Legislative Priorities

Arkansas Education Association's Legislative Agenda

The Association will work to bring Arkansas' public schools into constitutional compliance as called for in the Lake View decision.

Strengthening Public Education and Teacher/Educational Support Professional Quality

  • Secure adequate public school funding to ensure a high quality education for all Arkansas children
  • Restore the Educational Excellence Trust funding to supplemental status
  • Establish a Professional Standards and Practices Board
  • Improve the salaries and fringe benefits for public school teachers and educational support professionals
  • Improve professional development for teachers and educational support professionals
  • Secure proper funding for the Arkansas Teacher Retirement System to attract and retain high quality teachers and educational support professionals

Protecting Children's Health and Safety

  • Provide school building bond tax incentives and/or low interest or interest-free bonds to school districts
  • Improve the nurse to student ratio to 1:750

Maximizing Student Learning

  • Improve instructional technology and support
  • Ensure that the school accountability program (ACTAAP) is functioning in a manner that is designed to enhance school effectiveness and student performance
  • Ensure the proper use of standardized testing and encourage the use of a variety of student performance measurements.
  • Evaluate the alternative learning environments and special education programs offered by local school to ensure that adequate resources are provided to meet the needs of students
  • Establish an early childhood education program as part of a high quality education for all Arkansas children
  • Require employers to provide employees with paid leave to attend parent-teacher conferences

Respecting the Rights of School Employees

  • Establish a Professional Negotiations Law for teachers and educational support professionals