Tag: Arizona Legislature

Virtual Event on May 26 — Arizona State Budget: Tax Cuts, Prop 208 and Funding for Children

| May 25, 2021
Virtual Event on May 26 — Arizona State Budget: Tax Cuts, Prop 208 and Funding for Children

Arizona’s legislative leaders are proposing a roughly $13 billion spending plan that includes almost $3 billion in tax cuts over three years. The plan also seeks to negate the effects of Prop 208. Not included in the plan is the proposal to expand KidsCare. How else does this plan affecting funding for children? What are its chances of passing? Send in your questions. Tune in – it’s free to attend!

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AZ Legislators introduce budget proposal. See more state education and legislative news here

| May 25, 2021
AZ Legislators introduce budget proposal. See more state education and legislative news here

Arizona Republican Legislators introduced a budget proposal today, in the House Rules Committee with tax cuts that education advocates say would severely impact funding for public schools.

… “Budgets reflect our values as a state, and this budget proposal that essentially slashes taxes for those at the top at the expense of the middle and working-class families and their children says a lot about how our state views their needs,” Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman told KTAR News 92.3 FM. “This is really taking us in a negative direction.”

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Arizona Education Association — Legislative Update

| May 18, 2021
Arizona Education Association — Legislative Update

Senate Bill (SB) 1532 is a divisive and dangerous bill that would fine teachers $5,000 for discussing “controversial” issues in the classroom. Forcing teachers to be silent on racial injustice furthers racial inequity and stops progress towards education justice in our schools.

SB1532 does not define “controversial” issues and leaves open the possibility of giving equal weight to the viewpoints of neo-Nazis and the KKK alongside Martin Luther King, Jr., and the civil rights movement. This bill will have a chilling effect on teachers’ ability to do their jobs and further worsen our state’s teacher shortage crisis. 

Being race silent will not erase racism, nor will it erase the history of systemic racism in our country. The fact is that our elected officials have failed to fund our schools and this bill is meant to distract and divide the community from this failure. Tell your senator to focus on funding our schools, supporting teachers, and voting NO on SB1532.

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ACHIEVE60AZ — Stay in the know on what is happening at the Arizona Legislature

| April 13, 2021
ACHIEVE60AZ — Stay in the know on what is happening at the Arizona Legislature

It was a very quiet week at the Capitol with most progress slowing to a crawl. While legislators are focusing on work behind-the-scenes, there’s not much happening in public. There are 145 bills waiting for a hearing in either the House or Senate Rules Committee and almost all connected to funding and may be included in budget discussions.

You’ll see more from us in upcoming emails about what we’d like to see in the budget. One of those items is funding to re-launch the Preschool Development Grant (PDG). Read our recent op-ed in The Arizona Republic, authored in partnership with the Arizona Early Childhood Alliance and the Arizona Early Childhood Funders Collaborative, that talks about COVID-19’s significant impact on early educati

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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

| April 4, 2021
Arizona Education Association Legislative Update

Thank you, activists! HB2330 was held in committee. If passed, this bill would limit the ability of teachers to use their professional judgment in order to do their jobs in the classroom. Originally, this bill was SB1058 and wasn’t moving forward until it appeared as a striker on HB2330 on the Senate Appropriations agenda. Thanks to your activism, this bill was held and did not make it out of Senate Appropriations committee. Except for Rules, committee hearings are now done; however, this has been an odd legislative session and anything could still happen. This bill would have micromanaged teachers and limited local control by adding further bureaucracy on school districts by requiring all learning materials posted online. Again, thank you for contacting your legislators to trust teachers to teach!

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Parents of kids with special needs pushing for vaccine priority in Arizona. See more state education and legislative news here

| March 9, 2021
Parents of kids with special needs pushing for vaccine priority in Arizona. See more state education and legislative news here

Michele Thorne, who has two kids with autism, knows all too well the fear of possibly exposing them to the virus. That is why she is pushing for parents of kids with special needs to get vaccine priority. “We are kind of our kids’ first line of defense; we have to shield them from this virus,” said Thorne. 

At this time, disability advocates said many parents of kids with disabilities are not eligible for the vaccine. Thorne says with the state shifting to a hybrid approach, based on age, many parents of kids with disabilities could now be waiting months to get their shots. “All of those families are being left out right now, which is absolutely terrifying,” said Thorne. 

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Expect More Arizona — More Opportunities to Take Action!

| February 2, 2021
Expect More Arizona — More Opportunities to Take Action!

Legislators have introduced more than 1,400 proposals this year and are working on more, but time is running out. Next week is the deadline for new bill introductions in both the House and Senate, and there are just three more weeks for bills to make it through committee approvals. Almost 800 proposals are still awaiting at least one committee hearing.

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Expect More Arizona — Tell Your Legislators to Protect Education Funding At Every Level!

| June 9, 2020
Expect More Arizona — Tell Your Legislators to Protect Education Funding At Every Level!

The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on nearly everything, including state revenues. As such, the state budget is expected to be a highly contested topic in the coming months. Now, more than ever, it’s important for you to contact your state legislators and convey the importance of protecting education funding, at every level.

While Arizona has received much-needed federal relief funds to supplement current state funding in the short term, and may see another stimulus package, those funds must not be used to supplant state education funding. Our entire education system will still not have adequate, sustainable resources to meaningfully and systemically tackle the achievement gap that has been ripped wide open by the pandemic.

Email your state legislators today and make sure they know education is your top priority and ALL of education – early childcare, K-12, and colleges and universities – is in desperate need of additional investments.

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The CDC has released guidance for schools, but where does Arizona’s plan to reopen stand? See more state education news here

| May 26, 2020
The CDC has released guidance for schools, but where does Arizona’s plan to reopen stand? See more state education news here

While schools are wrapping up an unprecedented year, eyes are already moving to what the 2020-2021 school year could look like.

Gov. Doug Ducey said this week he wants to see schools back come the fall.

“It is responsible and prudent to plan ahead for schools,” Ducey said.

The CDC released brand new recommendations for schools this week. Among the guidance, the CDC says desks should be placed six feet apart, cloth face coverings should be worn by staff and students, and supplies shouldn’t be shared.

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