Monday, October 19, 2015

Rep. Eric Meyer, M.D., Legislative District 28 says: Don't be fooled.


This fall, many of us have the opportunity to make our voices heard on the importance of public education to the life of our communities. School districts throughout the state are asking voters to support budget overrides critical to the operations and maintenance of our schools, or to approve bonds for capital improvements.
In my own legislative district, Madison Elementary and Phoenix Union are asking for voters' support of overrides while Paradise Valley and Glendale Union ask for approval of bonds.
If you received an early ballot, I urge you to vote yes and return your ballot. If you vote at the polls, Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 3.
Budget cuts since 2008 have placed our schools at the bottom nationally for per pupil funding. Class sizes are too large and teacher pay too low. There are various plans on the table to restore funding - and the Democrats propose using available surplus funds and capping corporate tuition tax credits for private schools to provide immediate new revenue - but until funds become available, overrides and bonds are our only means for providing critical support for K-12 students currently attending our public schools.
I am pleased that parents and business leaders are advocating for more robust support of our public schools, yet just this past week, leaders of the Maricopa County Republican Party voted to oppose all overrides and bonds. Why? Schools "waste millions of taxpayer dollars on bloated administrator salaries, pet projects and unnecessary infrastructure," they say, even though it is well-known that Arizona spends the lowest percentage nationally on school administration, and capital funding for school districts was reduced or eliminated beginning in 2008.
Don't be fooled by misinformed people and misleading messages. Your public schools need your support and your vote.
I also need your support as I run for the State Senate from Legislative District 28. I will continue to advocate for children and public schools in the Senate as I have for the past seven years in the House. I hope you will plan to attend my campaign kick-off, scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 7 at 4:30 pm.  
If you have questions or need more information, do not hesitate to contact me.
Rep. Eric Meyer, M.D., Legislative District 28
Minority Leader, Arizona State House of Representatives
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