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!

CEA Special Election Underway

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Our CEA Special Election is currently underway. In this election, members will vote for the following positions:

  • CEA Vice President of Membership (2-year term)

Voting will be conducted online through Tuesday, November 19. Be sure to make your voice heard in this important election! Check out our election page for full details on how to vote.

CEA New Educator Event on September 19

picture of The Local in downtown Chandler

Are you a new educator at CUSD this year? Please consider joining us for our first annual New to CUSD Educator Night on Thursday, September 19 from 4:00-7:00 pm at The Local in Downtown Chandler! This event is open to CEA members and non-members alike who are new to CUSD, and is a great way to network with fellow new educators as we near the end of the first quarter. The Local has been supportive of public education, and we are glad we get to support them back with our business (and take advantage of their food and drink specials). There will be raffle prizes, too! Please RSVP on our Facebook page so we can plan accordingly.

2019 NEA Representative Assembly Underway

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The 2019 NEA Representative Assembly is underway in Houston, and five of our members are giving up a week of their summer to represent you at the national level:

First Time Delegates
Michelle Capriotti
Katie Nash
Karla Palafox

Veteran Delegates
Shaun Creighton
Josh Martin

There will be a lot happening this week in Houston, and we encourage everyone who is curious about what goes on at the RA to follow our Twitter and Facebook pages for updates throughout the week.

CEA Family Social on Sunday

To celebrate the end of the school year, CEA will be holding a Family Social this Sunday, June 2 from 6:00-9:00 pm at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park in Scottsdale. This happens to be on a night in the park’s Summer Concert Series, so plan on staying around to hear Beatles tribute band Paperback Writer at 7:30 pm. Bring your own outdoor activities and food, or purchase food at the park! For full details, visit our Facebook event page.

Congratulations to Our Scholarship Winners!

Every year CEA awards up to four $500 scholarships to graduating high school seniors who are children of CEA members. We are proud to announce the recipients of this year’s scholarships!

  • Joshua Hattaway (son of CEA member Joline Hattaway) is graduating from Casteel High School
  • Grace Bender (daughter of CEA member Anne Bender) is graduating from Chandler High School
  • Joshua Murray (son of CEA member Jolene Murray) is graduating from Queen Creek High School
  • Lia Felix (daughter of CEA member Myra Thompson) is graduating from Perry High School

Budget Watch Update – May 22, 2019

It took all day, but the budget passed out of both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees on Wednesday night. While this budget does increase education spending, it comes nowhere near addressing the severe funding issues our public schools still face (teacher shortage, class sizes, counselor/student ratios, outdated resources, etc.). Adding insult to injury, the money is there to make a much more significant investment in education, but lawmakers would prefer to pass a tax cut that voters aren’t asking for and invest money in the “rainy day” fund when it’s been pouring in our public schools for years.

Today the budget will be heard in caucus, then in Committee of the Whole, and then head to a final vote on the floor. We had some real heroes at the Capitol yesterday testifying before committee and making our presence felt, but we need even more as we approach the finish line. The budget vote is expected to be extremely tight, and everyone has an opportunity to make a difference:

  • contact your legislators NOW and ask them to hold out for a budget that truly invests in our students
  • get down to the Capitol today after work so our leaders see we’re paying attention (it will be a long night!)
  • check back at AEA’s Facebook page and arizonaea.org/budgetwatch throughout the day for updates