Arkansas 92nd Legislative Session Guide to Engaging
posted by: Melissa | January 10, 2019, 07:09 PM   

As the Regular Session of the 92nd General Assembly prepares to convene on Monday, January 14, 2019, ASTA is gearing up for engaging in what promises to be an important and pivotal moment for education and education reform in the state of Arkansas.

We at the Arkansas State Teachers Association know the importance of maximizing your educator voice with the legislature. We all have a role to play in shaping the educational landscape for today’s students and tomorrow’s work force. That’s why we’ve developed a targeted and effective Legislative Session Guide to serve as your go-to engagement resource.

How does ASTA work for you during the session? ASTA communicates on legislation using facts. Unless we have clear consensus from our membership, you will not hear ASTA taking sides. Our goal is to be a factual source and communicate to policy makers what we hear from our members.

We communicate member concerns and needs to legislators in a personal and respectful way. We believe in working with legislators in a professional manner that builds and sustains positive relationships. You will never hear ASTA evoke a “bully pulpit”, fear monger, or publicly disparage elected officials or policy makers in order to influence educators or legislators. Maintaining a sense of professionalism and dignity is important to us, as we never forget we represent Arkansas education professionals.

ASTA staff testifies in committee meetings on behalf of its membership using research and the results of surveys and feedback received from members. This is one reason it is very important to respond to surveys and stay in communication with us.

Just as critical to our success is your powerful role during this session. How can you engage? PLEASE make sure your contact information is up-to-date in the ASTA database. You can send updates to

Let us know when you hear something that concerns or excites you regarding legislation. YOU allow us bring an authentic educator voice to the legislature and to know when we need to ask more questions or weigh in on issues.

Engage with your legislators by personally contacting them. When YOU professionally and factually interact with legislators, they listen.

Let us know what you need from us during the session. We are happy to help you connect with legislators, prepare testimony to read, explain a bill, or answer questions.

And of course, stay informed! Here are some links that you’ll want to use for the latest information.



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written by Drew Osborn, January 26, 2019

I am hearing rumors that the legislature is trying to take away our retirement or try to do away with the system we have been using that has worked well and has taken care of Arkansas educators for many years. Is there truth to this? If so why does Arkansas law allow a group of politicians/lawyers have control over educators financial futures. I left a state that did that because I heard Arkansas respected and treated educators with dignity.

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