Sep 12, 2013 7:45 PM by Brian White
The following is a release from Children's Action Alliance, an independent voice for Arizona children at the state capitol and in
the community. CAA works to improve children's health, education, and security through
information and action.
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization and
policy institute that conducts research and analysis on a range of government policies and
programs. It is supported primarily by foundation grants.
PHOENIX - Repeated cuts to Arizona classrooms have been so severe that even with last
year's $82 million increase in state K-12 funding, Arizona has the third highest state funding
cuts per student in the country since the recession began.
"State lawmakers have been raising expectations for schools, teachers and students to
strengthen our workforce and competitiveness, but they're ignoring the investment needed to
meet the higher standards," said Dana Wolfe Naimark, President and CEO of Children's Action
"Parents and voters both know that slashing resources at the same time is a recipe for
failure. These funding cuts put Arizona's students and economy in jeopardy."
An updated national report released today by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP)
shows state funding to local school districts in Arizona fell 17% per student (adjusted for
inflation) between Fiscal Year 2008 and the current budget year, Fiscal 2014. Only Oklahoma
and Alabama had higher percentage cuts.
The CBPP report measures state funding for aid to local schools and compares apples to apples across states. Fourteen states, including Nevada, increased funding over that period.
"At a time when the nation is trying to produce workers with the skills to master new
technologies and adapt to the complexities of a global economy, states should be investing
more - not less - to ensure our kids get a strong education," said Michael Leachman, director
of state fiscal research at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and co-author of the report
Here's the link to the report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities: