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AZ Tax Collections Too Slow to Re-Invest in K-12 Public Schools

State revenue projections show that relying on economic growth without tax increases is not a realistic plan to reinvest the funding our schools need. Children’s Action Alliance highlights this gap in a new Return on Education policy brief.

The data show that Arizona’s K-12 public schools are STILL short $1.1 billion in state funding compared to fiscal year 2008, before the budget cuts during the Great Recession. Based on current revenue projections, even if all available revenues are invested in public schools over the next three years, more than $800 million would still be missing. And that would mean not a single new penny spent on university operations, water issues, prison inmate health care, relief to the counties, or the opioid crisis.

Until we have a real plan to restore state revenues, our children will continue to experience a severe shortage of permanent teachers in their classrooms, outdated textbooks and technology, and dysfunctional school facilities. Arizona specific figures reported by the Joint Legislative Budget Committee show that funding per student adjusted for inflation rose between 2017 and 2018, but state funding per student in 2018 is 19% below 2008.

Arizona’s Tax Collections Are Not Growing Fast Enough To Re-Invest in Public Education

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(Phoenix, AZ) – State revenue projections show that relying on economic growth without tax increases is not a realistic plan to reinvest the funding our schools need. Children’s Action Alliance highlights this gap in a new Return on Education policy brief.

The data show that $1.1 billion in state funding for public schools is still missing compared to fiscal year 2008, before the budget cuts during the Great Recession. Based on current revenue projections, even if all available revenues are invested in public schools, more than $800 million would still be missing. And that would mean not a single new penny spent on university operations, water issues, prison inmate health care, relief to the counties, or the opioid crisis.

“Arizona politicians, business leaders, and parents have higher expectations for student success and educational achievement,” said Dana Wolfe Naimark, President and CEO of Children’s Action Alliance. “But until we have a real plan to restore state revenues, our children will continue to experience a severe shortage of permanent teachers in their classrooms, outdated textbooks and technology, and dysfunctional school facilities.”

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities compares public education investments across states and finds Arizona had the highest percentage drop in state funding per student between 2008 and 2015. Arizona specific figures reported by the Joint Legislative Budget Committee show that funding per student adjusted for inflation rose between 2017 and 2018, but state funding per student in 2018 is 19% below 2008.

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Children’s Action Alliance is Hiring for an Administrative Assistant

Children’s Action Alliance has a job opening for an administrative assistant in our Phoenix office. The ideal applicant will be energetic, have a great attitude and enjoy working in a fast-paced and exciting office. The job announcement is attached here.

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Thank You for Helping to Make Through the Eyes of a Child a Success!

Thank you to each and every one of our generous sponsors and participants for making this year’s annual New Beginnings: Through the Eyes of a Child awards luncheon a big success. Children’s Action Alliance welcomed more than 500 people to honor Cindy McCain for her work in fighting human trafficking and Dr. Crista Johnson-Agbakwu for her dedication to the health of refugee women and families.


The event was livened by wonderful musical performances from students at Marcos de Niza High School and Osborn Middle School. If you were unable to attend, you can contribute to Children’s Action Alliance via our online donation link. Your contributions are tax deductible and help us improve children’s health, education, and security.

Many thanks to our exclusive event sponsors: APS, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Arizona and Greenberg Traurig; our platinum sponsors, Mercy Care Plan and Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care; and our gold sponsors, Care 1st and Maricopa Integrated Health System.

 

Left photo: Claudia Walters, Board Chair of CAA; Gilbert M. Orrantia, accepting the award on Cindy McCain’s behalf; Dana Wolfe Naimark, President & CEO, CAA.
Right photo: Claudia Walters; Dr. Crista Johnson-Agbakwu, Maricopa Integrated Health System; Dana Wolfe Naimark.

Annual “Through the Eyes of a Child” Luncheon to Honor Cindy McCain, Dr. Crista Johnson-Agbakwu for Work to Improve Lives for Families

(Phoenix, AZ) – Children’s Action Alliance (CAA) will honor two outstanding Arizonans for their efforts to improve conditions for children and families at the annual fundraising luncheon, New Beginnings: Through the Eyes of a Child luncheon, being held Friday, November 3rd in Phoenix.

Cindy McCain is being recognized with the Steele Foundation Child Advocacy Award for her dedication over the years to fighting human trafficking. She serves on the Arizona Human Trafficking Advisory Council of the McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University and the Governor’s Council on Human Trafficking. She has forged partnerships around the globe to bring awareness to the issue and provide assistance to survivors.

The Jacque Steiner Public Leadership Award will go to Maricopa Integrated Health Systems physician, Dr. Crista Johnson-Agbakwu, in recognition of founding the refugee women’s health clinic and her ongoing efforts to help refugee families stay healthy in their new communities.

“These honorees exemplify what it means to give children and families hope and tools for a new beginning,” said CAA president and CEO, Dana Wolfe Naimark. “Cindy’s passion in bringing the trafficking issue out of the shadows and Crista’s dedication to healthy mothers and babies are inspiring to us all.”

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