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Proposed Budget Cuts For Arizona Public Education


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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

  1. 1. Proposed Budget Cuts for Arizona Public Education January 28, 2009
  2. 2. Who Proposed These Cuts? <ul><li>Senator Russell Pearce (R-Mesa) </li></ul><ul><li>Representative John Kavanagh (R-Fountain Hills) </li></ul><ul><li>Chairmen of the Senate and House Appropriations Committees </li></ul>
  3. 3. Proposals <ul><li>Almost $1 billion in cuts to the public education budget for FY2009 and FY2010 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Phase out Career Ladder over 8 years beginning 2010-2011 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Eliminate all-day kindergarten </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cut soft capital by $98M in FY2009 and eliminate it entirely in FY2010 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reduce “lump sum” payments to districts by $220 million (10% cut) </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Current Funding <ul><li>Arizona is ranked 49 th out of 50 states in per-pupil funding. </li></ul>Source: and
  5. 5. Historic Funding Source: GAP: $2,851 GAP: $1,195
  6. 6. Attitude of Arizona Leaders <ul><li>Prior to developing options to address the shortfall, Chairmen asked only two questions : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>How much and where has spending grown over the last 5 years? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What is the impact of voter protection on spending? </li></ul></ul>Source:
  7. 7. Attitude of Arizona Leaders <ul><li>“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.” </li></ul><ul><li>- Senator Pearce </li></ul>Source: http://
  8. 8. Attitude of Arizona Businesses <ul><li>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.” </li></ul>Source:
  9. 9. Attitude of Arizona Citizens <ul><li>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. </li></ul>Source:
  10. 10. Attitude of the Citizens <ul><li>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.” </li></ul>Sources: and
  11. 11. Attitude of the Citizens <ul><li>“ 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 .” </li></ul><ul><li>- Laura Shaw, TREO senior vice president for corporate and community affairs </li></ul>Sources: and
  12. 12. At the Rally <ul><li>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. </li></ul>Source:
  13. 13. Speakers Included <ul><li>Representative Rich Crandall </li></ul><ul><ul><li>R-Mesa </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Education Committee Chair </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Senator Rebecca Rios </li></ul><ul><ul><li>D-Apache Junction </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Assistant Senate Minority Leader </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Message <ul><li>These are only proposals made by two legislators with no input from other members. </li></ul><ul><li>Many legislators have children in public schools and do support education. </li></ul><ul><li>There is doubt that the proposed cuts will pass in their entirety. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Message <ul><li>Private conversations with Governor Brewer indicate support for education. </li></ul><ul><li>The federal stimulus package may provide significant assistance for our education budget. </li></ul><ul><li>The turnout at the rally was among the best they’d ever seen. </li></ul>
  16. 16. But … <ul><li>There is an urgency among legislative leaders to pass a budget ASAP … possibly by February 1 . </li></ul><ul><li>Legislators need to hear from their constituents now to ensure these cuts get scaled back or defeated. </li></ul>
  17. 17. What Can I Do? <ul><li>E-mail your legislators </li></ul><ul><li>Call your legislators </li></ul><ul><li>Spread the word </li></ul>
  18. 18. How Can I Do It? <ul><li>Visit </li></ul><ul><li>Visit </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Learn talking points </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Find contact information for your legislators </li></ul></ul>