Updated May 5, 2021: An amendment to Senate Bill 1532 by House Education Chair Michelle Udall would prohibit schools from requiring teachers to attend training on race, ethnicity or sex; prohibit teachers from discussing controversial public policy or social issues that aren’t essential to course learning objectives; and allow the court to impose a $5,000 civil penalty for each violation.
The newly-amended SB SB 1532 requires that any “controversial issues” discussed in the classroom must be done “from diverse and contending perspectives without giving deference to any one perspective.” It passed along party lines. https://t.co/U5vJrEWc7H— Arizona Daily Star (@TucsonStar) May 6, 2021
In debate on #SB1532, teacher Rep. Schwiebert shares concern about possible $5,000 fines and the impact on meaningful classroom discussion. “It will have a chilling effect on the art of teaching.”— Kelli Butler (@KelliButlerAZ) May 5, 2021
Especially awful during #TeacherAppreciationWeek #azleg pic.twitter.com/wCHnmfTWbk
We’d like to amend our tweet.— AZEdUnited (@AZEdUnited) May 5, 2021
Please @michudall, teacher to teacher, withdraw this amendment to #SB1532.
It would do irrevocable damage to our children, our curriculums, your former colleagues and our state.
Our students deserve honest conversations for an equitable future. https://t.co/DvEnNp40Kb
#SB1532 is erasure of our existence as unapologetically Black, Indigenous and People of Color, as Trans, Agender, Non-binary, Queer. Our existence is politicized long before we come into existence. The fight for #ClimateJustice is considered “controversial” under #SB1532. #AZLeg https://t.co/NE39j5YxIz— ChispaAZ (@ChispaAZ) May 5, 2021
The bill is similar to ones introduced recently by Republicans in Texas, Arkansas and other states.
In case you are wondering why AZHouse GOP is suddenly obsessed with “critical race theory,” there’s nothing original about #SB1532. It’s the latest manufactured teapot tempest in the right-wing rage machine taking over for the “border crisis.” Background: https://t.co/JDFTCewttr— Arizona House Democrats (@AZHouseDems) May 5, 2021
This is exactly right. No hearing, no public comment. Just importing a bill from TX & forcing it on everyone in AZ where we don’t have a single incidence of this problem. Let’s get back to dealing w problems we do have – like our overcrowded classrooms and underfunded schools. https://t.co/rP8DknmFWN— Rep. Aaron Lieberman (@aaron4az) May 5, 2021
Supt. of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman shared her take on the bill.
Instead of thanking our teachers during teacher appreciation week, today #SB1532 passed through the House. This bill would fine teachers 10%+ of their salaries for attempting to teach an inclusive and accurate portrayal of our history.— Kathy Hoffman (@kathyhoffman_az) May 5, 2021
And like previous GOP led efforts, this bill will result in lawsuits at the expense of taxpayers, leaving yet another stain on this history of a state perpetually battered by harmful, Republican-led efforts.— Kathy Hoffman (@kathyhoffman_az) May 5, 2021
Senate Bill 1532 would also prohibit teachers from assigning projects that involve engaging in lobbying or public policy advocacy.
Dear #AZGOP, A note on #TeacherAppreciationWeek STOP politicizing our profession. Respect and Trust your children’s educators. We work every day to provide quality instruction and safe schools for YOUR children. #JustStop #SB1532— Marisol Garcia (@marisolgarciaaz) May 5, 2021
Later today, the measure was approved along party lines by House Republicans.
This bill is nothing more than a knee-jerk reaction to a complete misunderstanding of what #CriticalRaceTheory even is. The people who need it the most are the ones who voted to ban it.— Sen. Martín Quezada (@SenQuezada29) May 5, 2021
In an Arizona Capitol Media article, Rep. Michelle Udall said “It simply prevents teaching our students that their race determines their character, treatment or worth. Biased, unbalanced teaching hurts children.”
But in the same article Rep. Randall Friese said, “It is not propaganda that our country enslaved people for 400 year. It is not propaganda that native tribes had their land taken by our forefathers.”
