East Valley Canvassing on Saturday, September 17

It gets said a lot, but it really is true in 2022: with everything on the ballot at the federal, state, and local levels, this election really is the most important one in recent memory. We have a real opportunity to elect a pro-public education governor, legislature, and school board … or see even more attacks on our students and our profession.

This Saturday, September 17, we are asking all members to get involved in this critical election by knocking on doors and having conversations with voters about how their vote can impact our schools. Not sure what to say or how things will work? Don’t worry, there will be plenty of people there to help! Canvassing will begin at 9:00am at 3377 S Price Rd in Chandler. Please use this link to register … see you on Saturday!

Urge Your State Senator to Lift the AEL!

Today in a bipartisan vote, the Arizona House voted 45-14 to lift the Aggregate Expenditure Limit and spare Arizona public schools over $1.1 billion in cuts. See how your representative voted and contact them to thank (or scold) them!

Despite the House’s action, the Senate is stalled on SCR1050 which would accomplish the same thing. We need everyone to contact their state senator now to urge them to vote on this clean lift of the AEL!

  1. verify your legislative district
  2. look up your senator
  3. call or send an email demanding they vote yes on a clean lift of the AEL!

Act NOW to Prevent $54 Million in Cuts in CUSD

For the first time in years, Arizona is set to exceed the Aggregate Expenditure Limit (AEL), which was passed in 1980 and limits the total money that Arizona can spend on public schools (except for charter schools). Unless the legislature acts by March 1, schools across Arizona will be unable to spend almost $1.2 billion that has already been allocated to them by the legislature. In CUSD alone, this would result in a cut of $54.4 million, or about 16% of our annual budget. The legislature has routinely voted to exceed the AEL in previous years, but this year they are playing political games with the AEL, and our students and educators will be the losers.

We need everyone in our CEA/CUSD community to contact their legislators and urge them to stop playing games with our public schools and authorize exceeding the AEL! View our presentation on the AEL, watch our town hall with LD17 Representative (and former CEA member!) Jennifer Pawlik, and visit AEA’s AEL resource page to learn more about the AEL and how you can take action!

Child Tax Credit Sign Up Deadline is November 15

Join us in supporting Common Sense’s Campaign for America’s Children by promoting Code for America’s simplified Non-Filer portal for the Child Tax Credit. Thanks to the passage of the American Rescue Plan, the maximum child tax credit has increased from to $2,000 per child to $3,600 ($300/month) for kids under 6 and $3,000 ($250/month) for kids 6-17, and families with the lowest incomes or no income at all are eligible for the full value of the credit.

If families filed taxes in 2019 or 2020, or used the Non-Filer tool last year to receive a stimulus check, they are already signed up to receive this increased credit. But families who did not do one of those things must sign up for monthly Child Tax Credit payments by Monday, November 15. Please share this information for families! For more information, visit the White House’s Child Tax Credit sign up website.

American Education Week is November 15-19

American Education Week 2021 - November 15-19 - www.nea.org/aew

Join NEA, AEA, and CEA in celebrating public education and honoring the individuals working to ensure that every student receives a quality education! American Education Week is November 15-19, and each day of the week has its own theme. This week is intended to honor the team of people who work in our nation’s public schools … everyone from the bus driver and classroom teacher to the cafeteria worker and administrative staff, plus countless others. This week’s themed days are:

  • Monday, November 15: Kick Off Day
  • Tuesday, November 16: Family Day
  • Wednesday, November 17: Education Support Professionals Day
  • Thursday, November 18: Educator for a Day
  • Friday, November 19: Substitute Educator Day

Learn more about how you can lead the celebration of American Education Week at your school by visiting www.nea.org/aew and checking NEA’s AEW resources.