City Council Candidate Information

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Chandler, Gilbert, and Queen Creek are all holding city/town elections (City or Town Council, as well as mayoral) on Tuesday, August 4. CUSD has schools in all of these cities, and if you are a registered voter who lives in one of these cities, we encourage all of you to study the candidates and vote in these important elections. Although CEA is not formally recommending any candidates, we are providing their responses to a CEA candidate questionnaire that was sent to every candidate. You can find these responses and more information about these elections on our 2020 City Election web page.

Last Week for Invest in Ed Petitions!

Have you been putting off signing an Invest in Ed petition? Are you still holding on to that petition you picked up a while ago? It’s time to get this done! CEA is holding our final Invest in Ed petition event this Saturday, June 27 from 7:00-11:00 AM at Veterans Oasis Park. As always, we’ll be socially distancing and sanitizing so everyone can help us get Invest in Ed on the ballot in a safe manner.

If you can’t make it Saturday but still want to sign or hand in a petition, there are several other opportunities for you to do so across the state. Visit the Invest in Ed “Turn in Your Petition” page or the Invest in Ed events page for a full list of these events, and help us make history in Arizona!

NEA Tele-Town Hall: Ensuring Equity and Racial Justice in Reopening School Buildings

On Thursday, June 18 at 2:00pm, NEA will be co-hosting a tele-town hall on Ensuring Equity and Racial Justice in Reopening School Buildings. We encourage all of our members to use this link to register for this important event, which will be moderated by Jesse Holland (CSPAN Washington Journal Host) and feature conversation with NEA Vice President, Becky Pringle, and NAACP President and CEO, Derrick Johnson.

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!

Invest in Ed Opportunities


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.