A big thank you goes out to the AEA members who were able to join the AEA lobby team last week at the Capitol. Although last week was Spring Break for many across Arkansas, the legislature continued to meet each day including a few days into the late evening hours.
We are now heading into what should be the final few days of the 2015 legislative session. There is strong speculation that Thursday could be the final day.
Are you sticking around for Spring Break? AEA members are invited to join the AEA lobby team the week of March 23rd as we talk with legislators, monitor committee meetings, track legislation and work to improve public education in Arkansas. The Senate Education Committee meets Wednesdays and Fridays at 10 am and the House Education Committee meets at 10 am on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
You stood up for public education in Arkansas and stopped HB1733 in its tracks. This bill would have had a grave impact on public education.
Late yesterday the bill sponsor, Rep. Bruce Cozart (R), of Hot Springs pulled the bill from further consideration this legislative session.
You called, texted and emailed legislators. You facebooked and tweeted your friends and followers. You rallied.
You kept the public in public education.
Here’s more info about the bill you helped defeat:
SB 366 [PDF], as amended by Senator Alan Clark (R) of Lonsdale, is a bill that aims to help school districts save money by hiring fewer teachers. The bill entices seventh (7th) through twelfth (12th) grade teachers to voluntarily give up their planning period to teach an additional class and provides additional compensation to do so.
HB1377 [PDF] - Last week the House Education Committee passed House Bill 1377 and we need your help to stop it in the House. HB1377 has wide-ranging and negative implications for parents, students, teachers, and classified public school employees. This bill would allow school districts that lose students to a charter school to petition the State Board of Education to waive many standards that help ensure student achievement.