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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 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

Picture of Janell Ochs

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:

CEA and CUSD Present Harriet on November 20

CEA and the CUSD Department of Equity and Inclusion are proud to present a screening of the film Harriet on Wednesday, November 20 at Alamo Drafthouse in Chandler. Doors will open at 6:00 pm for gathering and seating, with the film starting at 6:30 pm. At the conclusion of the film, Perry HS social sciences teacher John Prothro will lead a post-film discussion.

This film is rated PG-13 so children will need to be accompanied by an adult. Unlike typical showings at Alamo Drafthouse, seating is not reserved, so you will want to arrive before 6:30 pm to select your seats. You also need to purchase tickets through our Eventbrite ticketing page, not Alamo Drafthouse (tickets are $11.25 apiece including fees). You won’t want to miss this special screening and discussion!

Grant Application Deadline Friday

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Don’t forget … the deadline to apply for our Members to Member grants is this Friday, November 22 by 12:59 pm. After the deadline passes, the Grant Committee will meet to evaluate the applications and select grant recipients, who will be announced in the coming weeks. For full details on how to appy for this grant, please visit our grant page.

Help Support Our Bond Election at CUSD Football Games

It’s football season and bond election season … and we’re going to take advantage of both by being present at CUSD football games to distribute information on our upcoming bond election! If you can come and spend just an hour before kickoff handing out information, we can reach thousands of interested CUSD stakeholders! Please consider showing up at 6:00 pm for one (or more!) of these games:

  • October 11: Basha HS at Hamilton HS
  • October 25: ALA at ACP Erie
  • November 1: Hamilton HS at Chandler HS

Remember that if you’re a CUSD employee, you can get into the game for free with your ID badge … so come support the bond and then stick around to support your favorite CUSD high school!