Supporters

Governor Doug Ducey

"In my first year as Governor I have visited classrooms all across our state, and I have been inspired by the great work our teachers and principals are doing for our students. A consistent message I’ve heard from educators, parents and the business community is that our classrooms need additional financial support. Proposition 123 is our innovative way of ensuring that our schools get additional sustainable funding now and into the future – without raising taxes. Better utilizing the State Land Trust, whose primary purpose since our state’s founding is to support K-12 education, will help us to inject our schools with $3.5 billion over the next 10 years. This money will go into our classrooms and get teachers additional resources they’ve been asking for, and in a way that gives them the flexibility they need to meet their needs. Proposition 123 not only provides new money to our classrooms but also sets in place economic safeguards to protect our state and settles the education funding lawsuit that has been hanging over our state for too long. Please join me today by Voting YES for Prop 123 and let's stop paying lawyers and start paying teachers."

More from Governor Ducey:

Why the K-12 funding package is good for Arizona 

Prop 123 and the State Land Trust

Making Arizona a leader in K-12 education

Measuring success in K-12 education


Sharon Harper, Chairman
Let’s Vote YES for AZ Schools

“As a businesswoman and former teacher, I cannot begin to express how honored I am to lead an endeavor as worthwhile and needed as Prop 123. With this measure, we have the opportunity to assist a generation of students who will help our state to compete and flourish in the present and coming modern economies. In order for this to happen, we need the best and brightest teachers and we need classrooms where computers and technology are as commonplace as chalkboards and chalk. Prop 123 will deliver $3.5 billion in additional funding to our schools over the next 10 years without raising taxes. That money represents a strong commitment to improving education, and we have the responsibility to ensure its passage so that our students and teachers can be the beneficiaries of these additional dollars. Virtually every education group and business organization in Arizona supports Prop 123, as do elected officials from both parties. This is an issue we can all agree on for the betterment of our state. Please join me in voting ‘yes’ for Prop 123 on May 17!”

 

 


Senator Debbie Lesko
Let’s Vote YES for AZ Schools

“Prop 123 is good for education and good for the taxpayers. It pumps $3.5 billion more into our schools without raising taxes. Let's improve education so our children can compete in the world. I ask that you vote YES!”


Senator Bob Worsley
Let’s Vote YES for AZ Schools

“$3.5 billion in K­12 funding without raising taxes and nearly unanimous Senate and House support. It doesn't get any better. Kids are the winners. Join me in supporting Prop.
123.”


Representative David Gowan
Let’s Vote YES for AZ Schools

“Investing billions of dollars into our classrooms this year will not only be a long term pay­off, but it will also immediately give our teachers the additional money that they need. Injecting $3.5 billion dollars into our K­12 schools is the positive change that our education system desperately needs. Join me in supporting Proposition 123.”


Representative Douglas Coleman
Let’s Vote YES for AZ Schools

“I am supporting Proposition 123 because it does more than just give our schools and administrators extra money; it helps our state attract and keep the best teachers for our kids. Better teachers can make the difference in our children’s educations and futures. Please join me in supporting Prop. 123.”


Representative J.D. Mesnard
Let’s Vote YES for AZ Schools

“Teachers, parents, education advocates, and administrators all agree that Proposition 123 will bring extra funding our K­12 schools can use to advance our education system in Arizona. I hope you will join me and other leaders in supporting Proposition 123.”


Representative Jeff Weninger
Let’s Vote YES for AZ Schools

“Join me in supporting Proposition 123 so we can give our K­12 schools the $3.5 billion dollars that they need without raising taxes a dime. This will give our classrooms’ the boost that they need in order to make Arizona a leader in education once again.”


Representative Paul Boyer
Let’s Vote YES for AZ Schools

“I fully support Prop. 123 because I want $3.5 billion dollars to go into our children's and teachers’ classrooms. We need to look past temporary fixes to our broken education system, and instead focus on more long­term solutions. Proposition 123 does just that­­I hope you will join me in supporting it.”


