Legislative education task force meets

Photo courtesy Arizona Legislature
The Arizona Legislature task force on education funding holds its first meeting July 24 at the state capitol. Sen. Kate Brophy McGee heads the task force.

Under the leadership of State Sen. Kate Brophy McGee, R-District 28, the Arizona Legislature passed SB1390 to extend Proposition 301, legislation that dedicates more than $600 million annually to Arizona classrooms for an additional 20 years. 

Following that, Brophy McGee has formed a new task force of Arizona education and business leaders.

The task force, which met July 24, includes a bipartisan group of lawmakers from the Senate and House. Leaders from district schools, charter schools, community colleges, universities, education advocacy and the business community attended the meeting in the Arizona Senate.

“Our goal is a sustainable, long-term P-20 financing plan, with appropriate and updated priorities, that produces the highly qualified workforce Arizona demands,” Brophy McGee said. “This meeting is where we start.”

The coalition organized working groups to update Prop. 301 allocations and accountability measures for K-12, universities and community colleges. The initial goal is voter protection of Prop. 301 following its expiration in 2021, followed by identifying additional levels of funding and funding sources. The intent is to develop a comprehensive plan to refer a consensus ballot measure to the voters in 2020. 

Meeting attendees
• Brittany Bingold, Pivotal Policy Consulting
• Rebecca Beebe, Arizona School Administrators
• Mark Joraanstad, ASA
• Chris Kotterman, Arizona School Boards Association
• Jim Swanson
• Leigh Jensen, ASBA
• Courtney Coolidge, Arizona State University
• Christine Thompson, Expect More Arizona
• Sabrina Vazquez, University of Arizona
• Dawn Penich-Thacker, Save our Schools AZ
• Darbi Jenkins, UA
• Katy Yanez, Northen Arizona University
• Brooke White, Maricopa County Community College District
• Michael Haener, ASU
• Catcher Baden, State Board of Education
• Aaron Wonders, House Research
• Vanessa Clayton, House Research
• Stephanie Parra, Arizona Education Association
• Jack Lunsford
• Jessica Rainbow, Pivotal Policy Consulting
• Dianne Smith, Greater Phoenix Educational Management Council
• Alexis Susdorf, Arizona Department of Education 
• Jay Kaprosy
• Stacey Morley, Stand for Children
• State Rep. Cesar Chavez, D-District 29

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