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As a state chapter of the Association of American Educators (AAE), the Arkansas State Teachers Association (ASTA) is a statewide non-union, professional educators' organization, advancing the profession by offering a modern approach to teacher representation and educational advocacy, as well as promoting professionalism, collaboration and excellence without a partisan agenda.

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ASTA Comments for June 29, 2020 SBE Meeting: Ready for Learning implementation

Dear State Board of Education Members,

I am Michele Linch, Executive Director of the Arkansas State Teachers Association serving thousands of Arkansas educators. First, we are grateful the Division of Education has modeled the process they strongly recommended districts and charters utilize as Ready for Learning (R4L) plans are developed, especially in terms of transparency and engaging stakeholders, including school administrators and teachers. As you can imagine, we have heard from a large number of members from across the state expressing their concerns about the development of their district’s Ready for Learning plan.  The following themes are prevalent across the feedback we’ve received:

Thank You, Arkansas Teachers

Teacher Appreciation Week is May 4-8. As a professional association that serves Arkansas teachers, and as parents and educators ourselves, we at the Arkansas State Teachers Association have the utmost confidence in the women and men serving our state’s students. Your professionalism and dedication have shined during these disruptive times. As you work tirelessly to meet the needs of our children and demands of your districts, you also manage the care and learning of your own children and loved ones who need you.

Weekly News Round-Up for January 31st


Each week, ASTA brings its members a round-up of what’s happening in education. From big, eye-catching headlines to the stories most papers overlook, we find the news our members really want to see. This week: school choice is both celebrated and criticized.