Tag: Arizona Legislature

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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Arizona Education Legislative Spotlight: Gov signs budget bills; view a breakdown of K-12 education budget. See more education legislative news here

| March 31, 2020
Arizona Education Legislative Spotlight: Gov signs budget bills; view a breakdown of K-12 education budget. See more education legislative news here

Updated March 28: Gov. Doug Ducey today signed the budget bills into law.

“I commend legislative leaders of both parties, and all the Republican and Democratic members who shaped and passed this package, for coming together, putting politics aside, and showing real leadership,” Gov. Ducey said.

“It’s reflective of what we are seeing all across our state — Arizonans uniting to slow the spread of COVID-19 and save lives,” Gov. Ducey said.

“Our job isn’t done with this package of budget bills. There will certainly be more work to do and many tough decisions ahead of us as we better understand the full impact of this crisis on our citizens and on our economy,” Gov. Ducey said. “But Arizona is once again showing what it means to come together and put the good of our citizens before partisanship or politics.”

The budget bills include $50 million to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Arizona Education Legislative Spotlight: House, Senate approve streamlined budget, adjourn until April 13. See more education legislative news here

| March 24, 2020
Arizona Education Legislative Spotlight: House, Senate approve streamlined budget, adjourn until April 13. See more education legislative news here

Updated March 23: The Arizona House and Senate approved the streamlined budget and other key legislation, then adjourned until Monday, April 13, 2020 or until the time legislative leadership have determined they should reassemble.

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

| March 23, 2020
Arizona Education Association (AEA) — March 17 — Legislative  Update

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.

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