Arizona Education Association (AEA) — March 17 — Legislative Update

| March 23, 2020

Budget Alert TAKE ACTION

Our students are at the forefront of thinking as we face the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. Safety is our top priority. AEA continues to advocate fiercely for students’ and educators’ safety, health, and rights. That is why AEA called for Governor Ducey to close schools statewide.

The closure of schools affects us all, from students who desperately need the safety and food that schools provide, to custodians and bus drivers who are facing lost paychecks and unsafe working conditions. AEA leaders and staff across the state are fighting for the resources our students and educators need to survive this crisis.

Today, the Arizona Legislature introduced a “skinny budget” and is hurrying to pass it to end the session. In order to provide educators the support they need during the school closures, lawmakers must pass emergency legislation before they end the legislative session. We are calling on legislators to pass legislation with an emergency clause to ensure the following:

  1. Ensure educators are paid and protect earned leave policies while schools are closed;
  2. Provide flexibility to school districts on instructional time;
  3. Increased funding for State Aid for educator compensation;
  4. Full restoration of District Assistance and full funding of Building Renewal; and
  5. Suspend testing requirements and hold schools harmless from A-F labels.

Contact your elected official today and ask them to pass legislation supporting students and educators during the coronavirus pandemic. Do not let them end session without passing emergency legislation to support you and your students.

 

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