Gov. Ducey to reveal ballot proposal for school funding

| June 3, 2015

June 3, 2015 • By Yvonne Wingett Sanchez and Mary Jo Pitzl • The Republic •

Gov. Doug Ducey, who made his political name partly by fighting tax increases for education at the ballot box three years ago, held meetings Wednesday with key education supporters to reveal his support for a 2016 statewide ballot proposal that would provide more cash for Arizona K-12 schools.

Those familiar with Ducey’s plan said he will ask the state Legislature to put a measure on the ballot that would direct new money from the state-land trust to classrooms, but would not raise taxes. In 2012, Ducey led a campaign that defeated a 1-cent sales-tax increase to fund education. More recently, he has warned business executives to not attempt an education tax hike.

The Republican governor discussed the idea with education-advocacy groups, public-school superintendents and state schools superintendent Diane Douglas, who has been critical of his education policies. The meeting came as he faced mounting criticism over his education-funding policies and aperception that he favors private schools and charters over district schools. It also came as closed-door talks continued over a potential settlement in a long-running school-funding lawsuit.

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