Crossover Week

This week was the last week for bills to be heard in committees in their home of origin, except for a few remaining that need to get through Rules Committees. This means any bills that were assigned to committee, but never heard, are effectively dead unless brought back through a striker amendment.

Next week will be crossover week when bills that passed in the House get moved to the Senate, and vice versa. One of these bills is House Bill 2187, which passed in the House last month. HB2187 has been assigned to Senate Education and Rules Committees, but is not on their agenda yet. This bill would relieve the pressure from high stakes testing by removing student test data from teacher evaluations. AEA supports this bill and will continue to push this forward through the Senate and then to the Governor’s desk. AEA successfully passed similar legislation through the House and Senate last year, but Governor Ducey vetoed our bill.

ELL Bill Moving Through House

AEA’s bill removing the four-hour segregated block requirement for English Language Learners (ELL) – HB2435 – passed out of the House Education Committee. Take a moment to thank the committee members for supporting our bill. HB2435 is on the House Rules Committee agenda for Monday. Urge committee members to pass this bill and support equal education opportunities for our students.

Capitol Visits

AEA members have the opportunity to join AEA Government Relations Director Stephanie Parra at the capitol during spring break. Sign up at arizonaea.org/capitolvisit.

Support the Parkland, Florida School Community

Our hearts are broken yet again by a senseless and tragic school shooting, this time in Parkland, Florida.

The students, parents, and staff of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have been traumatized in ways that words could never fully express. As we pull together in sorrow and resolve, we invite you to submit messages of condolence and support that will be delivered to the Parkland community. You may also donate to the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Relief Fund.

It’s Time for Charter School Accountability Reform

Last week we saw a charter school close its doors, the CEO running off with nearly $1 million of public funds, leaving hundreds of students and their parents scrambling. On Monday, the House Education Committee passed House Bill (HB)2460, a bill that would require school districts to sell vacant buildings to charter or private schools. Arizona’s leaders have allowed people to take advantage of our lax charter school accountability laws for too long and our children are the ones who suffer for this lack of oversight by the state.

AEA has worked with legislators on a package of bills that would require charter schools to follow the same rules governing transparency and accountability of public funds as school districts, including allowing the state auditor general to review charter school finances, public procurement procedures, prohibiting conflict of interest on charter school governing boards, and returning charter school property to taxpayers when a charter school closes.

Next week is the last week for these bills to be heard in committee. Please take a moment to urge your Senatorand Representatives to hear our bills in committee.

Teacher Evaluation Bill Passes House

This week we saw significant progress in AEA’s bill to improve teacher evaluations. Senate Bill (SB)1497, sponsored by Senator Steve Smith, passed out of Senate Education Committee yesterday. This is the same bill AEA got through the Legislature last year, which Governor Ducey vetoed. If passed, it would reduce the pressure from student test data on teacher evaluations.

On the House side, Representative Paul Boyer’s bill, HB2187, passed a final vote in the Arizona House of Representatives yesterday, 57-0. This bill removes the statutory requirement on having a teacher evaluation framework tied to student test data. We think this will give our teachers and administrators the opportunity to work together and collaborate on an evaluation system that works for them. We are excited to see this bill make its way to the Senate and will continue to elevate this issue, which is a priority for our members. Please take a moment to thank your Representatives for supporting HB2187.

ELL Bill to Be Heard on Monday

HB2435 is on the agenda to be heard in House Education Committee on Monday. The current model for four-hour block English Language Learner (ELL) instruction does not work, and it sets our students behind in other core subjects. This bill provides school districts with flexibility and local control around developing research-based ELL models that work for their students. AEA has been part of the stakeholder process working with Representative Boyer on this legislation and we are excited it will be heard on Monday.

We encourage you to sign in to the Arizona Legislative Information System (ALIS) Request to Speak (RTS) system to log your support for AEA’s bill, HB2435. If you are not registered, you may sign up at arizonaea.org/rts.

L.O.VE. Rally

Join education advocates as we Lift Our Voices for Education (L.O.V.E.) on February 14, at 4 p.m. Visit arizonaea.org/rally for more details.

Craftivism Night

Crafts + Activism = Craftivism!

AEA’s early career educators (eSWAG) are hosting a Craftivism Night at AEA headquarters on February 10 at 5:30 p.m. to create posters and valentines for the L.O.V.E. rally. Visit arizonaea.org/craftivism for more details.

Capitol Visits

AEA members have the opportunity to join AEA Government Relations Director Stephanie Parra at the capitol during spring break. Sign up at arizonaea.org/capitolvisit.

Weekly Video Update

You can also check out our weekly update on Facebook Live.

Town Hall Meeting with Grubernatorial Candidates

Bond Election

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AESD Bond Walk

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