Prop 123 Passes – Important Next Steps

| May 23, 2016

A message from Expect More Arizona on the next steps:

Prop 123 Passes: Now What?

Arizona’s educators and students are our state’s greatest resource and, regardless of how you voted on Proposition 123, we deeply appreciate your daily efforts to ensure every student has access to a world-class education.

Prop 123 is an important compromise that gets $3.5 billion to our schools and teachers over the next 10 years and puts a long-running lawsuit behind us. The process has not been easy. Parties on both sides of the settlement deal had to step outside of their comfort zone to make this happen. This is something we don’t often see, but should encourage.

We’re so grateful to the parents, educators, business and community leaders who work tirelessly to support increased funding for education in Arizona. The coalition around education is stronger and more diverse than ever and we hope it continues to grow.

The fact that the vote was so close does not mean support for education is lukewarm. In fact, numerous polls tell us that support is at an all-time high. Many education advocates simply wished to address education funding in a different way.

While we should celebrate this win for education today, we know that our work is just beginning. We must keep this momentum going and fight for a long-term solution to increase education funding that focuses on equity and excellence in student achievement.

It will be up to all of us to work together and hold our elected leaders accountable to make sure we have the necessary funding to:

Recruit, retain and support our great teachers and school leaders
Support increased funding for resident student tuition and invest in community colleges
Improve literacy rates of our 3rd grade students
Ensure high standards and accountability for all students

We can do that in the short-term by voting in the August Primary Election and in the November General Election for candidates who share our vision for a world-class education for every child.

Your voice and your vote matter. If we work together we can make a difference!

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