Arizona Education Association

Advocate Spring 2012

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Looking Back at 120 Years of AEA This year the Arizona Education Association is celebrat- ing 120 years of advocating for quality public education. It also marks the 100th year of statehood for Arizona. The AEA Advocate will be doing a series of articles in upcoming issues commemorating the Association's 120th anniversary. Arizona Territorial Teachers' Association AEA's story begins with old textbooks. On December 22, 1892, 61 teachers gathered at Phoenix City Hall for the state-mandated Maricopa County Teachers' Institute winter session, and the issue of out-of-date textbooks was on their agenda. Teachers had been using 14-year-old Appleton series textbooks and wanted to collaborate to lobby for more mod- 1873 Little Adobe Schoolhouse 18 Spring 2012 x AEA Advocate

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