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Let’s celebrate School Board Recognition Month!

January is School Board Recognition Month! Thank you for your extraordinary service to help Arizona students thrive, and your commitment to your local school district and community. Glendale ESD celebrated their board members with a large display of thank you cards from students and staff, signs with their images, and sang “We Are Family” to them.

Chandler USD thanked board members with a large banner and giant posters from students in the schools they serve displayed in the board meeting room. Follow ASBA on Facebook and Twitter as we celebrate school board members and all you do. View ASBA’s resource pages on our website’s Resource Bank. ASBA members have full access to the Resource Bank.

Contact Heidi Vega, Director of Communications at if you don’t have the password to access all the great resources ASBA has to offer you.

Take part in Advocacy Day at the Capitol on Presidents’ Day

Join us on Monday, Feb. 20, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for Advocacy Day in the Historic Senate chamber at the Capitol. Register now for this free event where school board members will connect with each other and ASBA’s Government Relations staff to discuss key issues facing school districts this year, learn how to be a more effective advocate, and have the option to observe the Legislative proceedings or meet with their Legislators that afternoon. Find out more at ASBA’s website by clicking on Events.

Become an ASBA Advocate!

  1. Text JOINASBA to 52886
  2. You will receive a text message with a link to join our advocacy efforts. Click it!
  3. Enter your information, including your home address to link you with your elected officials (ASBA will never share or sell your information)
  4. That’s it! You’ll receive action alerts from ASBA to easily contact your elected officials to support district schools! Be on the lookout for opportunities to practice during the conference.
  5. Share with your friends and family who also want to help district schools! Anyone can join at any time.

ASBA salary surveys open soon

Look for it in your email inbox and encourage your district to participate

Each year, ASBA conducts annual surveys of certified and administrative personnel as well as superintendents that allow us to provide useful and current information to governing boards and district staff throughout the state. The surveys will open later this month and close February 8. All questions are asked from the perspective of the superintendent and information provided should reflect the current 2022-2023 contract year. All participating districts will receive the full report February 27.

Important: If responses are coordinated from multiple staff members, please be sure to submit only one response from the district to this questionnaire.

Find out more by clicking here.

Invite your students to apply for ASBA scholarships

Arizona high school seniors who attend classes in an ASBA member district are invited to apply for ASBA scholarships. Students start applying for scholarships on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023, and the deadline all three is 5 p.m. on Friday, March 31, 2023. 

The Jack Peterson Scholarship is awarded annually to at least one Arizona high school senior who plans to pursue education as their major course of study at the college/university level. Amounts of the awards vary from year to year and are based on annual earnings from the scholarship endowment. Scholarship amounts typically range from $1,000 to $1,500. The scholarship was established in honor of ASBA Executive Director Jack Peterson, who served the association from 1991 to 1998.

The Panfilo H. Contreras Honorary Scholarship was awarded for the first time in 2013 by ASBA’s Hispanic-Native American Indian Caucus. Hispanic and Native American Indian students are eligible to apply for this scholarship to support their attendance at an accredited post-secondary institution. Last year’s scholarships were $1,000 each.

The Georgie and Calvin Goode Student Scholarship was established by the ASBA Black Alliance in 2021 and was awarded for the first time in Spring 2022. Two scholarships of $1,250 each are available. Scholarships will be awarded to high school seniors who demonstrate an exceptional record of academic growth and a commitment to service to others.  Applicants must be a currently enrolled senior in an ASBA member district, Black or of African descent and planning to further their education at an accredited postsecondary institution. Find links to the online applications here.

View Gov. Hobbs’ K-12 budget plan & State of the State education priorities

Gov. Katie Hobbs’ Fiscal Year 2024 Executive Budget proposal released Jan. 13 would raise state per-pupil funding from $7,999 to $8,250. Trey Nilles, a budget analyst with the Governor’s Office of Strategic Planning and Budgeting, provided a breakdown of Gov. Hobbs’ K-12 education budget proposal. “The fiscal year 2024 Executive Budget recognizes the needs of Arizona’s public schools, provides a framework for achieving critical goals, and supports the implementation of programs and measures designed to ensure Arizona’s students are prepared for the future,” Nilles said. For a video and details, click here.

ASBA Events and Webinars

Upcoming ASBA Events

Board Operations & Leadership Training Seminar 2023

January 27, 2023 | February 8, 2023 | February 10, 2023

ASBA Advocacy Day 2023
Feb. 20 2023

New Board Member Orientation Part Two (Virtual)
March 31, 2023
Summer Leadership Institute
June 8 – 10, 2023  Save the Date
In-Person New Board Member Orientation Part Two
June 8, 2023  Save the Date

View all ASBA events on the ASBA website.

Upcoming ASBA Webinars

Wednesday Webinars: Budget Basics for Board Members

January 25, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Wednesday Webinars: Understanding Employee Compensation and Benefits

February 22, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Wednesday Webinars: Decision-Making with an Equity Lens

March 22, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Wednesday Webinars: I Don’t Understand: Engagement and the Importance of Home Language

April 26, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Wednesday Webinars: Students Have Rights?!?!

May 10, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

You can find all Wednesday webinars on the ASBA webpage,

Can’t view the webinar live? No problem. Go ahead and register and you will receive the recording automatically by email so you can view it later. There is no cost to register for these webinars.  We encourage advance registration.

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