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Hiring: Part-time Contractor for Health Care Story Bank Collection

Posted February 16, 2018 to Blog, enews, Home Page Most Recent | Comments (0)
One of Children’s Action Alliance’s priorities is protecting affordable health care coverage for children and families. We are currently seeking a self-starting contractor who loves talking with people to identify families share their own health care stories. Excellent communications and interpersonal skills are need to interview folks, write and video stories, and train people to be Health Care Ambassadors. Read more

Show Your L.O.V.E. for Arizona K-12 Public Schools on Valentine’s Day!

Posted February 8, 2018 to Blog, E-news, K-12 Education | Comments (0)
Wednesday, February 14th is the perfect day to show your support for public education, as we join AZ Schools Now to celebrate Statehood Day at “Lift Our Voices for Education (L.O.V.E.)” Rallies across Arizona. Enjoy marching band entertainment, meet up with fellow education supporters, send a postcard to your legislators and hear from speakers who will give updates about what’s happening in education at the state legislature right now. Read more

Legislation Moving Ahead for Kids and Families

We have good news to share from this legislative session so far: HB 2127, the measure to remove the automatic trigger to freeze KidsCare when federal funding drops below 100%, passed the full House and is on its way to the Senate. HB 2449 passed the House Health Committee unanimously. This bill strengthens Arizona’s child care assistance program to connect more children with higher quality early education. Read more

Gov. Ducey’s 2019 State Budget Proposal: What’s In It?

Infographic in printable PDF Arizona’s growing economy CAN’T plug leaks caused by 28 years of tax cuts. The budget is loaded with overly optimistic revenue projections, counts on more Arizonans playing the lottery, takes $52 million from hospital patients, counties, and universities and uses $89 million in one-time shifts, as well as sweeps from special purpose funds. Read more

Legislation for Kids and Families

The Arizona legislature and Congress are back at work this month and we have good news for children and families. First, Congress has approved funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), known in Arizona as KidsCare, for the next six years – a big win after funding expired last September 30th. Read more

West Valley Education Forum on Thursday, January 25

Posted January 19, 2018 to Blog, E-news, enews, K-12 Education | Comments (0)
Join the League of Women Voters, Children’s Action Alliance, Save Our Schools, AZ PTA, American Association of University Women, Kappa Kappa Gamma West Valley Alumni and members of the community for a forum on K-12 education funding next Thursday, January 25th in Surprise. This is your opportunity to hear more about what’s going on at the legislative level and make your voice heard. Read more

Lawmakers Need to Hear From You: Keep KidsCare in Place for AZ Working Families

The legislative session is in full swing, with important bills already being heard in committees. Just one critical measure being considered is HB 2127 to prevent another freeze of KidsCare, Arizona’s affordable health coverage for working families. The first hearing is scheduled for this Thursday, January 18th at 10:30 am. Congress has not yet voted to provide continued federal funding, but we expect a vote in the next two months. Read more

Your Turn: Gov. Doug Ducey Would Give Schools $89 More Per Student. That’s Not Enough.

From The Arizona Republic Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey is restoring money cut to schools during the recession, but it’s not enough to truly move the needle. Gov. Doug Ducey is hearing the alarm bells across our state about our critical teacher shortage. Tens of thousands of Arizona children are in classrooms without a permanent teacher. Read more

Gov. Ducey’s FY 2019 Budget Plan Fails Arizona Schools

Governor Ducey released his budget proposal today. There are some trends that are good for kids growing up in Arizona today, including a proposed funding increase for more children who are adopted from foster care and no new prison beds. But his lack of a long term financial plan for public schools fails Arizona. Read more

Permanent Guardianship in Arizona Needs Updated Policies and Support

After nearly two decades of experience with permanent guardianship in Arizona, the time has come to update laws and practices to safeguard children and improve their stability and security. Abused and neglected children can be connected to lifelong families through an option known as “permanent guardianship,” which allows kids to leave foster care and live with people they already know and trust, preventing them from bouncing from one foster placement to another. Read more