While Arizona’s K – 12 student attendance increased by a mere 4.9% since 2004, the state general fund appropriations have increased by a whopping 51.64%.
In 2008, the number of district pupils was 950,815. However, the current number has decreased to 931,844 — a significant loss of 18,971.
Figuring the average class size as 30 students, that is a loss of 632 classrooms and subsequently a lack of need for 632 teachers. Teacher reductions are not due to low appropriations, but rather a lack of pupils. The pupil count is continuing to decline every month and will for the foreseeable future.
Vote No! on Prop. 100.
Growing Our Party has an excellent analysis. We highly recommend it.