Save Our Schools Arizona
Weekly Education Report
55th Legislature, 2nd General Session
Volume 4, Issue 17 • Week of May 9, 2022
It's been a tough few years for all of us, but particularly for our public schools. More and more teachers are making the difficult decision to leave the classroom because of extremely low pay and lack of support. Arizona children lack the resources they need to succeed.
And all the while, the Republican majority in our Arizona legislature is sitting on a record $5.3 billion in excess cash. Our state is at a standstill because, despite holding all the power, these lawmakers cannot come to consensus and use that funding to provide for Arizona schools, teachers, students and families.
One thing is abundantly clear: this Nov. 8, Arizona must elect a new legislative majority and governor who actually support and prioritize public schools.
It’s going to take a lot of work, but there is a clear path forward. The maps have changed, and redistricting has left us with 6 competitive districts. Electing 3+ pro-public ed state senators and 6+ pro-public ed state representatives means changing the balance of power for Arizona's kids.
The only way out is through. Put simply, the only way to change our legislature is to talk to voters and share our stories. Incredible change can happen when we connect human to human. Our kids, our schools, and our democracy are worth it. SOSAZ is already doing this critical work, and we need you to join us.
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We can't sit around and wait for this legislature to do the right thing for our kids — let’s get to work! Join one of our phone banks or canvasses and help us build a pro-public education legislature. Then stay tuned to our social media for more events & any breaking news.
Calls to Action
🌟 Use our one-click email tool to tell lawmakers NO to their incessant attacks on public education
Bills Still in Motion
Many of these could be brought up for a vote with less than one day's notice.
Attacks on schools, school boards, districts:
Attacks on teachers & curriculum:
Watering down teaching:
What You Can Do to Help
Your voice matters! A simple phone call or email to your lawmaker asking them to prioritize funding for schools and responsible policies for education goes a long way. Make it clear that you expect well-funded and well-resourced schools where educators feel supported and students feel safe.
For Arizona to move forward and thrive, we need these critical discussions! Find your legislative district here. Email and phone info is here for your representatives and here for your senator. Please reach out and make your voice heard.
Here are some other easy actions you can take:
🌐 https://sosarizona.org /SaveOurSchoolsArizona @arizona_sos
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