Tag: Prop. 123

Prop 123 Passes – Important Next Steps

| May 23, 2016
Prop 123 Passes – Important Next Steps

A message from Expect More Arizona on the next steps for AZ now that Prop 123 is passed…

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Arizona Public Media reports: Prop 123: Teachers See Relief; Opponents See Challenges

| April 27, 2016
Arizona Public Media reports: Prop 123: Teachers See Relief; Opponents See Challenges

Sunnyside (Tucson) fifth-grade teacher Mary Ann Jester said she hasn’t had a raise in eight years.

That’s part of the reason she spent a Saturday in April pounding “Vote Yes on Prop 123” signs into Tucson street corners. …

South of Tucson, the Vail school district plans to give retention bonuses and buy teachers new computers if the measure passes.

That isn’t enough to convince Vail parent Heather Morzinski to vote yes in May.

“My kids are in kindergarten and first grade, they’re very young,” Morzinski said. “When Prop 123 is over in 10 years my kids will be in high school and all of a sudden there is no funding to cover that.”

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Arizona Daily Sun reports — Prop.123: Immediate school funding boost vs. long-term strings. Please see related stories

| April 20, 2016
Arizona Daily Sun reports — Prop.123: Immediate school funding boost vs. long-term strings. Please see related stories

Signs around Flagstaff tout Proposition 123 as a way to fund schools without increasing taxes, and some teachers say this is the answer to funding they desperately need.

Opponents, however, say the measure is a way for the state to get out of paying the full amount owed to schools.

Voters statewide will decide the matter May 17, and hanging in the balance is the makeup of public school in Arizona for the next 10 years.

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Register by next Monday to vote in May school funding election

| April 13, 2016
Register by next Monday to vote in May school funding election

It might seem like we just had an election, but it’s time for another: the deadline to register to vote in the May 17 election on the controversial Proposition 123 school-funding shift is Monday, April 18. …

Proposition 123, the Arizona Education Finance Amendment, would pull $3.5 billion from the general fund and the state land trust endowment to increase state support for schools over 10 years. It would eliminate an earlier boost to education funding approved by voters but that went unfunded by the Legislature. Despite the courts finding that lawmakers improperly withheld those funds, about $1.2 billion has gone unpaid to schools.

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Williams News reports: Prop. 123 could bring $115,000 to Williams schools next year. See here for other viewpoints

| April 13, 2016
Williams News reports: Prop. 123 could bring $115,000 to Williams schools next year. See here for other viewpoints

Residents of Arizona will be going to the polls May 17 to decide the fate of Proposition 123. The proposition adds education funding to K-12 schools and settles a lawsuit on K-12 funding between the state and the public schools.

The K-12 Education Funding Settlement Agreement would infuse $3.5 billion in additional education funding over the next 10 years and increase base per-pupil funding to $3,600 per year. According to Williams Unified School District Superintendent Rick Honsinger, the district would see an additional $115,000 next year and every year for the next 10 years if the measure is passed.

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Deadline To Be Registered To Vote At Special Election Is Approaching

| April 10, 2016
Deadline To Be Registered To Vote At Special Election Is Approaching

The deadline to register to vote in the May 17th Special Election is April 18th…

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Arizona voters to decide on additional $3.5 billion for K-12 education

| March 30, 2016
Arizona voters to decide on additional $3.5 billion for K-12 education

With the presidential preference election behind us, voters are now turning their attention to Proposition 123 , that will be on the ballot May 17.

This proposition would change Arizona’s constitution and set up a plan to increase funding for K-12 education by $3.5 billion over the course of 10 years.

That money would primarily come from taking more money out each year from the state land trust, a fund established when Arizona first became a state as a way to fund K-12 education. When the state sells land, that money goes into a permanent savings account for education. The money is then invested and anything earned on the account is supposed to primarily fund K-12 education.

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Children’s Action Alliance announces support for Prop. 123

| March 23, 2016
Children’s Action Alliance announces support for Prop. 123

Children’s Action Alliance is pleased to join organizations across Arizona to support Proposition 123. Students will benefit from funds that can be used to update textbooks and technology, support quality teachers, promote third grade reading, and achieve greater proficiency in science and math skills.

Proposition 123 is not a revolutionary leap forward for public education. It is simply a temporary plan to settle a lawsuit over funding to help schools keep up with rising costs. While we campaign for its passage we also expect our elected leaders to adopt a long term, sustainable plan for education funding.

Governor Ducey and state legislators are hearing the message that our votes for Proposition 123 won’t mean much at all if they continue to cut school budgets and shrink state revenues with their current votes at the capitol.

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Governor Doug Ducey pushes Prop 123 education plan

| March 16, 2016
Governor Doug Ducey pushes Prop 123 education plan

Governor Doug Ducey is under a tight deadline to boost education funding in Arizona and he needs to convince you it is a good plan.

The plan is to bring $3.5 billion into Arizona’s education system and it will settle a lawsuit filed by school districts after the state did not properly fund them during the recession.

To go through with the plan, Ducey is proposing using money from the State Land Fund but opponents say it is deceptive and it could cap future spending.

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Students in Flagstaff get a peek at post-high school jobs. See more Arizona Daily Sun education stories here

| March 9, 2016
Students in Flagstaff get a peek at post-high school jobs. See more Arizona Daily Sun education stories here

High school students from across the city got a taste of different employment opportunities for high school graduates at Coconino High School’s employment encounter Thursday afternoon, which provided information on careers and expectations, as well as mock job interviews for practice.

About 65 employers based locally and nationally set up booths or mock interview sites in the CHS cafeteria and common area. Representatives from the organizations brought information about jobs in each field and answered questions from students.

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