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Students ready for graduation ceremonies

Family Members And The Community Honor J.O. Combs High School Graduates Who Are Lined Up On The Pavement Six Feet Apart During A Drive By Graduation Ceremony. Photo Courtesy J.O. Combs District

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Updated May 14, 2021: After a year of distance learning and some time back in the classroom, Arizona high school seniors are getting ready for in-person graduation ceremonies

Dysart Unified School District honored their graduating students just before graduation week.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 872,022 today up from yesterday’s 871,168 and 17,447 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 543,928 confirmed cases of COVID-19,  115,906 in Pima County, 52,087 in Pinal County, 37,162 in Yuma County, 22,854 in Mohave County, 18,982 in Yavapai County, 17,875 in Coconino County, 16,332 in Navajo County, 11,990 in Cochise County, 11,384 in Apache County, 7,980 in Santa Cruz County, 6,897 in Gila County, 5,607 in Graham County, 2,464 in La Paz County and 573 in Greenlee County.

Arizona Dept. of Health Services Interactive Graphic: (Hover over counties and boxes for more info)


Peoria MET students collaborated on a end of year project.

Mesa Public Schools seeks community input on ways to spend the district’s ESSER federal emergency relief funds.

Flagstaff Unified School District celebrated a high school senior named student of the month who received a fully stocked toolbox from Napa Auto Parts before starting at Universal Technical Institute.

Updated May 13, 2021: Arizona Sen. Nancy Barto revised her sex ed bill vetoed by Gov. Doug Ducey last month to remove parent opt in for their students to discuss sexual orientation, gender identity and HIV/AIDS issues that was in the earlier bill. 

The bill will be heard in a Senate committee Barto chairs.

Right now, Arizona won’t require children and teens to get the COVID-19 vaccination to return to school in the Fall.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control said today that fully vaccinated people can take their masks off indoors.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 871,168 today and 17,438 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 543,198 confirmed cases of COVID-19,  115,905 in Pima County, 52,040 in Pinal County, 37,159 in Yuma County, 22,847 in Mohave County, 18,952 in Yavapai County, 17,874 in Coconino County, 16,321 in Navajo County, 11,986 in Cochise County, 11,381 in Apache County, 7,968 in Santa Cruz County, 6,929 in Gila County, 5,571 in Graham County, 2,464 in La Paz County and 573 in Greenlee County.

Indian Bend Elementary School students and staff donated water bottles to benefit a local organization that helps those in need.

Chandler Unified School District celebrates seniors with yearbook style social media posts.

Send in a photo and entry to AZEdNews to see your graduating senior highlighted on AZEdNews Yearbook and on our social media.

Estrella Mountain Community College will develop four-year degrees in high demand fields such as healthcare, IT, education, police and fire services.

To celebrate the school district’s centennial, West Point Elementary School students held a virtual event to fill their time capsules and held a parade.

Supt. of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman congratulated outstanding math and science educators for their work encouraging students.

An Avondale Elementary School District teacher was selected for the Maricopa County Superintendent’s teacher advisory team.

Learn more about a Flinn Scholar.

Queen Creek Elementary School District Orchestra students get a chance to show off their skills during a performance.

As Arizona Legislators work on the budget, Legislative Democrats released their proposed budget.

Tucson Unified School District Supt. Gabe Trujillo visited with students in Ms. Dupati’s social studies classes.

Updated May 11, 2021: Arizona children and teens ages 12 to 15 years old may start receiving COVID-19 vaccinations on Thursday, May 13.

There are 400,000 youth in Arizona between the ages of 12 and 15 according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.

Arizona voters will decide in November whether to repeal a 2006 ban on in-state tuition at Arizona’s public universities for undocumented students after the Arizona House of Representatives approved Senate Concurrent Resolution 1044 yesterday.

