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.