Now, the amended version of SB 1532 returns to the Senate, which approved an earlier version of the bill without the amendment.
I find the willful misrepresentation and misunderstanding of equity to be tiresome. I have never once, in all the discussions I’ve had with people of color, felt as though I had to apologize for being white. 1/ https://t.co/a3sq67twcK— Chris Kotterman (@mrkotter) May 5, 2021
These are not all distant memories, and it is complete nonsense to pretent that a nation’s past and where it comes from has no impact on how its citizens live their lives in the present. That should be a broadly agreed concept. And yet, 3/— Chris Kotterman (@mrkotter) May 5, 2021
an honest and vulnerable conversation about where exactly we are as a society today. These objections are rooted primarily in the fact that while “everyone agrees that history should be taught accurately,” there is this a persistent belief that 5/— Chris Kotterman (@mrkotter) May 5, 2021
it to their own modern day circumstances. That is not how you develop engaged, inform citizens. Which is what I thought we were supposed to be doing. Left unsaid in the insistence that only “accurate portrayals” be taught, 7/— Chris Kotterman (@mrkotter) May 5, 2021
This bill puts us on a path to literally litigate, topic by topic, what historical perspectives will be taught in schools. All because our egos are too fragile to be uncomfortable. And that is a damn shame. /end— Chris Kotterman (@mrkotter) May 5, 2021
Save Our Schools Arizona also weighed in on the bill.
For background on this extremist effort: https://t.co/wqbEf5IvWL— Save Our Schools AZ (@arizona_sos) May 6, 2021
Two bills moving through the TX Leg would ban classrooms from discussing current events or controversial public policy issues (3/7) https://t.co/9QH5dCt03H— Save Our Schools AZ (@arizona_sos) May 6, 2021
Tennessee’s copycat bill is here; lawmakers want to withhold funding for public schools that don’t comply: https://t.co/39kpVfs3dG (5/7)— Save Our Schools AZ (@arizona_sos) May 6, 2021
These lawmakers are the *same* politicians who claim they want to push private school vouchers for “civil rights” 🙄 while banning classroom discussion/analysis of systemic racism, and pushing their agenda on public schools while attacking teachers (7/7)— Save Our Schools AZ (@arizona_sos) May 6, 2021
Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 866.022 today from 865,280 yesterday, and 17,360 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.
Today’s #COVID19 dashboard update adds 742 cases and 5 deaths. Drop by a state vaccination site to get your vaccine today. Locations and hours of sites in the Valley, Tucson, Yuma, and Flagstaff are available at https://t.co/YBRV3lMGeQ. #RollUpYourSleeve pic.twitter.com/QdSXdxdUDt— AZ Dept of Health (@AZDHS) May 5, 2021
Younger Arizonans are fueling a slight increase in COVID-19 cases https://t.co/SYSb5JURk2— azcentral (@azcentral) May 5, 2021
In Maricopa County, there are 539,632 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 115,462 in Pima County, 51,561 in Pinal County, 37,117 in Yuma County, 22,748 in Mohave County, 18,789 in Yavapai County, 17,778 in Coconino County, 16,237 in Navajo County, 11,943 in Cochise County, 11,338 in Apache County, 7,920 in Santa Cruz County, 6,911 in Gila County, 5,555 in Graham County, 2,459 in La Paz County and 572 in Greenlee County.
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Details/register: https://t.co/ihRoN249yp pic.twitter.com/U5RWqiHgIx
Arizona Dept. of Health Services Interactive Graphic: (Hover over counties and boxes for more info)
Let a teacher know why they’re so important to your student and your family during Teacher Appreciation Week.
The celebrations for Teacher Appreciation Week continue! After a challenging and unusual year for our teachers, we are grateful for their resilience, perseverance and dedication to education. Please enjoy this special message from Superintendent Fourlis: https://t.co/LHXm6xv3xv— Mesa Public Schools (@mpsaz) May 5, 2021
Hear what initiatives teachers would like to start for their students and apply for an AZEdNews Classroom Grant for your idea.
