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Legislative Agenda


  1. Advance sound education policy supporting high standards for teaching and learning and ensuring access to a high quality education for all Arizona students. Commit to the recruitment and retention of professionally certified, highly-effective educators for all classrooms.

  2. Restore necessary funding for public education and fully invest in the future of Arizona’s children.

  3. Advocate for fairness and respect of public education and all public education employees.

  4. Protect and strengthen a secure retirement system for current, retired and future school employees.

Quality Teaching and Learning

AEA advocates for policies that:

  • Promote a statewide systemic approach to quality teaching and learning including: highly-effective teacher preparation programs and certification; professional development; mentoring and induction; career development pathways; and compensation structures.

  • Promote equity and excellence for all students by providing flexibility in the Structured English Immersion (SEI) models for English Language Learners (ELL), including replacement of the SEI four-hour model with a research-based language development curriculum. Provide funding to meet the needs of all ELL students and content educators.

  • Support legislation affirming instruction as the primary duty of teachers.

  • Recognize teachers as professional and ensure them the autonomy to deliver a flexible curriculum and make classroom based decisions to meet the needs of their students.

Public Education Funding

AEA advocates for policies that:

  • Attract and retain a workforce of certified employees with sufficient and immediate salary increases that will create competitive pay with neighboring states.

  • Competitive pay for all Education Support Professionals.

  • Permanent salary structures for all public school employees which includes annual raises.

  • Restore $1 billion in revenue to provide immediate, sustainable and significant public education funding (FY2020) focused on equity and closing the opportunity gap for all students to meet the needs of our public schools in Arizona as follows:

    • Provide critical resources for classrooms such as support services, supplies, updated textbooks, and technology.

    • Fund school building maintenance and repairs to give students safe, clean and functional places to learn.

    • Provide adequate funding for smaller class sizes, lower caseloads and appropriate student to school counselor ratios based on current research recommendations.

  • Invest in school readiness via early childhood and Pre-Kindergarten through Third Grade educational programs, including state-funded full-day kindergarten.

  • Provide career and technical education funding to assist students in preparing to enter the workforce.

  • Prevent the Arizona Legislature and Governor from diverting revenue away from public schools through tax cuts, tax credits and vouchers (i.e., empowerment scholarship accounts and student tuition organizations) until per-pupil funding reaches the national average.

  • Secure affordable, quality healthcare coverage for all public school employees.

Fair Employment Rights

AEA advocates for policies that:

  • Strengthen teacher employment rights relating to fair contract practices and dates, Reduction In Force (RIF) process, salaries, nonrenewal notices and association work.
  • Establish due process rights for education support professionals (classified employees).
  • Remove high-stakes consequences tied to mandated assessment data, including: Local Education Agency (LEA), school, and individual ratings of effectiveness (i.e., A-F accountability system and results-based funding); evaluations; compensation structures; and personnel decisions.
  • Provide for fair and relevant evaluation systems that:
    • include educator input and a clear appeal process;
    • support professional development and growth;
    • promote quality teaching and learning; and
    • use various data points that refl ect the course of instruction.

Retirement System

AEA advocates for policies that:

  • Sustain and protect a Defined Benefit plan for public employees.


The 2019 AEA Legislative and Policy Agenda is approved by the AEA Board of Directors. It is based on the public policy statements included in the AEA Legislative Platform adopted by the 2018 AEA Delegate Assembly. 



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