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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.

Invest in Ed Event on Saturday, May 30

Our Invest in Ed petition event was so successful last weekend that we’re doing it again this weekend! Come to Alma School Rd and Frye Rd on Saturday, May 30 between 9:00am and 12:00pm for some safe and socially distant advocacy. You can pick up petitions, sign petitions, and drop off (and notarize) petitions. All materials will be sanitized, and you can bring your own pens if needed. Please use this link to RSVP and spread the word … see you on Saturday!

Scholarship Deadline Tomorrow

Don’t forget … if you are a member who has a child graduating from high school and attending college in the fall, the deadline to apply for our CEA scholarship is tomorrow at midnight. Full details can be found on our scholarship page.

Two Virtual Advocacy Options on May 14

There are two opportunities for you to be an education advocate on Thursday, May 14! At 3:30 pm, AEA will be hosting a Virtual Roundtable with Dr. Jill Biden. Then at 4:00 pm, NEA will host a Virtual Town Hall to advocate for federal education funding during the COVID-19 crisis. Use the links above to register for these virtual opportunities!

Join Now … Now Online!

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It’s finally here … potential members can now join CEA, AEA, and NEA online! Visit arizonaea.org/join for more details, and review these instructions for assistance. Be sure to spread the word and share this link with those who might want to join.

Invest in Ed Opportunities

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Our friends at VIP (Valley Interfaith Project) are hosting three drive-in events where people can sign, pick up, notarize, and return Invest in Ed petitions. The events will be held at Valley Unitarian Universalist Church in Chandler.

The dates and times for these events are:

  • Saturday, May 2 from 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Tuesday, May 5 from 8:30 am – 11:00 am
  • Thursday, May 7 from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

People are encouraged to bring their own black or blue pen, but cleaning products and pens will be available if people forget. These events have been planed with social distancing guidelines in mind to keep everyone safe and healthy while we continue to fight for school funding. Hope to see you there!

Be Sure to Vote by April 28!

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CEA is currently holding our annual election for four Executive Board positions, as well as for Association Representatives at each site. You should have received voting information at both your home and work email address. Voting closes at 5:00 pm on Tuesday, April 28 … be sure to cast your vote by then! Full details and candidate statements can be found on our election page.

National Labor Tele-Town Hall on April 25

NEA is co-sponsoring a national labor tele-town hall on Saturday, April 25 at 10:00 am. Entitled Protect All Workers: We’re Always Essential, this event will unite union members from across the labor movement. Speakers will include Senator Elizabeth Warren, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, and even AEA’s very own Vanessa Jimenez! Use this link to register and attend … you won’t want to miss this special event.

CEA Scholarship Application Now Open

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CEA is offering four $500 scholarships to graduating seniors who are children of CEA members and attending college in the fall. The deadline to apply for this scholarship is Friday, May 15. For more details and application instructions, please visit our Scholarship 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.