#TeacherAppreciationWeek: @DVUSD Teacher Sarah James wants to start a school garden to help students learn about plants while growing vegetables & fruits – https://t.co/OeN81P2UcL pic.twitter.com/Gudx57WVGN— AZ Education News (@azednews) May 5, 2021
See how Alhambra Elementary School District students came together to create something that will benefit future students at their schools.
Students carried buckets of water, soil, and mulch to begin caring for our newest addition which will leave a legacy and a positive impact on our campus for years to come. Many thanks to @QESSTERC and Rob McGehee: Walton Sustainability Teachers Academies for funding this event! https://t.co/t2RrTtZM6R— Catalina Ventura Elementary (@CatalinaAESD) May 4, 2021
Hear what two Flinn Scholars have planned for their future.
2021 #FlinnScholars Jordyn Hitzeman and Surabhi Sajith, the first two Flinn Scholars from @BASISed @BASISAhwatukee, talk to the @AhwatukeeFN about their high school activities, passions, and college plans. https://t.co/h3C5CJaQgk— Flinn Scholars (@FlinnScholars) May 5, 2021
Higley High School criminal justice students did these activities to determine what driving impaired is like.
Recently, Criminal Justice students at Higley High School learned about the effects of driving under the influence. Students wore impairment goggles, while others administered field sobriety tests to others who were “impaired.” pic.twitter.com/zJ7dKLidy2— Higley Schools (@higleydistrict) May 5, 2021
Avondale Elementary School District honored Lillian Linn, who was named 2021 Catalyst for Education by School Connect.
Congratulations Miss Lillian Linn on receiving the 2021 Catalyst for Education Award by School Connect! We are so proud of you 👏💙❤️ pic.twitter.com/X6lqtCR3YF— Avondale District (@AvondaleESD) May 5, 2021
The Arizona Council on Economic Education reminds teachers it’s time to sign up for their annual summer boot camps.
School’s almost out for the summer which means it’s almost time for our annual boot camps! Sign up now!— AZ Council Econ Ed (@AzCouncilEconEd) May 5, 2021
Middle School: https://t.co/I3jKS4ZWPX
High School & CTE: https://t.co/tP977o9QeS pic.twitter.com/fbWapCXmkD
Dysart Schools celebrates Transportation staff who have kept students safe going to and from school.
We continue to celebrate Staff Appreciation Week in Dysart Schools! Our transportation staff have done a #DysartExtraordinary job this year of making sure our students get to school safely. We appreciate everyone for going above and beyond during this challenging year! 👏 pic.twitter.com/96w34PRYnT— Dysart Schools (@DysartUSD) May 5, 2021
West-MEC thanks teachers for all they do to prepare their students for life and careers.
At West-MEC, we know that our teachers are champions for each and every student they reach. Thank you teachers for your dedication to changing lives and uplifting #generationorange pic.twitter.com/57LqFTnEC1— West-MEC (@WestMEC) May 5, 2021
Peoria Unified celebrated two Pride of Peoria winners on their campuses.
Updated May 4, 2021: Preschool enrollment and funding has dropped nationwide and in Arizona, according to The State of Preschool Yearbook from the National Institute for Early Education Research.
Hear about key finding from the research on KJZZ 91.5 FM.
Arizona has seen a drop in both enrollment in and spending on preschool programs.— KJZZ Phoenix (@kjzzphoenix) May 4, 2021
A @PreschoolToday assistant research professor tells @markwbrodie what the latest data shows about our state.https://t.co/vjH2rtg0RJ
Fund programs & strategies to invest in early childhood. For @AZFTF that includes:— PHX East Valley Partnership (@EVPartnership) May 4, 2021
✅ Strengthen families as a child’s 1st teacher
✅ Improve access to & quality of preschool & childcare
✅ Prevent & early ID health problems that impact learninghttps://t.co/l8qfQCPI1A
“Public schools have a responsibility to ensure the highest ideals of justice, citizenship and human dignity are demonstrated and upheld, from the governing board table to the classroom. They must stand committed to leading toward and advocating for more equitable and inclusive educational environments, free of racism, where every student, teacher, staff, parent and community member is treated with dignity and respect. As an association, we have that responsibility, too, and we take it seriously,” ASBA said.
