How to stay informed and make your voice heard during 2018 Legislative Session

The Legislature is back in session and here is what you need to know to stay up to date with ASBA’s position on pending education-related legislation. Over the last few years, we’ve seen unprecedented numbers of school board members and public education advocates speaking out on public policy that helps improve the quality of public education in Arizona.

Voters want to influence their lawmakers on high-stakes issues such as vouchers, teacher shortage and student support and classroom spending. The question, for many, is how to communicate effectively, especially when you don’t live in Maricopa County.

Join the ASBA Government Relations staff for an overview of ASBA’s NEWEST advocacy tools and how you can use them to communicate with your state and federal elected officials. Tune in to weekly wrap up videos from ASBA updating you on legislative bills and initiatives impacting K-12 education on Fridays, 3:30 p.m. livestreaming on ASBA’s Facebook page.

Register for the webinar, Friday, Jan. 19, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

If you can’t attend the webinar, register anyway and receive the recorded link to view on your own time.

Also, don’t forget to follow AZEdNews, a service of the Arizona School Boards Association that focuses on legislative, legal and policy issues and actions in K-12 education. Subscribe to receive weekly e-news on the latest news happening during the Legislative Session. Click on the latest articles below.

GOVERNOR’S BUDGET PROPOSAL WOULD PARTIALLY RESTORE ADDITIONAL ASSISTANCE THIS YEAR

TEACHER CALLS GOVERNOR OUT ON SUPPORT FOR EDUCATION (+ VIDEO)

10 WAYS AZ LEGISLATORS COULD INVEST $1 BILLION IN PUBLIC EDUCATION THIS SESSION (+ INFOGRAPHIC, VIDEO)

ADVOCATES URGE LEGISLATORS TO MAKE SUSTAINABLE EDUCATION FUNDING A PRIORITY THIS SESSION (+ SLIDESHOW)

Current ASBA searches on the way for 2018

ASBA offers a wide range of search services, from full searches for a new superintendent to advertising for an interim superintendent. View the current positions available across the state.

Did you miss the webinar on Prop. 123 and teacher salaries?

No worries! Access, it here. This webinar, originally presented Jan. 3, provides the most recent analysis of the impact of Proposition 123 on teacher salaries in school districts.

Data continues to underscore severity of teacher shortage in Arizona

For the third consecutive year, the Arizona School Personnel Administrators Association (ASPAA) survey results confirm the continued teacher shortage in Arizona. The purpose of sharing these results is to bring awareness to the need to elevate funding for public education.

We share this data with our members as a reminder that the severity of the teacher shortage must be addressed. This survey was completed in 172 school districts and charter schools throughout Arizona. The survey was focused on teacher vacancies and teachers who have already severed employment as of December 8, 2017. Click here for details of the survey.

ASBA Events

A new year, a new BOLTS experience! Register by Jan. 19 and don’t pay a late fee

ASBA is pleased to bring you a special opportunity to embark on the path to grow as a school board member. BOLTS seminars are provided in Tucson, January 26, 2018; Phoenix, January 31, 2018 and Flagstaff, February 2, 2018 which focus on leadership topics for school boards and superintendents. A special track for administrative assistants is back by popular demand!

General session topics include:

What is Local Control & Why Do We Have It?

Is Your Board Meeting Too Long?

Don’t Press Your Luck: Not all open meeting law violations are black and white.

Whose Job Is It Anyway? Board members, superintendents and administrative staff all have a role to play before, during and after board meetings.

Executive Session: What You Need to Know

How to “Do No Harm” in the Boardroom PLUS more

Register today.

The Equity Event

Registration opens soon! Attendees will dig deep into equity issues focuses on Equality vs. Equity, using data to tell your district story, model policy with an Equity focus, accurately showcasing diversity in your district through a lens of equity and inclusion and more.

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