(Phoenix, Ariz., Jan. 12, 2018) – Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas today applauded Governor Ducey’s proposed fiscal year 2019 state budget.
“It is great to finally see a path forward to restoring recession-era cuts to Arizona’s school facilities,” Superintendent Douglas said. “It was most encouraging to see one of the plaintiffs in the pending school facilities lawsuit discontinue its litigation in response to this proposal.
“I have always preferred paying teachers instead of lawyers. I am pleased to join Senate President (Steve) Yarbrough, House Speaker (J.D.) Mesnard, as well as local school superintendents and officials in supporting the plan.”
The Governor’s plan, unveiled at a press conference on Tuesday, outlined a five-year phase-in of funds to both district and charter additional assistance funds. The funds can be used for school facilities, but will provide districts and schools with the flexibility to support such needs as teacher salaries.
The Governor’s budget also designates $7.4 million towards important needs at the Arizona Department of Education. This includes $5.3 million to ensure the continued maintenance of the Department’s nationally recognized student data system, $1.1 million for the continued development and implementation of high-quality Arizona academic standards, as well as an additional $1 million for statewide assessments.
“I’m pleased that the proposed budget acknowledges real needs at the Department,” Superintendent Douglas continued. “Maintaining our IT system is vital to helping state leaders, districts and schools support Arizona’s students. It is also important that we will have the resources to continue building strong Arizona standards, especially since we have gotten rid of Common Core.”