Archive — Month: September 2017

Published: April 11th, 2019

Superintendent Hoffman Celebrates Repeal of Anti-LGBTQ Curriculum Law

Today, the state legislature fully repealed anti-LGBTQ legislation regarding HIV/AIDS curriculum, sometimes referred to as the “no promo homo law,” with strong bipartisan support, and the Governor signed it into law minutes later. This repeal means students will no longer be denied access to medically accurate, science-based information regarding HIV/AIDS. More importantly, after nearly three [Read more…]

Published: September 29th, 2017

Five Arizona Schools Being Honored as 2017 National Blue Ribbon Schools

(Phoenix, Ariz., September 29, 2017) — Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas announced today which Arizona schools are being honored as a National Blue Ribbon School. “I am proud of our Arizona schools and am glad there is an award to honor their hard work and dedication to the students and the community. These [Read more…]

Published: September 20th, 2017

Superintendent Douglas Backs Attorney General’s Lawsuit Against ABOR for Unconstitutional Tuition Hikes

Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas today announced her support of Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich’s lawsuit against the Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR) for dramatically increasing the price of base tuition and mandatory fees at the state’s public universities. Superintendent Douglas concurs with Attorney General Brnovich and his assertion that the 300-plus-percent tuition [Read more…]

Published: September 18th, 2017

AZ School Receives National Award

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State Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas recently visited The Austin Centers for Exceptional Students (the ACES) to present the schools’ cofounder Francine Austin with the 2017–2018 School of Excellence Award from the National Association of Special Education Teachers. While visiting the Phoenix West Campus, Superintendent Douglas also took the opportunity to meet with students [Read more…]

Published: September 14th, 2017

ADE Receives $0.5 Million Team Nutrition Grant from USDA

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service recently awarded a 2017 Team Nutrition Grant to the Health and Nutrition Division of the Arizona Department of Education. The $494,000 grant will support the implementation of multilevel interventions to improve elementary student nutrition knowledge and attitudes in alignment with the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. [Read more…]

Published: September 14th, 2017

Helping Those Impacted by Irma

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The Council of Chief State School Officers has released the following information on how educators can support their colleagues affected by Hurricane Irma in Florida and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Florida In most areas, it is too soon to assess the full damage and share specific needs. The Florida Department of Education shared the following [Read more…]

Published: September 11th, 2017

Superintendent Douglas Asks Education Community to Remember 9/11

Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas asked that all Arizona schools take a moment to remember those lost in the tragedy of September 11, 2001. The former New Jersey resident hopes that the schools honor all of the Americans lost in the attacks 16 years ago to the day. The four coordinated attacks on [Read more…]

Published: September 7th, 2017

Arizona’s ESSA State Plan Approved by the US Department of Education

Arizona ESSA Plan Approved

Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas today announced the approval of Arizona’s consolidated state plan under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) by the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE). “I am extremely proud of the hundreds of hours of work put into developing this plan by my staff here at the Arizona Department [Read more…]

Published: September 6th, 2017

Final 2016-17 AzMERIT Results Released

The Arizona Department of Education today released final combined performance results from the Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 administrations of the AzMERIT statewide assessment and the Multi-State Alternate Assessment (MSAA) alternate statewide assessment. An Excel file containing the results and additional details about the assessments have been posted at The results include the total [Read more…]