School is back in session! Back-to-school means a fresh start, a new beginning. Students arrive full of anticipation, energy and hope! Dedicated teachers welcome them into their classrooms with excitement and new expectations.
But, the enormous challenges for Arizona's teachers are starkly evident. Despite additional dollars from Prop 123, Arizona remains 48th worst in the nation for per-pupil funding. This lack of overall funding means our teachers rank among the lowest in the nation in annual salaries, and their class sizes are among the largest. We continue to face an enormous teacher shortage as talented teachers leave the state, or the profession, in pursuit of reasonable compensation and more rewarding working conditions. Sadly, the next steps in restoring funding to our public schools appear to be non-existent. It simply isn't a priority for the current majority party in our state legislature.
As your State Representative, I will fight tirelessly for the responsible restoration of funding to our schools. I am proud to have the endorsement of the Arizona Education Association and the support of so many classroom teachers and parents.
Early voting in the Primary Election is already underway! I do not have a Primary opponent, but voting in the Primary is essential! A strong showing indicates a formidable campaign and builds momentum for the General Election on November 8 - only 90 days away!
Together, we can bring real change to the priorities and the direction of our state - but I need your help. Our LD28 Campaign office at 3101 E. Shea Blvd. is open 7 days a week. We need phone-bank volunteers and canvassers to help us talk to voters. And we need donations! Consider making a donation toward campaign signs and literature today, even if you've already donated. We can not win this election without your help. Donate or volunteer today!
Let's make November 8th a fresh start for Arizona's kids and families!
Thank you for your support!