Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas today applauded Governor Doug Ducey and the Arizona Legislature for supporting the passage of legislation to extend Proposition 301. Once signed by the Governor into law, Senate Bill 1390 will effectively replicate the original language of Prop 301 and move the expiration date out to 2041.
“I am excited that the Legislature agreed to extend Prop 301 sooner rather than later in order to avoid the looming fiscal cliff,” Superintendent Douglas said. “Since schools throughout the state rely so heavily on Prop 301 revenues, the funding is essentially baked into their respective budgets. Now that this extension has been passed, I am committed more than ever to increasing teacher salaries and finding new revenue streams for education as quickly as possible.”
The Governor indicated that he will sign the new bill into law, preventing the voter-approved 0.6-cent sales tax from expiring in 2021. The new law will also move $64.1 million in additional funding to the classroom site fund, meaning more monies will be available for increasing teacher salaries.
Last April, Superintendent Douglas released her plan to expand Prop 301 monies to a full 1 percent, which if supported by voters would generate $400 million annually for teacher salaries and school buildings, providing nearly $5,000 more in average take-home pay to teachers each year. The expansion would result in an immediate 11 percent raise for teachers and $100 million for school facilities, which could be utilized to help bolster school safety.
For more information and updates about the proposal, please visit www.azed.gov
Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas will kick off “Teacher Appreciation Week,” beginning on Monday, May 8, by visiting five different schools in the greater metro Phoenix area. Superintendent Douglas will not only visit with teachers in their classrooms, but will take tours of the schools, as well as deliver the morning announcements over the public address system.
Across the country next week, thousands of communities also will honor their teachers and acknowledge the critical role they play in making sure every student receives a quality education.
“There is no more important job than being a teacher,” Superintendent Douglas said. “Being able to go around the state and meet so many of our state’s teachers is by far my favorite part of being Superintendent. I’m looking forward to visiting these schools and gathering more ideas on how I can best represent teachers at the state level.”
In recognition of this important week, Superintendent Douglas will be attending these five schools:
May 8 – Sahuaro Ranch Elementary, Peoria Unified School District
May 9 – Apollo High School, Glendale Union High School District
May 10 – Heard Elementary School, Phoenix Elementary School District
May 11 – Glenn L. Downs Elementary School, Cartwright School District
May 11 – Marc Atkinson Middle School, Cartwright School District
“Teacher Appreciation Week” comes on the heels of Superintendent Douglas’ recent announcement to combat the teacher shortage crisis and increase teacher salaries by extending and expanding Prop 301. Her proposal would provide a permanent revenue stream for teacher raises, which would include an immediate $5,000 a year pay increase to the average Arizona teacher.
“Providing a substantial teacher salary raise is the best way to show our teachers that we value their tireless effort in shaping and developing the lives of our Arizona youth,” Douglas said. “In my three tours across the entire state, I have overwhelmingly heard from the people of Arizona that we need to pay our teachers more. By bringing this proposal forward and hopefully to the ballot, I hope to honor both the wishes of Arizona citizens, as well the talented educators that teach our beloved children every day.”