A well-educated workforce makes a strong Arizona.
A well-educated workforce makes a strong Arizona. Companies don’t set up shop in states which rank among the lowest in education, as Arizona presently does. We have a talent “brain drain.” Many get their education here, but then leave the state taking their dedication and skills to neighboring states which provide far greater rewards for their achievements in terms of a living wage and career development.
Arizona must invest in and strengthen her public-school system. We can pay for it by closing corporate tax loopholes and decreasing the school vouchers reinvesting in public education. Empowerment scholarship accounts should be left to students with special needs and students from under-served populations, not expanded to fund private schools.
This is why I want to
Increase Funding for Teachers and Infrastructure
The market crash in 2008 slowed funding in Arizona. The infrastructure is falling apart, and educators are marching in the street for the legislature to do something about it. I want to increase rates for teachers to be competitive nationwide. We also need classroom or school aides to help run classrooms and provide extra support for students.
Decrease Class Sizes
Studies have shown that the ideal class size for learning and relationship building is 15 students in a classroom. I would like to cap class sizes to 25, so our teachers can have better 1:1 interactions with students.
Provide Path to Debt Free Community College
Various states (several that are conservative lead) have Debt Free Community College programs. One of the more notable states is Tennessee. They under a conservative governor and legislature have provided a program that increased first-time enrollment by 30%. Arizona should join Tennessee as a leader in providing pathways to free or reduced tuition for students meeting specific criteria. We could pay for this program (similar to Tennessee’s model) by closing corporate tax loopholes and funding from the Arizona state lottery.