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Tempe Union’s board approves comprehensive mental health policy

Tempe Union High School District's Governing Board Approves A Comprehensive Mental Health And Social And Emotional Learning Policy For Students And Staff. Photo Courtesy Of Azfamily

Updated June 17, 2021: Tempe Union High School District’s Governing Board approved a comprehensive mental health and social and emotional learning policy initiated by Armando Montero, a board member who graduated from the district just two years ago.

The plan focuses on creating a community of support for teens and staff and includes suicide prevention.

President Joe Biden signed legislation today approved by the U.S. House and Senate into law and creating Juneteenth as a new federal holiday.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 888,337 today up from yesterday’s 888,005 and 17,809 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 555,683 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 117,156 in Pima County, 53,540 in Pinal County, 37,283 in Yuma County, 23,407 in Mohave County, 19,475 in Yavapai County, 17,921 in Coconino County, 16,552 in Navajo County, 12,136  in Cochise County, 11,432 in Apache County, 8,064 in Santa Cruz County, 7,033 in Gila County, 5,598 in Graham County, 2,481 in La Paz County and 576 in Greenlee County.

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


Littleton Elementary School District encourages people to take part in their job fair and lets them know they’re available to help enroll students too.

Tucson Unified’s Ed Tech worked with Camp Cooper to develop fun activities and virtual field trips for students.

The U.S. Department of Justice says bans targeting transgender people that focus on athletes and children violate federal law.

Roosevelt School District students will benefit from a donation of 30 handmade desks from Steve Weinberg and Freeway Chevrolet.

Congratulations to Yasmine Flores who is learning more to advance her nursing career at University of Arizona.

Dysart Schools Governing Board held a time capsule ceremony to celebrate the district’s centennial.

Stand for Children AZ and small business owners urge Arizona Legislators to invest in children’s education when crafting the budget.

Mesa Community College shares more information on it’s Mesa College Promise to help students better afford the education and training they need to prepare for in-demand careers.

Alhambra Elementary School District welcomes Supt. Dr. Cecilia Maes.

Sharing and commenting on students’ art work can bring a class closer together, edutopia says.

Updated June 15, 2021: Maricopa County Superior Court Judge John Hannah Jr. dismissed most claims against Prop. 208 in a lawsuit by Senate President Karen Fann, other Republican lawmakers and a consignment store owner that challenged the ability of voters to tax themselves.

Judge Hannah’s ruling leaves just one issue – whether the funds that Prop. 208 provides to schools violate the state spending limit.

Arizona voters approved Prop. 208, also known as the Invest in Education Act Initiative, by 51.75 percent in the November 2020 general election. Prop. 208  imposes a 3.5% individual income tax surcharge on taxable annual income above $250,000 per individual and $500,000 per couple.

Based on Arizona Department of Revenue models, Prop. 208 would generate $940 million annually for teachers, counselors, therapists, support staff, vocational education and other critical services, said David Lujan, director of The Arizona Center for Economic Progress, who helped draft the initiative.

Funds generated by Prop. 208 would be dispersed as grants to school districts and charter schools in proportion to the average daily membership in the prior fiscal year as follows:

  • 50% for hiring and increasing compensation for teachers and classroom support personnel
  • 25% for hiring and increasing compensation for student support services personnel
  • 10% for providing mentoring and retention programs for new classroom teachers to increase retention
  • 12% to the Career Training and Workforce Fund
  • 3% to Arizona Teachers Academy fund

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Questions about Prop. 208, school bond, override elections? Find answers here
Court ruling impacts Invest in Ed, Save Our Schools initiatives qualifying for ballot
New Invest in Ed initiative announced for 2020 ballot
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Ruling removes Invest in Ed proposition from ballot

Arizona State University said it will comply with Gov. Doug Ducey‘s Executive Order issued today that says public universities and community colleges cannot “mandate that students obtain a COVID-19 vaccine, show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or place any conditions on attendance or participation in classes or academic activities, including but not limited to mandatory testing and mandatory mask usage, if a person chooses not to obtain a COVID-19 vaccine or disclose that they have been vaccinated against COVID-19.”

“This week, we informed our student population of what to expect when they return to campus for the fall semester. We did not communicate a vaccine mandate. We reiterated our message that we expect students to get vaccinated given the health benefits, but also offered students a choice in the matter. And, we communicated a continuation of existing health protocols for students who are not yet vaccinated as they are at higher risk for infection and spreading the virus,” the statement from ASU reads.

In an interview with KTAR News 92.3 FM, ASU President Dr. Michael Crow said, “So we expect vaccinations, but if you don’t get vaccinated then you’ve got to follow CDC guidelines for institutions of higher education which are quite clear, which is to protect the unvaccinated.”

ASU has also been a key partner to the state in inventing and providing mass testing and vaccine operations for the public, providing testing and management strategies to K-12 schools to get teachers and students back in the classroom, conducting scientific testing on the virus itself, and helping the state return to pre-pandemic operations.

“We announced in February that we would return to full in-person operations for the fall semester. Since the vaccine hit the market, we have communicated an expectation that students and employees get the vaccine, but it has never been a requirement,” the statement from ASU reads.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 887,569 today up from yesterday’s 886,752 and 17,779 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 555,223 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 117,049 in Pima County, 53,485 in Pinal County, 37,280 in Yuma County, 23,356 in Mohave County, 19,443 in Yavapai County, 17,905 in Coconino County, 16,513 in Navajo County, 12,130  in Cochise County, 11,450 in Apache County, 8,063 in Santa Cruz County, 7,018 in Gila County, 5,598 in Graham County, 2,480 in La Paz County and 576 in Greenlee County.

Updated June 14, 2021: Arizona schools are deciding whether to continue offering online learning options for students this fall. Here is what some districts plan to do, reports The Arizona Republic.

Dysart Unified School District Supt. Dr. Quinn Kellis says why school facilities funding is so important to keeping student learning environments safe and healthy.

Avondale Elementary School District congratulates students and staff for a successful food drive to help community members.

Northern Arizona University President Jose Luis Cruz Rivera will address the community at 1 p.m. today and you can watch it live at the link below.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 886,752 today up from yesterday’s 886,358  and 17,768 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 554,636 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 116,980 in Pima County, 53,434 in Pinal County, 37,275 in Yuma County, 23,308 in Mohave County, 19,421 in Yavapai County, 17,909 in Coconino County, 16,495 in Navajo County, 12,116  in Cochise County, 11,449 in Apache County, 8,061 in Santa Cruz County, 7,014 in Gila County, 5,598 in Graham County, 2,480 in La Paz County and 576 in Greenlee County.

See what Tucson Unified School District students get to do during summer school learning.

Today is Flag Day and Glendale Community College shares some info about it.

Mesa Public Schools is looking for staff to help students and families. Take a look and apply today.

School board members are concerned about safety as tensions at in-person meetings rise over mask policies and equity and board members receive threats.

Take a look at how Kyrene Schools makes the videos that highlight what’s going on for students and staff in the district.

Cartwright School District students take part in a camp that teaches social justice, culture and self-esteem.

Many schools take care of repairs during the summer. See what’s going on at Buckeye Elementary School District.

Peoria Unified School District is seeking high school automotive teachers to help students take the next steps forward in their career plans. Apply now.

Cave Creek Unified School District congratulates their state champion golf team.

Earlier Coverage

Earlier coverage:

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, 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