Important ASBA Message: As an organization committed to #equity and also to being #anti-racist, we believe it necessary and appropriate to condemn racism and stand committed to equity. #ASBAEquity Read full statement here, https://t.co/RokIfWP49X pic.twitter.com/mnE5APR685— azsba (@AzSBA) May 5, 2021
“In fact, in June 2020, the ASBA Board of Directors passed a resolution condemning racism and affirming the association’s commitment to equity – the opportunity, access and inclusion necessary for every student to succeed. The resolution affirmed that ‘purposeful action against all forms of racism, both individual and organizational, is necessary to dismantle racism,’ ” ASBA said.
“Today, an Arizona talk radio host singled out two of our speakers who spoke at our invitation at the ASBA Equity Event. Although the event featured 30 speakers from a wide variety of backgrounds and races, and tackled the difficult but important subjects of culture, race and ethnicity and their impact on students and education, these two speakers — who are Black — were singled out, maligned and their comments were mischaracterized. As an organization committed to equity and also to being anti-racist, we believe it necessary and appropriate to condemn this,” ASBA said.
“In addition to being simply wrong, such tactics and portrayals harm all students. When concepts like equity are wrongly defined or misinterpreted, with racist intent or not, it puts up roadblocks to the school board’s essential work of building greater opportunity, access and inclusion so that every student can succeed, regardless of their culture, race, ethnicity, family income, home setting, ability, gender or any other influence or characteristic that can contribute to inequities,” ASBA said.
“We have never shied away from the fact that pursuit of greater equity is hard work. It’s part of our core beliefs. Rest assured, we will not shy away from the work itself, either. Arizona’s students are worth it – and they are counting on us,” ASBA said.
“We have said it before and will continue to say it again. School board members should never feel that they are placing themselves or their families at risk by serving their communities or doing what is right for kids. Remember, ASBA is here to serve you and will always be your association,” ASBA said.
In addition, ASBA also released a FAQ on School Board Safety, Open Meeting Law and Parental Rights in response to people recently protesting mask policies at School Governing Board Meetings in Vail School District, Sahuarita Unified School District, and Chandler Unified School District.
Gov. Doug Ducey signed Senate Bill 1453 today allowing community colleges to offer four-year degrees.
Big, big news for community colleges today. They have been trying to get a bill passed like this for years. https://t.co/Bh9hUPMU4X— Anne Ryman (@anneryman) May 4, 2021
Take a few minutes today to thank a teacher for all they’ve done for you, your children and other students to help you succeed and to be there when you need support during Teacher Appreciation Week.
Happy Teachers’ Day to our incredible #TucsonUnified teachers! Your passion and resilience does not go unnoticed. We appreciate you❤️ #PROUD2BTUSD 🍎#TeacherAppreciationDay #TeacherAppreciation pic.twitter.com/FjNGSr4xEs— Tucson Unified (@tucsonunified) May 4, 2021
“Arizona’s #teachers have gone above and beyond to support their students, especially this past year…Arizona is grateful for educators’ resiliency and dedication to student success.” @dougducey declares today #TeacherAppreciationDay in Arizona. https://t.co/baqe4ncrgd— Friends of ASBA (@friendsASBA) May 4, 2021
Arizona Education News Service thanks teachers and encourages them to apply for the AZEdNews Classroom Grant to make their visions a reality.
Cave Creek Unified and Dysart Unified students thank their teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week.
It’s NATIONAL TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK! Henley and Faith, 3rd graders Horseshoe Trails Elementary School, wanted to give a shout out to their teachers 😍Ms. Wilson/ Wu Laoshi😍 THANK YOU! @AaronJPettinato @cort_monroe pic.twitter.com/vPkHWcuPcI— Cave Creek USD (@CaveCreekUSD93) May 4, 2021
May 4 is #TeacherAppreciationDay & we would like to thank our #DysartExtraordinary teachers 🍎 for their hard work everyday to give students a strong academic foundation, support children’s social & emotional needs, & keep our students safe and healthy. Thank a teacher today! pic.twitter.com/OA2GGQp7uU— Dysart Schools (@DysartUSD) May 4, 2021
Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 865,280 today from 864,579 yesterday, and 17,355 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.
