Lawmakers annually cut funding for public education, our classrooms are without teachers, our kids are without support, and Arizona’s future leaders suffer with the second worst in the nation per pupil funding.
FUND SCHOOLS EQUITABLY
While spending billions on the Department of Corrections, the state invests only 2.5% of its wealth in K-12 public education, with our schools in low-income and rural areas suffering the most. The state must both prioritize investing in quality education and begin to distribute more funds to districts serving students in poverty.
State funding for Arizona’s three public universities has dropped 35% since 2008. And state funding for community college has been cut almost entirely. Higher education must be made more accessible and affordable for everyone, without the burden of enormous student debt.
ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE
Pre-K education is often too costly and unavailable to most hard working Arizonans. We must invest in universal pre-K and create programs that provide accessible and affordable early education to everyone.