Tag: Prop. 123

Suit filed to nullify Prop. 123 funding. See more Arizona Daily Sun education stories here

| November 2, 2016
Suit filed to nullify Prop. 123 funding. See more Arizona Daily Sun education stories here

Claiming Proposition 123 was illegally enacted, a group of citizens is asking the U.S. Department of Justice to review — and overturn — the voter-approved measure to put more dollars into public schools.

Attorney Thomas Ryan who represents Advocates for School Trust Lands contends the state cannot legally increase the amount of money being taken from state trust proceeds without first getting congressional approval.

He said the trust is a contract between the state and the federal government which gave Arizona the lands a century ago. Ryan said that means it cannot be unilaterally altered by state officials.

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Will Proposition 123 Influence Arizona Voters On School Bonds, Overrides This Election?

| October 26, 2016
Will Proposition 123 Influence Arizona Voters On School Bonds, Overrides This Election?

Twenty school districts in the county have bonds or overrides up for a vote this year, an effort to counteract huge cuts to education funding from the Arizona Legislature since 2009.

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Arizona districts make tough choices on spending first Prop. 123 funds. Please see related story

| August 17, 2016
Arizona districts make tough choices on spending first Prop. 123 funds. Please see related story

Many Arizona teachers and school staff members are starting the school year with bigger paychecks, and some even have extra dollars in their pockets from one-time bonuses. Both have come as a result of the passage of Prop. 123 by Arizona voters in a May special election.

But some school districts are using some of the funds to meet other pressing needs as well, such as restoring classes and programs that had been cut, purchasing classroom resources and technology, replacing out-of-date textbooks, making overdue facility repairs and even replacing old buses.

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Arizona Education Official: Prop123 Money Could Start Addressing Teacher Shortage

| August 10, 2016
Arizona Education Official: Prop123 Money Could Start Addressing Teacher Shortage

The school year is upon us again in Arizona and after the passage of Proposition 123, $3.5 billion in additional funding has begun to flow into classrooms around the state.

But is it being used to address what’s been called a critical shortage of teachers in the state?

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Arizona’s Prop 123 Money Goes to More Than K-12 Schools

| July 6, 2016
Arizona’s Prop 123 Money Goes to More Than K-12 Schools

Universities, prisons, juvenile justice and state hospitals are all beneficiaries of larger payouts from the state land trust fund, thanks to voter passage of Proposition 123.
The proposal was billed as a way to get more money into Arizona classrooms without raising taxes. It increases the payout from the state Land Trust Fund from 2.5 percent annually to 6.9 percent annually for 10 years starting with the fiscal year that begins Friday.
Included in the plan is a $191.5 million payout this week, before the end of the fiscal year, to the 12 institutional areas that have been part of the Land Trust Fund since statehood in 1912.

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Prop. 123 education money will go to Arizona schools June 30

| June 29, 2016
Prop. 123 education money will go to Arizona schools June 30

The $3.5 billion in education funding approved by Arizona voters last month will start flowing to public schools starting June 30.

The state’s Board of Investment, which oversees the state trust land funds, approved the distribution of the money at a Tuesday meeting.

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Arizona needs to reinvest in public education

| June 22, 2016
Arizona needs to reinvest in public education

While we are pleased that, as a result of the Prop. 123 election, teachers and students across Arizona will see an increase in public school funds, there is a reason that Governor Ducey and Prop 123 supporters described the ballot measure as a “good first step.” Prop. 123 settles a lawsuit over inflation funding and provides only 18 percent of the funding that has been cut from Arizona public education since 2008. Most Arizona voters clearly understand this. Based on exit polling conducted during the special election, a large majority of both YES and NO voters believe that Arizona public schools need more funding to fill in the gaps.

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Beyond Prop 123: Education Advocates Call for $1B More. Please see related stories here

| June 1, 2016
Beyond Prop 123: Education Advocates Call for $1B More. Please see related stories here

Members of AZ Schools Now, called on the governor and Legislature to add more than $1 billion to Arizona public schools.

That money would be on top of the $3.5 billion Prop 123 is supposed to send to K-12 over the next decade.

Fresh off the Prop 123 win, Gov. Doug Ducey said he is ready to talk about the future of education funding.

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Education leaders echo voters’ desire for funding beyond Prop. 123. Please see related stories here

| May 25, 2016
Education leaders echo voters’ desire for funding beyond Prop. 123. Please see related stories here

Now that Prop. 123 has passed, a coalition of Arizona educators, business leaders and parents say the next step is increasing funding for K-12 public education by at least the $1.2 billion legislators have cut since the Great Recession.

It’s a move supported by 76 percent of Arizona voters polled after the election Tuesday. They said state funding for public schools should be increased.

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Class of 2016 celebrates on graduation day. See other Lake Powell Chronicle education stories here

| May 25, 2016
Class of 2016 celebrates on graduation day. See other Lake Powell Chronicle education stories here

The Page High School Class of 2016 celebrated commencement with a fun graduation ceremony Saturday. As hundreds of friends and family members watched and cheered, the PHS seniors picked up their diplomas.

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