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3 years after Red for Ed there’s much left to do

A Teacher And Student Greet Legislators As They Returned To The Capitol April 30, 2018. Photo By Lisa Irish/AZEdNews

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Updated April 27, 2021: Three years after Red for Ed hoped to improve classroom size, teacher and school staff pay, there is still so much left to do to improve students’ learning environment and support and teachers and schooll staff’s working conditions.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control released new COVID-19 guidance and recommendations today and among them are that vaccinated people do not need to wear a mask while outside, but they do still recommend social distancing.

The CDC still recommends vaccinated people wear masks while indoors.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 860,169 today from 859,487 yesterday, and 17,276 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 535,436 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 114,956 in Pima County, 51,105 in Pinal County, 37,056 in Yuma County, 22,607  in Mohave County, 18,636  in Yavapai County, 17,677  in Coconino County, 16,153 in Navajo County, 11,893 in Cochise County, 11,299 in Apache County, 7,914 in Santa Cruz County, 6,869 in Gila County, 5,544 in Graham County, 2,454 in La Paz County and 570 in Greenlee County.

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


Tempe Elementary thanks The Salvation Army for donating 200 fresh food boxes for Scales Technology Academy students’ families.

Flagstaff Unified School District received a Green Schoolyard Grant to help students at the new Killip Elementary School being built.

As AzMerit 2 testing continues Avondale Elementary School District reminds students they’re ready and can do this.

Sign up for summer camps at Red Mountain High School today.

Updated April 26, 2021: Arizona’s Attorney General’s Office launched an investigation into Prenda and its partner EdKey over an arrangement where dKey enrolls students in its Sequoia online school and collects charter school funding from the state, while students learn Prenda curriculum from Prenda guides. and the companies split the $8,000 in per-student state funding, reports The Arizona Republic

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 859,487 today from 858,737 yesterday, and 17,268 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 534,982 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 114,892 in Pima County, 51,019 in Pinal County, 37,049 in Yuma County, 22,580 in Mohave County, 18,624  in Yavapai County, 17,655  in Coconino County, 16,151 in Navajo County, 11,889 in Cochise County, 11,298 in Apache County, 7,912 in Santa Cruz County, 6,869 in Gila County, 5,543 in Graham County, 2,454 in La Paz County and 570 in Greenlee County.

Glendale middle schoolers are invited to register now for Glendale Union High School District’s free summer opportunities.

A new Arizona State University program Employment Assistance and Social Engagement – supports engineering students with autism.

Vistancia Elementary students have parachute fun during physical education class.

Deer Valley Unified School District will consider teacher staffing and salaries at it’s next governing board meeting.

Arizona State University’s Dr. Michael Crow congratulates the recently announced new Flinn Scholars.

Mesa Public Schools students get some help from community partners as they take part in the Move 1 Minute Initiative.

Arizona K12 Center says it’s time to register for Camp Plug and Play.

Share photos and celebrate your graduating seniors in AZEdNews Yearbook and watch for them to be featured on social media.

edutopia offers these four things to consider before interviewing for your next teaching position.

Updated April 23, 2021: Dr. Cara Christ, director of the Arizona Department of Health Services gave an update on COVID-19 transmission and vaccine availability during a news conference today that launched the new indoor state vaccination site at Gila River Arena in Glendale.

In response to a question about her recommendations for school districts deciding what to do now that the mandate requiring masks to be worn as schools has been lifted, Dr. Christ said, “While the mandate has been lifted, the recommendation for masks has not changed. “

“AZDHS is consistent with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that it is an important prevention tool for schools. Everyone on a site at a school should wear a mask while they are there and then also use some of those other prevention – the frequent hand washing and hand sanitizing, the physical distancing. But we still feel masks are an important component to a COVID-19 mitigation strategy,” Dr. Christ said.

AZ Dept. of Health Services: Gila River Arena vaccination site opening 4/23/21

“COVID-19 vaccines are safe. COVID-19 vaccines are effective. COVID-19 vaccines are free, and COVID-19 vaccines are available to everyone age 16 and older,” Dr. Christ said.

