Dear AEA-Retired/NEA-Retired Colleagues, 

I am reminded by your emails and your wise social media comments that progress is not solely dependent on the outcome of one election.  That any leadership needs to be supported by organizing, facing obstacles head-on, protect...

Through sweat, sacrifice, fun times and hard times, along with innovation, workers built Arizona and the nation. And we continue to make it work every day.

Our hard work and the pride we take in it shows. According to the Economic Policy Institute, the productivity of t...

Each election cycle, we are subjected to endless stories about voter apathy. We live in a world where people binge-watch political shows like Veep and House of Cards for hours on end, but can’t be bothered to drive across town and pull a lever or fill in a bubble at th...

I am always looking for research which is valuable to our members as we make decisions which can have a positive affect on Arizona's Public Schools.  

Perhaps the most valuable information is that which helps us reach decisions about what elected officials we should sup...

I have always enjoyed political discussion, and this year, there are even more people who are adding their voices to the mix.  This is great!  It seems everywhere I go, no matter what group, young, old, in-between – we are all talking politics this year!

More peopl...

Jerry Emmett was 6 when women earned the right to vote and is in Philly as Hillary Clinton becomes the Democratic presidential nominee.

 Jerry belongs to an exclusive club: she’s one of the few women with firsthand memories of the national women's suffrage movement....

July 25, 2016

Ten years ago I took on the task at AEA-Retired of monitoring the Arizona State Retirement System for our members. As part of that job I find myself at ASRS Board meetings and at the capitol deal-ing with legislators and lobbyists. I have traveled around the state tal...

 As a retired public school educator with more than 31 years devoted to serving thousands of Arizona’s students and their families, I am concerned that the public has been given some misinformation about public pensions. Since this is a personal issue for me (and tens...

June 16, 2016

I retired from my sixth grade classroom 10 years ago. I started working in the public school system prior to the passage of the No Child Left Behind Act, when a teacher's main focus was the act of teaching - not the act of testing. Because a school district did not hav...

June 13, 2016

Every day there are serendipitous moments when retired and active educators are able to reach out to community members to help them understand the issues facing public education today. Just this past Monday, my wife Sylvia and I found ourselves in just that kind of sit...

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