Education funding is one of the most pressing issues facing Arizona, which is why I’m championing the continuation of Prop 301, a voter approved measure specifically dedicated to education funding.  Prop 301 established a .6% sales tax and makes up a substantial portion of our state’s education budget. Today, 301 money makes up 11% of a teacher’s salary.

The Prop 301 continuation is critical for our districts, teachers, and students and is an important first step in properly funding our schools. The bill isn’t a Republican or Democrat solution, but a bipartisan answer that includes 56 co-sponsors from both sides of the aisle. I am proud to sponsor legislation that ensures Arizona schools have sustainable funding. This is the most pressing issue facing our education system and the first step to passing broader legislation that makes permanent, sustainable increases in education spending.

Read more about the importance of the Prop 301 continuation:

Why Robert Robb agrees we need to extend Prop 301

Arizona Republic first reports on Prop 301 extension

The Arizona Republic Editorial Board highlights the need for Prop 301 continuation

Why Rep. Coleman is supporting Prop 301

One Thought on “The importance of continuing Prop 301”

  • Although a retired educator, I still maintain contact with friends still working/teaching in local schools. While I, and others, are very pleased to see the growing support for the continuation of Prop 301, I am concerned by the current ranking of our state in far too many areas of education. For a state with a reported population and business increase, we should be able to offer more, we need to offer more for our teachers and our students. Far too many of our students are graduating or leaving school without being able to read; they are simply passed on. Madison School District is building a $95 million Performing Arts Center. However, classrooms are overcrowded, far too many cannot read and behavior is out-of-control at the nearby middle school. All having a detrimental effect on learning. What can be done to ensure that revenue is adequately allocated to reach the classrooms, the teachers, and the students first, before building and remodeling? Building safety and health concerns should not be disregarded. However, a good teacher can teach anywhere, especially with a smaller class size and a more adequate paycheck. We should highlight and celebrate those districts, those schools, who actually put their students and teachers first.
    Thank you for all that YOU are trying to do for education. It is noticed and greatly appreciated.

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