Friday, October 30, 2015

Rep Eric Meyer: ‘Arizona kids deserve better than the Ducey deal’

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – House Democratic Leader Eric Meyer, D-Paradise Valley (District 28), released this statement on the recent vote on the K-12 inflation funding settlement plan:

“Arizona kids deserve better than the Ducey deal. The legislative proposal to settle the education-funding lawsuit included three bills. House Democrats voted yes on the bill that will increase money for schools. We also stood in strong opposition to the bills that require a costly special election, have economic triggers that will limit education spending during economic downturns, will cap future education spending, and will raid the state land trust fund.

“The money to settle the lawsuit and fund our schools is available in state coffers. We tried to improve parts of the plan so we could get money into schools now instead of next year. Unfortunately, the Republicans blocked these efforts. This settlement cannot be the last word on education spending.  Our schools need more than what this plan provides if we expect them to be able to prepare kids for 21st-century jobs and a global economy.”


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