For too long, Arizona’s current leaders at the Capitol have been looking out for the wealthy and special interests at the expense of Arizona’s working families. This has left us with under-funded public schools, economic insecurity for families working to be part of the middle class, a lack of trust in politicians, communities struggling and … Continued
Strong Public Schools
Arizona’s success as a state is entirely contingent on our willingness to invest in strong neighborhood public schools. This is the key to successful economy, the key to strengthening families, and should be of paramount importance to Arizona’s leaders.
• We must invest in a substantial pay increase for our teachers. Keeping talented educators in Arizona will take investment, and we need leaders with the vision to make these investments, knowing that it will mean raising revenue that has been previously given away to the wealthiest Arizonans.
• We need to transform the way we fund education. We need our leaders to look be bold and consider all the options–including raising revenue from the wealthiest Arizonans. Those that benefit from the economic benefits of strong public schools need to be asked to contribute their fair share.
• Rather than following short-sighted policies like reliance on high-stakes testing, all Arizona schools need to be held truly accountable–regardless of whether they are public, private, or charter. We need the stewards of our tax dollars to hold all schools to a high standard, and bring accountability to our charter school system.
• Arizonans can’t afford to fund two parallel school systems, one public and one private. We need to repeal the Governor’s universal voucher expansion so that public funds can be focused on public schools that serve everybody, not used to subsidize a private school system that primarily benefits the rich.