Magic Springs Partnership

May 20, 2019

 

AEA members can save through a partnership with Magic Springs! AEA Members can receive up to 50% off the daily admission rate to the Hot Springs water park, as well as discounted season passes.

You can check out the park at this website, but be sure to buy your tickets at this link to access the discounted rates.

 


I Love Public Schools T-Shirt Order Yours Today!

May 9, 2019

Everyone loves the Fayetteville Education Association’s “I Love Public Education,” and now the shirt is available for all AEA members! Thanks to Cameron Simpkins, VP of Fayetteville Education Association, for arranging this opportunity.

If you would like to pick up your shirt at AEA Headquarters in Little Rock, you may choose “Group Pass Out” as the shipping option so you are not charged individual shipping. Order your shirt here by Wednesday, May 29TH at 11:59pm.


2019 AEA Final Election Voting Begins Monday, 3/25 at 8 am

Mar 22, 2019

Votes for the following candidates will be cast during the AEA Final Election that will be held beginning at 8:00 a.m. March 25, 2019 and ending April 15, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. 

Voting for active members will be online at www.aeaonline.org.  Look for the “Vote Here” Icon on the AEA website beginning March 24.  Members can access the voting site seven days a week, 24 hours a day during the voting period. You must enter your voter ID that is printed on your AEA membership card. Contact the AEA Office if you need any assistance with your voter ID, (501) 375-4611, Ext. 100.  Retired members will receive a ballot by regular mail to vote for NEA Retired Delegates. Election 19 races.


2019 AEA Primary Election Results

Mar 21, 2019

Election Results


Retirement Alert Contact Your Lawmaker to Protect ATRS

Feb 21, 2019
Rep. Doug House’s stress testing bill, HB1173 will be considered by the Joint Retirement Committee Monday, 3/25.

 

HB1173 would require public retirement systems to perform a “stress test” using worst case scenarios. The results of the tests could then be used to justify cuts to benefits. This bill is part of a troubling blueprint that other states have used to diminish retirement security for educators. This one of several bills recommended by a group of anti-public retirement activists invited by Rep. House to testify before the committee last year.

All members are encouraged to attend the meeting MONDAY (3/25) at 9 am in the Big MAC building located immediately behind the State Capitol.  AEA strongly opposes HB1173.

If you are unable to attend Monday’s meeting, we encourage all members to contact the members of the Retirement Committee and let them know you oppose HB1173, the stress test bill.

 

Sen Sample bill.sample@senate.ar.gov
Rep Warren les.warren@arkansashouse.org
Sen Ingram friendsforkeith@gmail.com
Rep Deffenbaugh gary.deffenbaugh@arkansashouse.org
Sen Bledsoe cecile.bledsoe@senate.ar.gov
Sen Cheatham eddie.cheatham@senate.ar.gov
Sen Elliott joyce.elliott@senate.ar.gov
Sen Hammer hammerk@senate.ar.gov
Sen Johnson blake.johnson@senate.ar.gov
Sen Leding ledingg@senate.ar.gov
Sen Rapert jason.rapert@senate.ar.gov
Sen Teague larry.teague@senate.ar.gov
Rep Coleman bruce.coleman@arkansashouse.org
Rep Gray michelle.gray@arkansashouse.org
Rep Hodges grant.hodges@arkansashouse.org
Rep Hodges monte.hodges@arkansashouse.org
Rep Maddox john.maddox@arkansashouse.org
Rep Perry mperry@windstream.net
Rep Smith stu22200@yahoo.com


2019 Arkansas State Legislature Bills to watch in the 92nd General Assembly

Jan 14, 2019


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State Board Attacks the Teacher Fair Dismissal & Employee Fair Hearing Acts   

Dec 21, 2018

The Arkansas Education Association is deeply concerned by the actions of the State Board of Education to strip educators in the Pine Bluff and Little Rock School Districts of their due process rights. 

At a special board meeting on December 20, the board voted 8-1 to use the powers granted in Act 930 of 2017 to waive the Teacher Fair Dismissal Act and the Employee Fair Hearing Act in the Pine Bluff School District and 6-3 to waive both laws for educators in the Little Rock School District. 

The Teacher Fair Dismissal Act and the Employee Fair Hearing Act were instituted to ensure students have the best educators in their schools and to allow them to advocate for what is best for students without fear of retaliation. These laws have ensured integrity in the work educators do with their students every day as well as provide a path to support continued educator growth in the profession.  

