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JLBC Student Calculations – K-12 Funding Remains Below 2008 Level

Funding for AZ Public Schools Continues to Shortchange K-12 Students

Public school students are still receiving less support from state funds, when adjusted for inflation, than they were 10 years ago. When adjusted for inflation, today’s per student funding is $27 lower than it was in fiscal year 2009.

Looking just at the funding formula – those state, local and federal dollars that go to all district and charter schools based on the number of students – today’s per student funding is $499 lower than it was in fiscal year 2009. This is even after the $188 million increase in the distribution from the state land trust (Prop 123) which will expire in 7 years.

With the growth in the Empowerment Scholarship Account (ESA)s, which are funded in the K-12 formula but go to students enrolled in private schools or other non-public school settings, the amounts reported now exclude those scholarships. For this fiscal year, the estimate is that $63 million will go to ESAs.

Spending outside the funding formula includes funding that benefits specific schools, such as new school construction and building renewal grants and early literacy grants. The $37 million in results-based funding that will go to the highest performing schools is also outside the funding formula.

See our chart showing how funding has changed over the last 10 years here.

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Reserve Your Seat Today for Our Annual Through the Eyes of a Child Luncheon

Tickets are now available for Children’s Action Alliance’s flagship fundraising luncheon, New Beginnings: Through the Eyes of a Child, held Friday, November 3rd at the Sheraton Grand Phoenix.

We hope you will join us as we honor Cindy McCain for her leadership fighting human trafficking and Dr. Crista Johnson-Agbakwu for her devotion to Refugee women and children.

This annual event is your opportunity to support our continued efforts to serve as a voice for Arizona’s children through advocacy, education and community outreach and spend an afternoon networking with colleagues and leaders from the business and public policy community.

Thanks to you, we can continue our focus on Arizona’s children and their families.

Purchase individual tickets or a table here. 

Senator John McCain Stands with Arizona, Says No to Graham-Cassidy Bill

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(Phoenix, AZ) – Across Arizona, families with children, seniors, people with disabilities, children in foster care, parents with pre-existing conditions, and children with special needs thank Senator John McCain for standing with his Grand Canyon state and announcing he will vote NO on the Graham-Cassidy Repeal bill.

“With all the information available to us, we know that the Cassidy-Graham bill will place Arizona’s children, seniors, and people with disabilities at risk of losing health coverage, while not solving any of the problems our health care system faces today,” said CAA President and CEO Dana Wolfe Naimark.

According to an economic impact analysis of the Graham-Cassidy bill conducted by the WP Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, our state would lose an average of 18,000 jobs each year from 2020 to 2026 – equivalent to the combined Arizona workforce of Intel and Honeywell Aerospace. The job loss in 2027 when the block grant vanishes would be catastrophic: more than 76,000 private jobs in that year, which is even more than the number of losses in the first year of the Great Recession.

The bill will also put people with pre-existing conditions at risk by allowing states to waive insurance regulations that prevent them from being charged significantly more for coverage. The bill will force Arizona lawmakers to decide whether to drop Medicaid coverage for more than 400,000 adults or come up with billions of dollars in state funds to keep them covered.

“We are hopeful many other senators will follow McCain’s example and reject this proposal developed behind closed doors,” said Naimark. “We look forward to working with McCain and the rest of our Congressional delegation on bipartisan policy proposals that reduce healthcare costs, increase quality, and build on Arizona’s historic gains in the number of adults and children insured.“

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Senator John McCain Stands for AZ and Says No to Graham-Cassidy Repeal

Across Arizona, families with children, seniors, people with disabilities, children in foster care, parents with pre-existing conditions, and children with special needs thank John McCain for standing with his Grand Canyon state and announcing he will vote NO on the Graham-Cassidy Repeal bill.

In his statement, McCain said, “I cannot, in good conscience vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal. I believe we could do better working together, Republicans and Democrats, and have not yet really tried.”

Please take a moment today to call or email John McCain and thank him for his commitment:

  • Thank you for rejecting a proposal that punishes Arizona.
  • Thank you for standing up for a bipartisan process that can make our health care stronger.
  • Thank you for your commitment to give Arizonans and Americans more long term security about their health care.

See this fact sheet that describes the bill and the impact it would have on Arizona.

It’s important that senators across the country hear strong voter support for McCain’s principles.

Feel free to copy and paste these “tweets” for Twitter below:

@SenJohnMcCain stands for AZ, saying GOP & Dems can do better working together on health care reform
@SenJohnMcCain’s principles are on point: GOP & Dems must work together to make health care reform better for the American people