Return on Education: Arizona Schools Count on Prop. 301 Sales Tax

| September 29, 2015

Children’s Action Alliance launched their Return on Education policy briefs in August, looking at specific K-12 education funding streams and exploring what long term strategies are needed to boost Arizona’s education system. This month, they have explained Proposition 301, approved by Arizona voters 15 years ago, with a state sales tax dedicated to education plus mandated cost of living increases for school budgets.  This key source of funding generates more than $500 million a year for K-12 public schools.

Although the inflation funding mandate continues, the sales tax is scheduled to expire in less than six years.  If this funding is not renewed or updated, schools face even tougher budget challenges ahead.

Arizonans agree that tomorrow’s economy depends on effective investments in third grade reading success, up-to-date textbooks and technology, safe facilities, and exceptional, experienced teachers.  Any credible plan for supporting K-12 education in Arizona needs to include sustainable funding and a general fund commitment, not just duct-taped, temporary measures that leave schools and students vulnerable in the future.

As Governor Ducey and state lawmakers discuss options for a special session on school funding, they must pay attention to the consequences from the severe state budget cuts over the past six years as well as the funding cliff ahead.

The Children’s Action Alliance Return on Education: Proposition 301 Sales Tax brief is now online, and you can find the first installment on State Land Trust Funding and Governor Ducey’s proposal here. 

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