Keeping the Promise of Quality Public Education


With more than 34,000 members, the Arizona Education Association is the largest professional organization in Arizona. AEA was formed more than a century ago, in 1892, when a group of Arizona educators banded together to protest the use of 14-year-old textbooks. Since then AEA continues to take the lead in advocating for support of Arizona's public schools, improving the quality of public education through positive change, and improving the professional lives of teachers and school staff members.


AEA members are teachers, community college professors, counselors, speech pathologists, bus drivers, secretaries, retired educators and student teachers and they belong to more than 150 local affiliates across Arizona.


AEA's staff of 60 serve members through AEA's seven regional offices and headquarters. AEA offers programs in quality teaching and learning, bargaining and advocacy, government relations, communications and public relations, legal services, and member benefits. AEA leaders participate in education, business, and civic partnerships and coalitions as part of its mission to make Arizona's public schools the best they can be.


AEA's positions and policies are voted on annually by 800 delegates elected to represent their colleagues at the spring. AEA Delegate Assembly. Between assemblies, AEA is governed by a 35-member board of directors. Below are AEA's core values:


Quality Public Education for All


We believe that every child is entitled to a free, quality, public education. Rich or poor, black or white, gifted or disabled-all our children deserve the chance to grow, to learn, and to reach their potential.


Fairness, Equity, and Respect for All


We believe that every person is entitled to be treated fairly and with respect. Students and school employees should be honored for their differences in culture, history, language, religion, physical condition, ethnicity, and learning styles. These differences enrich our society.


Teaching as an Esteemed Profession


Because of the power of teaching and its value to the future, to our society and to our children, we work to enhance the esteem with which teaching is held by society.


Learning as a Community Commitment


Schools are part of communities.


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