Prop 123 is not solution for schools - Opinion

Prop 123 is not solution for schools

DIANNE POST | Posted: Wednesday, April 27, 2016 10:00 am

While many good-hearted people have encouraged supporting Prop 123 because they claim it is a good start and injects badly needed money immediately into the classroom, unfortunately, they are wrong. First, there will be a lawsuit regarding whether the enabling act requires congressional approval to implement the proposition. During the lawsuit, which could take several years, no monies will be sent to classrooms.

Even if the Legislature paid everything ordered and agreed to, it will not change Arizona’s ranking on education, it will not fix the education problem in Arizona, and it will not provide sustainable funding for our schools. For 20 years, our pupil-teacher ratio has steadily worsened and is now 40 percent greater than the national average. In 1992, Arizona funded our students at 80 percent of the national average for state-sourced funding; today it is 55 percent, the worst in the country. Our state-sourced funding per teacher has dropped from 70 percent to 40 percent of the national average.

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