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Education

Headcounts are down at public schools. Now budgets are too

A school system in suburban Kansas City is eliminating over 100 jobs, including kindergarten aides and library clerks. Oakland, California, is closing seven schools. Other districts around the country are merging classrooms, selling buildings and leaving teaching positions unfilled in order to close budget gaps. Public school systems are beginning to feel the pinch from

Religion

Across US, houses of worship struggle to rebuild attendance

When Westminster United Methodist Church in Houston resumed in-person services late last year, after a seven-month halt due to COVID-19, there were Sundays when only three worshippers showed up, according to the pastor, Meredith Mills. Since then, attendance has inched back up, but it’s still only about half the pre-pandemic turnout of 160 or 170,

Education

Elections testing GOP push to politicize school board races

School board races, once sleepy and localized, have become the new front in a culture war raging across the nation as resentments over COVID-19 restrictions and anti-racism classes reach a boiling point. On Tuesday, voters weighed in on dozens of races that have been dominated by debates over masks, vaccines, race and history. Several high-profile

COVID-19

As Arizona Hits 3 Million Vaccine Doses Administered, Governor Ducey Announces New Phase Of COVID-19 Mitigation

With Declining Cases And Hospitalizations At Lowest Levels In Months, Business Guidelines Transition From Requirements To Recommendations With the state of Arizona hitting several important public health benchmarks, Governor Doug Ducey today announced several updates to the state’s COVID-19 measures, including on events, businesses and local ordinances. Several key data points contributed to these changes:

COVID-19

Executive Order 2021-05 Regarding Occupancy Limits; All Other Restrictions Remain In Place

Earlier, Governor Ducey issued Executive Order 2021-05 rescinding occupancy limitations on many business establishments.  While this is a step toward reopening for all businesses, it is an incremental step. Restrictions that affect bars remain in effect.  What this means for the bars without dine-in service is restrictions on live entertainment, dancing and standing remain in

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