Week one of the 2016 fiscal legislative session is in the books and what a week it was! The General Assembly began meeting on Wednesday to consider budget bills. All budget bills must gain a supermajority (3/4) vote to win passage in both the House and Senate before they are sent to the Governor for his signature. All eyes were on Senate Bill 121 which is the appropriation for the Department of Human Services (DHS) which includes Arkansas Works. Arkansas Works is the program approved by lawmakers in a special legislative session last week.
Special Session Wraps Up, Possible Cuts to Education Budget on Tap for Fiscal Session
Students win: Governor Hutchinson hears educators, asks state legislature to consider additional funding for National Board Certified Teacher Program
Today, the the legislative Joint Budget Committee held hearings regarding the Public School Fund. The Arkansas Education Association was on hand to advocate for public schools and public school educators.
AEA is hosting Picture This: A Selfie Contest featuring educators with their favorite children’s book from March 1-March 31. This contest is part of the Arkansas Education Association's Read Across America events.
"You're never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read with a child." –Dr. Seuss
AEA members advocated for the NBCT program today at the Education Committee meeting
Today, the House and Senate Education Committees met jointly to consider pending rule changes to the National Board Certified Teacher program. Last week, the Arkansas Education Association gave public comment stating our strong concerns about the proposed phase-out of the funding for educators contained in the newly proposed rules.
Today, Brenda Robinson, President of the Arkansas Education delivered the following comment in response to proposed changes to the rules governing National Board Certified Teachers. President Robinson spoke at the public meeting at the Arkansas Department of Education in Little Rock. The public has until 4:30 pm on February 16, 2016 to provide additional comment about the proposed rule changes which include a troubling proposal to address the looming funding shortfall for NBCT in the State budget.
The Arkansas Education Association does not oppose the public investment into education announced by Governor Hutchinson earlier this week, but we do have concerns. We welcome the effort to provide additional resources to our public schools, but we believe that it is best to invest in teachers who are already dedicated to the success of Arkansas’s students.
Arkansas Educators welcome new education law to create greater opportunity for every student
President Obama marks start of new era in public education with ESSA signing
Little Rock, Ark.--At a White House ceremony President Barack Obama today signed into law S. 1177, the Every Student Succeeds Act, a bipartisan and bicameral bill to reauthorize the federal education law known as the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Arkansas’s Congressional delegation voted unanimously in support of the bill.
Wellness Discount Reminder
As a reminder, employees on the ARBenefits plan who wish to earn a discount on their premiums for the 2016 plan year must complete the requirements no later than October 31, 2015. The discount is $75 off your health insurance premium per month in 2016. In order to be eligible for the discount, the following requirements will need to be completed: