Phoenix educators call on AZ lawmakers to address looming school crisis
About 40 educators and community members gathered at Kenilworth Elementary School in Phoenix on Monday advocating for an override of the aggregate expenditure limit on Arizona K-12 public schools. The 1980 measure caps the total amount that schools can spend as a whole each year. This year, school spending is expected to exceed it due to a lower spending limit as a result of a decrease in student enrollment and more state funding counting toward it.
If that happens, Arizona K-12 schools would have to cut more than $1.1 billion from their budgets.
“Teaching is already an underfunded profession as it is, so having another thing that stands as a roadblock in teachers getting the funding that they need doesn’t help anything," said John Franklin, a fourth grade teacher at Kenilworth.
Kenilworth is part of the Phoenix Elementary School District, which could face a budget cut of nearly $8.1 million if nothing is done.
Lawmakers have until March 1 to act.