by David Safier
A Maricopa County judge ruled that the legislature has to add over $300 million to Arizona's education funding immediately and as much as $2.9 billion over the next 5 years. No surprise, Republicans are balking. "We don't have the money!" "We don't owe that much!" And their old favorite from awhile back: "We're not paying! If you don't like it, kick us out of office."
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Fred DuVal has challenged Republican candidates for governor to join him in supporting the immediate implementation of the court order.
For nearly five years, Jan Brewer, Doug Ducey, and the Legislature have deliberately and illegally underfunded our kids’ schools. On Friday, the courts gave us clear direction for how to fix this moving forward.
I ask the Republican candidates for governor - Doug Ducey, Christine Jones, Scott Smith, Ken Bennett, Frank Riggs, and Andy Thomas - to join me in supporting immediate implementation of this court order so our children can begin benefitting from these resources as quickly as possible.
When I’m governor, there’ll be no more cuts to our children’s schools - not another dime, not another nickel, not another penny! I will work with teachers and parents to make Arizona’s education system the fastest improving in the country.
Together, we’ll give our children the education they deserve and move Arizona forward.
Expect similar challenges in other state races and a whole new collection of talking points around the court order.