Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Speak Up and Speak Out for Arizona Schools

Phoenix Arizona- A new report keeps Arizona’s ranking at the bottom for public school student spending nationally again. The U.S. Census Bureau reported Arizona is 48th out of 50 states in spending for K-12 pupils in public schools, while the state ranks 15th in the country for the total number of students enrolled in public schools.

A KTAR article quoted a spokesperson from the Arizona Department of Education admitting that the money from Prop 123  would not be enough to increase Arizona’s ranking substantially.

Democrats are champions for public school resources. We have made it a priority to hold the governor and Republican leadership accountable for the next steps for our schools. We will be your voice here at the Capitol.

Arizonans have another chance speak up and speak out for our schools.The state Department of Education is asking people for their ideas about education for the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act, which will replace No Child Left Behind in the 2017-2018 school year.

Republicans have cut billions from schools since 2008, and now we have a chance to make it clear that we want that to change. Our kids deserve fully funded public schools, with up-to-date textbooks and technology, reasonable classroom sizes and quality teachers who are earning competitive wages.

The online survey is in English and Spanish and will be available until Sept. 30.  Participation is so important. It is a crucial time to ensure your priorities are included. #DemsLead