Invest in Education Campaign Makes History

#investinedThe Invest in Education campaign made history today when they turned in 270,000 signatures for the Invest in Education ballot initiative. This is almost 120,000 signatures more than what is needed to get the initiative on the ballot, and collecting this many signatures in such a short time period is simply unprecedented in Arizona. Thanks to all of our members who gave up precious summer vacation time to collect signatures … this wouldn’t have been possible without everyone’s efforts. Getting the initiative on the ballot is obviously only the first step, and we still have much work to do to get it passed. But first, we can take some time to celebrate this historic accomplishment. Thank you!

Invest in Ed Press Conference on July 5

#investinedWe have worked incredibly hard to gather signatures for the Invest in Education ballot initiative. Our members have been there throughout the summer doing the heavy lifting … don’t you want to be there when the signatures are submitted? Invest in Education will hold a press conference at the Arizona State Capitol on Thursday, July 5 from 9:20-10:00 am before our signatures are submitted to get Invest in Education on the ballot. Come out and celebrate our hard work, and be sure to bring signs and wear your Red for Ed shirts!

Home Stretch for Invest In Ed


We are in the home stretch for Invest In Ed! With petitions having to be submitted by July 5, we need all hands on deck to get this on the ballot. Here are some ways you can help us make history this week. This post will be updated throughout the week with additional opportunities to help, so please check back every day!

Collect Signatures

It’s still not too late to collect signatures! On July 4, meet at the Sonic Drive In on Arizona Ave at 5:30 pm to get organized to help collect signatures at the City of Chandler July 4th celebration. Signatures will be collected until 7:00 or 8:00 pm, and a notary will be present to notarize other petitions, as well. Keep in mind that fireworks celebrations will be a great place to gather signatures no matter where you are, so if you’re attending a different celebration, consider bringing petitions with you!

Turn in Petitions

If you have collected signatures on petitions but still need to turn them in, the time is now! Here are some places to turn in your petitions this week (notaries will be present):

Sunday, July 1

Legislative District 18 Democratic HQ in Tempe (9:00 am – 3:00 pm)
Arizona Education Association Headquarters in Phoenix (10:00 am – 8:00 pm)
AT Oasis Coffee & Tea Shop in Phoenix (4:00 – 6:00 pm)

Monday, July 2

Shepherd of the Hills UCC in Phoenix (5:30 – 6:30 pm)
Arizona Education Association Headquarters in Phoenix (7:00 am – 8:00 pm)

Tuesday, July 3

Dayspring United Methodist Church in Tempe (6:00 – 7:00 pm)
Arizona Education Association Headquarters in Phoenix (7:00 am – 8:00 pm)

Wednesday, July 4

City of Chandler July 4th Celebration at Tumbleweed Park (6:30 – 8:00 pm)
Arizona Education Association Headquarters in Phoenix (8:00 am – 10:00 pm)
Legislative District 18 Democratic HQ in Tempe (10:00 am – 7:00 pm)

Validate Signatures

The Invest In Ed campaign is looking for volunteers to help verify and validate signatures that have already been submitted so we are in good shape before we submit our petitions to the Secretary of State. If you are willing to help in this effort, please head over to the Arizona Education Association Headquarters in Phoenix during the following times (it will help tremendously if you bring your own personal laptop):

Sunday, July 1 – 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Monday, July 2 – 7:00 am – 8:00 pm
Tuesday, July 3 – 7:00 am – 8:00 pm
Wednesday, July 4 – 8:00 am – 10:00 pm

NEA Representative Assembly is Underway

NEA RA 2018 welcome signThe annual NEA Representative Assembly is underway in Minneapolis! Special thanks to CEA members Shaun Creighton, Sara Crismon, Gary DeGrow and Josh Martin for giving up a week of their short summer to represent CEA and AEA at this important event. For updates on what’s happening, visit the NEA RA website, or follow our Twitter account for a more local spin on the proceedings.

Invest in Ed Petition Events This Week

#investinedWe are all in on getting signatures for the Invest in Education ballot initiative! If you want to get involved in this important effort, it’s not too late! If you want to help gather signatures or turn in your completed petitions, please join us on:

Notaries will be present at both events so petitions can be notarized and turned in. See you there!

#REDforED Goes Back to the Capitol on June 23

Arizona Educators UnitedThe countdown is on to get those Invest in Education signatures! To celebrate the hard work everyone is doing, and to encourage people to get even more signatures, there will be a #REDforED Back to the Capitol and Day of Action on Saturday, June 23. This event will start at 7:30 am on the Arizona Capitol Lawn. We need a huge turnout to this event to gather signatures! Please visit the event Facebook page for full details.

#INVESTinED Day of Action on June 9

#investinedWhat are your plans this summer? If they don’t involve helping get the Invest in Education Act on the ballot, then change them! We need all members involved if we are going to get this critical initiative on the ballot. Please join our June 9 Day of Action (that’s this Saturday!) to get involved! There are events occurring all over the Valley, so it’s easy to find an event wherever you happen to be this Saturday. We can do this!

Runoff Election Results

ballot boxOur Vice President runoff election has concluded, and Michelle Capriotti will be our newest CEA Vice President. Because she won the runoff election, Michelle has withdrawn from the Recording Secretary special election, and accordingly, Sharon Tuttle will be our new Corresponding Secretary. Full election results of our runoff election and special election are available online. Thanks to everyone who voted, and special thanks to our candidates for their willingness to serve in CEA leadership positions!

Happy Summer!

picture of sunglasses on the beachIt has been quite a school year … but summer is here! We thank all of our members for their incredible work and dedication to their profession and their students throughout the year. We hope you all have a wonderful summer intersession! Be sure to check our calendar and follow our Twitter and Facebook pages to look for upcoming events and ways you can stay involved in the fight for public education funding throughout the summer.

CEA Runoff Election Underway Through June 5

ballot boxThe results of our Special Election are in, and since no candidate received a majority of the vote for Vice President, we are now holding a runoff election between Michelle Capriotti and Karla Palafox (the top two vote-getters). The deadline to vote in this important election is Tuesday, June 5 at 5:00 pm. Please visit our election page for voting instructions and candidate information. Thank you for participating in this election!