Let’s Wear #REDforED!

Arizona Educators United red shirt

The CUSD Rally is just around the corner … be sure to wear #REDforED as we come together as a district! If you ordered a shirt and had CEA pick it up, be sure to stop by the CEA table at the Chandler Center for the Arts to pick up your shirt so you can wear it during the rally. Even if you don’t have an official #REDforED shirt, we hope you’ll wear something red to to show your support!

Please plan on arriving to the rally at least 15 minutes early to line up along Arizona Avenue and march into the rally wearing #REDforED. This will be a powerful statement to our community, including local media.

CEA Election Now Underway

VoteOur 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.

Subscribe to the AEA Legislative Update

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!

Lift Our Voices for Education (L.O.V.E.) Rally on February 14

L.O.V.E. RallyIt’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.

AEA Capitol Visits on March 14 & 21

Arizona CapitolThe 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.

Nominations Now Open for Delegate/Representative Assemblies

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.

Dues Deduction Information Now Available for 2017 Tax Returns

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.

Important Candidate Forum on Tuesday, January 30

AZ SPI CandidatesMark 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.

AZ March to Save Our Schools on Saturday, January 6

Save Our Schools MarchOur friends at Save Our Schools Arizona are sponsoring a March to Save Our Schools on Saturday, January 6. The march will be held at the Arizona State Capitol lawn, featuring guest speakers at 10:00 am with the march scheduled to begin at 10:30. For more details, visit their event page on Facebook.

California Casualty Offers Grants for Classroom, Athletic Activities

California Casualty Insurance is now offering an Academic Award program to help teachers pay for school supplies, instructional materials, etc. CEA members, you could win up to $2,500 for your classroom!

California Casualty is also offering the Thomas R. Brown Athletic Grant for junior high and high school athletic programs. The deadline to apply for this grant is January 15, so be sure to apply soon.

These programs are only available to NEA members … another great benefit of membership! If you’d like to learn more about joining CEA, please visit our membership page.