Every child deserves access to a high-quality education from preschool through high school, and beyond. Nearly 2,000 Arizona teaching jobs remain open and another 3,400 have been filled by people who weren’t trained to be teachers. Texas and other state advertise in Arizona offering teachers better positions in their state. This is not right. We need to invest in public education. We need to attract and retain the highest quality teachers. We need to invest in the people who support our teachers.
We need to invest in the infrastructure our schools need to offer the education our children and the next generation needs to succeed. Arizona ranks near the bottom of the 50 states in terms of support for public education. We need to change that. We need to do that NOW. As your representative I will sponsor and support legislation that fulfills our Constitutional obligation to keep our public school facilities operating at the highest standards and I will support legislation that provides public schools the funds to attract and retain the best teachers for out students.
Article 1. Section 1. A. of the Arizona Constitution states:
The legislature shall enact such laws as shall provide for the establishment and maintenance of a general and uniform public school system, which system shall include:
- Kindergarten schools.
- Common schools.
- High schools.
- Normal schools.
- Industrial schools.
- Universities, which shall include an agricultural college, a school of mines, and such other technical schools as may be essential, until such time as it may be deemed advisable to establish separate state institutions of such character.
Article 11 Section 10 of the Arizona Constitution states:
The revenue for the maintenance of the respective state educational institutions shall be derived from the investment of the proceeds of the sale, and from the rental of such lands as have been set aside by the enabling act approved June 20, 1910, or other legislative enactment of the United States, for the use and benefit of the respective state educational institutions. In addition to such income the legislature shall make such appropriations, to be met by taxation, as shall insure the proper maintenance of all state educational institutions, and shall make such special appropriations as shall provide for their development and improvement.