Arizona Primary Election
Education won big in yesterday’s Primary Election. Congratulations to AEA’s recommended candidates, including David Garcia, who won the Democratic nomination for Governor. Thank you to all AEA members who volunteered in campaign efforts and voted in this election. You are setting a good example for your students and community and participating in direct democracy in action.
This past Saturday, over a hundred parents and teachers spent hours attending a hearing at the state capitol, hoping that legislators would do the right thing and approve a neutral, unbiased description of Prop 207, the INVESTinED initiative, for inclusion in the informational pamphlet sent to voters by the Secretary of State. Yet once again, the politicians literally put our children and teachers last, eliminating any reference to teachers, classrooms or education until the 7th paragraph of the analysis. Read statement. Read news story.
Join an INVESTinED Kick Off Event
It’s time to launch the next phase of the INVESTinED campaign, starting with a series of community kick-offs all over Arizona. This is a chance to learn about the INVESTinEd initiative, the benefits it’ll bring to our children and our state, and our plan to make sure we win on November 6. Bring your co-workers, your family, your friends, your neighbors, or anyone you know who’s interested in learning more about INVESTinED!
Take Action with David Garcia
It’s time we had an educator for Governor in Arizona, who will put our students first. Join other educators in getting David Garcia elected this November and sign up to volunteer.
East Valley Educators Canvass
Join other educators in legislative district 18 at a canvass for AEA’s recommended candidates, Senator Sean Bowie, Representative Mitzi Epstein, and House Candidate Jennifer Jermaine. The canvass starts at 9AM at the LD18 Democratic Office at 725 E. Guadalupe Road in Tempe. RSVP on Facebook.
The Invest in Education Act gives Arizona voters the chance to fix our teacher shortage and class size crisis and to ensure a dedicated funding source the politicians can’t touch. The proposition is expected to raise $690 million which will be deposited into the Classroom Site Fund with 60% of the dedicated revenue directed to teacher salary increases and employment-related expenses and 40% directed to maintenance and operations of public schools. Review the summary. Share the FAQs.
To connect with event and news alerts for INVESTinED, text 81010 and in the message type @investine
Legislative Session Wrap Up
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From the AEA
Today, the Arizona Education Association (AEA) and Arizona Educators United (AEU) announced in front of AEA headquarters, that 78 percent of 57,000 Arizona educators voted to walk out of Arizona’s schools – citing 10 years of drastically underfunded schools resulting in overcrowded classrooms, crumbling infrastructure, and low wages for educators. Facebook video | YouTube video
“After years of starving our schools, some classes are stuffed with kids, while others sit empty because there isn’t a teacher to teach,” says AEU organizer and Littleton elementary music teacher Noah Karvelis. “The #RedforEd movement has provided educators the opportunity to voice what action they want to take in an historic statewide vote.”
“This vote was not an easy decision for educators,” says AEA Vice President and Isaac Middle School teacher Marisol Garcia. “As I turned in my ballot today, I thought about my son, my colleagues, and my students. By voting today, I am standing up for my son and all students in Arizona and the public schools they deserve.”
“We’re using textbooks from the 1990s because there’s no money for books. That’s just one of the reasons we’re fighting to make Arizona’s kids, schools and educators a higher priority in the governor’s office,” says AEA President and Mesa government teacher Joe Thomas.
As educators, the students are at the center of everything we do. Every student deserves a chance at a quality education, and access to services like nutrition, health, and after school programs.
The decision to walk out also comes on the heels of weeks of #RedforEd walk-ins and a disingenuous budget proposal from the governor that claimed a raise that excluded support professionals like counselors, bus drivers and cafeteria workers – and was not supported by actual funding.
“Education isn’t just a job, it’s a calling. That’s why we’re walking out,” said Noah.
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