“Two-thirds of eligible have yet to be fully vaccinated,” Dr. Christ said. “I’m confident that with our county partners and leaders such as Dr. Baker we can continue the strong momentum from these first few months of vaccinations.”

It’s also possible now to book same day appointments at some sites, said Dr. Christ.

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Dr. Edmond Baker

Dr. Edmond Baker, medical director of Equality Health, said, “The virus that causes COVID-19 has taken more than 570,000 lives in the U.S., including 17, 238 Arizonans. We now know that people of color are more than twice as likely to die while infected by the virus.”

“While I am a physician, I am also a veteran, a husband, a father and an active community member. I have seen first-hand the devastating nature of this virus, and like you my family and loved ones have been directly impacted,” Dr. Baker said.

“In Arizona, 33.8% of white Arizonans have received at least one dose of the vaccine. In contrast, only 18.6 percent of Black Arizonans and 14.5 percent of Latino Arizonans have received at least one dose,” Dr. Baker said. “But we must achieve community-wide immunity together to protect our most vulnerable populations.”

“For generations, people of color have passed along important information in our stories, we share our stories through the spoken word to communicate critical information about our community and our families,” Dr. Baker said. “That is how we overcome hesitancy and apprehension. By sharing the good news about the vaccine and what it has allowed our families to do – to gather for Sunday dinner, to see our grandparents, and to celebrate our loved ones birthdays.”

“I’m calling on you to tell your story about vaccination to every place of worship, every barber and beauty shop, every community organization, and to all your family and friends to help disseminate trusted information and to continue the conversations about the importance of vaccination,” Dr. Baker said. “Together we can defeat COVID-19 as one community, and remember protect yourselves and protect your loved ones.”

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 857,347 today from 855,804   yesterday, and 17,238 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 533,368 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 114,721 in Pima County, 50,906 in Pinal County, 37,027 in Yuma County, 22,524 in Mohave County, 18,586  in Yavapai County, 17,592  in Coconino County, 16,127 in Navajo County, 11,863 in Cochise County, 11,294 in Apache County, 7,911 in Santa Cruz County, 6,867 in Gila County, 5,540 in Graham County, 2,452 in La Paz County and 569 in Greenlee County.

Gov. Doug Ducey honors school nutrition workers for all the creativity and service to students and their families they provided by preparing grab and go meals for students during the COVID-19 pandemic by naming May 1 School Lunch Hero Day.

See what Chandler Unified School District students did to celebrate Earth Day yesterday.

Northern Arizona University students’ art is showcased during the Spring 2021 Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition.

Students are showing growth in math and reading this year, Education Week reports.

National PTA President Leslie Boggs issued a statement condemning injustices, inequities and institutional racism “that have caused the violent deaths of Balck and Brown men, women and children over the years at the hands of a percentage of police officers.”

Dysart Unified Supt. Dr. Quinn Kellis congratulates staff honored with Dysart Hero Awards.

More schools are re-opening for in-person instruction nationwide, so now what’s next?

Kyrene Schools shares what students did to celebrate Earth Day.

Updated April 22, 2021: For the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic started the transmission rate in kids 6 to 13 years old is higher than than in people 65 years and older, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control said.

As a new strain of COVID-19 becomes dominant in Arizona, younger people may now be more at risk.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 855,804 today from 855,155   yesterday, and 17,199 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 532,522 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 114,438 in Pima County, 50,765 in Pinal County, 36,997 in Yuma County, 22,474 in Mohave County, 18,558  in Yavapai County, 17,543  in Coconino County, 16,066 in Navajo County, 11,841 in Cochise County, 11,276 in Apache County, 7,904 in Santa Cruz County, 6,863 in Gila County, 5,536 in Graham County, 2,452 in La Paz County and 569 in Greenlee County.

Tempe Elementary School District students cleaned up their playground during their recess to celebrate Earth Day.

