Arizona’s founders had the foresight to add to our constitution “The university and all other state educational institutions shall be open to students of both sexes, and the instruction furnished shall be as nearly free as possible…”
Our future economic stability depends on a vibrant workforce educated and trained for jobs in the 21st century. Currently, we are failing our students by strangling Arizona’s education system with endless cuts to the budget. It is unacceptable that Arizona consistently places at the bottom of per student funding in our nation.
Everyone has a right to a quality education. Arizona is failing our founders’ vision for our future; our children. I will fight for quality education for students from early childhood through higher education. Education should not only be accessible to all, but it should also be affordable and attainable.
Funding for education in Arizona is lacking. I will work to get more funds into the classroom, provide for Arizona’s teachers and the infrastructure of Arizona’s public schools. Arizona’s teachers deserve pay commensurate with the trust we place in them. Teachers provide a vital service to our community and should not have to work second jobs in order to keep a roof over their heads. Many Arizona schools are overdue for repairs and it is past time for the Arizona legislature to invest in the infrastructure of our schools so that our children have a safe place to learn and grow.