Tag: Arizona Education Association

Arizona Education Association Legislative Update

| May 11, 2021
Arizona Education Association Legislative Update

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week and Representative Udall has an odd way of thanking teachers. on May 5, she amended the Teacher Gag Bill, Senate Bill (SB) 1532, making it even more awful. SB1532 will fine teachers $5,000 for discussing any social, political, or controversial issues unless equal weight is given to the subject. This means the viewpoints of neo-Nazis and the KKK could be taught alongside Martin Luther King, Jr., and the civil rights movement.

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Arizona Education Association Legislative Update

| April 20, 2021
Arizona Education Association Legislative Update

After months of focusing on their election audit, Senate Republicans finally met in closed caucus to discuss the state budget. Efforts to pass bills have slowed down now that the Senate and House Republicans have started serious budget discussions

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Arizona Education Association — Legislative Update

| April 13, 2021
Arizona Education Association — Legislative Update

A tax proposal from Representative Ben Toma would phase in a flat 2.5% income tax and place a 4.5% income tax rate cap, which undercuts the Invest in Education Act additional tax surcharge of 3.5% for millionaires. This proposal puts INVESTinED dollars in the pockets of the greedy 1% and undermines the will of voters who passed INVESTinED in November to fund our schools. It’s too late to introduce the proposal as a bill, so it will have to be negotiated into the state budget. According to the Arizona Capitol Times, House Republicans are all on board with Rep. Toma’s proposal and are trying to get Senate Republicans votes. 

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Arizona Education Association Legislative Update

| March 30, 2021
Arizona Education Association Legislative Update

Anti-INVESTinED bill SB1783 passed in House Ways and Means Committee this week and heads to House Rules then Caucus before going to the floor for a vote.

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AEA Legislative Update

| March 9, 2021
AEA Legislative Update

Senate Bill (SB)1783 is a direct attack on the Invest in Education Act. This bill creates a tax evasion scheme for large corporations to divert #INVESTinED dollars away from public education and back into the hands of the wealthy. Voters approved INVESTinED because we believe in our students and educators and SB1783 undermines the will of the voters by divesting these education funds.

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Arizona Education Association Legislative Update

| March 2, 2021
Arizona Education Association Legislative Update

On Thursday, AEA held it’s first Virtual Lobby Day! Nearly a hundred members joined us on Zoom and learned about what’s going on at the Capitol, how to do “armchair advocacy” from home, and the steps of the legislative process on how a bill becomes a law. Thank you to Senator Martin Quezada and Christine Marsh, and Representative Jennifer Pawlik for joining us! Don’t miss our next virtual lobby day on March 8! RSVP online.

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Arizona Education Association Legislative update for Feb. 20

| February 23, 2021
Arizona Education Association Legislative update for Feb. 20

It’s crossover week, which means that bills passed in their respective chambers cross over to be heard in committees in the other chamber. There are no committee hearings next week as lawmakers work to pass bills out of their chamber. Any bill that didn’t make it out of committee is now considered dead unless it comes back as a Strike Everything Amendment on another bill. This means HB2174, test-based funding for low-income schools, and SCR1028, a bill that would have required INVESTinED to go back to the ballot every 5 years, are effectively dead.

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Arizona Education Association Legislative Update

| January 26, 2021
Arizona Education Association Legislative Update

HCR2005 passed unanimously out of the House Education committee last week. If passed, this bill would refer the repeal of English-only instruction to voters. Thanks for everyone who took the time to contact committee members and show support for this referral. We will keep you updated on movement of this bill which is moving over to Rules committee next.

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Arizona Education Association Legislative Action Alert

| December 1, 2020
Arizona Education Association Legislative Action Alert

COVID-19 cases are again rapidly rising in our state and have been rising for the past six weeks. Arizona teachers and staff continue to believe they and their students are at increased risk. It is past time for state leaders to take action in the best interests of our children and our educators. Governor Ducey must create a statewide plan that is transparent and accountable, prioritizes school safety, and ensures students and educators are working and learning in safe and just schools.

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Arizona Education Association — March 7 Legislative Update

| March 10, 2020
Arizona Education Association — March 7 Legislative Update

Great job, activists! Thanks to your efforts last week, SB1234 passed in the House Education Committee. Next step is getting it through the House Appropriations Committee. SB1234 would fully restore District Additional Assistance, a goal AEA has worked towards since it was first cut.

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