Schools seek more funds after Prop 123 passes

Posted at 1:23 PM, May 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-23 19:35:15-04

Education advocates are keeping the heat on Gov. Doug Ducey to restore funding for K-12 schools now that voters have approved a measure that pumps $3.5 billion into schools over ten years.

The backers said at a Capitol news conference Monday that even Proposition 123's passage schools will still get $1.2 billion less a year than before the Great Recession. They called for steps to restore funding for textbooks and technology, building maintenance and teacher pay and development.

Ducey spokesman Daniel Scarpinato says the Republican governor plans to meet with education advocates in the coming weeks to discuss the next steps in school funding. He says up first should be a discussion of a sales tax that expires in 2020 and currently provides nearly $450 million a year for schools.