Arizona Governor pumps $3 billion into K-12 education
Politicians in Arizona can take a small sigh of relief as Governor Doug Ducey signed an education bill last week that will pump over $3 billion into K-12 schools.
According to azcentral.com, the bill was signed after leaders squabbled over how to come to terms over funding due to a five-year old lawsuit “that sets conditions on when the K-12 formula can be denied inflation funding.”
This new plan calls for $3.5 billion to go to Arizona schools in the next decade by raising the base amount of K-12 dollars. That base will then be adjusted annually for inflation and an extra $625 million will be added from the state’s general fund. It took several weeks of negotiations between Ducey and school officials.
Democrats weren’t fully behind the deal, which was championed by Republicans and signed into law by a Republican governor. But in the end, students seem to be the winner so there’s no reason to grasp for partisanship.
In the next 10 years, K-12 schools in Arizona will see an uptick in funding due to the deal. That could mean more teachers, better facilities, and better resources for students to utilize. Of course oversight of these funds is essential and my vote is always to improve education conditions for minority and underserved students (especially in bilingual Arizona), but we will see how it all ends up falling into place.
The semantics of the deal, or how we arrived here, may be debatable. But in the end, students seem like they will come out ahead with Arizona’s latest education law.