How Arizona’s Reliance on Local School Funding Hurts Students


Shrinking state funding for schools over the years has meant that local communities have been forced to pay an increasingly higher share of total funding, according to the Arizona School Boards Association.

The situation has left schools in a precarious state, says the nonpartisan, nonprofit group, which represents school districts throughout the state.

The group found that Arizona has become a national leader for local funding of schools, with 48 percent the funding of school districts coming from bonds and budget overrides, compared to 45 percent nationally. Bond and override funds draw on property taxes from residents of area school districts, while state money comes from state taxes on store purchases and job income. . .

As New Times contributor Griselda Nevarez reported last week, the shift to local funding has been particularly hard on low-income Hispanic neighborhoods.

Read more…(New Times)

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