Arizona Grapples With How to Boost Spending on Schools

| October 21, 2015

By Corey Mitchell • Education Week

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and legislative leaders are pushing competing plans focused on bolstering the state’s K-12 school budget.

The three-way struggle between the Republican governor and Democratic lawmakers, as well as those from his own party, comes as the state grapples with the specter of budget cuts on top of those that have severely hamstrung funding in recent years, escalating the state’s teacher shortage and inflating class sizes, education advocates say.

“The ongoing discussion is based on how much the state can afford when our economy in Arizona is still recovering,” GOP state Sen. Kimberly Yee, a former chairwoman of the Senate education committee, wrote in an email.

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