Dear School Leaders and Educators,
On Monday, September 27, 2021, the Maricopa County Superior Court issued a ruling in the Arizona School Board Association Inc, et al vs. the State of Arizona finding various provisions of the budget reconciliations bills unconstitutional. While a challenge to the ruling has been filed, the request to stay the ruling was denied by the Arizona Supreme Court, which means the Maricopa County Superior Court ruling stands as of now. Thus, the following now impacts our public-school districts and charters.
School Wide Face Covering and Vaccine Mandates for Students and Staff Now Permitted
The Prohibited Instruction Law Is No Longer Applicable
- At the end of the 2021 session of the Arizona Legislature, a provision was passed (Laws 2021, Chapter 404, Section 21) in the budget that prohibits instruction on certain topics from being offered in public district or charter schools in grades PK-12. This bill and the subsequent guidance issued by the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) no longer applies to instruction as the law has been deemed unconstitutional and is currently unenforceable. However, we do encourage educators to continue to use best practices for standards-based instruction.
- ADE will provide further guidance on HB2906 and prohibited trainings, a law which is still in place and impacting districts and charters.
If any changes to this ruling occur, the Arizona Department of Education will provide timely guidance. Thank you again for your flexibility, patience, and dedication to our school communities this school year.