Today’s #COVID19 dashboard update adds 701 cases and 11 deaths. Need a COVID-19 test? FREE saliva testing continues in partnership w/@ASUBiodesign. Use agency code SALIVATEST to register: https://t.co/cO7dgdrUR9 pic.twitter.com/jhT3dUTDdt— AZ Dept of Health (@AZDHS) May 4, 2021
In Maricopa County, there are 539,080 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 115,437 in Pima County, 51,492in Pinal County, 37,110 in Yuma County, 22,724 in Mohave County, 18,766 in Yavapai County, 17,764 in Coconino County, 16,224 in Navajo County, 11,935 in Cochise County, 11,335 in Apache County, 7,920 in Santa Cruz County, 6,908 in Gila County, 5,554 in Graham County, 2,459 in La Paz County and 572 in Greenlee County.
The new goal, which also includes fully vaccinating 160 million adults by Independence Day, comes as demand for vaccines has dropped off markedly nationwide. https://t.co/7wqi1DQlvC— 12 News (@12News) May 4, 2021
Here’s how to stay curious and calm when you encounter ideas that don’t match your world view.
Being open-minded might sound easy. But our brains aren’t naturally wired to stay curious and calm when we encounter ideas that don’t match how we see the world.— NPR (@NPR) May 4, 2021
Here’s how to practice, from @NPRLifeKit and @roseveleth. https://t.co/3ZeQuqYlsm
Higley Traditional teacher Emily Asay says orchestra was her favorite class in school and now she enjoys sharing her passion with her music students.
By participating in orchestra, Higley Traditional students have the opportunity to learn to play instruments such as violin and cello. “Orchestra was always my favorite class of the day which is why I now enjoy being that class for my students,” said orchestra teacher Emily Asay. pic.twitter.com/dpgvyWPPLk— Higley Schools (@higleydistrict) May 4, 2021
This year’s college graduates are entering a much stronger job market than last year’s graduates.
Mesa Public Schools celebrates their Food and Nutrition Staff for the work they do to ensure students and healthy and ready to learn.
Did you know this week is also School Nutrition Employee Week? We want to say a huge thank you to our Food and Nutrition staff for working hard each day to ensure our students are happy, healthy and ready to learn. Thank you for all you do for our community! pic.twitter.com/MABBmn5PEd— Mesa Public Schools (@mpsaz) May 4, 2021
See how mindfulness can help alleviate with symptoms of depression and anxiety.
Cactus High School received a grant to support their new innovation center, robotics, cybersecurity and crime scene investigation programs.
Cactus High “Where Innovation Ignites” program received a generous grant of $5,000 to support our brand-new innovation center, robotics, cybersecurity, and crime scene investigation programs. Robotics student Alexander Salter and instructor Adam Shroyer demonstrate the machine! pic.twitter.com/yccab8PYoL— CactusCobras (@CactusHSCobras) May 4, 2021
Washington Elementary School District honors an employee that manages attendance for six learning models at one of their schools.
The #WESDFamily would like to congratulate Kathy Smith, attendance clerk at Mountain Sky, for being selected as an April Employee of the Month. She manages attendance for 6 learning models and provides excellent customer service! She is as team-oriented, dedicated and thoughtful. pic.twitter.com/8vEHvaBJpw— WESD Schools (@WESDschools) May 4, 2021
Deer Valley Unified honors it’s junior high spiritline for winning the cheer and pom state championships.
Lets hear it for @thedigitalnest‘s #extraordinary Spiritline for winning both the Junior High Cheer and Pom State Championships this year! #statechampions #pomandcheer #studentathletes pic.twitter.com/Q3pmFarafT— Deer Valley Unified School District (@DVUSD) May 4, 2021
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 prohibit requi