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A Focus on Foster Youth Population – Free Webinar Thursday, September 19, 12-1 PM

Join us to build your awareness and understanding of the scope and impact of foster care on Arizona youth and the ways in which school district leaders can best serve and support this population of learners to ensure equitable access, opportunities and outcomes. This webinar will feature leaders from FosterEd and the Arizona Department of Education and a school district leader who will discuss the issue through the lens of growing up in foster care.

Equity Webinar Series Continues in 2019-20

ASBA is excited to continue the equity webinar series this year.

ASBA Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

ASBA Board of Directors Pass Census Resolution

Census model resolution

The ASBA Board of Directors recently passed a resolution supporting a complete count in the Decennial U.S. 2020 Census. We feel it’s important to inform our member school districts and other leaders within the education community about the critical importance of a complete count and activities, process and timeline for the 2020 U.S. Census, and work in partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau, as well as organizations focused on traditionally undercounted communities to explore other activities and maximize opportunities to ensure a complete count.

You can find the resolution on ASBA’s new webpage dedicated to information and resources for members to use to keep their local community informed on the importance of participating in the upcoming Census in 2020. The new webpage includes quick facts, key dates, graphics, articles and other external resources.

Look for a resolution template that school boards can use to pass their own resolution within a few weeks!

Congratulations to ASBA’s 2019 John R. McDonald Award Winner, Attorney Candyce Pardee With Udall Shumway Plc!

ASBAT affordable care

Equal Vote, Equal Voice at Delegate Assembly – 110 Districts Participated

ASBA held its annual Delegate Assembly on Saturday, September 7, following another successful ASBA Law Conference. We are pleased to report that 110 districts sent a delegate to represent them at this year’s proceedings.

A preliminary copy of ASBA’s 2020 Political Agenda is now available for you to review and discuss with your board colleagues if you wish to do so. ASBA is having a more visually appealing version designed for public distribution, and it will be on the ASBA website and social media once available.

As your representatives before the Legislature, Congress, and the State Board of Education, ASBA greatly appreciates the time and energy that all delegates expend to make their district’s voice heard.

AZEdNews Offers $200 Grants for Classroom Teachers

Celebrate Your Students, Schools, and District! ASBA Annual Conference Award Nominations Close Oct.18

Each year, ASBA honors individual school board members, as well as entire governing boards for efforts toward improvement and to promote the idea of better boardsmanship. Awards are also presented to districts, schools and teachers for excellence in student achievement. Student scholarships and a student photography contest round out ASBA’s annual awards.

Put Your Students on a National Stage

Help shine a light on the importance of music and the arts in public education. Three high school musical groups will be invited to perform at the NSBA 2020 Annual Conference & Exposition in Chicago, IL, April 4-6. Nominate your high school group today—submission deadline is October 10, 2019. Visit the website for guidelines and more information, or contact Pat Boyd-King.

SOSAZ Townhalls Across Arizona

Our friends at Save Our Schools Arizona are hitting the road and touring the state with a series of informative and engaging townhalls. Here are the current dates and locations, please RSVP by selecting “Going.” Stay tuned as we finalize dates in Yuma, Maricopa, Central Phoenix & more!

East Valley Townhall, September 12

Tucson Townhall, September 14

West Valley Townhall, October 3

Prescott Townhall, October 5

Flagstaff Townhall, October 26

Kingman Townhall, October 26

Tribal School Officials and Board Members Encouraged to Attend 2nd Annual Tribal Consultation

Who Should Attend? Tribal Leaders, Council Members, Program Administrators, Grant Writers, Non-Profits, Coalitions, School Officials

Topics To Be Discussed: agency overview, available resources, training and webinars and funding opportunities

Unable to attend in person? You can call in 1-877-820-7831 with access code: 433004. Click here to register or for more information.

ASBA Events

Save the date for the Legislative Workshop! Registration opens October 1, 2019.

Find your voice and advocate for issues that will impact our K-12 school districts during the 2020 Legislative Session. More information to follow.

Don’t miss out these updates:

  • Data on Arizona’s changing demographics and funding disparities
  • State budget forecast
  • Legislative preview panel
  • Lessons learned from bonds/overrides for 2020
  • Information to sharpen your advocacy efforts for the 2020 session

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