Tag: Arizona Education Association

Arizona Education Association Legislative Update — Join us at the Capitol on May 31

Arizona Education Association Legislative Update — Join us at the Capitol on May 31

| May 31, 2022

On May 31, 2022, educators and community members are coming together to urge legislators to use the $5.3 billion to invest in public education. AEA and local affiliates are hosting events at the state capitol and in Flagstaff, Sierra Vista, and Tucson to ask for support for the Educators’ Budget.

Watch Video Update from AEA President-elect Marisol Garcia >>

State lawmakers have until July 1 to pass a state budget. So far, their efforts have failed, including their attempt at passing the so-called “skinny budget,” which would continue last year’s budget and leave $5.3 billion on the table.

The time is now to turn up the heat on our elected officials to solve the teacher shortage crisis and ensure every child has a caring and qualified teacher in the classroom. Join us at the Capitol on May 31.

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Arizona Education Association — Legislative Update (Day of Action at Sinagua Middle School on May 31)

Arizona Education Association — Legislative Update (Day of Action at Sinagua Middle School on May 31)

| May 24, 2022

The Arizona Legislature still hasn’t agreed on a state budget and they are sitting on a surplus of $5.3 Billion. We need you to join us on May 31 to urge lawmakers to use this money to fund public schools.

Flagstaff – Join us at Sinagua Middle Schools at 12pm.

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Arizona Education Association — Legislative Update

Arizona Education Association — Legislative Update

| May 3, 2022

Support the Educators’ Budget for Teacher Appreciation Week

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Next week is National Teacher Appreciation Week! To show your appreciation and keep great teachers in the classroom in Arizona, sign on to support the Educators’ Budget!

Arizona has a budget surplus of $5.3 Billion, and legislators don’t appear to be any closer to agreement on a state budget. AEA has created the Educators’ Budget that addresses the teacher shortage and makes voters interests in public education a priority. Read the Educators’ Budget >>

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Arizona Education Association — Legislative Update

Arizona Education Association — Legislative Update

| April 26, 2022

On April 21, 2022, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled against Prop 307 and protecting funding for public schools and instead sided with wealthy corporate interests. Despite the clear and strong language of the Arizona Constitution granting the people a co-equal right to legislate, Governor Ducey, Legislative Leadership, and the Ducey-packed Supreme Court have stripped the people of their rights. They are doing it openly, contrary to longstanding precedent, and to help the rich, not everyday Arizonans.

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Arizona Education Association — Legislative Update

Arizona Education Association — Legislative Update

| April 19, 2022

It was a short week for legislators with the House adjourning on Tuesday and the Senate on Wednesday. Both will resume work on Monday, but are expected to adjourn soon after to work on budget negotiations.

Reports from the Capitol say legislators have encountered budget gridlock and some are shopping around the idea of passing a “skinny budget” that would maintain current spending levels without touching the $5.3 billion surplus. The Arizona Primary Election is earlier this year and lawmakers are unable to campaign until the session is over, so many are anxious to get the budget negotiations done.

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Arizona Education Association — Legislative Update

Arizona Education Association — Legislative Update

| April 12, 2022

Every year as AEA advocates to make our public schools whole and restore education funding, we are told by lawmakers, “If we had the money, we would put it in the classroom. We just don’t have the funds.” Looks like the day has finally come. At a recent legislative Finance Advisory Committee meeting, a legislative budget analyst said the state is looking at a $5.3 billion budget surplus for this year. $1.57 billion will be permanent on-going revenue, while $3.7 billion will be one-time funding.

This money could be used to solve the teacher shortage by providing significant raises to keep great teachers in the classroom. The one-time money can be used to repair school buildings, fix or buy new school buses, or any number of capital needs that need to be addressed right now.

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Arizona Education Association — Legislative Update

Arizona Education Association — Legislative Update

| April 5, 2022

On Wednesday, Governor Doug Ducey signed Senate Bills (SB) 1165 and 1138 into law. SB1165 would ban transgender athletes from participating on K-12 sports teams in a manner consistent with their gender identity. It is an unnecessary, invasive, impractical effort to address a problem that does not exist. SB1138 would insert the government into the doctor’s office, limiting some gender-affirming care and substituting the judgment of politicians for that of parents and doctors.

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Arizona Education Association Legislative Update

Arizona Education Association Legislative Update

| March 29, 2022

(March 29), Senate Appropriations Committee is meeting at 9am. HCR2001 is on the agenda. This bill is another version of the teacher gag bill, but it would ask voters to make a constitutional change censoring teachers from talking about historical facts about slavery and the civil rights movement in America.

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Arizona Education Association — Legislative Update for March 19, 2022

Arizona Education Association — Legislative Update for March 19, 2022

| March 22, 2022

Every year, AEA hosts Education Days at the Capitol to give members an opportunity to meet with their elected officials and learn about the legislative process. About 100 AEA members spent a day out of their spring break at the state capitol on March 8 and 15. The event kicked off with a welcome from AEA President Joe Thomas, followed by panels with state legislators. Many local association leaders scheduled meetings with their legislators to discuss specific bills and share their stories from the classroom. Participants sat in on the Senate Education Committee hearing at the end of the day. There were a number of first-time attendees who felt the day was an eye opener for them and looked forward to coming back. Thank you to the legislators who participated on our panels and took the time to answer members’ questions.

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Arizona Education Association —  Emergency Town Hall to be held March 21

Arizona Education Association — Emergency Town Hall to be held March 21

| March 21, 2022

Governor Ducey is calling a special session to prevent voters from having a say in $2 billion in tax cuts for the rich that lawmakers passed last year. These tax cuts will have a devastating impact on Arizona’s public education funding. That is why last summer thousands of Arizona voters worked in triple-digit temperatures to collect enough signatures to block those tax cuts and put Prop 307 on the ballot this November for voters to decide. Tonight, the Invest in Arizona Coalition will be holding an Emergency Town Hall to provide more information on this critical issue and share information on how you can take action to stop lawmakers from

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