Presumably, those dollars will be combined with higher-than-expected state revenues to fund the pay bump for teachers. He also is counting a 1 percent raise he gave past year to come to the 20 percent figure.
Educators in both states want more classroom resources and have received offers either for increased school funding or pay, but they say the money isn't guaranteed and the efforts don't go far enough.
"He's banking on an improved economy".
The balance of what the initiative would raise would be earmarked for general school operating budgets. "The state has cut a lot of school programs, music and art".
Now the governor must find support in the house for his plan. But school boards would be required to seek input from teachers and staff on how to use those dollars.
Meanwhile, the strike that has closed most schools entered its second day on Friday, with another rally on the Capitol lawn.
Joe Thomas, the President of the Arizona Education Association, announced during the Friday rally that supporters should prepare to come back on Monday and walkout of their classrooms for a third day. She said there are three times more students than books and it's not possible for her to assign reading assignments as homework because of the shortage.
Ducey said more details of the budget would be hashed out over the weekend, and the document would be introduced in the Legislature early next week. Let them know you won't accept anything less than a sustainable, permanent funding source for education because it's best for the health of our community and our state, and most importantly, our children.
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Despite the bipartisan vote, there's still no clear passage for the legislation to move forward beyond the Judiciary Committee. Trump has reportedly mused about firing Mueller and has tweeted that he is "conflicted" in his role as special counsel.
It is that gap the initiative is created to address.
A former Democrat lawmaker, Lujan now is the director of The Arizona Center for Economic Progress and the treasurer of the initiative campaign.
The governor spoke to several thousand teachers gathered at a park near the state Capitol on the second straight day of demonstrations over pay for teachers. The union hopes by this measure to defuse the teacher strike and avoid a political fight with the state government. That compares with $5.15 billion a decade ago. One church in the area has agreed to be a drop-off location for food and gift card donations and a "delivery squad" has been formed to reach students in Sahuarita and outlying areas. "The budget cuts definitely impact learning for these students".
Multiply that by 1.1 million students and that's the $1 billion educators say has been taken from schools.
In a nutshell, teachers would get a 20-percent raise. That program, known as Students FIRST - for Fair and Immediate Resources for Schools Today - was created to put the state into compliance with a decision of the Arizona Supreme Court which found the state was not complying with its constitutional obligation to fund a "general and uniform" school system. "So what I think it's important to understand is that there will be $100 million there for support staff and the commitment of that rising to $371 million over the next five years".
"Our classes are already over sized, underfunded and we are not getting the funding we need", Price said.
Jason Bedrick, policy director for the school choice advocacy group EdChoice, said teachers groups are pitting educators against families for political gain. "Today, we are pleased to announce that this plan is a reality". We are educators, and we are not being duped by Ducey's Band-Aid proposal.
A lack of resolution led Arizona educators to launch the first statewide strike to force their demands. "That would just create a drag on the state's overall economy". But teachers say Colorado has a long way to go to recover lost ground during the downturn and stick to the provisions of a voter-approved amendment aimed at increasing school funding and countering the effect of the state's strict tax-and-spending limits.