CEA Recommends Bruner, Serrano for Governing Board

CEA proudly recommends Lara Bruner and Patti Serrano for CUSD Governing Board

Our members have spoken. Based on an all-member vote, CEA is proud to recommend Lara Bruner (incumbent) and Patti Serrano for the CUSD Governing Board positions which will be on the ballot in November. You can find more information about these candidates and view our candidate accountability session on our Governing Board candidate page.

Results

CandidateVote Share
Lara Bruner80%
Patti Serrano64%
Marilou Estes24%
Charlotte Golla12%
Kurt Rohrs4%

NOTE: Vote share indicates which percentage of voters selected that candidate for recommendation. Members were able to select for up to two candidates, so vote share does not add up to 100%.

East Valley Canvassing on Saturday, September 17

It gets said a lot, but it really is true in 2022: with everything on the ballot at the federal, state, and local levels, this election really is the most important one in recent memory. We have a real opportunity to elect a pro-public education governor, legislature, and school board … or see even more attacks on our students and our profession.

This Saturday, September 17, we are asking all members to get involved in this critical election by knocking on doors and having conversations with voters about how their vote can impact our schools. Not sure what to say or how things will work? Don’t worry, there will be plenty of people there to help! Canvassing will begin at 9:00am at 3377 S Price Rd in Chandler. Please use this link to register … see you on Saturday!

CUSD Governing Board Candidate Accountability Session on Tuesday, September 6

The Chandler Education Association, along with Valley Interfaith Project, would like to invite the CUSD community to our Governing Board Accountability Session on Tuesday, September 6 from 6:30-8:00pm. The session will be held virtually for those who wish to view the event live on Zoom, and also recorded for those who are unable to attend live. The candidates will be sent the questions ahead of time and there will not be time for public question and answer. All candidates have been invited and as far as we know today, all will be attending.

You can register online for this important event, as well as review candidate questionnaires and other important information on our 2022 Governing Board Candidate page.

CEA Opposes Voucher Expansion

“We, the Chandler Education Association Executive Board, oppose HB2853 and HB2854. We stand with the millions of voters who voted NO on Prop 305. We stand with tens of thousands of educators across the state who oppose universal voucher expansion and state-provided transportation tied to increased school funding.”

Read our full statement and please contact your legislators immediately to urge them to vote against these harmful bills.

Learn More About CUSD Governing Board Candidates

In addition to important elections are the national and state level, CUSD also has two Governing Board positions on the ballot this year. To help our members make an informed decision in this important election, we are compiling information about candidates in one spot. Visit our 2022 CUSD Governing Board page to learn more about these candidates, and be sure check for updates leading up to the election.

Urge Your State Senator to Lift the AEL!

Today in a bipartisan vote, the Arizona House voted 45-14 to lift the Aggregate Expenditure Limit and spare Arizona public schools over $1.1 billion in cuts. See how your representative voted and contact them to thank (or scold) them!

Despite the House’s action, the Senate is stalled on SCR1050 which would accomplish the same thing. We need everyone to contact their state senator now to urge them to vote on this clean lift of the AEL!

  1. verify your legislative district
  2. look up your senator
  3. call or send an email demanding they vote yes on a clean lift of the AEL!

Act NOW to Prevent $54 Million in Cuts in CUSD

For the first time in years, Arizona is set to exceed the Aggregate Expenditure Limit (AEL), which was passed in 1980 and limits the total money that Arizona can spend on public schools (except for charter schools). Unless the legislature acts by March 1, schools across Arizona will be unable to spend almost $1.2 billion that has already been allocated to them by the legislature. In CUSD alone, this would result in a cut of $54.4 million, or about 16% of our annual budget. The legislature has routinely voted to exceed the AEL in previous years, but this year they are playing political games with the AEL, and our students and educators will be the losers.

We need everyone in our CEA/CUSD community to contact their legislators and urge them to stop playing games with our public schools and authorize exceeding the AEL! View our presentation on the AEL, watch our town hall with LD17 Representative (and former CEA member!) Jennifer Pawlik, and visit AEA’s AEL resource page to learn more about the AEL and how you can take action!