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CEA Member Sara Wyffels Named AZ Teacher of the Year

After being named one of five finalists for the Arizona Educational Foundation’s 2021 Teacher of the Year, we are so proud to share that nationally board certified Chandler HS Spanish teacher (and CEA member) Sara Wyffels was named the 2021 Arizona Teacher of the Year! Congratulations, Sara!

In this role, Sara will travel across the state over the coming year to serve as an ambassador for the teaching profession, as well as travel to the White House (COVID restrictions permitting) to meet the President along with other Teachers of the Year from across the country. You can read more about Sara and this amazing honor at the Arizona Educational Foundation’s website. We are so proud of you, Sara!

VIP Candidate Accountability Session on Tuesday, October 6

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Our friends at Valley Interfaith Project will be hosting a virtual Candidate Accountability Session on Tuesday, October 6 from 6:30-8:00 pm. This will be your chance to hear from candidates in the following races:

  • Legislative District 17
  • Legislative District 18
  • Maricopa County Community College Governing Board
  • Chandler Unified School District Governing Board

Issues covered in this forum will include:

  • Public Education Funding
  • Justice and Sentencing Reform
  • Immigrant Youth and Higher Education
  • Workforce Development/Job Training
  • COVID-19 Economy

Be sure to register for this event (and receive a Zoom link) at www.valleyinterfaithprojectaz.com/accountability_east.

Prop 208 Phone Banking Every Monday, Wednesday, Friday Evening

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We have a chance to make history in Arizona by passing Proposition 208 and drastically increasing protected and permanent public education funding, but we can’t get complacent this close to the election. To make sure we are doing everything we can to secure this victory, CEA will be joining several other East Valley locals to do virtual phone banking every Monday, Wednesday and Friday night from 5:00-7:00pm. These phone banks are easy to do from your own home … you are given a virtual script, and the targeted numbers have already been identified as friendly voters. There will even be “technical support” available for those who need it. Please register for as many Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays as you can!

Prop 208 Sign Pick Up this Saturday, Phone Banking Every Wednesday

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CEA will be holding a Prop 208 sign pick up and car painting event this Saturday, September 19 from 10:00am – 1:00pm. This event will be held at the LD17 Democrat campaign office on the northwest corner of Alma School Rd and Frye Rd, and as usual, we’ll be following safe mask-wearing and social distancing protocols. Please register today!

If you can’t make it Saturday, don’t worry … we still have ways for you to get involved! CEA will be joining several other East Valley locals to do virtual phone banking every Wednesday night from 5:00-7:00pm. These phone banks are easy to do from your own home … you are given a virtual script, and the targeted numbers have already been identified as friendly voters. Register for as many nights as you’re able to so we can get out the vote and make history in Arizona!

CEA Voter Toolkit Relaunched for 2020

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This year, it’s more important than ever to not just know who and what you want to vote for, but how to correctly cast your vote during the COVID pandemic. With so much misinformation and confusion, we have relaunched our Voter Toolkit for 2020. This toolkit shares important information on recommended candidates, how to get involved in the campaign, and how to properly cast your vote, including important deadlines for voter registration and early ballot requests. Check it out, and feel free to share the link (chandlerea.org/votertoolkit) with others!

Governing Candidate Events Postponed

Due to circumstances beyond our control, our CUSD Governing Board candidate events this week have been canceled. We hope to have more information out soon about other events that will help inform our community about this important race.

CUSD Governing Board Candidate Events on Tuesday, September 8

After our last Governing Board meeting, there can be no doubt how important it is to make sure quality candidates are elected to our Governing Board. To help inform our community about the candidates running to fill three vacancies in 2020, CEA is sponsoring two events on Tuesday, September 8.

From 6:00-7:00 pm, we will hold a Virtual Meet and Greet where the community can get to know our candidates better in an informal setting. From 7:00-8:30 pm, we will hold a Candidate Forum where all candidates will be asked the same questions about important issues facing CUSD. Both events will be held on Zoom to ensure participant safety.

For more information on these events, including how to register and attend, please visit our CUSD Governing Board Election page.

CEA Member Sara Wyffels Named AZ Teacher of the Year Finalist

Huge congratulations to nationally board certified Chandler HS Spanish teacher (and CEA member) Sara Wyffels for being named as one of 5 finalists for the Arizona Education Foundation’s 2021 Teacher of the Year! We are so proud of you, Sara!

Big Issue Sunday Education Event on Sunday, August 30

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Calling all educators! From 1:00-4:00pm this Sunday, August 30, AEA recommended candidates for LD17 (State House Representative Jennifer Pawlik and State Senate candidate AJ Kurdoglu) will be hosting the first Big Issue Sunday on Education! It’s more important now than ever to be sharing your experiences in education with people who can make a difference. We’ll also have guest appearances from Jeanne Casteen (Maricopa County School Superintendent candidate) and Jacqueline Smith (Maricopa County Community College Governing Board candidate). Join us to chat and make calls to the community. You make the difference! Register online today.

Free COVID-19 Testing at Hamilton HS

Once again, our friends at Embry Women’s Health will be conducting free drive-thru COVID-19 testing in the parking lot of Hamilton HS this weekend (Saturday, August 22 and Sunday, August 23). Testing slots are available in 5-minute increments as early as 7:00am and as late as 11:00pm. Use this link to book your testing appointment.