Host Edward Celaya welcomes our special guest, Daily Star Education Reporter Danyelle Khmara, to talk about the state of Southern Arizona's public school districts and their response to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you have a story tip or would like to contact Danyelle with information regarding Southern Arizona schools, please reach out to her by email at: DKhmara@Tucson.com. Notes: 1:10 - Discussion on TUSD Superintendent Gabe Trjuillo and others reticence to close schools initially, and their rational 3:40 - Remote learning and the sometimes steep but sometimes well trodden curve teachers and districts are experiencing 6:35 - Issues of education infrastructure not relegated to Tucson or Pima County 10:00 - List of resources for students and parents looking for food distribution: https://tucson.com/thisistucson/schools/a-huge-list-of-places-to-find-free-meals-for/article_a998ef24-67d3-11ea-9c06-b740ecd2d470.html 10:45 - The affect on teachers and staff, including issues of pay 12:50 - Substitute teachers and if they are being retained 14:00 - How are students coping with missing or delaying prom/graduation? 16:20 - The year everyone will miss, but no one will forget 17:00 - How's Danyelle and her teen son holding up?
Edward graduated from the University of Arizona and started at the Star in 2019. He was born in Tucson, but grew up in Casa Grande and Chandler. Previously, he was a reporter and editor for Pima Community College's Aztec Press, and the UA's Daily Wildcat.