Panel unveils proposals for overhauling Arizona school funding

| December 14, 2016

By the Associated Press • KTAR News

PHOENIX — A panel Gov. Doug Ducey charged with examining ways to improve and simplify public education financing issued a report (Dec. 14) that recommends a complete overhaul of K-12 school funding in Arizona while issuing pointed remarks that current state funding is inadequate.

The reports contains 12 major recommendations from the Classrooms First Initiative Council, starting with replacing the current K-12 school funding method with a single simplified formula for all public schools and allocating funds using a lump-sum formula. The council also recommends consolidating property tax rates and reducing reliance on property tax overrides.

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