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.

AEA Gubernatorial Town Hall on November 29

AEA will be holding an Education Town Hall event featuring Democratic Primary candidates for the 2018 Arizona Governor’s race on Wednesday, November 29 at the Phoenix Coding Academy. The town hall will be held from 6:00-7:45 pm, with registration beginning at 5:00 pm and a members-only dessert reception to be held immediately afterward. To register or get more information, please visit

Former CEA Officer to Walk for Alzheimer’s

Jean Wilhelm is a retired CUSD teacher, and was an active CEA member and board member. On Saturday, November 11, Jean and her wife, Kathy, will be walking in the Phoenix Walk to End Alzheimer’s. We encourage everyone in our CEA family to support their efforts by visiting their team page and considering making a donation. Thank you!

CUSD Override

Ballots have been delivered for the CUSD override election … now it’s time to get out the vote! Please spread the word to family and friends about the importance of the override to our district. You may want to check out this override fact sheet for more information, or visit the Yes for Chandler Students Website. You can also follow Yes for Chandler Students on Facebook and Twitter pages for important updates … feel free to share or retweet their posts!

Chandler Day of Play on Saturday, October 21

The City of Chandler will be holding their annual Day of Play on Saturday, October 21 from 8:00 am to noon at Tumbleweed Park. CEA will be there to help get the word about our override election! Please consider volunteering to be at our table and encourage Chandler residents to send in their override ballots! You can sign up to volunteer using this online form.

AEA Social Event on Friday, October 20

Save the date … our brothers and sisters at Kyrene Education Association and Phoenix Union Classroom Teachers Association are hosting a social event on Friday, October 20 at Macayo’s Mexican Table in Ahwatukee. The social will start at 4:00 pm, and is open to all AEA members. Please RSVP to Kinora Hernandez or April Coleman, and read the flyer for more information.