Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Dr. Meyer Presents Ideas to Inspire Change in Education at Netroots Nation

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Rep. Larkin: IRC will help keep redistricting process fair

What should the state do with $250 million? Invest in classrooms, now

What should the state do with $250 million? Invest in classrooms, now

Arizona is expecting to end the fiscal year with $250 million more in the budget than initially projected. Our Legislature should be scrambling to get that money into our schools. Instead, Republican leaders continue to drag their feet, leaving schools in dire financial straits.
Arizona has the resources needed to fund education and invest in our future – but the Republican leaders in this state have made a choice not to. 

This new money should be used right now to help pay the $330 million that the court says Arizona schools are due for inflation funding. And the governor and other leaders should be working with stakeholders across the state to develop a long-term plan for fully funding education.

If the Republicans continue to neglect funding for education, what should Arizonans expect to see as a result of years of budget cuts to education?

  • Lower test scores – “The more money invested, the higher the test scores,” said ASU Morrison Institute for Public Policy Senior Policy Analyst Dan Huntington.
  • Increase in classroom sizes and effects on teachers - a former Phoenix Elementary School District governing board member said in a recent interview that the state budget cuts did mean schools had to increase their classroom sizes and freeze teacher compensation.  A recent report shows that teachers are leaving Arizona “in droves.”
  • Student safety impacted – some schools will have to scale back facilities maintenance, security guards and shared nurses.
Funding our schools now is an investment in our future. A strong economic development strategy should include significant funding for education. It’s time to #AskDuceyWhy he and other Republican leaders won’t invest in education funding right now. 

Rep. Clark: IRC ruling is a victory for Arizona voters

Ariz. Legislative Democrats Respond to Supreme Court’s ruling on the IRC

Ariz. Legislative Democrats Respond to Supreme Court’s ruling on the IRC

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Arizona House Democratic Leader Eric Meyer, D-Paradise Valley (District 28), and Arizona Senate Democratic Whip Martín Quezada, D-Phoenix (District 29), made the following statements in response to the U.S. Supreme Court decision regarding Arizona’s Independent Redistricting Commission:

House Democratic Leader Eric Meyer, D-Paradise Valley (District 28)

“Arizona voters said that they want an open, transparent and fair redistricting process, which is why they established the Independent Redistricting Commission. The Supreme Court decision today protects the will of the voters and will help prevent partisanship and political ambition from influencing the redistricting process.  Our state is better served by having a body, independent of the Legislature, in charge of this important task.”

Senate Democratic Whip Martín Quezada, D-Phoenix (District 29)

“Today was a victory for the people of Arizona and for fair representation in Washington, D.C. The court listened to the citizens of Arizona, honored their desire for independent redistricting, and made a decision in the best interest of our state and country that ensures a government of and by the people.

“Having free and fair elections is of the utmost importance to the preservation of our system of government. In light of this decision, I hope to see more states adopting IRCs and putting power into the hands of the people.”



Friday, June 26, 2015

Congrats to 2015 Ragsdale Beacon of Hope Award Winners Rep. Bolding and Kim Covington

Rep. Velasquez Celebrates SCOTUS ruling on Marriage Equality