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.
To Provide a Great Public School for Every Student
To advocate for education professionals and to unite our members and the state to fulfill the promise of public education to prepare every student to succeed in a diverse and interdependent world.
OUR CORE VALUES
✚ Equal Opportunity: We believe public education is the gateway to opportunity. All students have the human and civil right to a quality public education that develops their potential, independence and character.
✚ A just society: We believe public education is vital to building respect for the worth, dignity and equality of every individual in our diverse society.
✚ Democracy: we believe public education is the cornerstone of our republic. Public education provides individuals with the skills to be involved, informed and engaged in our representative democracy.
✚ Professionalism: we believe that the expertise and judgment of education professionals are critical to student success. We maintain the highest professional standards, and we expect the status, compensation and respect due all professionals.
✚ Partnership: We believe partnerships with parents, families, communities and other stakeholders are essential to quality public education and student success.
✚ Collective Action: We believe individuals are strengthened when they work together for the common good. As education professionals, we improve both our professional status and the quality of public education when we unite and advocate collectively.
The AEA has worked hard to obtain more benefits for Arkansas state education staff, such as:
- Designated planning time for teachers
- Duty-free lunch periods for teachers
- Minimum salary schedule
- Grievance procedure required by law
- Personnel policy committees and collective bargaining
- Teacher fair dismissal act
- Retirement benefits
- Sick leave, including transfer of sick leave from district to district and pregnancy leave recognized as sick leave
- Professional staff development credit and guaranteed leave for AEA Convention workshops
- Health insurance for school employees
The AEA also sponsors free training and development events each year and provides educators with a variety of classroom resources . Join the AEA today!