Both districts are classified as in Level 5 Intensive Support Status, giving the State Board the authority to grant the waivers. However, neither superintendent requested the waiver, and Little Rock Superintendent Mike Poore struggled to answer board members when they asked directly if he wanted the waiver. Multiple board members, as well as the newly appointed Pine Bluff superintendent, said they believe most issues are not with teachers in classrooms and are instead at the administration level.  

Dozens of parents, community members, elected officials and educators spent hours testifying heartfelt opposition to the proposals. Their effort to stand up for students and educators fell on deaf ears. 

The waiver for the Pine Bluff School District is for the 2019/2020 school year. The waiver granted in Little Rock will take effect immediately.  

Thursday’s attack on educators is yet another in a series of efforts to undermine public education in Arkansas. This sustained and wanton effort to erode, waive and undermine long-standing educational standards only serves to harm students and the education professionals supporting them every day.  

Following the brazen disregard for public comment by the State Board of Education, we fear the attack on public education will only continue in January as the 92nd General Assembly convenes. 

2019 marks AEA’s 150th year of advocating for public education, and we will continue to stand up for Arkansas’s students and educators in all forums where public policy is decided. We invite you to join us.

 

The Arkansas Education Association is a professional organization for teachers, education support professionals, students and advocates. Our fundamental objective is to work for quality and equitable public education for all of Arkansas students, the betterment of the Arkansas state education system and quality working conditions for educators.


General Election Information

Oct 23, 2018

Elections are how we hold our elected officials accountable. For this reason, educators must be involved.

Election Day:

You can vote at your poll on Election Day, November 6 from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Find your polling place at Arkansas Voter View.

Bring your ID:

In March 2017, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson signed into law a bill requiring voters to present photo identification at the polls. Under this law, a voter who does not possess the required form of identification may cast a provisional ballot after signing a sworn statement attesting to his or her identity.

Vote Early:

During the preferential primary early voting is available October 22nd, through November 5. Voting locations are open between the hours of 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Early voting ends at 5 p.m. on the Monday before the election. Off-site early voting hours may vary by county; watch your local newspaper or contact your county clerk for information.

You can find more information about elections in Arkansas at the Secretary of State’s website.


Benton Educator Recognized Jamie Stearns to Receive National Award for Teaching Excellence

Jul 19, 2018

The NEA Foundation Names Benton Educator to Receive National Award

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 19, 2018) – The NEA Foundation today announced that Jamie Stearns, an Eighth Grade Language Arts Educator at Benton Junior High School, is one of 46 public school 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, D.C.

 

The California Casualty Awards for Teaching Excellence awardees are nominated by their peers for their dedication to the profession, community engagement, professional development, attention to diversity, and advocacy for fellow educators.

 

Each year, the Salute to Excellence in Education Gala draws almost 1,000 supporters of public education, and thousands more online, to applaud these awardees. At the gala, the educators are truly the stars, celebrated throughout the night with music, performances, videos, and more.

 

“We are delighted that during our 50th anniversary next year, we will celebrate the largest number of awardees in our history. These educators are keeping the promise of public education by creating learning opportunities for their students that are relevant and rigorous. They advocate for each other, the profession, and public education,” says Harriet Sanford, NEA Foundation President and CEO. “We deeply appreciate California Casualty’s partnership in recognizing these exemplary educators, and we look forward to honoring them next February on stage at the beautiful National Building Museum in Washington, DC and with virtual celebrations across the country.”

 

“We are glad to have the chance to show our respect and appreciation for the work of public school educators each year,” says Beau Brown, California Casualty CEO. “We applaud the great work of the California Casualty awardees.”

 

Of the 46 state awardees who were nominated by their National Education Association state affiliate, five finalists will be announced at the beginning of the school year and receive $10,000 at the gala. The nation’s top educator will be revealed at the gala on February 8, 2019 and receive an additional $25,000. The gala will be livestreamed at neafoundation.org.

The NEA Foundation and the National Education Association jointly present the awards. Find more information about the awards and a gallery of this year’s awardees.

About the NEA Foundation

The NEA Foundation is a public charity founded by educators for educators to improve public education for all students. Since our beginning in 1969, the Foundation has served as a laboratory of learning, offering funding and other resources to public school educators, their schools, and districts to solve complex teaching and learning challenges. We elevate and share educator solutions to ensure greater reach and impact on student learning. We believe that when educators unleash their own power, ideas, and voices, communities, schools, and students all benefit. Visit neafoundation.org for more information. Find us on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to our blog.