As K-12 parents, business leaders, engaged community members and school board members of Scottsdale Unified School District we are often asked about Prop 123. The following is our 1 – 2 – 3 explanation of Prop 123.
1. While Prop 123 is a long overdue answer to a problem, it is not a solution. Prop 123 will not cure the state’s underfunded public schools but it is a start. It will put new money into our schools and teacher’s pockets this year. It allows us to use additional money from the State Land Trust to help students and teachers. This proposition settles the inflation lawsuit but does not change the fact that Arizona’s public schools are underfunded!
2. Education funding still needs a longer term solution. Arizona ranks 48 out of 50, for
education funding. Our state funds education less than almost every other state in our nation. With the passage of Prop 123, our state’s per pupil education funding will be approximately $3600 per student versus a national average of $7,600 per student. Although Prop 123 does incrementally help move us in the right direction, there is still much to do to ensure a 21st century education for our children!
3. The real solution for our students and teachers comes in the Fall of 2017. Fixing Arizona’s education funding crisis will not be easy. Our best hope is to vote for state leaders and legislators that value education. Education is an investment that will attract an even greater investment in Arizona’s economy. The more children in our state that graduate high school and college or receive some type of job readiness training, the stronger our workforce will be and the more our state will prosper!
Arizona families deserve strong, adequately funded public schools. Prop 123 is the first step toward our state having great, modern, public schools that prepare our students to compete in a global society. Strong public schools, attract good employers with high paying jobs. Our kids, our teachers and our schools need these funds now. Please vote yes on Prop 123. It will pay off a debt owed to our children.
We will continue to work with our Legislature to create a sustainable long-term solution to fund public education int the state of Arizona. We ask you to use your voice at the ballot box in the fall and vote for those leaders that support education.
Please vote yes for Prop 123 on May 17 and vote for candidates who value education.
Editor’s note: Both Ms. Hartmann and Mr. Jackson are members of the Scottsdale Unified School District Governing Board