Representative Kate Brophy McGee
Let’s Vote YES for AZ Schools

“Arizona’s State Land Trust was created to support and fund education. Proposition 123 will allow us to increase funding for our K­12 schools now. The proposal is sound ­ there will be more money in the trust in ten years even with the increased payout. I fully support critical additional funding for our schools. Please join me in voting YES on Prop. 123.”


Representative Vince Leach
Let’s Vote YES for AZ Schools

“I am voting YES on Proposition 123 and I encourage you to do the same. Without raising taxes, Prop. 123 will give our K­12 schools an additional $3.5 billion dollars that will not only improve our classrooms, but will also help us retain our qualified teachers.”


Representative Darin Mitchell
Let’s Vote YES for AZ Schools

“The Arizona State Land Trust is an incredible resource that we can use to help give our schools an additional $3.5 billion dollars. This means more money will go to our classrooms, teachers, and effectively, Arizona’s children. Join me in voting YES on Prop. 123.”


Senator Steve Pierce
Let’s Vote YES for AZ Schools

“Through using our Arizona State Land Trust for its intended use, we will start rebuilding and providing our education system with an immediate fix. Without depleting the Trust, and without raising your taxes, we will successfully give our schools the money they need to continue educating Arizona’s children. Join me in voting YES on Prop.
123.”


Senator Gail Griffin
Let’s Vote YES for AZ Schools

“I support Prop 123 for the following reasons... It will infuse $3.5 Billion into education over a 10-year period from State Land Trust revenues. It does NOT raise taxes... and it settles a 5-year lawsuit.
Arizona only has 13% of land in private property. This is our tax base. Arizona does not have the industry...businesses and revenue states like Texas and states east of Texas have. This is a way to get monies into the classroom for the students and teachers so we can improve student achievement. Our goal for Arizona should be to rank in the top 10% academically. Prop 123 will help us get there.”


Representative Heather Carter
Let’s Vote YES for AZ Schools

"As a parent and as a legislator, I understand the struggles facing our schools, classrooms, and teachers. This is why I am fully supporting Prop. 123 which will bring $3.5 billion dollars to our education system and vastly improve our K­12 schools. I hope you’ll join me in supporting Prop. 123.”


Representative Phil Lovas
Let’s Vote YES for AZ Schools

“Prop. 123 will provide more money to education without tax increases. Arizona needs a strong education system. I encourage you to vote YES on Proposition 123.”


Representative Warren Petersen
Let’s Vote YES for AZ Schools

“I'm supporting prop 123 because it will ensure that our children will continue to enjoy the incredible educational opportunities here in Arizona. It will provide a significant boost to education funding and give teachers and students the tools they need for academic success.”


Senator John Kavanagh
Let’s Vote YES for AZ Schools

“The great recession made it very difficult to fund education in Arizona. However, Proposition 123 will allow for our state to finally give our K­12 schools the money that they need without raising taxes on hardworking taxpayers. Join me in voting YES on Prop. 123.”


Representative Karen Fann
Let’s Vote YES for AZ Schools

“I encourage you to vote YES on Proposition
123. Without raising taxes, we will be able to invest $3.5 billion over the next 10 years into our schools and programs to help our students achieve a better education for their future.”


Representative Brenda Barton
Let’s Vote YES for AZ Schools

“I am voting YES on Proposition 123 because I believe that there is nothing more important than ensuring that our children have quality education. Prop. 123 will address our immediate need for additional K­12 funding without raising taxes and without depleting the Land Trust for future generations. I hope you will join me in supporting our schools by voting YES on Prop. 123.”


Representative Jill Norgaard
Let’s Vote YES for AZ Schools

“As an engineer, I recognize the value of Education, and Career and College Readiness. Prop 123 will provide an additional $3.5 billion to our education system for our K­12 Programs over the next ten years, thus preparing our students for a path to success.
Please join me in supporting Prop 123 – help Arizona compete.”


Representative Bob Robson
Let’s Vote YES for AZ Schools

“I support Prop. 123 because it allows Arizona to immediately address our need for additional K­12 funding without raising taxes and without depleting the State Land Trust.
$3.5 billion dollars will bring the much needed change to our schools. Please, join me in supporting Prop. 123.”


