Prop 208 Phone Banking Every Monday, Wednesday, Friday Evening

Yes on 208

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!

CEA Voter Toolkit Relaunched for 2020

Vote Here sign

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.

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!

CEA Reopening Task Force Document

Over the summer, CEA formed dozens of task forces that examining the challenges of reopening schools through the lenses of particular educators and students. Huge thanks to all of our members who worked over the summer to create a comprehensive document detailing challenges and recommendations that reflect the voices of our educators. You can now view the combined CEA Reopening Task Force Document online.

RIP, Coach

We’re heartbroken at the news that Chandler High School coach Kerry Croswhite passed way tonight from COVID-19. The entire CEA family sends its love to his wife, Laurie, the rest of his family, and everyone in the CHS Wolves community.

More School Reopening Resources

We received more information tonight from our CUSD Governing Board and Governor Ducey on what school reopening may look like (you can also watch tonight’s board meeting to view the discussion around our reopening). This is obviously a fluid, constantly changing situation, but your union has been busy putting together critical information to help us navigate it.

As mentioned earlier, CEA’s survey results have been shared with the Governing Board and with district administration (thanks to those of you who made your voice heard by responding to that survey). With input from members across the state (including some CEA members), AEA has also released their New Vision for Arizona Schools Task Force report, which contains a bold vision of what our schools can and should look like in a post-COVID world. Finally, NEA has released their All Hands on Deck: Initial Guidance Regarding Reopening School Buildings report, which includes science-based and health-focused guidelines for schools to reopen in a way that meets the needs of students and educators. You can also find many more resources regarding the impact of COVID-19 on our schools at NEA’s Educating Through Crisis website, as well as AEA’s COVID-19 update page.

We encourage you to read through these resources and discuss them with fellow CEA members (and non-members) at your site. Together, we will work to ensure a safe, quality learning and teaching experience for our community.

School Reopening Update

Thank you to everyone who took the time to respond to our school reopening survey. You can now view a summary of the survey results (these results have been shared with Dr. Casteel this morning).

The CUSD reopening plans will be discussed at tonight’s Governing Board meeting. The study session starts at 4:30pm, followed by the regular meeting at 7:00pm. We encourage everyone in the CUSD community to study the agenda and supporting documents, as well as view the meeting live on YouTube.

We know this is a very difficult time right now, so please reach out to your Site Representative or Executive Board if you need anything. We also hope you’ll consider joining our reopening task force subcommittees to continue the conversation about what school will look like when we reopen.

CEA Anti-Racism Action Statement

Black Lives Matter at School - NEA EdJustice

CEA stands in solidarity with students who are part of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities as they call out systems of oppression that directly impact marginalized students. For more information on how CEA is fighting systemic racism and how you can help, please visit our Anti-Racism Action Statement page at chandlerea.org/antiracism.

Join Now … Now Online!

AEA - I belong

It’s finally here … potential members can now join CEA, AEA, and NEA online! Visit mynea360.org/s/join-now 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.