Arizona Education Association — 2022 Session Legislative Update

| January 18, 2022

January 14, 2022

AEA Legislative Agenda | Take Action | Video

Welcome to the 2022 Legislative Session

Governor Ducey gave his state of the state address on Opening Day on January 10, 2022, which marks the beginning of the legislative session. Read AEA’s statement on the state of the state address >>

Today, Governor Ducey released his proposed state budget, which prioritizes test-based funding and will further widen funding inequities. Read AEA’s analysis of the Executive K-12 Budget Proposal >>

Both Senate and House Education Committees will be meeting on Tuesdays at 2PM. Keep an eye for Action Alerts on any bills that need your immediate attention. Visit the AEA Take Action page for any active alerts on current legislation >>

Stop Teacher Gag Bill HB2112 TAKE ACTION

House Bill (HB) 2112 attempts to censor teachers who teach the honest, complete facts about historical events like slavery and civil rights. Teachers are trained and experienced in education and have a duty to set their students up to be successful contributors to society. But now politicians want to limit what history our kids can learn about and what books they can read.

This bill is being heard in the House Education Committee on Tuesday, January 18, at 2PM. If this bill passes, teachers could be subject to disciplinary action and districts could be fined $5,000 for every infraction. Urge committee members to stop censoring teachers and support honest education in our schools >>

Parents and teachers want to give kids the best education they can. They want kids to learn and grow. A great public school education includes a rich and diverse curriculum. All Arizonan children should receive a fact-based education that doesn’t change depending on their zip code. We should trust educators and parents—not politicians—to ensure our kids get the best education possible.

Arizona Schools Face $1 Billion in Cuts Unless Legislature Takes Action

The Arizona Legislature needs to override the constitutional aggregate expenditure limit by March 1, 2022, or school districts across Arizona will need to cut a total of nearly $1.2 billion (16%) from their budgets this year. These cuts would be devastating for our students and would impact extracurriculars, specialized programs like Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate, and staffing shortages and pay.

Our public schools’ funding should not be limited by a decades old funding formula that does not meet the needs of our students today. Learn more about this spending cap and how it will impact you and your students >>

 

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