Read carefully the last three communications from the AZ School Boards Association (ASBA), one of the most virulent education pimp organizations. If this does not convince you that we must engage every time we receive an alert, nothing will. Note that in communication #3, the ASBA is calling for a war on legislators that are on our side. They are very serious about this and they are very well organized. Are we going to be as serious and as well organized as they are? Let us hope that we do better during the 2018 legislative session than we did during 2017. Let us also hope that we do better at supporting our friends and removing our enemies in the legislature during the 2018 elections. Again, they are engaging, will we? Time will tell.

#1: ESA Watch

As the session continues, bills that have stayed under the radar are starting to reappear. There is still strong opposition to an ESA expansion in both chambers, but there is talk that the expansion bills are starting to move. It is important that key legislators know the impact that an ESA expansion would have on the public schools in their community. 

If you live in the district, please contact the members below to let them know that you strongly oppose any expansion of the ESA program and stress the impact this would have on your district. 

Rep. Campbell | LD 1 | 602-926-3124 | 
Rep. Cobb | LD 5 | 602-926-3126 |
Rep. John | LD 14 | 602-926-5154 |
Sen. Worsley | LD 25 | 602-926-5863 | 

We also want to thank the following legislators who have committed to voting NO on the ESA expansion bills, Rep. Coleman, Rep. Carter, Rep. Udall, Rep. Clodfelter, Sen. Brophy McGee as well as all of the House and Senate Democrats. We appreciate their support for public education. 

Check out the AzRepublic article from today on ESAs.


#2. Public Schools Need Your Voice NOW

HB2394 empowerment scholarship accounts; phase in

 is under debate right now in the AZ House. House leadership has been targeting two freshmen members to support ESAs. Call or email them right now to urge them to stand with public schools against political threats and intimidation. These are public school supporters who need to know we will stand behind them no matter what!

LD 5 Rep. Regina Cobb 602-926-3126

LD 14 Rep. Drew John 602-926-5154


#3. The Friends of ASBA was created for times like these

Last night, things changed. The debate over ESAs is no longer a debate about policy. It is "us vs. them." Not one hour after the final vote was cast, proponents of ESAs sent out an email.

"There is a cap at 5,000 new kids per year; we will get it lifted," they said.

"If we don’t get the education system back, we will lose our country," they said.

The education system that all of us fight for every day. The free, publicly accessible education system that is open to every child. The one that serves as the gateway out of poverty. The one that serves 95 percent of all Arizona's children. A threat to our country? No. That stops today.

Fighting monied interests with an extreme agenda takes money of our own. You can start the fight today by becoming a member of Friends of ASBA.

Our friends who voted against ESAs will face challenges. We need to protect them.

The legislators who voted for ESAs will need to be held accountable.

Is it worth $20, $50, or $100 to further your support for public ed...

The 2018 campaign and the race for control of the future of the public education system began last night at 7:00 p.m. The time to act is now.

Join Friends of ASBA today. Any friend of public education can join! 

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Jose--Thanks for making us aware of what the 'enemy' is up to!! As a parent I've come to see how the education establishment is more concerned with protecting their turf then in doing what's right for the kids entrusted to them.  I've learned that a great way to stay informed is to subscribe to my local (Scottsdale Unified) School District's emails and when they say 'contact your legislators to support/oppose bill XXXX ...' I send an email supporting the OPPOSITE position. Others may want to copy this approach.  Also Thank you for the thorough reporting you always do on pending legislative items!

Mike S      

good idea

Just to I'm clear on this, #3 is wholly the email sent out by ASBA?  We don't want to be supporting them, right? Wrong?  It's confusing to me. But good to get on their email list to keep tabs on them.

All three are verbatim copies of e-mails sent by the ASBA. I did not want to tell you what they are doing, I wanted to show you. Sorry about the confusion.

email rep. john LD 14

Jose, you are dead ON, as usual. I can't thank you enough for your incredibly consistent service. I consider you one of the most effective grassroots political activists in the conservative universe, and I am NOT exaggerating. 

What I want to say, in direct response to this information is that it is clear that conservatives will not succeed in saving the state OR the country, unless we deveop the ability to act as a unified body, to exert influence on the legislature, for example. If the legislature KNOWS we have their back on an issue like this, it will be far more difficult for the ASBA to influence them the other way. 

The power of the majority, which we know is really us, must be made visible, its gravity fully felt. It's the only way. There are structures in place that can be used to do just that, if we learn how to use them, effectively.

Notice LD 15 Rep. Carter and LD 28 Senator KBM--these two only contribute to the Rs by which Caucus the chose to be in--- al least they help them to Elect the Speaker and the President of the Senate



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