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Information regarding proposed Arizona education budget cuts and suggestions for action

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  • Proposed Budget Cuts for Arizona Public Education January 28, 2009
  • Who Proposed These Cuts?
    • Senator Russell Pearce (R-Mesa)
    • Representative John Kavanagh (R-Fountain Hills)
    • Chairmen of the Senate and House Appropriations Committees
  • Proposals
    • Almost $1 billion in cuts to the public education budget for FY2009 and FY2010
      • Phase out Career Ladder over 8 years beginning 2010-2011
      • Eliminate all-day kindergarten
      • Cut soft capital by $98M in FY2009 and eliminate it entirely in FY2010
      • Reduce “lump sum” payments to districts by $220 million (10% cut)
  • Current Funding
    • Arizona is ranked 49 th out of 50 states in per-pupil funding.
    Source: http://ftp2.census.gov/govs/school/06f33pub.pdf and http://www.edweek.org/rc/2007/06/07/edcounts.html
  • Historic Funding Source: http://www.edweek.org/rc/2007/06/07/edcounts.html GAP: $2,851 GAP: $1,195
  • Attitude of Arizona Leaders
    • Prior to developing options to address the shortfall, Chairmen asked only two questions :
      • How much and where has spending grown over the last 5 years?
      • What is the impact of voter protection on spending?
    Source: http://www.azleg.gov/jlbc/AppropsBudgetOptions011509.pdf
  • Attitude of Arizona Leaders
    • “I am not willing to raise taxes on families or businesses, as they are already over taxed and over regulated. … The problem has been over spending not a lack of dollars.”
    • - Senator Pearce
    Source: http:// www.russellpearce.com
  • Attitude of Arizona Businesses
    • 38% of Arizona small businesses identified having a “skilled workforce” as “critical” to their business success , second only to healthcare costs (at 42%). An additional 34% of respondents identified the need for a skilled workforce as “important.”
    Source: http://www.oneilresearch.com/publicdomain/aeim/AEIM_Critical_Issues_Q3_2008.pdf
  • Attitude of Arizona Citizens
    • A 2008 O’Neil Associates survey showed that even in our current budget crisis, 66% of Arizonans want to spend more on K-12 education , more than any other budget area surveyed. Only 3% think we should spend less on K-12 education.
    Source: http://www.azbiz.com/articles/2009/01/12/opinion/columnists/guest_opinion/doc4967a2d29f854441030722.txt
  • Attitude of the Citizens
    • According to a December 2008 survey by Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities, almost 600 Tucson business leaders ranked funding for K-12 and higher education as their top priority , even further ahead than tax cuts. About 77% of respondents agree that “Arizona needs to make significant new investments in educational achievement to meet real needs and avoid a crisis.”
    Sources: http://explorernews.com/articles/2009/01/07/business/doc4963e915289a3313625510.txt and http://www.tucsoncitizen.com/altss/printstory/frontpage/106176
  • Attitude of the Citizens
    • “ When legislators talk about how they’ll prioritize … they’re still talking about cuts in economic development tools, cuts in funding for education … everything we’re saying is the most important seems to be targeted for the biggest cuts .”
    • - Laura Shaw, TREO senior vice president for corporate and community affairs
    Sources: http://explorernews.com/articles/2009/01/07/business/doc4963e915289a3313625510.txt and http://www.tucsoncitizen.com/altss/printstory/frontpage/106176
  • At the Rally
    • Between 1,500 and 2,000 people showed up at the state capitol on Sunday, January 25 to voice their concern about the proposed budget cuts.
    Source: http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2009/01/25/20090125edprotest0126.html
  • Speakers Included
    • Representative Rich Crandall
      • R-Mesa
      • Education Committee Chair
    • Senator Rebecca Rios
      • D-Apache Junction
      • Assistant Senate Minority Leader
  • Message
    • These are only proposals made by two legislators with no input from other members.
    • Many legislators have children in public schools and do support education.
    • There is doubt that the proposed cuts will pass in their entirety.
  • Message
    • Private conversations with Governor Brewer indicate support for education.
    • The federal stimulus package may provide significant assistance for our education budget.
    • The turnout at the rally was among the best they’d ever seen.
  • But …
    • There is an urgency among legislative leaders to pass a budget ASAP … possibly by February 1 .
    • Legislators need to hear from their constituents now to ensure these cuts get scaled back or defeated.
  • What Can I Do?
    • E-mail your legislators
    • Call your legislators
    • Spread the word
  • How Can I Do It?
    • Visit www.chandlerea.org
    • Visit www.speakupnowaz.org
      • Learn talking points
      • Find contact information for your legislators