Tag: Arizona Legislature

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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Arizona Legislative Education Spotlight: Supt. Hoffman, education leaders discuss draft policy legislation to help AZ schools during Coronavirus closure. See more education legislative news here

| March 17, 2020
Arizona Legislative Education Spotlight: Supt. Hoffman, education leaders discuss draft policy legislation to help AZ schools during Coronavirus closure. See more education legislative news here

Updated March 16: The Arizona Department of Education, education advocates, county superintendents of schools and school leaders met Monday afternoon to discuss draft policy legislation to help Arizona schools during this closure in response to Coronavirus (COVID-19).

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Arizona Education Association (AEA) — Legislative Update (Feb. 22)

| February 25, 2020
Arizona Education Association (AEA) — Legislative Update (Feb. 22)

After seeking review from Legislative Council, the Invest in Education Act coalition refiled its initiative last week and petitions are now ready to go! Sign up as a volunteer petition circulator and help us put the Invest in Education initiative onto the 2020 ballot and to get $940 million to our students and schools.

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Arizona Education Association (AEA) — Legislative Update (Feb. 15)

| February 18, 2020
Arizona Education Association (AEA) — Legislative Update (Feb. 15)

Opinion: It’s up to us to put the Invest in Education initiative onto the 2020 ballot and to get $940 million to our students and schools. Join us at a rally at the Capitol on Monday, February 17, as we launch INVESTinED and change public schools in Arizona forever.

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Arizona College Access Network (AzCAN) — Legislative Update (Feb. 10)

| February 11, 2020
Arizona College Access Network (AzCAN) — Legislative Update (Feb. 10)

This alert shares several proposed senate bills regarding promise scholarship programs that eligible Arizona high school students could use to attend community colleges or state universities in Arizona.   

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#LegislativeLegit: ACES and Project Rocket. See more Arizona legislative education news here

| February 11, 2020
#LegislativeLegit: ACES and Project Rocket. See more Arizona legislative education news here

Before the House Education Committee began on Monday, Feb. 10, people shared what brought them there – concerns about services and support for low-income students, how ACES – adverse childhood experiences – impact students and the Project Rocket pilot expansion to help students in low performing schools.

At the meeting, House Education Committee members discussed 13 bills that would affect students, teachers and staff in Arizona’s elementary through high schools.

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