education Trust.

Cave Creek Unified School District’s Cactus Shadows High School Adante and Vivace Choir has it’s fall concert this evening.

Updated Nov. 15, 2021: Holena Lebron, the principal of C.J. Jorgenson Elementary School, made a social media post asking for help in collecting donations to make sure that all of the 340 students in the K-8 school in South Phoenix would receive a gift for the holiday season. She is already halfway towards her goal, as 12 News reports.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases rose to 1,217,193 statewide today, and 21,653 people have died from COVID-19 in Arizona since the pandemic began.

In Maricopa County there are 769,375 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 151,584 in Pima County76,997 in Pinal County42,200 in Yuma County34,726 in Mohave County30,301 in Yavapai County24,417 in Coconino County23,170 in Navajo County17,031 in Cochise County14,796 in Apache County9,483 in Santa Cruz County10,461 in Gila County8,093 in Graham County3,303 in La Paz County and 1,276 in Greenlee County.

Maricopa Community College Foundation is now a part of the PepsiCo Foundation’s Community College Program expansion.

Scottsdale Unified School District’s president of their governing board is facing a potential removal after creating a report containing dirt on parents within the district.

A 17-year-old’s body was found at Independence High School after he had been reported missing.

Today, Governor Ducey announced $100 million dollars will be going towards expanding high-speed broadband internet access, which will help underserved areas in the state.

Last week, EVIT schools hosted a ‘lunch and learn’ for veterans in the community.

ASU was selected as the Number One public university for international students.

The Arizona Teachers Academy gives prospective teachers annual scholarships if they promise to teach at Arizona schools. Read more here:

The next highlighted Tribal flag is the Navajo Nation flag. Learn more here:

The Arizona Department of Education is working to ensure that more Arizona students receive secondary education.

Jane Goodall will be at a virtual event to talk with ASU students about hope. For more information and to register, visit here:

Updated Nov. 10, 2021: The University of Arizona has the only program that offers adaptive athletics to their students. The program is regarded as one of the largest and one of the most successful in the country, boasting multiple Paralympic medalists, AZ Central reports.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases rose to 1,199,277 statewide today from 1,195,483 yesterday, and 21,525 people have died from COVID-19 in Arizona since the pandemic began.

In Maricopa County there are 758,522 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 148,962 in Pima County76,035 in Pinal County41,995 in Yuma County34,338 in Mohave County29,646 in Yavapai County24,003 in Coconino County22,529 in Navajo County16,651 in Cochise County14,629 in Apache County9,307 in Santa Cruz County10,193 in Gila County7,937 in Graham County3,259 in La Paz County and 1,241 in Greenlee County.

U.S. News released the rankings for more than 1,250 Arizona schools. Find out more here:

The Tanque Verde Unified School District approved a mask mandate for pre-K-6th grade students.

After a playground burned in a fire, Mesa student council members fundraise for a new one.

Helios Education Foundation hosted their first post-secondary success conference with leaders from Arizona schools, including Michael Crow.

Today’s spotlighted tribal flag from the Arizona Department of Education is from the Hopi Tribe.

The ASU Preparatory Academy was one of 37 schools in the United States to be invited to join the League of Innovative Schools Cohort.

Lennon Audrain, a 22-year-old PhD student is the youngest candidate to ever run for the Phoenix Union High School Governing Board.

Florence Unified School District will have its food pantry open this Friday from 9-12 for those in need.

J.O. Combs Unified School District will be hosting its 8th annual Homecoming this Friday.

Sunset Hills School hosted an assembly for Veterans and their students, which included a breakfast after, in celebration of Veteran’s Day tomorrow.

Updated Nov. 9, 2021: Superintendents for Prescott Unified, Chino Valley Unified and Humboldt Unified School Districts shared some of the millions of dollars in potential cuts they’ll need to make at their schools if the Arizona Legislature does not increase the state spending cap on public education.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases rose to 1,195,483 statewide today from 1,192,365 yesterday, and 21,486 people have died from COVID-19 in Arizona since the pandemic began.

In Maricopa County there are 756,169 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 148,411 in Pima County75,889 in Pinal County41,975 in Yuma County34,261 in Mohave County29,498 in Yavapai County23,920 in Coconino County22,446 in Navajo County16,553 in Cochise County14,585 in Apache County9,281 in Santa Cruz County10,138 in Gila County7,885 in Graham County3,255 in La Paz County and 1,217 in Greenlee County.

Students at Freedom Traditional Academy in Dysart Unified School District celebrated Veterans in honor of Veterans Day coming up on Thursday this week.

Kyrene Schools shares what students are learning and doing during Native American Heritage Month.

Pima Joint Technical Education‘s Culinary Arts students at Mountain View High School shared how to make pancakes with preschool students today.

Toiletries and other donations are requested for families in need in Litchfield Elementary School District.

Tuba City Unified School District congratulates student Layla Curtis for being named the 2021 Girls fourth-sixth-grad division champion.

During National School Psychologist Week, Country Meadows Elementary School thanks school psychologists for all they do to help students and staff.

An Avondale Elementary School District teacher was selected for the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Fun at Bat program and her school will receive physical education supplies donated by the team.

Yuma Union High School District shares some excitement before Rivalry Week kicks off on Friday.

Littleton Elementary School District thanks NASCAR’s Erik Jones for sharing his love of reading with students.

Alhambra Traditional School students asked questions of CBS Steve Hartman.

Mesa Public Schools readies for its Community Resilience Fair this Saturday.

Earlier coverage:

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