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Our students and educators have dealt with decades of neglect and underfunding from the State, which is why we took the issue of education funding to the people for a vote. Passing the Invest in Education Act in 2020 was the culmination of years of organizing efforts. Despite the need for school funding and the support of voters, those in power are still trying to stop these funds through lawsuits and legislation. We will continue to fight because we know our students are worth the effort.


Since its passage in the 2020 election, Governor Ducey and the Republican legislative leadership have attacked the Invest in Education Act, which would have brought $940 million in permanent sustainable funding for public schools by taxing incomes over a half million dollars, through lawsuits and legislation. The recently passed state budget provides massive tax cuts and a loophole for the wealthiest in Arizona to avoid the INVESTinED tax.

In response, the Invest in Education coalition, of which AEA is a member, has renamed itself the Invest in Arizona coalition and filed three referenda to stop these horrible attacks on public education funding:

  • SB1828 referendum to overturn the regressive 2.5% flat tax that tips the scales for the wealthiest;
  • SB1827 referendum to overturn the tax cap that reduces the amount the wealthiest pay to the INVESTinED tax; and
  • SB1783 referendum to overturn the loophole created for those making over a half-million in income to avoid the INVESTinED tax.

In order to refer these bills to the 2022 ballot, 118,823 valid petition signatures will need to be turned in by September 28, 2021. The coalition has already printed petitions and launched signature gathering efforts. Once enough valid signatures have been verified by the Secretary of State, an injunction will be placed on the legislation until the election. The coalition will then need to campaign to get voters to vote NO on these referenda in order to permanently stop this legislation from taking effect.

"It’s time to let the voters decide if we should reject Governor Ducey’s handout to millionaires and instead Invest in Arizona. Our students and beautiful state are worth it."

AEA President Joe Thomas

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We need your help collecting petition signatures. Check out this list of events to sign and pick up petitions.

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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.