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Arizona Schools Proposal Lifts Minimum Days Requirements, Extends Testing Window

State Sen. Michelle Udall
Howard Fischer/Capitol Media Services
Michelle Udall

Arizona's House and Senate voted unanimously on Thursday evening to take the pressure off public schools worried about making up lost days amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Both chambers  unanimously passed a major proposal that would give schools that were ordered closed by Ducey to move to online or other alternative classes and free them from rules requiring testing and a minimum number of classroom days, among other provisions designed to give K-12 public schools flexibility.

The emergency decision also extends the assessment testing window through the month of May and allows students who were on track to graduate to remain eligible based on their grades to date.

Speaking to her fellow lawmakers, Rep. Michelle Udall asked everyone to step out of their comfort zones and figure out a way for students to keep learning.

"It's time to make sure our students know that — pandemic or not — that they matter to us even when our classroom doors are closed. That their learning matters to us, even when we can't be with them," she said.

Democrats and Republicans applauded Udall's efforts over the past 48 hours to craft the bill. It now heads to Gov. Doug Ducey and will immediately become law if he signs it.

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Holliday Moore is a native Arizonan and veteran journalist who joined KJZZ’s news team in January 2017.Moore graduated from Arizona State University after double majoring in mass communications and marketing/management. She spent her first two decades reporting for television news, beginning in small markets and working up to congressional correspondent in Washington, D.C., for a political news service.Family commitments in Arizona brought her back to the Southwest, where she covered legislative and court beats for Albuquerque’s KRQE-TV and the infamous Four Corner Manhunt as KREZ-TV’s managing editor.Back home in Phoenix, she developed ABC15’s “Democracy Project,” now instituted at all Scripps’ news stations nationwide. Her work garnered “Best Practices” recognition by the Poynter Institute and the prestigious Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism.Her television reports, from sports to cultural issues, earned her multiple Emmy and Associated Press nominations, including a Rocky Mountain Emmy for her Hopi Partition Land Act coverage.As she started a family, Moore started her own media production agency, producing magazine-style travel stories for the Emmy-winning Arizona Highways Television show while working part time for a Valley radio station. She is convinced radio is where visual, sound, and print are merging through deeper storytelling. In her relatively short time with radio network affiliates, she has won four Edward R. Murrow Awards and multiple nominations from other professional news societies.Moore now teaches advanced broadcast writing to the next generation of reporters at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, where a high percentage have gone on to receive national awards for their work in her class. She enjoys being back home near childhood friends and sharing the beautiful Arizona desert with her husband and young son.