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.

CUSD Governing Board Candidate Events on Tuesday, September 8

After our last Governing Board meeting, there can be no doubt how important it is to make sure quality candidates are elected to our Governing Board. To help inform our community about the candidates running to fill three vacancies in 2020, CEA is sponsoring two events on Tuesday, September 8.

From 6:00-7:00 pm, we will hold a Virtual Meet and Greet where the community can get to know our candidates better in an informal setting. From 7:00-8:30 pm, we will hold a Candidate Forum where all candidates will be asked the same questions about important issues facing CUSD. Both events will be held on Zoom to ensure participant safety.

For more information on these events, including how to register and attend, please visit our CUSD Governing Board Election page.

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!

Big Issue Sunday Education Event on Sunday, August 30

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Calling all educators! From 1:00-4:00pm this Sunday, August 30, AEA recommended candidates for LD17 (State House Representative Jennifer Pawlik and State Senate candidate AJ Kurdoglu) will be hosting the first Big Issue Sunday on Education! It’s more important now than ever to be sharing your experiences in education with people who can make a difference. We’ll also have guest appearances from Jeanne Casteen (Maricopa County School Superintendent candidate) and Jacqueline Smith (Maricopa County Community College Governing Board candidate). Join us to chat and make calls to the community. You make the difference! Register online today.

Free COVID-19 Testing at Hamilton HS

Once again, our friends at Embry Women’s Health will be conducting free drive-thru COVID-19 testing in the parking lot of Hamilton HS this weekend (Saturday, August 22 and Sunday, August 23). Testing slots are available in 5-minute increments as early as 7:00am and as late as 11:00pm. Use this link to book your testing appointment.

Virtual Training on August 14

California Casualty is sponsoring a Facebook Live virtual training opportunity for educators at 4:00pm on Friday, August 14th for all NEA/AEA members. This training will feature lesson planning and virtual learning tips from Casey Boehm of Organize and Educate. Find the event here on Facebook.

AEA ESP Employee Rights Q&A on August 18

On Tuesday, August 18 at 4:30 pm, AEA and local associations IDEA, REA and MESPA will be hosting an Employee Rights Q&A focused on our Educational Support Professionals. AEA General Counsel Jarrett Haskovec will be on the call to answer questions, and a Spanish translator will be present, as well. You can join the call on Zoom, or join via phone by dialing (346) 248-7799 and entering meeting ID 988 3622 7567.

Free COVID Testing This Weekend at HHS

Embry Women’s Health is offering free drive-through COVID-19 testing on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (August 7-9) in the parking lot of Hamilton High School. Online appointments can be made in 5-minute increments from 7:20 a.m. on Friday until 11:25 p.m. on Sunday. For more information and to book an appointment slot online, visit

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!