Representative Anthony Kern
Let’s Vote YES for AZ Schools

“I hope you will join me in voting YES on Proposition 123 because it truly is the best, common­-sense solution to funding our schools. Without creating any new taxes or raising any existing ones, we will be able to add a crucial $3.5 billion dollars to our state education system. I hope you will join me in supporting Prop. 123!”


Representative David Livingston
Let’s Vote YES for AZ Schools

“Ensuring that Arizona’s children are receiving the best education possible should be a constant priority for parents and legislators alike. Proposition 123 will finally give our K­12 classrooms the additional funding that they so desperately need without raising taxes in the process. It is a win­ win situation, so I hope you’ll join me in voting YES on Prop. 123!”


Supervisor Denny Barney
Let’s Vote YES for AZ Schools

“As a parent and taxpayer advocate, I want what is best for our children and schools without putting new burdens on taxpayers. That is why I am happy to support Prop. 123. It will provide an additional $3.5 billion to k­12 funding without raising taxes. Prop 123 will be an important step forward for Arizona children as we work to improve educational outcomes.”


Council Member Jenn Daniels
Let’s Vote YES for AZ Schools

“I support Prop 123 for simple reasons.
It puts billions of dollars into our school system that can help pay our teachers and improve our kids’ education. It also doesn’t raise taxes.”


Judah Nativio, Queen Creek School Board Member
Let’s Vote YES for AZ Schools

“When public education becomes the number one priority of the state’s business community, we know it is time for a change. Prop 123 puts $3.5 billion into public schools. This is real money that shows that we recognize the value of education and the impact of teachers.”


Councilman Jordan Ray
Let’s Vote YES for AZ Schools

“The Prop 123 plan to fund our schools stands as a perfect example of common sense government. This year, we can begin putting $3.5 billion of new money into our schools over the next decade. This is an important piece toward working on a long term solution to improve education in our community.
Please vote “yes” on May 17 for Prop 123.”


Laurie Ray
Mom of Adam 15, Kaylie 13, Logan 8, & Taylor 5

“Voting Yes on Prop 123 is what I call a ‘No Brainer’! The land trust was created for exactly this purpose ‐ to fund Arizona schools without taking any money from our other state funds! This is common sense!”



Chandra Baker
Mom of Layna 17, Will 16, Grady 14, Henry 7, & Benson 5

“As a mother of 5 Arizona K‐12 students, I'm happy to endorse prop 123! It's critical that we are able to keep up with the costs of classroom technology our kids need to be well educated in today's world. I love the idea of utilizing the State Land Trust for its intended purpose to provide funding our kids need without raising taxes.”


Natalie Germaine
Mom of Crew 11, Jack 9, Mitt 3, & Gigi 6 months

“Prop 123 isn't a partisan issue. It's about what's right and what's wrong. It's a common sense approach to use our state land trust, which it was initially set up for. It's time for our state to help our education system become the system we have always wanted it to be.”


Jeannie Guthrie
Mom of Bailey 19, Dallin 16, Carlton 13

“The land trust was created for the purpose of funding Arizona schools without taking money from our other state funds. I am in support of voting YES on Prop 123.”


Trina McAllister
Mom of Marissa 18, Jaqy 14, Franky 12, & Dillon 9

“I am endorsing Proposition 123 for several reasons. I have 4 children in the public school system. The system needs this increase in funding for many reasons. First and foremost, we need to bring our students up‐to‐date with current technology. The lack of accessible technology in the classrooms is appallingly inadequate. One computer per 25 kids doesn’t really do much good for any of them. I am also shocked by the high teacher‐to‐student ratio. These teachers are underpaid and overworked. The reductions following 2007 were a detriment to student learning. We are now spending 13% less per student than we did in 2008. Our students, our children deserve better. I encourage all Arizona residents to vote for Prop 123 and restore adequate funding to our schools.”


