OPINION: Prop 123 is not a sound financial plan

I have strong feelings against Prop 123 because it just isn’t a sound solution to help public schools.

Four Arizona State Treasurers & the present one have stated that it’s not a good solution to help public schools. I was an elementary teacher, principal and assistant to the superintendent in Minneapolis. I moved to AZ in 1983 and have volunteered in schools to help students.

Presently I volunteer in the Oasis Program and in ESL. Gov. Ducey is smart, ambitious and gets things done but he could have fixed the funding for public schools by following the proposition passed a few years ago that mandated a small portion of the sales tax for public schools. The former Governor and Ducey have ignored the law.

I wonder if he would support citizens who don’t obey laws? He has found ways to support private prisons and private and religious schools still receive great support from taxpayers. I know how desperately public schools need financial support, particularly in poor areas.

Gov. Ducey has been in office for 15 months and if he really wanted to help public schools it could have happened.

Editor’s note: Mr. Cornwell is a Scottsdale resident

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