The Litchfield Elementary School District and many other school districts in Maricopa County are addicted to 30 years of continuous school overrides. This current 2021 school override request of $9.4 million, to be voted on election day November 2, 2021, will allow the district to continue exceeding its budget by 15% for an additional seven years, while more than 43% of its student population is not proficient in math and English today.
The public school system is well funded:
The school districts have spent countless time, money, and resources producing an equity plan and defining equity, according to Ibram X. Kendi and continued financial support for education has impeded educators’ ability to teach academic skills and not focus on ideological theory. Money for the public school system is not the answer.
Our taxpayer generosity is becoming a liability to the public schools. They will continue to absorb vast resources, without any significant improvement in academic performance. If the override is not approved, the district will begin a three-year plan to phase out the current 15% override by July 2025. This will allow them plenty of time to become fiscally more responsible.