Why Is This Important?
If public school expenditures exceed the AEL, and the Arizona Legislature refuses to act by March 1, 2023, then school districts will be forced to cut their budgets for the current school year by April 1, 2023.
What Happens if Lawmakers Fail to Act?
If the Arizona Legislature fails to override the AEL by March 1, 2023, Arizona public school districts will be forced to cut $1.3 billion (17%) from their budgets, while charter schools will be unaffected. This will be a catastrophic cut to education funding and will lead to major staff layoffs and operation cuts in the current school year.
What Can Be Done?
Governor Ducey must call a Special Session so the Arizona Legislature can pass a resolution to override the AEL. A two-thirds majority vote in both the Arizona House and Senate is needed. The Legislature voted to override the AEL in March 2022 to spend dollars last school year, but this needs to occur again for this current 22-23 school year. This important matter needs to be addressed immediately so the looming cloud of cuts does not occur in our already strapped schools this year.