Mark your calendars now: SOS Arizona, Arizona Educators United, and Arizona PTA are sponsoring a Day of Action on Wednesday, March 28. Events are planned all over the state, but in the Phoenix metro area, the Day of Action event will occur at the Arizona State Capitol from 4:00-7:00 pm (those who can’t get there by 4:00 are still encouraged to attend and arrive when they are able). Please use this link to get more information and register to attend!
Arizona Educators United has closed sales of their #REDforED shirts. Anyone who placed an order before the deadline should have received an e-mail with pickup instructions. Remember, if you put down Shaun Creighton as the person who will pick up your shirt, you do NOT need to pick up your shirt. He will bring them to the Chandler Center for the Arts on Monday for you to pick up and wear over your school shirt to the rally if you like.
Even if you didn’t get to order a shirt, please consider wearing red to the rally to show our unity within our profession! SOS Arizona also has Red for Ed shirts available for teachers to purchase, but we can’t be sure they will be delivered in time for our rally.
You’ve seen #REDforED mentioned in the news, and maybe you’ve even worn red yourself or joined the Arizona Educators United Facebook group. Now you can wear #REDforED with an official #REDforED t-shirt! These shirts are available for only $6-$9 depending on size, and can be ordered using this form.
CEA encourages all members and non-members to wear #REDforED at our district rally on Monday, March 26. If you order an official #REDforED t-shirt by Friday, March 16, you can pick it up from CEA at the rally! On the order form, answer No, someone else is when asked if you are picking up your order, and enter Shaun Creighton when asked who is picking up the order. Then look for the CEA table at the district rally to pick up your shirt! Orders must be placed by March 16 to be picked up at the rally.
Even if you don’t order a shirt, please consider wearing red to the rally as a demonstration of unity with educators across CUSD and Arizona!
Our online election for NEA Representative Assembly delegate is now underway. The deadline to cast your ballot is Tuesday, February 27 at 5:00 pm. For full details on how to vote, candidate statements, and more information, visit our election page at chandlerea.org/election.
The Arizona Legislature is now in session … so it’s time to subscribe to the AEA Legislative Update. This is the best way to stay in the know on what’s happening at the capitol, how it will impact our profession and our students, and how you can make your voice heard and impact education policy in our state. Subscribe today, then check your inbox regularly and be prepared to act!
It’s time to spread the love for public education! Our friends at AZ Schools Now are sponsoring L.O.V.E. Rallies across the state on Wednesday, February 14 at 4:00 pm. In the Phoenix metro area, the rally will be held at the Arizona State Capitol. Show your love of public education and still have time for a great date with your Valentine! If you are able to attend, please RSVP at arizonaea.org/rally.
The Arizona Education Association will be holding its annual Capitol Visits on Wednesday, March 14 and Wednesday, March 21. As luck would have it, both of these days are during our spring break! We encourage all of our members for the Capitol Visit Day that best fits their spring intersession plans. Members do need to reserve a spot since space is limited … to register and get more information, visit arizonaea.org/capitolvisit.
CEA is now calling for nominations for members to attend the AEA Delegate Assembly and NEA Representative Assembly. These are great ways to represent CEA at the state and national level, to see how AEA and NEA make their decisions … and to shape those decisions with your voice!
The 2018 AEA Delegate Assembly will be held at The Scottsdale Resort. The DA will start at 6:00 pm on Friday, May 11 and resume at 9:00 am on Saturday, May 12 (concluding when all new business items have been considered). Discounted room rates will be available for delegates who would like to spend the night at the hotel.
The 2018 NEA Representative Assembly will be held in Minneapolis from June 30 – July 5. Delegates will be expected to travel to Minneapolis on June 29 (at the latest) and fly home on July 6 (at the earliest) so they can attend all RA meetings. CEA will cover the cost of your airfare and hotel (assuming you room with another delegate), and will provide a per diem for food and transportation costs.
The deadline to submit nominations is 4:00 pm on Tuesday, February 6. Please check your work e-mail for instructions on how to nominate a fellow member (or yourself!) to participate in one of these opportunities. We are also looking for members to help serve on the Elections Committee this year. If you are interested in serving on the committee or have any questions on this election, please contact Shaun Creighton.
As you begin to prepare your tax returns for 2017, don’t forget that almost all of your CEA/AEA/NEA dues are tax deductible! For full details, visit our tax information page.
Mark your calendars now … CEA (in conjunction with Valley Interfaith Project) is sponsoring a Superintendent of Public Instruction Candidate Forum on Tuesday, January 30 at 6:00 pm. The forum will feature eight candidates for Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction, including our current SPI, Diane Douglas. Candidates will answer questions regarding important educational issues facing our state … with our election coming up this fall, this is a great opportunity to find out where these candidates stand on issues that directly impact your students and your classroom.
The forum will take place in the Copper Room at the Chandler Public Library Downtown Branch … if you’re already attending our AR Meeting at 4:15, we hope you will stick around and walk over to the library for this important event! This event is open to the public, but seating will be limited … everyone planning to attend must RSVP. To reserve your spot and get more information, please visit our forum page. If you would like to help advertise this event, please consider downloading and distributing our flyer.