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Anaik Sachdev is at it again. The 9-year-old Scottsdale Unified student who captured America’s attention by collecting books for COVID-19 patients after his grandmother got sick has turned his attention to the Afghan refugee students in the district.

Twice in the last two months, Kendra Riley appeared before legislative committees to implore for the passage of a bill that she feels could ease the burden for parents who endure the heartbreaking ordeal that befell her family in March 2020.

Developer Optima is hoping to start construction on the first two towers of its proposed McDowell Mountain Village near the intersection of Mayo Boulevard and Scottsdale Road this year – and City Council members are already divided over it.

Scottsdale Unified School District Governing Board members are unhappy about a Senate-passed bill that spells out what schools and teachers must publicly disclose in classroom lessons and related materials, calling it detrimental to teachers and students and “a solution looking for a problem.”