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2012 Governor's K-12 Budget Proposal

Friday, January 13, 2012

One of four principles that Governor Brewer states in crafting her budget proposal is that “spending decisions must respect the wishes of citizens who, in voting for Proposition 100, recognized the importance of funding for education, health care and public safety.”

Fiscal Year 2012: the current school year (July 1, 2011-June 30, 2012)
Fiscal Year 2013: the 2012-2013 school year (July 1, 2012-June 30, 2013)

Soft Capital & K-12 Rollover Debt

If fully funded in fiscal year 2013, the soft capital formula would generate $208 million statewide.  However, with the current reductions in place, school districts are currently set to receive roughly 10% of the formula amount ($20 million) which is slightly less than $22 per student.  Governor Brewer’s $200 million recommendation includes $100 million in the base soft capital allocation and $100 million in onetime funding.  The base increase will be ongoing and will retire $100 million in deferred payments each fiscal year, beginning in fiscal year 2013, until the K-12 rollover is paid in full.


Move on When Reading

This increased funding is to be used only on programs and services that align with A.R.S. 15-701 in grades K-3.  It can be used for reading specialists and for development and implementation of comprehensive curriculum, intervention and remediation programs in grades K-3.  These funds should be used to identify students who are not on track to pass the third grade standards and intervene well before third grade, when they are at risk of retention.

Building Renewal

Part of a three-year program to pay for critical projects throughout the state through fiscal year 2015.

The School Facilities Board will create and maintain a detailed database of all major school systems and replace each system according to a replacement schedule.  School districts will be required to use the system in order to receive Building Renewal grants.

K-12 Capital

Currently the secondary assessed value for elementary and high school districts is 5%.  This proposal would increase it to 10%.  Likewise for a unified district the capacity would increase from 10% to 20%.

The School Facilities Board would then project enrollment, determine which districts have insufficient space within their boundaries, divide each of those districts into four quadrants, select the highest growth quadrant, and draw a 10-mile radius from the center point of the quadrant.  Available space within the radius will count toward meeting the minimum space guidelines for the district.

Arizona Education Learning & Accountability System (AELAS)

School Safety

Career Ladder Reduction

Originally proposed at 5.5% increase in funding, the increase was limited to 4% for fiscal year 2012 (the current school year).  The Career Ladder program is phased down to 3% for fiscal year 2013, 2% in fiscal year 2014, 1% in fiscal year 2015, and completely eliminated in fiscal year 2016.

English Language Learners (ELL)

Basic State Aid

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