SCR1044 provides Arizona voters the opportunity to vote on a ballot measure that would allow all students who attend an Arizona high school for two years and who graduate to be eligible for in-state tuition. It would exempt postsecondary education from a state or local public benefit that people without lawful immigration status cannot currently access. 

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 870,155 today from 869,472 yesterday, and 17,428 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 542.486 confirmed cases of COVID-19,  115,872 in Pima County, 51,934 in Pinal County, 37,154 in Yuma County, 22,819 in Mohave County, 18,919 in Yavapai County, 17,863 in Coconino County, 16,309 in Navajo County, 11,971 in Cochise County, 11,360 in Apache County, 7,940 in Santa Cruz County, 6,926 in Gila County, 5,569 in Graham County, 2,460 in La Paz County and 573 in Greenlee County.

Corona del Sol High School students won first place for their Beyond the Classroom Service Project from Arizona Council for Economic Education.

Avondale Elementary School District thanks parents for their donations of school supplies.

Glendale Elementary School District thanked Glendale Union High School District counselors for meeting with 8th graders to get them registered for their freshman year.

See how a school leader built a strong community network to get students and families the resources they need.

Take a look at how Arizona schools are handling standardized testing this year.

Only 25% of public four-year universities are affordable for low-income students, National College Attainment Network finds.

Tanque Verde Unified School District encourages people to spread kindness with a nomination for Ben’s Bells awards.

Alhambra Elementary School District reminds families about free childhood immunizations on Friday, May 14 at Mark T. Atkinson School.

Watch a video about Peoria Unified’s Jacqueline Trembulak who helped Sunset Heights Elementary be ready to open this year and is a Pride of Peoria Award Winner.

Dysart Student Broadcasting celebrated students’ work and highlighted their achievements throughout the year.

Updated May 10, 2021: School districts are among the agencies affected by a $15.8 million error in Maricopa County’s investment portfolio that will reduce funding schools and local improvement districts receive.

Maricopa County will reduce this month’s interest payments to schools and other agencies, which means $5.6 million less in interest payments for county government and $445,000 less for Tolleson Union High School District, according to The Arizona Republic.

Schools and agencies can’t by law budget anticipated interest, so school budget officials say will not have a significant impact.

Late this afternoon, U.S. regulators approved the use of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for children as young as 12 years old.

Children and young teens could begin receiving the vaccine as soon as a federal vaccine advisory committee issues recommendations and an announcement is expected on Wednesday.

Parents, school leaders and public health leaders have been waiting for approval so more children and teens could get vaccinated before they head on summer vacations and go back to school in the fall.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 869,472 today from 868,830  yesterday, and 17,409 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 542.072 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 115,805  in Pima County, 51,815 in Pinal County, 37,148 in Yuma County, 22,810 in Mohave County, 18,891 in Yavapai County, 17,851 in Coconino County, 16,297 in Navajo County, 11,970 in Cochise County, 11,358  in Apache County, 7,932 in Santa Cruz County, 6,922 in Gila County, 5,568 in Graham County, 2,460 in La Paz County and 573 in Greenlee County.

Dysart Unified School District celebrates Teacher Shannon Frazier who will be part of the Maricopa County Supterintent’s Teacher Advisory Team.

See how alternative certification programs are bringing non-traditional teachers into the classroom, Courtesy KJZZ 91.5 FM.

Kyrene Schools virtual student art show is live! Click below to view.

Looking for affordable summer options for kids and teens? See what Boys & Girls Clubs are offering.

Florence Unified School District students and staff shared their appreciation for their teachers.

Arizona Council for Economic Education thanked Charles Schwab for joining in on Virtual Financial Fitness in Action with students at Peoria Online High School.

Tolleson Elementary School District honored their Nutrition Team members for all they do to support students and their learning.

Hear more about what parent teacher associations can do to enhance diversity, equity and inclusion in this webinar. Details below.

See what Peoria Unified School District students are learning through the arts at these schools. View through the link below.

Earlier coverage

May 4 to May 6, 2021: Amendment 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