Becky H.
Mom of AJ 15, Aro 14, Aceson 12, Hannah 10, Haleigh 6, Hinzlee 4, Ander 3, & Harper 1

“Utilizing money already intended for such purposes, Prop 123 provides financial support for K‐12 education without raising taxes. It returns our priorities to the children of Arizona, and shows them and others how much we value education. Our future is in the hands of our children."


Krysta Price
Mom of Kade 21, Rachel 19, Brooklyn 16, Summer 14, Kailee 11, & Chad 9

"I'm voting "YES" on PROP 123 because it allows funding for our schools without raising taxes and the Arizona Charter Schools Association supports this Proposition."


Kelly Ettenborough
Mom of Ivy, 18

“Prop. 123 catches up our teachers and classrooms simply with cost of living and provides money that voters approved to support education already. If we want to positively impact our economy and our state, we need to invest in education.”


Dr. Shadow Asgari
Mom to Rocky 8, and Ella 8

“Prop 123 is the right choice for AZ and our children’s future and it does not raise taxes. Restoring education funding is the best gift we can bestow upon our children.”


Sheri Bublitz
Mom of Riley 6, and Reese 2

“As a mom of two young girls, one just starting her educational, I am very excited that Prop 123 restores Arizona’s education funding and ensures that our children will be given the best educational opportunities available for their future. I support Prop 123 and encourage Arizona residents to vote YES.”


Elisha Romney

"I love my children's school and their teachers, we need to make sure that they get the resources that they need to do their jobs."


Catie Alexander

“As a mother, I can think of no better investment than our children. As a state, education needs to be one of our highest priorities, that's why I'm supporting Prop 123."


Mandy Aldous

"We have great schools and teachers, they just need to be supported, prop 123 will do that."


Natalie Purser

"My children are the most important thing in my life. Their education is so important to me, and we need resources to fund that education. That's why I'm supporting Prop 123."


Lalani Hunsaker

"Our children deserve an opportunity to have the brightest future possible. Investing in their education without raising taxes just makes sense. That's why I'm supporting Prop 123."


Jen Roper

"As a mother I want to ensure that we have intelligent leaders in the future. To do that, we need to invest in them today. Prop 123 is one answer to Arizona's challenge in funding education."


Kristy Martin

"As a mother, I can think of nothing more important than investing in the future. Prop 123 gives our schools the additional resources that they need to do that."


Tiffany Church

"As a mother of 6 children I want to ensure that they get the best education possible, that's why I'm supporting Prop 123."


Michelle Hunsaker

“Prop 123 is using the resources that the state already has to help schools, without burdening the taxpayers. This will help our schools and our communities. As a mother this makes perfect sense to me."


Without question, Arizona is a great state. Still, we can’t continue to ignore the fact that we face serious challenges beginning with the forces our education system faces every day. Nearly half of our state student population receives free or reduced-priced lunch, which gives us a clear indication of the social and economic backgrounds of our students and the trials we must overcome. While dropout rates are generally improving across the nation, our rates remain unacceptably high, and particularly so among our growing minority populations. Likewise, the college degree attainment rate among adults in Arizona is below national average. All told, we are running the risk of not only failing to produce enough college and career-ready students, we may be forced to watch our skilled and educated adults leave the state to pursue better opportunities that we failed to provide. It is critically important that we remember that our education system and economy are inseparable and will determine the future of our state. Please vote ‘yes’ on Prop 123 on May 17!

– John Graham, President/CEO Sunbelt Holdings
– Philip Francis, Community Volunteer

– Kevin E. O’Malley, President, Board of Directors, Gallagher & Kennedy

– Mark R. Young, President/CEO, National Bank of Arizona

 

Education is and will remain the most critical factor for the long-term health and success of our state. Our economy can advance in several ways: We can build successful companies with graduating and skilled adults from within our state or we can strive to create an environment that attracts businesses with high-paying jobs to our state. Ideally, we should recognize that there is no reason we cannot pursue both of these options. Prop 123 provides a critically needed investment in K-12 education and it is a giant neon “Welcome” sign to out-of-state businesses that are first attracted to our climate, our markets and our potential. As a state, we cannot afford to overlook how important a strong education system is to turning the initial interest of a business looking to expand or relocate in Arizona into an affirmative decision to invest in our state. The owners and managers of high-performing businesses cannot ask or expect their employees to relocate themselves and their families to a state that doesn’t take education seriously. And, we can’t expect businesses to make decisions that benefit our state if we aren’t willing to lead by example. On May 17, we have the ability to determine what message we want to send to our children, our schools and our economy. We can show everybody that our priorities are education and our economy. Please join me in voting ‘YES’ for Prop 123.

