Governor Ducey recently made his budget recommendations for next year, which included limited spending on 15 different education initiatives.
While we are encouraged the Governor has named public education as his top priority, a sprinkle of money in a whole bunch of buckets won’t move the needle on any of our education goals. And an average teacher raise of $185 next year won’t even begin to address our teacher shortage crisis.
That’s why Children’s Action Alliance is proud to be part of AZ Schools Now—a coalition of dedicated teachers, parents, school board members, faith-based volunteers, advocates and education leaders. Together we are asking the Governor and legislature to put all additional funds into one priority this year: teacher raises.
For next year, we’ve identified a way to raise teacher salaries a full 4-percent without changing the existing budget structure. But this one step is not enough.
We must find ways to increase our revenue sources and end the trend of short-term planning and funding crises.
Please join our campaign. Click here  to email your state senator and representatives with this message.
You can find a copy of the letter AZ Schools Now sent to Governor Ducey here.