There is still much more to do, starting with the March 28 Day of Action at the Capitol … so if you don’t already have a #REDforED t-shirt, you should get one! You can order #REDforED shirts directly from ACME Prints (these are the same shirts that many wore to the rally, pictured to the right) or order a different Red for Ed shirt from SOS Arizona. These shirts will be delivered directly to you, so there is no need to pick them up. Order your shirts today!
Anyone who placed a #REDforED t-shirt order using the form on our website 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.
This was offered as a courtesy to save our members a trip, and the rally was chosen as a “distribution site” since everyone will be there. However, some members have asked about getting their shirts on Saturday or Sunday. Due to the high number of orders (almost 100 people put Shaun down as the pickup person for their order!) it is difficult to find a time that works for everyone, and we don’t want to make things too complicated for Jennifer Orlando, who is coordinating t-shirt orders across the valley. But after consulting with Jennifer, we think we have a solution for those who would like to pick up their shirts before Monday morning.
If members would like their shirts early, they should:
- check the order confirmation e-mail they received from Jennifer Orlando
- pick up their shirts between 5:00-6:45 pm on Saturday at the Mesa location listed in the e-mail (and be sure to mention that Shaun will no longer be picking up their order)
Shaun will pick up any shirts under his name that were not picked up during that window at 6:45 pm on Saturday, and bring them to the rally to pick up on Monday. He is planning on getting to the rally quite early that morning so people can show up early to get their shirts. Look for them at the CEA table inside the Chandler Center for the Arts.
If you missed the ordering window, you probably can’t get a shirt in time for the rally … but you can still get one to wear at other events like the March 28 rally at the Capitol! You can order #REDforED shirts directly from ACME Prints (these are the same shirts that were offered early) or order a different Red for Ed shirt from SOS Arizona.
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, and use this link to make sure you know where to park.
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.
You now have the option to order #REDforED shirts directly from ACME Prints! SOS Arizona also has their own Red for Ed shirts available for teachers to purchase. It is doubtful that ordering from these sources will allow you to get a shirt in time for the rally, you can still have one to wear moving forward.
Even if you don’t order a shirt, please consider wearing red to the rally to show our unity within our profession!
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.
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.