Arizona has not funded a ‘general and uniform public school system’

By Dr. Timothy Ogle, ASBA executive director (commentary published in Capitol Times May 11)

The Legislature recently approved a state budget proposal that prevents any new net reductions to K-12 education in Arizona this fiscal year. Though the budget increases overall funding for K-12 education, it does not do so equally, and all students in Arizona do not have the opportunity to benefit. We are not OK with that. So, what now?

As the Legislature adjourns and schools begin to close for summer, we can’t forget the battles we have ahead for next year to ensure our public schools and their children are fully funded the way the Constitution originally intended.

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To learn more about the lawsuit or view other plantiff testimonials, click here.

ASBA director of leadership development says bon voyage to ASBA

ASBA would like to announce their director of leadership, Karen Loftus accepted an opportunity to head up the Human Resources function of a local non-profit organization. Her last day will be Friday, May 16. Loftus has been with the organization for the last four years. We wish her the best of luck!

Please know that ASBA will continue to support your district needs through this transition. Please call ASBA directly for any questions or inquiries you may have, 602.254.1100.

What bills passed? Legislative and Budget Webinar, Thurs., 10 a.m.

Register for this Thursday’s Annual Legislative and Budget Wrap Up Webinar, 10 a.m. ASBA and AASBO will review education related legislation and budget information from the recently completed legislative session. You don’t want to be in the dark about the bills that passed the Legislature and that will impact schools next year.

Are you eligible to receive ASBA’s Cactus Pin Award?

We want to celebrate you!
Awards are presented to individual board members for personal efforts toward professional development as a board member. The Arizona School Boards Association Cactus Pin Award recognizes board members for service in ASBA, the National School Boards Association and local board and community advocacy activities that go above and beyond regular board duties in supporting local control and public education.

The Cactus Pin Award is presented to individual board members annually in June at the Summer Leadership Institute for self-reported service activities.

The deadline to submit your qualifiers is Thurs., June 1, 2017 by 5 p.m.. Download form (Word) or fill out the form online.
This year, qualifiers include:

  • Testified on behalf of ASBA’s official position at a committee meeting, hearing of the legislature or state agency (20 points per testimony)
  • Used the “Request to Speak” system (10 points per occurrence)
  • Registered for the “Request to Speak” system (5 points)
  • Attended the “Day at the Capitol” (20 points)
  • Wrote a letter to your elected official (10 points per issue)
  • Wrote a Letter to the Editor supporting public education (5 points per letter)
  • Interviewed for broadcast or publication (10 points per event)
  • Served as a speaker, presenter, panelist or moderator at an ASBA or NSBA conference, convention or workshop (20 points per event)
  • Served on the ASBA Board of Directors (40 points)
  • Served on an ASBA committee (20 points)
  • Served as a delegate at the Delegate Assembly (20 points)
  • Served at the NSBA level (20 points)
  • Acted on behalf of your board or as a representative of public education in community outreach efforts (10 points per year per purpose)

New administrative and certified personnel salary survey available

ASBA conducts an annual salary survey designed to study district compensation and benefits for certified and administrative personnel as well as superintendents that serve students across the state.

Each year, this information is designed to meet ASBA members’ need for important information to assist in determining comparable compensation for school employees across the state. The survey has been streamlined and re-focused to better capture salary environments outside of the traditional salary schedule of credits and seniority.

Click here to view the 2016.17 salary for certified and administrative personnel.