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Arizona Education Association releases 'New Vision for Arizona Schools' report

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Posted at 3:05 PM, Jun 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-25 07:29:50-04

PHOENIX — The Arizona Education Association Wednesday released its own detailed report, and a call to action as districts across the state continue to craft their school reopening plans.

The "New Vision for Arizona Schools Report" outlines several needs and supports that it says are vital to students and staff safely returning to the classroom.

Some of those supports include increased funding, equitable distribution of resources, contract protections for all educators, a 1:1 technology ratio for all K-12 students in Arizona, a focus on students' mental health, and paying particular attention to students and educators in Native American communities, rural areas, or specialized populations.

The AEA is also calling on the state legislature to convene in special session to make sure schools have enough funding to cover the unexpected costs associated with PPE and other preventative measures, and to protect districts from losing millions of dollars if parents choose to keep their children home when the school year starts.

The report also stresses the importance of communication and districts incorporating input from parents, students, and staff in their decision making.

To see the full report, click here.