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Read Our 4th Quarter Newsletter – October – December 2017

October 17, 2017
Click here for our latest newsletter detailing what’s happening with the Arizona Grandparents Ambassadors this quarter. Read more

Teacher Shortage is Reaching Critical Levels in Arizona

October 3, 2017
One hundred thirty five school districts and charter schools report ongoing challenges with Arizona’s teacher shortage in the third annual survey from the Arizona School Personnel Administrators Association. This year, more than half of the identified teacher position openings remain vacant or are filled using alternative methods four weeks into the school year: More than 500 teachers have already abandoned their jobs or resigned, up 13% over last year. Read more

Senator John McCain Stands for AZ and Says No to Graham-Cassidy Repeal

September 22, 2017
Across Arizona, families with children, seniors, people with disabilities, children in foster care, parents with pre-existing conditions, and children with special needs thank John McCain for standing with his Grand Canyon state and announcing he will vote NO on the Graham-Cassidy Repeal bill. In his statement, McCain said, “I cannot, in good conscience vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal. Read more

The New School Year Has Begun: Help Ensure AZ Public Schools Get the Support They Need

August 31, 2017
In just 90 days, a group of volunteers called Save Our Schools Arizona collected more than 111,000 petition signatures to put a hold on the expansion of Arizona’s school voucher program (called Empowerment Scholarship Accounts) that would divert millions of tax dollars from public to religious and other private schools, giving Arizona voters an opportunity to decide whether to keep the legislation when they go to the polls in November 2018. Read more

Southern AZ Congressional Reps Grijalva and McSally Announce Support for Arizona Grandparents Raising Grandkids and Other Kinship Families

August 30, 2017
Southern Arizona’s two members of the U.S. House of Representatives, Raul M. Grijalva and Martha McSally, today joined the Arizona Grandparent Ambassadors (AZGA) to announce their support for Arizona grandparents raising grandchildren and other kinship families. Grijalva (D- AZ) and McSally (R – AZ) plan to introduce a bipartisan resolution on the floor of the House when they return from recess, declaring September as “National Kinship Caregivers Month.” The intent of the resolution is to draw attention to the growing number of children being raised by grandparents, and other family members and the challenges they face. Read more

Register Now for the 2017 Grandparents Summit in Phoenix

August 22, 2017
Join Children’s Action Alliance and the Arizona Grandparent Ambassadors for the 2017 Grandparents Ambassador Summit, taking place next month in Phoenix. This one-day program is energizing and packed with useful information, tips for grandparents raising grandchildren and other kinship families, interactive workshops and friendship building experiences. All kinship families are welcome, whether you are a licensed foster family through the Department of Child Safety or have an informal placement in your home. Read more

Thank You for Fighting for Health Care for Arizona Families!

July 28, 2017
Thank you for being a voice for Arizona children and families in the fight for affordable health coverage. Click the image below for a brief video message: You can personally reach out to Senator John McCain’s office and send him a note of thanks for standing up for Arizonans by filling in this contact form online. Read more

We Are Hiring a Policy Associate…

July 25, 2017
Join us as we continue to serve as a voice for Arizona children in the community and at the legislature. Click here for more information about the position and how to apply. Read more

Happy New Year! Fiscal Year, That Is

July 18, 2017
This month marks the beginning of Arizona’s new fiscal year. What do you think fiscal year 2018 looks like compared to ten years ago? You may be surprised! • General revenues to the state are below where they were 10 years ago – despite population growth of more than 650,000. • The Rainy Day fund balance is $240 million LESS than it was ten years ago. Read more