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Speak Up for Students Our Voice Is Our Power

We’ll advocate for fully funded public schools. We’ll dismantle unjust systems. We’ll give our students the opportunities they need to succeed. Help us make it happen.
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“I am an AEA member because advocacy is important, and AEA continuously advocates for students and educators. Until I became an AEA member, I did not realize all of the different ways that we can advocate for our students and schools. It is empowering to be a greater part of that process.”
Quote by: Kareem Neal, 2019 Arizona Teacher of the Year, 2022 National Teachers Hall of Fame, and Phoenix Union High School District Classroom Teachers Association member.

Bills in Congress

Learn AEA's position on pending legislation related to public education, and take action to protect our schools

  • Oppose

    SB 1412 - Teacher Gag Bill www.azleg.gov

    Introduced on 03/28/2022

    Requires all district, charter and accommodation and the State schools for deaf and blind to make all learning materials and activities available for review by parents at each school site at least 30 minutes before and after each school day. All district and charter schools must post the procedures for parents to have access to current learning materials and activities, staff review of materials, a listing of all materials and activities by subject area, grade and teacher, and a listing of teacher training materials and activities used in the current year. All learning materials on nondiscrimination, diversity, equity, inclusion, sex, gender, bias, service learning or social/emotional competencies must be posted 72 hours before first use. Other materials must be posted no more than 7 school days after first use. Schools with less than 20 students are exempt from posting requirements.

  • Oppose

    SB1657 - Voucher Expansion www.azleg.gov

    Introduced on 02/02/2022

    For decades, Arizona's lawmakers have underfunded our public schools resulting in a teacher shortage crisis. The pandemic has only made this situation worse. Instead of supporting our teachers and students, Republican legislators are trying to expand the state's private school voucher program, which is rife with waste, fraud, and abuse. Vouchers divert funding from our neighborhood public schools into private religious schools with no accountability. Arizona's voters have been clear that they want to invest in public education and they do not support vouchers or funding two separate education systems.

  • Oppose

    HB2278 Striker - STO Expansion www.azleg.gov

    Introduced on 03/28/2022

    A strike-everything amendment on HB2278 will greatly expand the School Tuition Organization (STO) program, diverting even more taxpayer money into private religious schools without any accountability. Arizona voters say they support investing in our public schools. They do not want to fund two different education systems.

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Keeping the Promise of Quality Public Education

With more than 20,000 members, the Arizona Education Association (AEA) is the largest professional association for public school employees in Arizona. AEA members are teachers, community college professors, counselors, speech pathologists, bus drivers, secretaries, retired educators and student teachers and they belong to more than 150 local affiliates across Arizona.