Tag: Arizona State Legislature

Children’s Action Alliance — Who’s for Kids and Who’s Just Kidding

Children’s Action Alliance — Who’s for Kids and Who’s Just Kidding

| July 12, 2022

Late last month, the Arizona State Legislature finished its annual session in the middle of the night and with only a few days to spare before an impending state government shut down. Lawmakers finalized a budget and decided on several bills that had been stalled by the budget negotiations. Over 1700 pieces of legislation were introduced and nearly 400 made it all the way through the process this year. It was fast and furious, and it left a lot to sort through once it was all over.  

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Children’s Action Alliance — Budget Proposal Shortchanges Arizona Children and Families

Children’s Action Alliance — Budget Proposal Shortchanges Arizona Children and Families

| June 28, 2022

The Arizona legislature is considering a new state budget proposal this week as they seek to avoid a state government shutdown with only 8 days remaining before the deadline. While we wish we could praise this budget proposal for including some new investments that we have been seeking for many years, unfortunately, those new investments do not outweigh the fact that overall, this is a budget that shortchanges the future for Arizona children and families. 

State lawmakers have an unprecedented $5 billion revenue surplus on-hand as they work to craft the state budget. The revenue surplus provides an opportunity to make much-needed new investments for things that have been underfunded for years, like K-12 public education, children’s access to health care, and early childhood education. It also requires lawmakers to make fiscally responsible decisions that will avoid huge budget cuts the next time there is an economic downturn.  

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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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Children’s Action Alliance — Mid-Session Update Part 2: Shameful bills that preserve prejudice in name of protecting children

Children’s Action Alliance — Mid-Session Update Part 2: Shameful bills that preserve prejudice in name of protecting children

| April 19, 2022

Last week, we took the legislative lull between committee work and the presentation of the proposed budget to tell you about some bills that would have improved the lives of children and families in Arizona that were either not considered or died without making much headway. As the pause at the Capitol continues so does our midsession update. If last week’s update could be titled “the good”, this week can be called the “bad and the ugly.” These are misguided proposals that harm children and families, and unfortunately have either already been signed or are well on their way to becoming law. The common theme running through these bills: Preserving prejudice in the name of protecting children.  

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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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Children’s Action Alliance — Mid Session Update

Children’s Action Alliance — Mid Session Update

| April 19, 2022

The Spring season in Arizona is already well underway. Everything is blooming, the weather is warming, delayed Spring Training has given way to Opening Day and for those who pay attention to what is happening at the Capitol, we enter a new phase of the Legislative Session. Each year the session begins on the second Monday in January and is SUPPOSED to adjourn “sine die”  (terminate for the year) no later than Saturday of the week in which the 100th day from the start of the session falls. This year, the 100th day is April 19th and that means the session should end no later than April 23rd.   

Though this is the benchmark, in recent years that has rarely happened.

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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 Update — Trust Teachers to Do Their Jobs

Arizona Education Update — Trust Teachers to Do Their Jobs

| March 29, 2022

  March 26, 2022 Bill Watch List | Take Action | Video Trust Teachers to Do Their Jobs TAKE ACTION Lawmakers are seeking to micromanage teachers through legislation. SB1211 will require all learning materials and activities available for review by parents at each school site at least 30 minutes before and after each school day. […]

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Education Forward Arizona seeking Community Impact Manager, Northern Arizona

Education Forward Arizona seeking Community Impact Manager, Northern Arizona

| March 8, 2022

Education Forward Arizona seeks a Community Impact Manager, Northern Arizona to join our team who will be responsible for engaging target audiences to advance Education Forward Arizona’s advocacy and organizational priorities. The Community Impact Manager accomplishes their work through relationship development, partnership cultivation and engagement, delivering presentations and serving as a primary representative for the organization in their region. We seek an innovative and collaborative candidate that can serve as a convener of community leaders, a thought partner and issue expert, and builder of our northern Arizona network

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Children’s Action Alliance — Take ACTION NOW to protect public school funding

Children’s Action Alliance — Take ACTION NOW to protect public school funding

| February 8, 2022

On Tuesday, February 8th, the Senate Education Committee will hear three bills that would make major expansions to private school vouchers. This is the latest attempt to divert public dollars to private school vouchers despite Arizona voters overwhelmingly overturning a 2017 effort that also attempted to significantly expand the voucher program.

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