Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Can't trust Republicans, ever.

This article is mainly about how our typical, horrible governor suckered our teachers into supporting a bill that supposedly would improve public school funding, only to have him turnaround and expand the school voucher program.  No surprise, there.

But if you're curious about how Arizona is doing investing in its children, this should tell you all you need to know:

A report by the staff of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee shows the funding picture for public schools has not improved.
In 2008, the state put $5.15 billion into K-12. Divided up into the number of children in school, that came out to $4,989 per student.
The estimated figure for this year is $5.07 billion, or $4,528 per student.
And that’s not considering inflation. When that is factored in, that’s worth just $3,911 in 2008 dollars.
 Arizona teachers respond to Doug Ducey's voucher expansion: 'We got played'

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