Unrestored Budget Cuts
What Issues Do Arizonans Say They Care Most About?
- A. Immigration.
- B. Border security.
- C. The economy.
- D. Education.
Polls of Arizonans, From Likely Voters to Business Leaders
Unfortunately, Too Many Arizona Legislators Haven’t Done Well on This Test.
Let’s Look at What’s Been De-Funded.
- Funding for certain districts to provide compensation and growth opportunities for their best and brightest teachers.
- Funding for 9th graders who want to take career and technical education courses.
- Funding to help certain districts keep up with rising utility costs – costs they still must pay.
- Dollars that allowed school districts to operate charter schools.
- These have all had substantial impact on our students and teachers.
But Where Have the Biggest Cuts Been Made and Not Restored?
Add It All up and the De-Funding of Our Public Schools Totals $4.56 Billion.
Of Course, Dollars and Cents Aren’t the Only Way to Look at the Cost of These Cuts. Here’s Another Way to Understand De-Funding:
- Teacher wages went down or remained stagnant.
- Teachers and other school staff were laid off.
- Arizona went from a teacher surplus to a teacher shortage.
- Class sizes increased.
- Educational programs were dropped.
- School buildings and buses could not be maintained.
- Textbook adoptions were delayed and curriculum could not be updated.
- Districts had to pass bonds and overrides to pay for the essentials, placing an additional tax burden on local property owners.
These Cuts Weaken Schools’ Capacity to Develop the Intelligence and Creativity of the Next Generation of Leaders.
- We continue to spend $20,000 more annually on prisons over students.
- We continue to enact large tax cuts, further reducing revenues.
These Types of Decisions Made by the Legislature Are the Reason We Continue to Rank Among the Lowest States in K-12 Funding.
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