The legislature is back in session, and for the first time, the #REDforED movement has been active from day one. We accomplished so much last year, but we still have much to do. Not only do we still need to fight to restore cut funding, but now we also need to fight off attacks from extreme legislators who would rather insult teachers than fix our broken funding system.
We need all of that #REDforED energy back to continue the fight this year! This Legislative Toolkit will give you what you need to be an advocate for your students and your profession during the legislative session.
To advocate effectively, you need to know what is happening at the capitol. This can be difficult because of the pace of the session and the flood of bills that get considered, but there are ways to stay informed without becoming overwhelmed:
- subscribe to the AEA Legislative Update to receive weekly e-mails from AEA with bills to watch and ways to take action
- visit and subscribe to the AEA YouTube Channel to watch weekly updates from AEA Government Relations Director Stephanie Parra
- bookmark and frequently visit the AEA Bill Watch List, which gives a deep dive into the status of bills that are being
- visit the CEA home page for occasional legislative updates with a local spin
Once you’re informed, it’s important to make your voice heard by our leaders. There are numerous ways you can do that:
- use the Arizona Legislature Request to Speak (RTS) system to officially register your position on bills before the legislature (AEA has put together some great instructions on how to sign up for the RTS system, and the legislature has an RTS manual, as well)
- find and contact your legislators directly to let them know your position on important bills
- visit the AEA Legislative Action Center and participate in campaigns regarding bills before the legislature (note that direct, personal contact with legislators is generally more effective than mass campaigns)
Please consider signing up to attend one (or both!) of AEA’s Days at the Capitol. There are two dates available during our spring break: March 12 and March 19. These are great opportunities to have direct conversations with your legislators and see the legislature in action (particularly the Senate Education Committee, which happens to meet on these days). There are also other days you can visit if you are available … check AEA’s website for more details.