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Teacher hopes to pass bill that would help Arizona teachers afford school supplies

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At Sky Islands Public Charter High School, one teacher is on a mission to help other teachers in Arizona, while also inspiring his students. 

Steven Painter is a social studies teacher at Sky Islands. He is currently teaching his class how a bill becomes a law. Senior student, Kahlo Vezino said, “I came into this class not knowing really anything on how a bill becomes a law, and now I know all the steps."

During this process, Painter came up with an idea to be drafted into a bill. This bill would become HB 2377 and is designed to help teachers pay for school supplies. This bill would give $150 to teachers for supplies and a $150 tax credit.

Painter says he frequently has to go into his own pocket to pay for school supplies, and he doesn’t believe this should be happening. He says, "Teaching is one of the only jobs, where you steal from home to bring to work. That's sort of how teachers feel. I figured this would be an easy way to help relieve some of the stress that teachers are under financially. "

Painter says this bill would benefit students as well, because more lessons can be achieved with more materials.

While Painter says it feels great to support other teachers, ultimately, he is there to help students further their education. Painter says, "To see how a bill becomes a law is something that is going to benefit them when they graduate, and they have to make decisions on who to elect and which issues are important to them and follow those issues through the legislative process. So, it's a great way to combine help for teachers as well as students."

This afternoon the bill passed the House of Representatives and is now headed to the Senate.

Painter hopes to see this bill signed into law and see its effect on teachers here in Arizona. He also hopes his students learn more and become more active in the political process.

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