Arizona Education Association

Advocate Spring 2012

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Many of the legislative goals in the early years are issues that AEA continues to work on, including school funding, due process protec- tion, protecting Arizona's public trust lands, or- ganizing the state board of education, classroom size, and increasing standards. The Association was successful in getting the Legislature to adopt a $50 per month pension for retired teachers in 1912. Over the past 120 years there have been many changes in the Association, including changing its name to the Arizona Education Association and the inclusion of all public school employees. The two constants are that the purpose of the Association has remained the same and its mem- bers still have the same dedication and commit- ment towards Keeping the Promise of Quality Public Education. 2 1872 Instructions to the Teachers • Teachers will fill lamps, clean chimneys, and trim wicks each day. • Each teacher will bring a scuttle of coal and bucket of water for the day's use. • Make your pens carefully. You may whittle nibs for the individual tastes of children. • Men teachers may take one evening each week for courting purposes or two evenings a week if they go to church regularly. • After ten hours in the school, the teacher should spend the remaining time reading the Bible and other good books. • Women teachers who marry or engage in other unseemly conduct will be dismissed. • Every teacher who smokes, uses liquor in any form, frequents pool or public halls, or gets shaved in a barber shop will give good rea- sons to suspect his worth, intentions, integrity, and honesty. • The teacher who performs his labors faithfully without fault for five years will be given an in- crease of 25 cents a week in his pay – provid- ing the Board of Education approves. Prescott schoolhouse Share Your Stories The AEA Advocate will highlight 120 years of AEA history in the next three is- sues. Please share your stories of AEA's history and send an email and/or photos to AEA Advocate Editor, Sheenae Shannon, at AEA Advocate x Spring 2012 21

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