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This Saturday marks the second annual installment of the Dream Concert. It’s a star-studded online performance benefitting the Native American Scholarship Fund at the Verde Valley School. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.

An Arizona judge has ruled that Governor Doug Ducey’s ban on school mask mandates is unconstitutional. The sweeping ruling by Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Katherine Cooper found that the Legislature violated the Arizona Constitution by including numerous policy issues, including a ban on school mask mandates, in the recently approved multi-billion dollar state budget.

American Indian College Fund

Governor Doug Ducey this week signed a bill into law that guarantees students the right to wear tribal regalia at graduation ceremonies. Some students in Arizona say they’ve been prevented from wearing such items because of school district dress codes. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.

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Governor Doug Ducey has signed a bill into law prohibiting government agencies from requiring training in what’s known as critical race theory. It comes as several state legislatures make similar moves to restrict how U.S. history can be taught and discussed. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


Many Native students who attend school in Flagstaff live in a dormitory operated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs because their family homes are far away, scattered on the vast Navajo Nation. But when schools shut their doors at the start of the pandemic, they had to go home…where they faced not only a sudden switch to online classes, but also a lack of access to Internet, electricity, food and water. Teachers and counselors worked long hours to stay connected to their students, many of whom were suffering from isolation and fear. Darrell Marks is the Native American academic advisor at Flagstaff High School. Tomorrow he receives a special award for courage from the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation for risking his health and safety to help others during the pandemic. In this audio postcard, we meet Darrell Marks who says the recognition is bittersweet after a year of heartbreaking loss.

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Gov. Doug Ducey on Tuesday signed into law a bill that allows Arizona’s community colleges to offer limited four-year college degrees. 


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A longtime educator whose career included high-profile jobs on the Navajo Nation resigned from his latest post as an Arizona county schools superintendent after officials discovered pornographic images on his work-issued computer. 


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Gov. Doug Ducey has ordered schools in Arizona to return to in-person instruction by March 15 or after spring break.

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The Arizona Senate has approved a major expansion of the state’s school voucher program.


KNAU's Morning Rundown: Tuesday, February 15

Feb 16, 2021

It's Tuesday, Feb. 15. Start your morning with some of our top headlines: 


Winter Weather Advisory Remains In Effect Through Tuesday