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Among challenges pandemic presents, opportunity also rises (access required)

FILE - In this June 18, 2020, file photo a discarded face mask and cigarette butt litter the sidewalk outside the Eastern Market in Washington. On Friday, June 26, Vice President Mike Pence said Americans should look to their state and local leadership for modeling their behavior during the coronavirus pandemic. The comments only days after President Donald Trump held two campaign events that drew hundreds of participants but few wearing masks. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

There are a lot of unknowns right now as the state of our country changes on a daily basis, but that unknown presents an opportunity. We need to take advantage of policy momentum right now in Congress and Phoenix, where elected officials are working toward transformative paths and mechanisms to embrace new modes of learning as a result of the pandemic. We might not ever get another chance like this to significantly affect our education system.

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Group to push for regulation of service animals (access required)

CJ Betancourt, a retired physician and the executive director of the Foundation for Service Dog Support, sits with her service dog, Freddy, after hosting a meeting about possible legislative changes to service animal statutes. (Photo by Julia Shumway/Arizona Capitol Times)

The Foundation for Service Dog Support would like to see new legislation to reduce the number of fake service dogs milling about public places. But the effort will likely face opposition from disability advocates who fear new regulations could weaken protections for people with disabilities.

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