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Racial and Social Justice Are Education Justice

AEA EdJustice engages and mobilizes educators, allies, and activists in the fight for racial, social and economic justice in public education.

An education is a civil right, and any child who does not feel safe coming to school is being denied their civil right.

We are working tirelessly to dismantle systems of oppression that prevent children from accessing a great public education because of their race, gender, sexual orientation, culture, or nationality.

Explore the issues below to advance justice with us.

Just & Safe Schools

We need to challenge systemic racism in school, so all students can focus on learning, instead of fearing criminalization.
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Supporting Black Lives Matter

Let's broaden the movement of critical reflection and honest conversation in school communities for people of all ages.
Education students prepare to “walk” the pipeline.

Ending the School-to-Prison Pipeline

Zero tolerance and other exclusionary school discipline policies are pushing kids out of the classroom and into the criminal justice system.
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Facing Hate & Bias at School

All students have a right to a public education in a safe learning environment. But, many students and educators around the country are reporting hostile and hateful environments in their schools and communities. When students feel that they are not welcome, their ability to learn and thrive is diminished.

Empowered School Communities

We need to make sure student, educator, and family voices are centered to create welcoming and affirming schools regardless of race, gender, background, or zip code.
AEA member Hugo Arreola speaking at NEA Dream Act press event at the U.S. Capitol with Members of Congress on October 25, 2017.

Protecting Dreamers

We should not punish children for decisions they didn’t make. We should not separate families. We should provide a trusted path to citizenship for immigrant Dreamers.
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Including Ethnic Studies

Students and educators are mobilizing to include voices and stories of the diverse ethnicities that have contributed to the history and culture of the United States.
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Supporting LGBTQ Youth

LGTBQ students face unique challenges in our schools. Safe and affirming schools are a core element of student success.

Awards & Grants

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Human and Civil Rights Award

This award recognizes Arizona leaders who promote diversity; programs that lead to improved human relations; efforts leading to improved school district support of human and civil rights; or successful implementation of human and civil rights program. The recipient receives a $1,000 cash award. 
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Diversity Award & Grant

The annual AEA Diversity Award recognizes excellence in teaching or promoting diversity, tolerance, and respect for humankind through an instructional program or curriculum. The AEA Diversity Grant is given to develop or pursue instructional programs or curriculum that promote diversity, tolerance, and respect for humankind. The maximum annual grant is $1,000.
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Affirmative Action Award

This award honors leadership in increasing the number of students of color who choose to enter teaching, efforts that improve school-district hiring practices and increase people of color employment, and successful implementation of affirmative action policies within school districts.
GSA grant winner

Gay-Straight Alliance Encouragement Grant

This grant offers opportunities for Arizona Gay-Straight Alliances to improve the school climate for all students, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. Individual grants will be awarded for amounts between $50 and $250.

Keeping the Promise of Quality Public Education

With more than 20,000 members, the Arizona Education Association (AEA) is the labor union 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.