Arizona Education Association

Advocate Spring 2012

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AT THE CAPITOL AT THE CAPITOL AT THE CAPITOL AT THE CAPITOL AT THE CAPITOL AT THE CAPITOL AT THE CAPITOL AT THE CAPITOL AT THE CAPITOL AT THE CAPITOL AT THE CAPITOL AT THE CAPITOL AT THE CAPITOL AT THE CAPITOL AT THE CAPITOL AT THE CAPITOL AT THE CAPITOL AT THE CAPITOL T Goals: 1. To advance sound education policy that meets high standards for teaching and learn- ing and ensures a high quality education for all Arizona students. 2. To promote necessary and adequate fund- ing for public education as an investment in Arizona's children and its future. 3. To promote fairness and respect for pub- lic education and all public education employees. 4. To maintain a fair and secure retirement system for school employees. • Quality Teaching and Learning AEA will advocate for policies that promote a systemic approach to quality teaching and learning inclusive of teacher preparation and certification; professional development, in- cluding mentoring and career development; evaluation; and compensation structures. AEA will advocate for the necessary flex- ibility and the adequate funding required to meet the needs of all English Language Learners. 6 Spring 2012 x AEA Advocate • Public Education Funding AEA will advocate for adequate and equi- table public education funding that sup- ports quality teaching and learning to high standards. To realize such funding, AEA will advocate for state tax policies that are sustainable, research-informed, and aligned with long-term economic strength. • Fair Employment Rights AEA will advocate to restore teacher em- ployment rights relating to contract dates, RIF process, salaries, nonrenewal notices and association work. AEA will advocate for due-process rights for education support professionals (classified employees) comparable to those reserved for other state employees. • Sustainable and Fair Retirement System AEA will advocate to restore the balanced employee/employer contribution structure. 2012 AEA Legislative Agenda he AEA 2012 Legislative Agenda is developed by the AEA Government Relations and Legislative Action Task Force and was approved by the AEA Board of Directors on December 12, 2011. It is based on the public policy state- ments included in the AEA Legislative Platform adopted by the 2011 AEA Delegate Assembly. AEA will monitor all legislation and will take a position to support or oppose any bill that enhances or detracts from the AEA Legislative Platform. The AEA Legislative Agenda is built by our members and serves as a reflection of our pri- orities," says AEA President Andrew F. Morrill. "It is informed by expertise in education policy and is an invitation to policy makers to do what is necessary to build the quality public school Arizona's families need and our students deserve."

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