– Joe Gysel, President, EPCOR Water USA

– Robert Calbert, President, Southwest Region, McCarthy Building Companies

– Andrew Lombard, CEO, SocialWhirled

– Reginald M. Ballantyne III, FACHE, Senior Strategic Advisor, Tenet Healthcare Corporation, Phoenix; Vice Chairman, Arizona State Board of Education

 

The Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry strongly supports Proposition 123, which will inject $3.5 billion into our K-12 public schools over the next 10 years without raising taxes.

Passage of the proposition would mean an end to a lengthy and contentious lawsuit that has racked up legal bills and put the health of our entire state budget at risk.

The tax reforms that have helped make Arizona a magnet for new jobs are safe under passage of Proposition 123, and other spending priorities such as our universities, public safety and health care are on much firmer ground. Proposition 123 also protects the state’s general fund should we experience another economic downturn.

The plan calls for adding about $300 per student per year. This is substantial. Increased dollars will support our robust public school choice environment and advance the reforms that have led Arizona to be a leader in closing the achievement gap and in producing nationally distinguished charter and district schools.

Arizona’s state land trust account has swelled to over $5 billion, while distributions have remained at a level below the minimum distribution required by law for private charitable trusts. The plan calls for boosting distributions from the trust in a way that increases spending for our kids in school today, while protecting the trust for future generations.

The proposal’s passage is critical to Arizona’s future. Our Governor, legislative leadership, and the education community have done their part in forging this historic settlement. For our kids to reap the benefits, it’s time we do ours.

The Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry urges you to vote yes on Proposition 123.

 

As a state business leader, I cannot come up with a single convincing reason to not support Prop 123. We have the opportunity to support a massive $3.5 billion investment in our public education system without raising taxes or threatening the state trust land fund or any other sources of education funding. Many of our schools performed admirably under difficult circumstances caused by recession, but we cannot lose sight of the fact that we not only failed to offset inflation, we cut per-student spending. Prop 123 increases K-12 per student funding and provides baseline increases to the education budget. This is money destined for our classrooms and for a generation of students who we need to become leaders in technology, research and healthcare – just to name a few critical areas. Many political and policy decisions are difficult. Prop 123, however, is not one of them. Join me in voting ‘yes’ for Prop 123 on May 17.

– Adam Goodman, President/CEO, Goodmans Interior Structures

 

As a business owner in Arizona and more importantly, as a father of two school age boys, I am writing in strong support of Prop 123. For many years, factors have lead to some difficult times for the state of Arizona. That is all changing and Arizona is on the rise again. The passage of Prop 123 will propel Arizona further into a state of recovery by becoming a leader in new spending toward our vital education system. In order to become a long-term economic powerhouse with sustained growth, the state needs to produce our future workforce. Prop 123 provides much needed funds to the classroom.   Recent published scores on the AzMerit tests show only 34% of all students passing the English part and 35% passing the math part clearly shows that our system needs this investment. Passage of Prop 123 points us strongly in that direction.

– David Anderson, CEO, Off Madison Ave

 

We know from our work with the Gallup Arizona Poll and The Arizona We Want report that Arizonans love this state. We know, also, that they have high expectations for the education they want their children to receive. To accomplish their hopes and expectations, we can’t continue to ignore the fact that we face serious challenges beginning with the forces our education system faces every day. Nearly half of our state student population receives free or reduced-priced lunch, which gives us a clear indication of the social and economic backgrounds of our students and the trials we must overcome. While dropout rates are generally improving across the nation, our rates remain unacceptably high, and particularly so among our growing minority populations. Likewise, the college degree attainment rate among adults in Arizona is below national average. All told, we are running the risk of not only failing to produce enough college and career-ready students, we may be forced to watch our skilled and educated adults leave the state to pursue better opportunities that we failed to provide. It is critically important that we remember that our education system and economy are inseparable and will determine the future of our state. Please vote ‘yes’ on Prop 123 on May 17!

