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It’s Time … AEA Budget Watch is Here

AEA Budget Watch with URL: arizonaea.org/budgetwatch

All signs point to the legislature considering the budget as soon as Monday. We need to make sure all of our legislators know that we are watching and will hold them accountable if they don’t keep their promises to properly fund public education!

Can you get down to the Capitol next week (wearing red, of course) to make our presence felt? Budget sessions will start around 1:30 pm, but some of them will go into the evening, when we are better able to attend. To get prepared:

Can’t make it to the Capitol? Contact Governor Ducey and contact your legislators to share your stories about the need for increased public school funding and remind them of their duty to provide excellent public schools for all Arizona students. You can also organize or participate in other activities to raise awareness, such as walk ins, stand outs, etc. For more details on how to get involved, visit AEA’s Budget Watch page.

COVID-19 Resources

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With the news changing so rapidly on COVID-19 and its impact on Chandler schools, it can be difficult to keep up. To help our community, CEA is providing a resource page that links to local resources (including news from CUSD), as well as statewide and national resources from AEA and NEA. You can find this resource at chandlerea.org/covid19. This page will be updated as we are made aware of new resources that may be helpful to the CEA and CUSD community, so be sure to check back often.

Community Art Build Postponed

The Community Art Build that we had planned to offer on Saturday, March 21 has been postponed due to health concerns related to COVID-19. We are hoping to offer a similar experience after this health crisis passes, and we will keep our members posted if we are able to do so.

Community Art Build on Saturday, March 21

On Saturday, March 21, CEA will be holding a Community Art Build from 10:00am – 2:00pm at Chandler High School. This event is meant to be a celebration of how much we can accomplish when we come together as a community! A union artist from Just Seeds will be helping us paint two banners, but other activities will include:

  • face painting and coloring for the kids
  • car window painting for adults
  • a DJ and food trucks for everyone’s enjoyment
  • signing or checking out Invest in Ed petitions

Local candidates will be making special guest appearances as well as local union celebrities! We’ll be outside the Fine Arts building which is closest to the corner of Arizona Ave and Chandler Blvd. Please register to attend on our event page!

Please note that due to the coronavirus outbreak, we will be taking extra precautions such as making hand sanitizer and wipes available as needed. We encourage those in high-risk populations to stay home and join us for future events instead.

Invest in Ed Signature Gathering on Saturday

#INVESTinED

Want to help bring almost a billion dollars of additional funding to our public schools? Want to help bring over $18.5 million in additional funding to Chandler alone? Join us for our first signature gathering event for the Invest in Ed ballot initiative! We’ll meet outside the Chandler Public Library at 9:00 am and then farm out to local businesses in downtown Chandler to gather signatures. Everything you need to participate will be provided … we are asking everyone to get just one page of signatures on Saturday so we can get Invest in Ed off to a great start. Let’s do this, CEA! Check out our Facebook page for full details.

Paid for by Chandler Education Association. Not authorized by any candidate.

Invest in Ed Rally at Capitol on February 17

We are officially ready to launch the 2020 Invest in Ed initiative, which would increase investment in our public schools by a game-changing $940 million. Are you ready to help get this initiative on the ballot? Join us (in red!) at the state capitol on Monday, February 17 at 11:00 am to get energized and get started on doing the work we need to do for our students and our schools. Get more details and RSVP using this link.

Paid for by Chandler Education Association. Not authorized by any candidate.

Screening of Just Mercy on February 5

Once again, CEA is proud to team up with the CUSD Department of Equity and Inclusion to co-sponsor a movie screening. This time, we’ll be screening Just Mercy on Wednesday, February 5 at 6:30 pm. The screening will take place at Alamo Drafthouse in Chandler, and will include a post-film discussion led by CUSD teacher Paul Kreutz. Tickets can be purchased on the Alamo Drafthouse website … please consider attending this fantastic event!

CEA Legislative Toolkit Available Online

Arizona Capitol

The legislative session is underway once again! We made great progress in the 2018 election, but still need to make our voices heard and keep the pressure on our legislators to keep moving forward toward restoring funding for education … and avoid passing bills that move our education system backwards.

With all of the bills being considered, it can be tough to keep up, let alone advocate for our students and our profession. Our Legislative Toolkit can help, giving you information on how to stay informed on what’s happening at the capitol and how you can make an impact on the process (including signing up for the Request to Speak system). Check it out today and become an education advocate!

Special Election Results

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Our special election has concluded, and Janell Ochs has been elected as our new Vice President of Membership. Thanks to everyone who voted in this election, and special thanks to Janell for serving CEA in this leadership role! Detailed results are available on our election results page.

CEA Co-Sponsors Harriet Screening

We had a fantastic turnout at the November 20 screening of Harriet, which was co-sponsored by CEA and the CUSD Department of Equity and Inclusion. Thanks to everyone who came out, and special thanks to Perry HS teacher John Prothro for facilitating a great post-screening discussion!

Happy American Education Week!

This week (November 18-22) is American Education Week! According to NEA, the purpose of American Education Week is to “celebrate public education and honor individuals who are making a difference in ensuring that every child receives a quality education.” This year, each day of the week has a specific theme:

Monday, November 18Kickoff Day
Spread the word about the great things happening at your school and in our district!
Tuesday, November 19Parents Day
Thank parents for their important role of support in our schools, and invite them to your classroom to see what’s happening firsthand.
Wednesday, November 20Education Support Professionals Day
Honor our ESP staff for the critical roles they play in making our schools a safe, clean, and productive environment for everyone!
Thursday, November 21Educator for a Day
Invite community members into your classroom to experience the joys and challenges of our public schools, and to see up close the needs of our students.
Friday, November 22Substitute Educators Day
Celebrate our substitute educators for ensuring that learning is happening on a daily basis, even when educators are absent.

Please post on social media throughout the week sharing how you are celebrating American Education Week on these different days! Be sure to include the hashtag #aew2019 and tag @ChandlerEA on Twitter or Chandler Education Association on Facebook. NEA has lots of great resources that will help you promote this week, as well. CEA will also be posting to our social media accounts every day this week, so please check those accounts and share our posts! Here are the videos that we have posted so far this week: