AEA Statement on Prop 301 Lawsuit Settlement
Phoenix, AZ – October 30, 2015 – Today, the Arizona Legislature passed and Governor Ducey signed legislation resolving the long-standing inflation funding lawsuit. This settlement provides much needed funds to our schools this fiscal year in both a base level increase and additional state general fund appropriation. The settlement confirms that Arizona will fund inflation in perpetuity, while creating a 10-year additional funding source for schools. Overall, this settlement will bring $3.5 billion dollars to schools over the next ten years.
The following statement can be attributed to Andrew F. Morrill, president of the Arizona Education Association:
"Improving our public schools and doing what’s best for our students has always been our goal and this is a first step in a larger education funding conversation at the state level. This settlement only resolves the failure to fund inflation. We still need to restore the massive cuts to schools made during the recession. Settling the lawsuit allows our state to focus on restoring funding to other portions of the education budget, including full-day kindergarten, JTED programs, and district additional assistance for textbooks, curriculum, technology, and building repairs."
View president Morrill's video message.