Education Budget 2018
Arizona public schools, universities, and teachers are the BIG winners in this year’s budget.
Under the agreement, public schools will receive $163 million in new funding next year – above the $76 million in inflation and enrollment.
Combined with the $318 million in Prop 123 money next year, that’s a total of $557 in NEW education spending in FY2018. The difference this will make cannot be overstated.
The budget also paves the way for a $1 billion investment in Arizona’s public universities. It does this all without raising taxes on hardworking Arizonans.
The bottom line: We can be fiscally responsible while funding the things that matter the most to our citizens.
Click here to see Governor Ducey's 2017 State of the State.
WHAT’S IN THE BUDGET?
EDUCATION BUDGET ITEMS
• $68 million for a permanent 2% teacher pay raise over two years
• $27 million in ongoing capital investments for universities that will enable over $1 billion in bonding
• $37.6 million for results-based funding at public schools, half of which is earmarked for teacher raises
• $20 million over two years for early literacy programs, including full-day kindergarten
• $80 million for the construction and maintenance of school facilities
• $7.3 million for IT upgrades to more efficiently make payments to schools at the Department of Education
• $3 million in matching funds for rural school access to internet connectivity/ broadband generating approximately $100 million in total funds
• $2.6 million additional funds for small and isolated rural schools
• $1 million for high school graduates to complete JTED programs
• $250,000 to expand principal leadership training (Great School, Great Leaders principal leadership academy)
• $250,000 to expand teacher loan forgiveness
• $100,000 for dropout prevention programs
ADDITIONAL BUDGET ITEMS
•$30 million in permanent investments for local transportation infrastructure projects
• $6.6 million to grow Arizona State Parks, including $4 million to build Rockin’ River Ranch
• $1.2 million to completely eliminate the state’s sexual assault kit backlog
• $220,900 for AHCCCS to combat opioid addiction
• $1.5 million for a post-release fire crew
• $517,900 for substance abuse and reentry counselors to reduce recidivism • $6.1 million to upgrade the Department of Child Safety’s outdated electronic management system
• $2 million for adoption services
• $1 million to increase funding for kinship caregivers, often known as the “grandma stipend”
• $2 million for enhanced services at Adult Protective Services
• $2 million for Arizona’s drought contingency plan
• $1.2 million for additional personnel supporting proper management of the state’s streams and groundwater
• $269,900 for fire safety communications equipment and a Deputy Fire Marshal
• $500,000 for a new public health emergency fund
• $400,000 for court appointed special advocates
Click here to download the FY2018 Budget Overview.