Arizona Rural
Schools Association


AESA E-Rate Call to Action!

Earlier this summer, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) related to the schools and libraries program, known as E-Rate. In the NPRM, the republican FCC Commissioners pose and consider setting an overall cap for the programs financed under the Universal Service Fund (USF). As a reminder, the USF is a system of telecommunications subsidies and fees designed to promote and expand universal access to telecommunications in the US. Authorization is by the Telecommunications Act and was created to support and serve four distinct programs: schools and libraries (E-Rate), rural health care, lifeline, and the Connect America Fund.

Now is the time for action. Our goal in mobilizing the AESA membership is to create a groundswell of feedback from the field, highlighting for the FCC not only the importance of E-Rate, but also how their proposed changes threaten E-Rate and what those changes will- mean for your schools. We need all hands-on deck, and we need as many comments filed as possible. To learn more about what you can do please view our AESA E-Rate flyer.

The Education Deserts of Rural America

One in three Montanans lives more than 60 minutes from the nearest college campus. The tracts of land that separate these individuals and institutions are sometimes called “education deserts,” and they cover many patches of rural America. Add to that the fact that nearly 40 percent of first-time, full-time freshmen attend institutions fewer than 50 miles from home, and these statistics begin to sketch the outlines of a crisis.

Please read the full article for more information.

Arizona School Administrators Qualified Evaluator Training

Arizona School Administrators is offering two-day Qualified Evaluator Training - Level I workshops, which focus on the components and techniques of observing and evaluating classroom instruction. Make sure your new leaders are qualified as soon as school starts. The 2019-2020 training dates include: 

  • July 11-12 in Phoenix
  • August 15-16 in Phoenix
  • September 4-5 in Tucson (Flowing Wells USD)
  • September 9-10 in Prescott (YCESA Office)

Participants must register with the ASA office, and space is limited. 

25th Annual ARSA Conference and Golf Tournament

Please join us as we celebrate our 25th conference anniversary in the cool pines of Flagstaff, Arizona. The conference will be at Little America on September 12, 13, and 14. We will post registration forms and call for presentations in February; keep a look out for more information on our Conference page! The golf tournament will be on Thursday, September 12 with a shotgun start at 9:00 a.m. We are excited for everyone to join us!