– Lattie F. Coor, Chairman and CEO, Center for the Future of Arizona

 

We are voting ‘yes’ for Proposition 123 put forward by Governor Ducey and the Legislature, and supported by teachers and school administrators, for the following reasons:

  1. We are tired of reading that Arizona ranks near the bottom of all 50 states for per student public school funding.
  2. We think that “saving” money on education is hurting, not helping our state.
  3. We do not believe we can attract or keep qualified teachers when the salaries offered fall far below the national median teacher salary of $56,000.
  4. We worry that wide educational attainment disparities threaten to create a permanent underclass of citizens in our state.
  5. We believe that the quality of a state’s education system has a direct impact on the state’s ability to attract business.
  6. We believe it takes only one great teacher or role model to make a lasting difference in a child’s life, but would rather see to it that we have many.
  7. We believe that workplace morale among all employees is important, and that stagnant wages and career ceilings ensure mediocre performance.
  8. We believe that low taxes are important to grow the economy – Prop 123 does not raise taxes.
  9. We believe that poorly equipped and maintained schools give children the impression that they are not cared for or valued.
  10. We believe that action speaks louder than words and good intentions.

If you agree, please speak to your family, friends and neighbors about Prop 123 and vote YES on May 17.

– David Abeyta, Kurt Long, Eric Hutchinson, Ph.D., Eve Ross, J.D.

– Larry S. Lazarus, Attorney, Lazarus, Silvyn & Bangs, P.C.

– Francie Austin, Founder & President, The Austin Center for Exceptional Students

 

In co-chairing the Classrooms First Initiative Council with Governor Ducey, I am acutely aware of the challenges faced by our educational system, and take seriously our Council’s charge to create a funding model that is guided by Clarity, Transparency and Results. As the leader of a business that employees 850-plus people, I am keenly aware of the importance of a quality, accessible education. We all have a responsibility to advocate for an educational foundation that creates college and career-ready students. I know Arizona is a great place to call home, but it’s our job as business leaders, elected leaders and residents to make sure our children all have the benefits of an excellent education. The passage of Proposition 123 is a critical first step toward resolving our education system’s funding problems, and represents the first time in recent history that our Governor, education community and the legislature have come to a consensus on an issue of this magnitude. It is a solution that works toward achieving balance in education by infusing a desperately needed $3.5 billion investment in our schools. This increased funding comes with no impact on taxpayers, nor does it threaten current education funding. With our work on the Classrooms First Council, we know that this is money that will be focused where it should be – in the classroom. Please join me in voting YES on this important proposition.

– Jim Swanson, Co-Chair, Classrooms First Initiative Council; President/CEO, Kitchell

 

I support Prop 123 because as the leader of a nonprofit biomedical institute, I recognize the value of an educated workforce.  Nothing inspires our younger generation more than to offer quality learning experiences that will prepare them for meaningful jobs in their communities.  As the leader of a scientific organization, a fundamental part of our mission to is train young scientists to lead the future of healthcare and academia.  I am very proud of Arizona students whom aspire to become the doctors, researchers, professors and teachers of the future.  Without a quality K-12 education, these students are challenged to meet the demands of higher education and face barriers to find skilled jobs to support their families. Prop 123 is a needed investment and I hope Arizona citizens will consider a vote of support because it will be up to all of us to invest in the education and future of Arizona’s younger generation.

– Dr. Jeffrey Trent, Ph.D., President, Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen)

 

There is no question we live in a wonderful and beautiful state, with citizens who care and want the best for each other.

There is also no question, when looking at the data and trajectory regarding the status of our educational system, that we have fallen behind and absolutely must increase the investments we make to ensure the children of Arizona have the best opportunities to learn, grow and be productive members of society.

I’m a single person without children in Arizona, and I am voting “yes” on Proposition 123 because I know the future of our wonderful quality of life in Arizona depends on us not waiting any further to improve education. This proposal makes sense and I hope all of my fellow citizens without children of our own in our schools, and our married with children friends, too, will join me in voting yes. Proposition 123 represents the first step toward the education improvements we need for Arizona.

– Neil G. Giuliano, President and CEO, Greater Phoenix Leadership, Inc.; Mayor of Tempe, 1994 – 2004

 

As a native Arizonan and business owner for over 30 years, I am convinced we must support Prop 123. We have the opportunity to achieve a landmark $3.5 billion investment in our public education system without raising taxes or threatening the State trust land fund, or any other sources of education funding. Many of our schools performed admirably under difficult circumstances caused by recession, but we cannot lose sight of the fact that we not only failed to offset inflation, we cut per-student spending. Prop 123 increases K-12 per student funding and provides baseline increases to the education budget. This is money destined for our classrooms and for a generation of students who we need to become leaders in technology, sciences and design – just to name a few critical areas. Many political and policy decisions are difficult. Prop 123, however, is not one of them. Join me in voting ‘yes’ for Prop 123 on May 17.

– Morris A. Stein, FAIA, FACHA, Principal and Senior Vice President, HKS

 

As one who has been deeply involved with the issue of education in our state, I am firmly in support of Proposition 123. It provides a necessary, hugely important and courageous first step toward restoring the commitment we voters approved in the past. Please vote ‘yes’ on Prop 123 on May 17!

– Donald V. Budinger, Chairman/Founding Director, The Rodel Foundation

“Prop 123 will provide much needed funds to our schools this fiscal year and will resolve the long-standing inflation funding lawsuit. This past school year, students across Arizona entered classrooms without full-time certified teachers, without updated textbooks, and without enough desks. If we expect our students to succeed, then Arizona must provide our teachers and schools with adequate resources and funding to meet state’s higher expectations or we will continue to see droves of teachers leaving the profession in debt and tears.

Prop 123 will provide support and resources to classroom teachers to increase student performance and meet new rigorous education reforms. The ballot measure also includes several accountability measures, such as audits conducted every five years for all education funding and funding for the Arizona Department of Education’s technology system to track teacher, school, and student performance.

Overall, this ballot measure will bring $3.5 billion dollars to schools over the next ten years and confirm that Arizona will fund inflation in perpetuity, while creating a 10-year additional funding source for schools.

Improving our public schools and doing what’s best for our students has always been the Arizona Education Association’s goal and this is a first step in a larger education funding conversation at the state level. Setting the lawsuit allows our state to focus on restoring funding to other portions of the education budget, including full-day kindergarten, JTED programs, and district additional assistance for textbooks, curriculum, technology, and building repairs.

The Arizona Education Association requests that you vote YES on Prop 123.”

– Andrew F. Morrill, President/Arizona Education Association

– Joe Thomas, Vice President/Arizona Education Association

 

“The children of our state are our most valuable resource. They are our future. So it only stands to reason, that we would invest valuable resources in them.  That is why we support Proposition 123 as an initial step toward providing increased funding for our students’ education.

As teachers we know that students’ success rests on our shoulders. To have the resources to do our jobs effectively will only improve the outcomes that we all work so hard for.

We urge you to vote YES on Proposition 123 as a first step in funding classrooms to help Arizona’s teachers and students succeed in the classroom and in the future.”

– John-David Bowman, 2015 Arizona Teacher of the Year

– Beth Maloney, 2014 Arizona Teacher of the Year

– Nancie Lindblom, 2013 Arizona Teacher of the Year

– Kristie Martorelli, 2012 Arizona Teacher of the Year

 

“We support Proposition 123 because it puts $3.5 billion on the table for all public schools across the state this year.

