Taking Back America By Taking Back Our Schools
"although per pupil funding has been rising, according to the auditor general report, money to the classroom has been decreasing at the same time. The legislature does not have the final say on how the money is spent."
[Who gets all of this money?
What is it really used for?
Do you have any idea?]
Thank you Senator Warren Petersen!
Warren Petersen 5-3-18
We have made and continue to make significant investments in education. According to a report by the AZ Tax Research Association, AZ was one of the top ten states for percentage of budget increases to education funding. Furthermore, I'm not aware of any other state that has done 20% raises. The most I have found was 5%.
We passed a budget with the following NEW K-12 spending:
Teacher pay Increase-$305 Million now, $644 Million by 21.
Additional Assistance-$100 Million now, $235 Million by 21.
New School Construction-$88 Million this year.
Building Renewal-$44 Million this year.
Total new dollars this year-$540 Million.
Since 2015, Arizona has added over 2 Billion to K-12 education.
Since 2014, total Per pupil spending has increased as follows:
Please keep in mind that just because the legislature intends for the $644 Million to go to teacher pay, the school districts and charter operators must allocate the funds to teachers. For example, although per pupil funding has been rising, according to the auditor general report, money to the classroom has been decreasing at the same time. The legislature does not have the final say on how the money is spent. However, districts and charters now must report annually on year over year increases to teacher salaries.
Per pupil spending source:https://www.azauditor.gov/…/def…/files/18-203_Highlights.pdf.
Increase in spending source: http://www.arizonatax.org/…/breaking_down_k-12_stats_v2_0.p…