Expect More Arizona — The Legislative Session So Far

| March 9, 2016

By Expect More Arizona

A Q/A with the 2014 Arizona Teacher of the Year and Classrooms First Initiative Council Member, Beth Maloney

Governor Doug Ducey’s K-12 education funding plan outlines ways to increase per-pupil funding, a 10 year budget increase without raising taxes, and an infusion of funds from the State Land Trust. The state legislature vowed to consider this plan before it goes to a public vote in May. In discussions about Governor Ducey’s plan, what issues should Arizona’s legislators take into consideration?

Arizona Teacher of the Year and Classrooms First Initiative Council Member, Beth Maloney.

We must pass Prop 123 this May, but we must also pass it only as part of a stronger overall plan to fairly fund our schools. Prop 123 begins to return some of the school funding Arizona’s public schools have been denied for many years by restoring the inflation funding that voters mandated for schools years ago, but it does not take Arizona far enough. Legislators should not see Prop 123 as an end, but as a step in the right direction toward appropriate funding.

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