Tag: proposition 123

School leaders say better pay would attract more teachers. See more state education news here

| October 8, 2019
School leaders say better pay would attract more teachers. See more state education news here

Tenth in a series: School leaders say better pay would help them attract teachers to Arizona’s classrooms, especially in rural areas, and prevent educators from seeking more lucrative careers.

They’re calling for the legislature to increase public K-12 education funding after an Arizona School Personnel Administrators Association survey of 150 public district and charter schools found that Arizona schools had 1,443.66 open teaching positions by Aug. 30, 2019, and many schools hired long-term substitute teachers to fill that gap.

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Arguments in education tax on rich comes down to fine (percentage) points. See related news here

| August 15, 2018
Arguments in education tax on rich comes down to fine (percentage) points. See related news here

The question of whether Arizonans get to vote on a tax hike on the wealthy to raise $690 million a year for education could depend on what a judge thinks of a math teacher’s explanation of the difference between “percent” and “percentage point.”
At a hearing Tuesday, both sides agreed that the Invest in Ed initiative would boost the tax rate on earnings above $250,000 a year for individuals and $500,000 from 4.54 percent to 8 percent. And what’s clear is that the mathematical difference between the two figures is 3.46.

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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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Coalition (of Education Groups Statewide) Says More Work Needed on Funding AZ Schools

| June 1, 2016
Coalition (of Education Groups Statewide) Says More Work Needed on Funding AZ Schools

Arizona voters narrowly approved Proposition 123 (May 17), which will provide inflationary funding for schools for the next decade. The same group that got that $3.5 billion funding package approved say there is a lot more work to do to bring the state’s schools up to par. The group wants to get back the $1.2 billion lawmakers have cut from school budgets since 2007 in order to hire new teachers, buy current textbooks, and repair crumbling school buildings. The state’s schools currently rank dead last among the 50 states in per-pupil 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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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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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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Opinion: A First Step Toward Creating Equitable Funding for Education

| February 3, 2016
Opinion: A First Step Toward Creating Equitable Funding for Education

… There is much debate in Arizona about what needs to happen to improve education. We believe that our system should be focused on preparing every student for college and career success, and once that goal is in place, funding must support that goal in the best interest of every student, regardless of their background or where they come from.

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