Steep cuts increase number of districts calling for bonds, overrides by 150%

| September 16, 2015

By Lisa Irish • Arizona Education News Service • Arizona School Boards Association

The number of school districts asking local taxpayers for assistance funding district public schools through approval of bonds and overrides this year is up 150 percent since 2008, from 20 to 50 of Arizona’s 238 school districts.

The impact of steep cuts in state funding from 2008 to 2012 were cited by many of the school boards that called for the measures, which will appear on the November ballot for voters in 21 percent of Arizona’s school districts.

The Arizona Legislature cut per-student funding by 17.8 percent from 2008 to 2012, according to a Center on Budget and Policy Priorities report released in October 2014.

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