Friday, March 27, 2020

Day 75

Legislative Update

This morning, Governor Ducey signed the budget bills and HB 2910 (public school closures; coronavirus disease). HB 2910 was an emergency measure, so it went into effect immediately upon the signature of the Governor.

Read ASBA’s summary of the budget here. 

View a spreadsheet of the FY21 budget here. 

  Special Board Meeting: Tuesday, March 31

In response to the signature of HB 2910, the State Board of Education is holding a special meeting on Tuesday at 10am to open emergency rulemaking in regards to high school graduation, A-F letter grades, and several other more minor details in regards to school closures.

Click here to view the agenda.

Due to the public health concerns, this will be a virtual meeting only and all public comment must be submitted in writing. Please see the agenda document linked above for details on how to submit input and how to watch the meeting, including in-person streaming options for those without reliable internet access.

  Congress Passes, President Signs $2 Trillion COVID-19 response Package

This afternoon, President Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Stimulus (CARES) Act. This is a historic $2 trillion package of measures designed to stimulate the economy and provide relief to public institutions, including schools. The bill includes 1-time stimulus payments to Americans making up to $99,000 per year, increased unemployment benefits, and more. Click here to read a high-level summary of the act’s education-related provisions.

   ICYMI: Legislative Update Webinar 

ASBA, AASBO, and ADE joined forces to host a webinar earlier this week about the budget, operations during the closure, and took a lot of questions from school personnel. Click here to view a recording of the webinar.

Please click here for ASBA’s webpage on COVID-19 information and resources

  What distance learning looks like for AZ schools during COVID-19 pandemic

Coronavirus response: COVD-19 cases rise to 665; see what schools are doing now