The House Education Committee on Monday will hear HB2158, sponsored by Representative Doug Coleman. HB 2158 is the mirror bill to SB 1390, which was introduced by Senator Kate Brophy McGee, with 56 Senate and House co-sponsors.

The bills propose the extension of Proposition 301 set to begin after the proposition’s original lifespan which ends in 2021. An amendment will be offered to sunset the new statutory extension eight years after it takes effect, concluding in 2029. The amendment will also convert the Classroom Site Fund to dedicate all dollars allocated to the Fund for teacher pay. Using FY 2017 numbers as an example, $384 million would be dedicated to teacher pay.

Because administrators like those in the Tucson Unified School District used Proposition 301 to shore up their finances, Prop 301 supporters would like to see the bills amended to include a “use it or lose it” Provision. The provision among other matters, would require schools to pay teachers their earned incentive pay in the year the state awarded it including all of their base pay and menu options. Currently, a lack of transparency and less-than rigorous requirements for Proposition 301 money allocations allowed TUSD to build up a $20.8 million cumulative surplus in recent fiscal years.

Similar provisions should be amended and adopted for proposition 123 as well.

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[Editor:  Year after year, school districts have bond issues to "boost teacher pay."  Yet, we in Arizona enjoy one of the lower teacher pay scales.  Voters allow themselves to be sucked in to the "it's for the children" ruse every time.]

This from AZ School Choice on the same topic:

We constantly hear there is not enough money in our state to fund education. We are often compared to other states with our education funding per student. Are we comparing apples-to-apples when we do this?? Many of these education costs comparisons for each state do not take into account if the state is a border state (high English Language Learners- ELL population); affects of inflation; cost of living by state; affects of the local economy- are we still in a recession; etc. Did you know that 48% of Arizona's State General fund goes to pay for K-12 and post secondary education? How do other states do?? We need to be careful when making such comparisons on student funding that we are comparing apples-to-apples!

Yes, we have a 2,000 teacher shortage in Arizona in the classrooms. We have enough teachers to fill these slots but they do not want to teach! Why is that?? Teachers in Arizona are not compensated enough or respected in their profession is what we often hear (see attached document comparing the State Superintendent of Public Instruction candidates).

Read more: AZ_School_Choice.pdf

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Is this the guy Ducey has chosen?  Seems Ducey didn't like our choice, as voters.  Just wondering.

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