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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
State Revenues and Number of New Education Bills Rise
Dozens More Education Bills on the Move
Activity at the Capitol quickened this week as the March 6th bill filing deadline approaches. Here are some highlights from the week:
The Arkansas Education Association is excited to host Picture This: A Character Contest featuring educators dressed as their favorite children’s book character from March 1-March 31 2017. This contest is part of the Arkansas Education Association's month long celebration of Read Across America.
Week six at the Capitol saw significant action on education related issues. Vouchers, public education related constitutional amendments, a bill that increases teacher salaries and another that seeks to streamline TESS were all considered by lawmakers. Also this week, the House passed a proposal to wrap up the legislative session on or before April 7. The deadline for lawmakers to file bills is March 6. As that deadline nears, we anticipate that hundreds of additional bills will be filed. The Senate recessed on Thursday and the House gaveled out on Friday.
The pace at the Capitol picked up this week as we rounded out week 5 of the 2017 legislative session. Legislative sessions must last a minimum of 60 days but are typically extended. This week, Governor Asa Hutchinson expressed his desire for an early end to this legislative session.