Arizona must support the success of all students

By Christine M. Thompson
Posted 1/21/20

Gov. Doug Ducey’s budget proposal begins to address many important funding needs, including a number of the short-term priorities outlined in the Roadmap for P-20 Education Funding.

To Our Valued Readers –

Visitors to our website will be limited to five stories per month unless they opt to subscribe.

For $5.99, less than 20 cents a day, subscribers will receive unlimited access to the website, including access to our Daily Independent e-edition, which features Arizona-specific journalism and items you can’t find in our community print products, such as weather reports, comics, crossword puzzles, advice columns and so much more six days a week.

Our commitment to balanced, fair reporting and local coverage provides insight and perspective not found anywhere else.

Your financial commitment will help to preserve the kind of honest journalism produced by our reporters and editors. We trust you agree that independent journalism is an essential component of our democracy. Please click here to subscribe.

Sincerely,
Charlene Bisson, Publisher, Independent Newsmedia

Please log in to continue

Log in
I am anchor

Arizona must support the success of all students

Christine M. Thompson
Christine M. Thompson
Posted

Gov. Doug Ducey’s budget proposal begins to address many important funding needs, including a number of the short-term priorities outlined in the Roadmap for P-20 Education Funding.

In particular, we’re pleased to see investments in student safety, career and technical education, community colleges and universities and rural broadband. These are impactful investments given the revenue the state has today.

Yet, it is important to be clear that these investments are not enough to close the achievement gaps in Arizona and support the success of all students.

A strong education sector is the foundation of the state’s infrastructure and we’re not where we need to be.

With the broadly supported Education Progress Meter goals as our guide, we need additional sustainable investments that will significantly advance outcomes for all students and support each part of the education system.

We look forward to continued conversation with Gov. Ducey, members of the legislature, education and business leaders and others about opportunities to put politics aside and put students first.

Christine M. Thompson is president and CEO of Expect More Arizona. Visit www.expectmorearizona.org.

Comments