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HB 2147 – Like Using a Firehose to Put Out a Match

Unemployment insurance benefits are reserved for workers who lose their jobs through no fault of their own. HB 2147 turns UI eligibility on its head by shifting the burden of proof to the workers by requiring them to produce documents proving their eligibility for unemployment.

Phoenix Champions for Children

Posted March 12, 2013 to Blog, Events | * Comments (3)
Please join Children’s Action Alliance, community leaders, legislators and fellow advocates Tuesday, April 9, 2013 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., to honor Kris and Joe Jacober as the 2013 Phoenix Champions for Children Award for their tireless advocacy and personal dedication to improving the lives of children in foster care.

Tucson Champion for Children

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Please join Children’s Action Alliance, community leaders, legislators and fellow advocates Tuesday, April 2, 2013 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., to honor Dr. Eve Shapiro with the Tucson Champion for Children Award.

Improving Health Services for Foster Kids

Legislation that would improve behavioral health services for foster children passed the Senate on Monday with an overwhelming 28 – 0 vote, with 2 members absent. SB 1375 requires the Department of Economic Security, the Department of Health Services, and the AHCCCS to determine the most efficient way to provide medical, dental and behavioral health services for children in foster care, taking into consideration an integrated system of care. Read more

Clearing the Path for Common Core Evaluation

The business and education communities agree that Arizona’s schools and students need the legislature to take action to clear the path for student learning evaluations. HB 2047 would authorize replacing the AIMS test with an improved evaluation process aligned with the new statewide Common Core standards. HB 2047 is supported by the State Board of Education and received bipartisan support in the House, where it passed last month by a vote of 50 – 9 but it has not moved in the Senate. Read more

College Aid for Foster Youth

Another positive bill, SB 1208, passed the Senate on Wednesday with an overwhelming 27 – 1 vote, with 2 members absent. SB 1208 would waive tuition payments for teens that were in foster care and are enrolled in community college or a state university (after available federal and state tuition assistance grants are applied). Read more

Help for Grandparents Raising their Grandkids

Thanks to the tireless advocacy efforts of the Arizona Grandparent Ambassadors and supporters like you, CAA is pleased to report that SB 1090 passed unanimously yesterday in the House Reform and Human Services Committee. This legislation would provide a monthly $75 stipend to eligible grandparents and great-grandparents raising their grandchildren who have incomes below 200% of the federal poverty level and are not receiving foster care payments or TANF cash assistance.   Read more

Nina Scholars Deadline Approaching

The Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust is seeking applicants for its scholarship program that brings the dream of a college education to candidates who face many life challenges and are often overlooked by college scholarship programs. If you know of anyone who may benefit from this opportunity, please pass it along. Read more

Introducing the Arizona Youth Opportunities Initiative!

Children’s Action Alliance and the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust recently launched a new initiative crafted to help youth who have been living in foster care make successful transitions to adulthood.

Youth Incarceration Drops Dramatically in Arizona

Arizona’s rate of confining young people in secure facilities has dropped by 57 percent over a 13-year period while crime rates have continued to fall, according to a new report from The Annie E. Casey Foundation.