Arizona students get less state money now than in 2008, study says

Arizona’s results-based funding program gave low-income-area district and charter schools $14 million. Middle- and higher-income ones got $24 million.

Early returns show all 27 school bond and override measures in Maricopa County tilted toward approval.
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Capital funding in Arizona, in particular, took one of the steepest cuts. That money, which pays for things such as new school buses, textbooks and school construction, is estimated to have been cut by about 85 percent for most schools.

The loss of state funding since the recession has driven many school districts to ask their local voters to offset some of the cuts by approving bonds and overrides, property-tax-funded measures that can be used for teacher pay and school maintenance.

Chuck Essigs, lobbyist for the Arizona Association of School Business Officials, said the study’s findings on Arizona are “not anything new.” But he said they reflect Arizonans’ desire to add more dollars to the state’s public-education system.

Arizonans from across the state harshly criticized political and education leaders at an Arizona Town Hall forum this month for what they perceived as a slow response in addressing the “emergency” and “crisis” regarding teacher pay.

Earlier in November, Maricopa County voters approved all 27 school bond and override measures — a rare feat of support for taxpayer-funded initiatives that previously have proven difficult to pass in some communities.

“To me, this is just a series of reports that are saying the same thing: We are having a crisis in Arizona in how we’re funding our public schools,” Essigs said. “Why can’t the state of Arizona get the message?”

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