The Arizona Republic: Robb: Prop. 123 – What’s Best For Arizona Schools

Should getting more money to Arizona schools be this hard? If Proposition 123 passes next Tuesday, schools will get a lot of additional dough. And quickly. Schools would get an additional $224 million the very next month, June. And an additional $230 million over the next fiscal year (July 2016 through June 2017). So, a total of […]


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What The Superintendents Are Saying

PHOENIX – Read what school superintendents across the state are saying about Prop 123, the state of their school districts, and what happens if Prop 123 does not pass. Altar Valley School District Superintendent  David Dumon on AZPM “We’ve been underfunded since 2010 … We have teachers who are in Altar Valley School District who have 10 […]


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If Prop 123 Passes in One Week, Schools Will Get Millions Next Month

PHOENIX — Election Day is one week from today. In just seven days, voters will make a choice that will have an immediate impact on our schools. If Prop 123 passes, public schools across Arizona will receive $224 million next month and a total of almost half a billion over the next 13 months. School districts across the state have COMMITTED to spending […]


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Prop 123 Opponents’ Enabling Act Claims Fall Flat

PHOENIX – Claims that Arizona risks federal action and even takeover of our state lands and trust if voters pass Prop 123 on May 17 are meritless claims by opponents, according to Arizona’s highest elected officials. Recently, Congressman Matt Salmon took to the pages of the Arizona Capitol Times to denounce the deliberate attempts by opponents […]


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What Teachers Are Saying: Why They Need Prop 123

PHOENIX — Almost half a billion dollars will flow into Arizona’s K-12 public schools in the next 13 months if Prop 123 passes on May 17. That means raises for teachers, more supplies in the classroom, and desperately needed resources and stability for our students. If Prop 123 does not pass, it means an immediate $224 million cut to […]


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What happens if Prop 123 fails? Massive Cuts To K-12 Education

PHOENIX —The path forward for education funding in Arizona depends heavily on the outcome of Prop 123. The Arizona Legislature approved the Fiscal Year 2017 budget this week, but hundreds of millions of dollars in that budget depends on the passage of Prop 123. If Prop 123 fails, there will be an immediate $224 million cut to […]


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What happens if Prop 123 fails? Massive Cuts To K-12 Education

PHOENIX —The path forward for education funding in Arizona depends heavily on the outcome of Prop 123. The Arizona Legislature approved the Fiscal Year 2017 budget this week, but hundreds of millions of dollars in that budget depends on the passage of Prop 123. If Prop 123 fails, there will be an immediate $224 million cut to […]


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School Districts Have Made It Clear: Teachers Are The Budget Priority

PHOENIX — School districts have made it clear that funding teacher salaries is the priority if Prop 123 passes on May 17. To date, more than 25 school districts have released budgets hinging on the passage of Proposition 123 — if Proposition 123 does not pass, these teachers will see no pay increases for the […]


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What The Superintendents Are Saying

PHOENIX – Read what school superintendents across the state are saying about Prop 123, the state of their school districts, and what happens if Prop 123 does not pass. Altar Valley School District Superintendent  David Dumon on AZPM “We’ve been underfunded since 2010 … We have teachers who are in Altar Valley School District who have 10 […]


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The Arizona Republic: Our View: So-Called Friends Of Public Schools

Proposition 123 should have been a straightforward question on the May 17 Special Election ballot in Arizona. But politics have intervened in bizarre ways, fusing factions of fringe conservatives with hyper-partisan liberals who want to deny Gov. Doug Ducey another victory at the polls. Prop. 123 is essentially the enabling measure that would push the “on” […]


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The Arizona Republic: Kyl: Let’s Debunk The Myth That Prop. 123 Will Hurt Us

By: Senator Jon Kyl I strongly support Prop. 123 and am baffled by opposition to it, most of which seems to claim it will do irreparable harm to the state’s permanent fund. This simply isn’t true. To help Arizona transition from a frontier territory to the 48th state, the federal government turned over to the new […]


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Yuma Sun: Vote Yes On Prop 123 For Sake Of Students

I request that voters cast a “YES” vote for Proposition 123. I’m an Independent. I’m weary of the politics and do not want my vote construed as an indication of support of the politicians supporting the proposition. However, sometimes one simply has to vote for something because it is important right now, regardless of perceived […]


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Arizona Capitol Times: Prop. 123 Opponents Resort To Desperate Tactics

Soon, Arizonans will have the chance to put badly needed funding into Arizona’s public K-12 school system and avoid additional taxes. Proposition 123, which will be decided by voters on May 17, settles a five-year education funding lawsuit filed against the state that threatens the entire state budget. It also can set Arizona on a […]


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KJZZ: Teacher Pay Gap Strains Arizona Schools Near State Line

If it passes on May 17, Proposition 123 would pour billions of dollars into Arizona classrooms for the next decade. School districts big and small throughout the state are planning what they’ll do with those funds if they get them, even the humblest of schools. Sasabe, Ariz., is among the state’s smallest cities. Its lone […]


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KJZZ: The Prop 123 Conundrum: Peoria Schools Tie Fate Of Teacher Raises On Its Uncertain Future

Before he was principal of Peoria Elementary School, C.J. Smith spent more than two decades as an educator in Washington State. “It’s pretty scarce here,” Smith said. “In my previous setting, I had 750 kids and my operating budget I had control over was $72,000. Here I have 620 kids. My operating budget is $29,118.” […]


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The Arizona Republic: Our Turn: Prop. 123 Would Help Keep Arizona From Becoming A Second-Tier State

Our Turn: The consequences of underfunding Arizona schools are real and immediate Arizona’s public schools are struggling to meet the basic needs for educating our children, including buying books; updating computers; maintaining classrooms; and keeping talented teachers from quitting due to a lack of pay, training, resources and supplies. On May 17, we can start to fix these problems by voting “yes” in a […]


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KJZZ: Some Rural Arizona Schools Look To Other Countries To Fill Gaping Teacher Shortage

At the Casa Grande Union High School, guidance councilor Roy Lewis chats with one of the school’s English teachers near his office. Before saying goodbye, he asks his colleague if she speaks Spanish because the school needs a Spanish teacher. “In any level, in any year, if a teacher can teach more than one section […]


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Mohave Valley Daily News: “School Budget Complicated By Uncertainty Surrounding Prop 123”

Putting together a school district budget is a thorny undertaking in any year, in part because there’s always some guesswork involved. School districts usually don’t know how much they’ll be getting from the state until well into the process. This year, the task is further complicated by the presence of Proposition 123 on the May […]


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KTAR: Arizona School District Officials Prepare For Proposition 123 Failure Prior To May Election

Arizona educators said the education-funding voter initiative Proposition 123 is a step in the right direction, but school districts also have had to prepare for the worst if it does not get legalized. Pearl Chang Esau, president of Expect More Arizona, said state legislators and education advocates have worked hard to dedicate funding — about $111 million […]


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Phoenix Business Journal: Poll Shows Healthy Lead For ‘Yes’ On Prop 123

A new poll shows the business-backed Proposition 123 education funding measure with close to 60 percent support. The 665-voter survey by pollster Michael Noble’s OH Predictive Insights shows 38.5 percent of respondents are definitely voting for Prop. 123 and another 21.2 percent are probably voting for it. That totals 59.7 percent. The OH polls shows […]


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