Tag: Arizona Legislature

Arizona Education Association Legislative Update

| March 29, 2022
Arizona Education Association Legislative Update

(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

| March 22, 2022
Arizona Education Association — Legislative Update for March 19, 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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Request to Speak System Offers Easy Way to Weigh in on Education Bills

| March 1, 2022
Request to Speak System Offers Easy Way to Weigh in on Education Bills

The Request to Speak system is an online tool that lets you give legislators your feedback on bills. You can use the system to show that you support or oppose a bill and provide the reason why. You do not have to speak as the name implies. It is one of the easiest ways to share your opinions directly with legislators, all from the comfort of your home or office!

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Arizona Education Association Feb. 19, 2022 Legislative Update

| February 22, 2022
Arizona Education Association Feb. 19, 2022  Legislative Update

Last week, the Arizona House of Representatives passed a resolution to lift the school spending cap for this year. This was following a day of action by AEA at the capitol. We are halfway there. We just need the Senate to pass SCR1050. Join us for another day of action on Monday, February 21 at 11 a.m. at the state capitol.

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Arizona Education Association — Legislative Update — Feb. 5, 2022

| February 8, 2022
Arizona Education Association — Legislative Update — Feb. 5, 2022

Educators to Lawmakers: Scrap the Cap TAKE ACTION

Since the start of the legislative session, AEA members have been raising alarms at the Capitol about the looming school funding crisis. The Arizona Legislature has until March 1, to authorize school districts to override the Aggregate Expenditure Limit. If lawmakers fail to act, then school districts will be forced to cut over $1 billion from their budgets for this school year. Learn more >>

Save the Date—February 21—AEA is putting together details for an action at the Capitol on President’s day to pressure the legislature to lift the spending cap. More information will be coming soon!

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AEA Legislative Update — Legislators Must Take Action Before March 1

| February 1, 2022
AEA Legislative Update — Legislators Must Take Action Before March 1

Another week and still no movement on authorizing school districts to override the aggregate expenditure limit before the March 1 deadline. AEA is hosting a webinar on February 3 at 6PM. Join us to learn more about how this archaic funding formula could impact your school district’s budget for this year. Register online. Register Online >>

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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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