WASHINGTON, DC (July 17, 2017) – The NEA Foundation today announced that April Reisma, a special education educator at Benton Junior High School in Benton, Ark., is one of 38 public educators who will receive the prestigious California Casualty Award for Teaching Excellence at the NEA Foundation’s Salute to Excellence in Education Gala next February in Washington, DC.
Cathy Koehler officially begins her two year term as President of the Arkansas Education Association, July 17, after winning a statewide vote in May of this year. She succeeds Brenda Robinson, who will return to the Pulaski County Special School District to teach second grade following four years as AEA President.
We are excited to share the newly revived Arkansas Educator! We see the transformative work AEA members are doing every day, but it’s important for those stories to be shared across the state.
HB1017 TO ALLOW THE TEACHER FAIR DISMISSAL ACT OF 1983 TO BE WAIVED IF A PUBLIC SCHOOL OR PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT IS UNDER STATE AUTHORITY AFTER BEING CLASSIFIED AS BEING IN DISTRESS
Summary: This bill sought to waive the Teacher Fair Dismissal Act for school districts that have been taken over by the State for academic or fiscal distress.
Vouchers, School Start Date, Teacher Tax Credits & More
Thanks to our members who gave up part of their Spring Break to join us at the Capitol this week to observe the legislative process in action.
AEA Lobby Week: You’re Invited!
Next week (March 20-22) is AEA Lobby Week. All AEA members are invited to meet the AEA lobby team at AEA Headquarters at 1500 W. 4th St., in Little Rock, Monday-Wednesday at 8:45 each morning to go over the bills being considered at the Capitol and attend Education Committee meetings at the State Capitol with the lobby team. Questions? Email AEA Director of Public Affairs, Susana O’Daniel: email@example.com
As early as Monday, March 13, legislators in the State House are planning to bring a school voucher bill to the floor for a vote.