Arizona Voters Give Lawmakers Failing Grade

School Funding | 01/03/2018

Rebecca Gau

Stand for Children Arizona Executive Director

PHOENIX, AZ – The results are in: in a new poll, conducted by Stand for Children Arizona, 52 percent of Arizonans gave our state lawmakers a D or F grade in regards to helping our public schools. Worse yet, only 28 percent of Arizonans approve of the overall work of the Legislature.

Additionally, voters continue to rate education as their top priority up to 40 percent — higher than illegal immigration and healthcare. Even more revealing, a full 78 percent of Arizona voters believe our public schools need more funding.

“Voters understand we can’t continue to underfund our schools, and the grade they give lawmakers right now reflects that,” Stand for Children Arizona Executive Director Rebecca Gau said. “Our lawmakers can raise their grades with voters if they truly make education funding a priority this legislative session.”

“This means investing more in struggling readers to address the fact that only 44 percent of our third-graders read on grade level. Also, lawmakers can pass a common sense solution like giving local districts the flexibility to adopt their own high-quality programs to teach children English faster.”

A similar poll conducted by Expect More Arizona, also found education as the top priority for voters—reinforcing the need to address education funding as soon as possible.

A comprehensive summary of the poll is available for download.

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