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Education Day at the Capitol

AEA organizes lobbying days at the Arizona Capitol every year to help educators tell their stories to their elected officials.
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Visiting the Capitol is your opportunity to observe the process, meet with your legislators, and share your stories of working in public schools and how their decisions will affect our students, colleagues, schools, and educators. Elected officials determine our salaries, set student testing requirements, and appropriate funds.

AEA plans annual lobby days during spring break.

Do Something or Get Nothing

Join us at the Capitol as legislators debate the state budget to ensure our students get investment in public education they deserve!
May 31, 2022 Capitol Event

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Educators' Budget Day of Action in Sierra Vista

Join us for a day of action to urge lawmakers to support the Educators' Budget.
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Join us at 5:30pm on May 31.

Arizona has a budget surplus of $5.3 billion. The state has been underfunding our schools for decades and is facing a severe teacher shortage crisis. If we’re serious about getting every child the support they need to thrive, our elected leaders across the state need to address the educator shortage crisis now.

View Educators' Budget (PDF)

Educators' Budget Day of Action in Flagstaff

Join us for a day of action to urge lawmakers to support the Educators' Budget.
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Join us on May 31, 2022.

Arizona has a budget surplus of $5.3 billion. The state has been underfunding our schools for decades and is facing a severe teacher shortage crisis. If we’re serious about getting every child the support they need to thrive, our elected leaders across the state need to address the educator shortage crisis now.

View Educators' Budget (PDF)

Educators' Budget Day of Action at the Capitol

Join us for a day of action on May 31 at the Capitol to urge lawmakers to support the Educators' Budget.
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Join us at the Capitol

Arizona has a budget surplus of $5.3 billion. The state has been underfunding our schools for decades and is facing a severe teacher shortage crisis. If we’re serious about getting every child the support they need to thrive, our elected leaders across the state need to address the educator shortage crisis now.

View Educators' Budget (PDF)

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Join people like you who are passionate about public education and organizing community efforts to get out the vote for pro-public education candidates.
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Call and Ask Lawmakers to Support the Educators' Budget

Arizona has a budget surplus of $5.3 billion. The state has been underfunding our schools for decades and is facing a severe teacher shortage crisis. If we’re serious about getting every child the support they need to thrive, our elected leaders across the state need to address the educator shortage crisis now.
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Here is the suggested text for your phone call:

Arizona has a budget surplus of $5.3 billion. It’s time for a state budget that values educators and Arizona voters’ priorities.

I urge you to support the Educators Budget at arizonaea.org/educatorsbudget.

Tell lawmakers to support the Educators' Budget

Arizona has a budget surplus of $5.3 billion. The state has been underfunding our schools for decades and is facing a severe teacher shortage crisis. If we’re serious about getting every child the support they need to thrive, our elected leaders across the state need to address the educator shortage crisis now.
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Tell legislators to support the Educators' Budget.

View Educators' Budget (PDF)

As the voice of 20,000 public school employees in Arizona, the AEA proposes the Educators’ Budget to recruit and retain quality educators and provide the support and resources our students need. Funding these priorities will demonstrate the value Arizona has for our educators and can be accomplished with the surplus. It’s time for a state budget that values educators and Arizona voters’ priorities.

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Support the Educators' Budget

Arizona has a budget surplus of $5.3 billion. The state has been underfunding our schools for decades and is facing a severe teacher shortage crisis. If we’re serious about getting every child the support they need to thrive, our elected leaders across the state need to address the educator shortage crisis now.
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Sign the petition to support the Educators' Budget.

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As the voice of 20,000 public school employees in Arizona, the AEA proposes the Educators’ Budget to recruit and retain quality educators and provide the support and resources our students need. Funding these priorities will demonstrate the value Arizona has for our educators and can be accomplished with the surplus. It’s time for a state budget that values educators and Arizona voters’ priorities.

Budget Details

Ongoing funding to be used for the following priorities:

  • Increased Base Funding: Increase the base amount of money the state gives to K-12 public education.
  • Opportunity Weight: Establish a new funding weight for our schools that serve the most in-need students to provide additional resources and supports.
  • Special Education (SPED) Funding: Increased funding for our students with disabilities and/or that receive special education services.
  • Tribal Student Weight: Establish a new funding weight providing additional monies for schools that serve indigenous students and students in tribal areas.
  • Restore Full-Day Kindergarten: Fully restores state funding for full-day kindergarten that was cut during the Great Recession.
  • Pre-K: Provide additional state funding for free and accessible preschool.
  • Career and Technical Education (CTE): Expand and increase access to high-quality CTE programs and courses.
  • Community Schools: Funding for Arizona Community Schools in districts where Arizona’s students are most underserved and living in poverty.
    • Background: Community Schools are public schools that provide services and support which fit each neighborhood’s needs, created and run by the people who know our children best – families, educators, community organizations, local governments, and the students themselves.
  • Junior High School Weight: Establish a new funding weight for grades 6-8, recognizing those grades require additional resources and supplies to prepare students for high school.
  • District Additional Assistance (DAA) Inflation: Increase DAA annually to keep up with inflation to ensure schools can still afford textbooks, computers, and other classroom supplies. Since the creation of the DAA formula it has never increased to account for inflation, and it would put it on an equal footing as Charter Additional Assistance which does increase annually for inflation.
  • Teachers Academy: Increase funding to the Teachers Academy to provide additional scholarships to future educators and ensure they graduate debt-free.

One-time funding for the following priorities:

  • Retention Bonuses: Provide a $2,000 bonus to every educator and educational support professional.
  • School Facilities Funding: Provide funding for school facilities repair and maintenance, recognizing the state has failed to fully fund school capitol since before the Great Recession.
  • Broadband Access: Provide additional funding for broadband access in rural and remote areas of the state so every student and school has access to reliable, high-speed internet.

Fix Fiscal Cliffs

In addition to these funding priorities, permanent fixes are needed to address the constitutional aggregate school expenditure limit and the triggers in Prop 123 to prevent further cuts to education funding.

  • Repeal the school spending limit: Repeal the Aggregate Expenditure Limit.
  • Remove Proposition 123 triggers: Remove the 49% and 50% triggers that would allow legislators to suspend inflation funding and cut funding at twice the rate of inflation respectively. Address the funding cliff.
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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.