College Goal Arizona congratulates students at University High School in Tolleson Union High School District for having among the highest FAFSA completion rates in the state.

Western Peaks Elementary School kindergarteners released butterflies and ladybugs as part of their Earth Day celebration.

Hear how Arizona’s low ranking in education affects students.

Avondale Elementary School District‘s middle school chief science officers developed Earth Day activities and lessons for younger students.

Take part in a conversation about how federal relief funds for schools play into equity.

Two Gilbert children make Earth Day every day by cleaning up trash around their neighborhood.

See how Hopi traditions are creating access to healthy food in this Arizona State University documentary.

Register now to take part in workshops for students designed to give you the tools to succeed in college and life.

Chandler Unified students learn about the parts of a plant and vegetables.

See what you can do to promote equity for students, in your workplace and in your community,

See how teens are tackling climate change and changing people’s views.

Donated hand sanitizer is making its way to classrooms in Maricopa County.

Students lead classes in learning about Arizona at Deer Valley Unified School District.

Updated April 21, 2021: A day after the former police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty on all three counts in the death of George Floyd, including second degree murder, teachers are helping students make sense of this pivotal moment in history.

Now, students are looking to take part in the racial justice work ahead.

“The announcement that former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty on all counts of murder in the death of George Floyd underscores a long-standing position of AASA, The School Superintendents Association: We must speak out loud and clear against racial inequity in our country, in our communities and in our schools,” said Daniel A. Domenech, executive director of AASA, The School Superintendents Association.

“If there was ever a time to condemn the senseless acts of violence being perpetrated against people of color in our country, that time is now. If there was ever a time for all educational leaders to intensify a commitment to address the issue of equity to promote cultural responsiveness, inclusion and equitable outcomes on behalf of the young learners of this country, that time is now,” Domenech said.

“At a time when our school system leaders continue to navigate the ugly effects of the yearlong pandemic, while building future-focused, energetic and culturally vibrant communities, we pledge to continue working diligently with them to support their efforts in establishing a sense of hope for the children they serve. We will not rest until we suppress the fear that exists because of the institutional racism, poverty and despair that has scared this nation for generations,” Domenech said.

Here’s how and why teachers are discussing the trial with students during class.

Earlier this week, Minnesota students walked out of class to protest racial injustice as jurors began deliberations in the trial.

Here are some resources for eductators to help students as they process the judgement in the trial and what it means in their lives.

Minneapolis public schools test a new safety model without police on campus.

Talking about race can be intimidating but finding people experienced in facilitating discussions about race can help lead those conversations in your community.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 855,804 today from 855,155   yesterday, and 17,199 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 532,522 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 114,438 in Pima County, 50,765 in Pinal County, 36,997 in Yuma County, 22,474 in Mohave County, 18,558  in Yavapai County, 17,543  in Coconino County, 16,066 in Navajo County, 11,841 in Cochise County, 11,276 in Apache County, 7,904 in Santa Cruz County, 6,863 in Gila County, 5,536 in Graham County, 2,452 in La Paz County and 569 in Greenlee County.

With many children too young to be vaccinated against COVID-19 yet, young people will be among the groups most likely to show increased infection rates.

Dysart Unified School District students promote kindness and positivity with sidewalk messages and sticky notes hung in trees around the school.

Register now to hear leaders across Arizona, including Santa Cruz Valley Unified School District No. 35 Supt. David Verdugo discuss the results of the 2020 Arizona We Want survey from the Center for the Future of Arizona.

Glendale Elementary School District shows appreciation for their administrative professionals.

Giving young Latino and Black leaders access to leadership opportunities benefits all Arizonans.

Avondale Elementary School District celebrates their pre-school students‘ growth.

These are the questions students and families should ask colleges about campus safety, U.S. News & World Reports suggests.

Cave Creek Unified School District honors graduating seniors with yearbook-style social media posts.

Celebrate your student by submitting a photo and entry in AZEdNews Yearbook.

Sunnyside Unified invites you to learn more about their schools and career and technical education.

Earlier coverage

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