The belief that education is the foundation for a good life is one of the reasons that our Latino community is so resilient. In just a few weeks voters will have an opportunity to make historic change for education in Arizona by voting YES on Prop 208. Leading the charge are Latinos that have felt the impact of underfunded schools and believe in the power of a quality education.
For Andres Rodriguez, taking care of our educators is at the center of providing a quality education for families like his.
"I have always believed in the public school system, it can almost be considered a second home to most children, in my case, my wife was a teacher at a very low-income school where most kids would even consider her a second mother. People do not realize these teachers are often safe havens for these kiddos, we need to protect them. This is why I stand behind this measure. Stand with me and pledge to vote YES on 208 "
Students also know the value that supporting teachers can have on their education. For Andres’ son, teachers played a central role in encouraging him to learn and value education.
"I went through the public-school system my entire life, the most influential people in my life are those who taught me, motivated me and encouraged me to be something greater and to beat the odds. I owe so much to my teachers. I stand for minorities like me and for all the teachers who pushed me to become something greater, if it wasn't for them, I don't know where I'd be. Pledge to vote YES on 208."
Andres Rodriguez Jr.
Arizonan Latinos across the political spectrum value quality public schools and overwhelmingly support efforts to invest in our schools, teachers, and students. Now, it’s time to stand together and vote YES on Prop 208!
"I didn't have the best childhood, but I always told myself I wanted to provide a better life for my children. Public school systems are not just a place you drop off your kids, it's a place that I can leave my child with peace of mind and know that they are learning, growing, and slowly working their way towards achieving their dreams. Teachers deserve far more than they receive, and this is why I support prop 208"
Proposition 208 - Invest in Ed, will raise almost $1 billion for teacher and support staff pay, teacher mentoring and retention programs, scholarships for aspiring teachers, and career and vocational training for students.
- It restores hundreds of millions of dollars annually in K-12 education funding to solve the teacher-shortage crisis, lower class sizes, hire aides and counselors, and expand career and technical education.
- It ensures accountability. By law, these dollars must be spent where they’re needed most – on teachers, counselors, aides, support services and career and technical education.
- It assesses a small income-tax surcharge on only the highest, 1% of earners. The remaining 99% of Arizona taxpayers won’t pay a cent more.
- 99.9% of Prop 208 funds directly support schools and classrooms
As a result, students get quality teachers and support staff, and those teachers and support staff will finally receive living wages – money that goes right back into Arizona’s economy.
Will you help us make sure Prop 208 wins? Pledge to vote HERE.