Proposition 123 would provide a much-needed boost to public education in Arizona, at a time when expectations are higher to prepare our students for a 21st century global workplace. Voting YES on Proposition 123 means that our students will finally be able to count on a permanent, codified inflation funding source for their education. As the architects of this ballot measure agreed, this is an important first step on the way to improving education funding in Arizona. Only one step, perhaps, but a very significant, healthy beginning.”

– Paul Lowes

– Tom Oviatt

 

” The Arizona Congress of Parents and Teachers, also known as Arizona PTA, chartered in 1906, continues our historic Mission of speaking for every child with one voice. We consistently “advocate for quality public education and opportunity for every child” in Arizona in “his or her own neighborhood.” This is accomplished through public support for legislation that improves access to a high-quality education. We believe in a “well-rounded curriculum for all children which guarantees pupils receives instruction from well-prepared teachers and pupil support personnel.”

Arizona PTA believes that adequate and sustainable revenue streams for K-12 are fundamental. It is critical to invest in high-quality teachers and higher standards of learning for Arizona’s children so they are assured to compete for college entry and careers in business. We believe that Proposition 123 is the key first step for increase of adequate funding for all public schools, both district and charter. We appreciate that Governor Ducey and Arizona’s legislature recognize the State’s current K-12 funding levels are inadequate, inequitable and they have moved to create a sustainable funding model for the education of all children in Arizona.

In addition, Proposition 123 lays groundwork for the long overdue constructive conversation to develop an equitable and sustainable education funding model to bring Arizona’s public school systems into the competitive marketplace that exists in today’s world.

Arizona PTA supports Proposition 123 and we encourage all Arizonans to vote in favor, for this landmark opportunity, to ensure that public education is a priority for this generation and future generations of Arizona’s children.”

– Paula K. Purkhiser, President

Arizona Congress of Parents and Teachers (also known as Arizona PTA)

 

“Vote YES on Prop. 123 to immediately fund our public schools with needed resources to support our children. YES on Prop. 123  ratifies the agreement between school boards, teachers, and school business officials – and you, the voter – to provide our students with monies owed since 2010 and settles a five-year lawsuit.

Arizona public schools have seen the largest percentage of cuts in the nation over the past seven years, and yet, in achievement, Arizona outperforms this resource gap by scoring average among other states in the nation. Imagine what we can accomplish being properly funded?

YES on Prop. 123 is the first step to provide stability t our public schools. YES on Prop. 123 is prioritizing our children to ensure they have every opportunity needed to be successful citizens. YES on Prop 123 is the first step towards honoring our extraordinary teachers, nurses, bus drivers, and so many others working every day so our children’s future is brighter that their commitment is appreciated.

YES on Prop. 123 is a strong statement that when we work together, with shared commitment to our students and public schools, we take the first step toward a brighter future for all of Arizona.”

– Friends of Arizona School Board Association

 

“I find that parents are often surprised when they get a clear understanding of what it takes to run a school and attract and keep talented teachers in classrooms equipped; even basic modern tools like reliable internet connection that we take for granted, are essential to bring classrooms into the 22nd century. When parents and the community find out that a school cannot add curriculum that many took for granted – things like sports, music, art, and language instruction – to their child’s school experience, then they realize we are approaching the point of no return. Prop 123 isn’t every last thing parents or schools could possibly ask for, but it’s a start in an essential conversation that we as Arizonans have been needing to have if we are to ever make public education a priority. We have been given the choice to decide whether or not we want to add billions of dollars to help our children succeed. I’m siding with our children, teachers, parents and policy leaders like Governor Ducey who made this happen. Vote YES on Prop 123!

– Beth Simek, President-Elect, Arizona Parent Teacher Association (PTA)

 

As a school board member, I hear every day from community members, educators, and parents who feel that our state has not made public education a priority. Finally, our state has made education a priority — and this is backed up with a smart, innovative plan to put a significant amount of new money into our schools. This means new dollars into our classrooms, new dollars for teacher salaries and new dollars for our children. Your taxes won’t increase, our state budget won’t suffer, and our schools will benefit. It’s the rational thing to do, and it’s the right thing to do for our children. Please Vote YES for Prop 123.

– Moses Sanchez, Educator